CUET score will be the basis for UG admission this year: UGC

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NEW DELHI: No weightage will be given to Board exam performances in undergraduate admissions in all the central universities and their affiliated colleges in the 2022-23 academic session. The University Grants Commission on Monday announced that the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) score will be the basis for admission this year. However, universities will be allowed to set the minimum eligibility on Board exams marks. For the admissions to programmes on audio-visual or performing arts or for those under extracurricular and sports category universities/ colleges can conduct and give weightage to practical/ trials. Moreover, UGC has made the test broad-based by doing away with the Central University (CU) from the nomenclature so that state, deemed and private universities too can join.

The computer-based test will be conducted in the first week of July and it will be based on the NCERT’s syllabus for Class XII.

On doing away with Class XII marks based admissions as well as granting any weightage to Board exam scores, M Jagadesh Kumar, chairperson, UGC, said: “Not using Class XII marks is not a new thing, for example in all IIT admissions we use JEE scores primarily because of the diversity of the boards and the different kinds of evaluation systems. The same is true with the university admissions also. And that’s the reason why we are giving one standard, NCERT syllabus so everybody can prepare from there and have a common reference ground and compete and then get admission. So that’s the reason why we have decided to go for only a CUET score for admission in UG programmes.”

Kumar said that the CUET will provide a common platform to get admission in all universities and colleges and provide equal opportunities to candidates across the country from different educational boards, and especially those from the Northeast part of our country and from the rural and remote areas. “It is also expected to reduce the financial burden on parents and students do not have to write multiple tests for admission in UG and PG programmes. For the academic session 2022-23 all higher educational institutions, irrespective of whether they are state universities, private universities or deemed to be universities can use the CUET score for admissions in UG and PG programmes. However, admissions in the UG programmes in all central universities will be based solely on CUET scores,” said Kumar.

As first reported by the TOI on March 16, CUET will be conducted in 13 languages. It will comprise of three sections – a compulsory language test (out of the 13 languages), a domain test where a candidate will be allowed to six a maximum of six domain specific tests out of 27 options and the third section which is optional where an aspirant can take a general test (aptitude) and a languages test out of 19 given choices (which include Japanese, Russian, , German, French, Santhali, etc) if he/ she wishes to pursue that language at undergraduate level.