CUET or Central University Entrance Test is a newly introduced national level test, which allows a candidate to take undergraduate admission in the Central Universities and other participating universities.
The UGC chairman, Jagadesh Kumar, had earlier announced CUET wouldn’t simply be restricted for admissions to Central Universities. A few private universities have ascertained that they want to use the scores from the CUET exam test for undergrad admissions.
Will CUET Make Board Exams Irrelevant?
After the announcement of the CUET exam, several teachers and students believed that it would promote a tutoring culture and would continue to make the board exam insignificant. However, in the context of these statements, the UGC chairman has stated that CUET will not make the board exams irrelevant, and the class 12’s score will hold the same significance. Jagadesh Kumar also claimed CUET would neither push coaching culture nor would the aspirants appearing for the CUET exam face any trouble if they are from state boards.
Anurag Tripathi, CBSE secretary, while speaking to the media, similarly stated CUET would not make any difference to the board examination process. He further said CUET would help increase the students’ concentration in their schools, as the CUET exams are simply based on the class 12 syllabus.
CUET Exams to Lessen Admission Cutoff
At a time when the cutoffs for admission to undergrad courses in Central universities were mostly between 99 – 100%, it is believed that CUET exam scores will be given more priority. Class 12 board scores will only be seen as minimum eligibility criteria, which will maximise the competition between students. The private and state universities will continue their undergraduate admission process based on class 12 board marks.
Universities partaking in CUET 2022
CUET 2022 will offer admission to undergrad programs at 68 universities that are taking part, including 44 Central universities and other 24 universities.
Top Central universities taking part in CUET 2022 are Jawaharlal Nehru University, Aligarh Muslim University, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Banaras Hindu University, University Of Delhi, Tezpur University, Visva-Bharati University, and many more. Other institutions accepting CUET marks are IES University, Bennett University, Gujarat Vidyapith, and various other universities.
CUET Registration process and Exam Dates
CUET 2022 application process has already been started on April 6th and is currently underway till May 6th, 2022.
To fill up the CUET 2022 form, candidates are requested to visit the official website cuet.samarth.ac.in, where they will find every detail they should know regarding CUET 2022 exam.
There is no official notice from the NTA (National Testing Agency) regarding CUET 2022 exam dates, but it is likely to be held in the 1st or 2nd week of July.
CUET exam pattern and syllabus
CUET exam 2022 will be a computer-based exam with the pattern of a multiple-choice question. The question paper will comprise 175 questions, out of which candidates have to attempt 140 questions.
CUET exam is to be held in 13 languages, from which the candidates have to choose one language.
CUET exam will have four sections:
- Section IA (13 languages)
- Section IB (19 languages)
- Section II (27 domain-specific subjects)
- Section III (General test)
Section IA: This section will be conducted in 13 languages from which the students have to choose 1. The section will have 50 questions, including reading comprehension, in which students must attempt 40 questions.
Section IB: There will be 19 languages in this section, and anyone can be chosen. The pattern of this section is similar to Section IB.
Section II: There will be 27 domain subjects to be offered in this section, and a candidate can choose a maximum of only six subjects. Section II is based on the NCERT Class XII syllabus.
Section III: There will be 75 questions, and the aspirants have to answer 60 questions. The questions will mainly be based on current affairs, general knowledge, numerical ability, etc.
The UGC chairman has confirmed that the CUET exams will be based on the class XII syllabus, and nothing from class XI will be included in the CUET exam pattern.
Thus, overall it is clear that the 12th exam marks will still hold the same significance as before.
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