New DelHI: All middle-class universities will have to admit students to undergraduate courses based on the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) and not Class 12 marks, the University Grants Commission (UGC) said on Monday. This law will come into effect from next academic year (2022-23).
UGC Chairman M. Jagadesh Kumar said it would be compulsory for 45 middle universities to use CUET for admission to their undergraduate courses. However, upon graduation, universities will be able to apply CUET scores from now on.
The common test, CUET, for admissions to undergraduate and postgraduate courses, will be conducted in the first week of July by the National Test Agency (NTA).
Jagadesh Kumar said the decision would provide equal opportunities for students from Northeast and rural India. “In addition, it will help the parents of poor students as they will not have to pay for registration fees for many entrance exams,” Kumar told the media online.
However, he added that some skill-based courses will have practical components. The course for CUET will be basic concepts from the Class 12 CBSE syllabus. The guidelines for the exam will be shared with universities, he said.
CUET, a computerised exam, will be conducted in 13 languages: English, Hindi, Gujarati, Assamese, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.
At the same time, the UGC has fielded international students for CUET. In post-graduate programs, although some universities have joined the program, Kumar added that he hopes all universities will use the exam in the end.
Won’t impact reservation
If any university reserves a certain percentage for local students or internal students, it will continue to do that, the UGC chief said.
“The only difference is that these students will have to go through CUET as students who will be accepted into regular seats. The policies and rules of university bookings will remain unchanged, ”said Kumar.
For Ph.D. courses, he said National Entrance Test (NET) scores can be used by universities. However, those varsities that do not have NET can decide to either conduct their own entrance exam or hold interviews.
For skill-based and professional UG courses like theatre and music, universities will have to hold practical exams and include them as a part of the student’s final CUET score.
Explaining the test structure, Kumar said it would take three and a half hours in length, and would be done in two phases. Candidates will be offered multiple options at all levels to provide maximum flexibility.
“All the questions on the entry form will come from the Class 12 CBSE textbooks so students need to focus on the NCERT syllabus. Although there are different ways in which different boards express the same concepts, students will be given the opportunity to choose what they want, ”said Kumar.
In Section 1, there will be 13 language subjects from which students can appear for any one language. In other sections, there will be 27 domain-specific subjects from which students can choose up to six. These include agriculture, anthropology, accounting, book-keeping, performing arts and Sanskrit, among others.