Common entrance test for UG admissions in central universities in July, Class 12 marks won’t count

M Jagadesh Kumar

New Delhi

The UGC chairman M Jagadesh Kumar announced on Monday that the first ever mandatory common entrance test for admission to undergraduate programmes in all the 45 Central universities will be held in the first week of July.

The Common University Entrance Test (CUET) is a computerised exam and will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), which will announce the test pattern on Tuesday, Kumar said. The application window for the examination will open in the first week of April.

Admission to undergraduate courses in these universities will be solely based on the CUET score, and Class 12 Board marks will not carry any weightage, Kumar said. The universities can use the Board exam marks as an eligibility criterion for the test, he said.

This effectively means that performance in the Class 12 Board examination will no longer be a factor in admissions across Central universities.

Following the CUET, each university will admit students based on a merit list prepared by NTA, and there will be no common counselling.

Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Millia Islamia and Indira Gandhi National Open University in the national capital, and Aligarh Muslim University and Banaras Hindu University in UP, are among the well-known Central universities that will now be covered by CUET.

“The only difference is that these students will also have to come through CUET, like students to be admitted on general seats. The reservation policies and ordinances of the universities will remain unchanged,” the UGC chairperson said.

AMU and Jamia have not clarified their stand yet on joining the entrance test.

CUET will carry multiple choice questions based on NCERT textbooks and students will be marked negatively for incorrect answers. The entrance test will have three sections (see box). The CUET 2022 will be offered in 13 languages, namely Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Urdu, Assamese, Bengali, Punjabi, Odia and English.