“CUET-UG will be held in three shifts, … this time there will be no problem” : UGC Chairman Jagdish Kumar

The Common University Entrance Test (CUET-UG) will be held in three shifts instead of two this year, as well as its merger with exams like the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) announced at least from the year Will be done at least two years ago. This will be done at least two years before implementation. Jagdish Kumar, chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC), gave this information. Kumar said in an interview to ‘PTI-Bhasha’ that the UGC and the National Testing Agency (NTA) are ready to ensure that the CUET-UG exam is conducted without any hassle.

He said, “I agree that last time many flaws came to the fore during the examination, but this year all the flaws have been removed. This plan has been made keeping in mind the difficulties faced by the students last time and we are ready to ensure that the candidates only worry about the exam and not the shortcomings. Arrangements have been made for more examination centers, so that in case of any problem, the students can be shifted to those examination centers and the examination is not cancelled.

Kumar said that this year the exam would be conducted in three shifts, moving away from the normal practice. On the question of merging CUET with engineering entrance exam ‘JEE’ and medical entrance exam ‘NEET’, Kumar said, “It certainly can be possible.” Detailed work is being done on this, but whenever it will be merged, it will be announced at least two years before the effective year, so that students can prepare accordingly.

Significantly, in March last year, the UGC had announced that admission to undergraduate courses in all central universities would be through a common entrance test and not on the basis of marks obtained in class 12. Significantly, with 14.9 lakh registrations, CUET-UG had become the second largest exam in the country, surpassing JEE Mains, in which around nine lakh candidates had registered. Kumar said, “So far this year, 11.5 lakh registrations have been done. The last date has been extended till March 30 and we expect the number of applications to be more than last year.

When asked if the ‘normalisation’ of exam scores frustrates many aspirants as their original marks are deducted, preventing them from getting admission in the college of their choice, Kumar said, “In the process Every effort has been made to minimize any errors. He said, “This year the exam is being conducted in 10 days instead of one-and-a-half months, so that the error in normalization of marks can be reduced, because more differences come to the fore when the exam is held in a longer period.”

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