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Education ministry finalising details of 2022 entrance test for central varsities

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Education ministry finalising details of 2022 entrance test for central varsities
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Education ministry finalising details of 2022 entrance test for central varsities
Education ministry finalising details of 2022 entrance test for central varsities

NEW DELHI: Shelved in 2021 due to the pandemic, the education ministry is finalising the details of the Central University Common Entrance Test (CUCET) to be conducted from 2022 for 41 central universities. According to ministry sources, the details will be announced by December-end so that aspirants and institutions can start the preparations.
The exams, as envisaged in the NEP 2020 are likely to be conducted twice a year. The computer-based common entrance test for the central universities, which includes the likes of JNU, BHU and DU, would comprise of three hours of testing divided into two sections — Common Aptitude Test (50 questions) and Domain Specific Test (30 questions each)— and will eliminate the individual exams that many of the universities conduct presently. According to sources, the ministry is finalising the proposal based on the report of the committee set up by the UGC and the admissions to the central universities for the 2022-23 will be based on the CUCET score.
“The ministry is ready to implement the CUCET from 2022 as planned under the NEP 2020. The details and the dates will be worked out soon. The ministry is planning to announce the details as early as possible so that the candidates and universities get time to prepare,” said the official.
The official said that Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan has asked the officials to work on the recommendations of the UGC to roll out its implementation without any further delay. “The exams were scheduled for implementation from 2021 and the ground work was completed in March 2021. However, due to the lockdown it couldn’t happen. While to start with the plan was to conduct it once, from 2022 the plan is to conduct it twice for the benefit of candidates,” said the official.
According to the NEP 2020 document, “the National Testing Agency (NTA) will facilitate a single entrance exam for admissions to universities across the country. It will offer a ‘high quality common aptitude test’ like SAT examination, as well as specialised common subject examinations at least twice every year.”

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