Under the National Education Policy or NEP, there was a proposal to conduct a common entrance test for all the central universities across the country. In line with this, it is likely that the Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) will be held in June 2021. As per the Times of India report, a total of 41 universities are likely to participate in the common entrance test for the central universities in India.
The TOI report stated, “The first CUCET is likely to be conducted around the end of June and the results are likely to be announced in July so that the admission cycle is not delayed.” A seven-member committee was formulated to look into the modalities of CUCET. It was headed by the Vice-Chancellor of the Central University of Punjab and they submitted their report on the topic earlier this week.
“The report recommended the Central Universities Common Entrance Test should be introduced for admission to all programmes in central universities from the coming academic year, and that the exam should be conducted at least twice a year.” It is likely that the National Testing Agency, commonly known as NTA will be responsible to conduct the common entrance test for the central universities.
The Times of India report further stated, “The CUCET will consist of two parts. Section A will be an aptitude test of 50 questions on reading comprehension, verbal ability, quantitative reasoning, logical and analytical reasoning, general awareness and ICT. Section B will have 50 domain specific questions”. The exam will be of a duration of three hours.
A Delhi University official stated that whenever the CUCET entrance test is finalized, they will consider the marks of both CUCET and board exams for admission across several programs. However, Jawaharlal Nehru University has decided to stick to its own entrance exam, i.e., JNUEE.