The government is looking forward to conducting a centralized common entrance test for all the central universities starting this year. Thus, the July-August period is considered as the favorable time to conduct the exams for the academic session 2021-22 and onwards. However, its fate is stuck in limbo due to the covid-19 pandemic. But, the decision about the common entrance test 2021 will be taken soon after the announcement of CBSE’s evaluation method.
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The agenda of the common entrance test:
The common entrance test is a national-level exam for admissions into non-technical programs at the UG level like JEE and NEET. It is one of the new key schemes introduced by the education ministry under NEP. Hence, the scores of the CUCET will be used for admissions into reputed institutions like Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, etc.
The update on the common entrance test:
The MoE had previously decided to launch the CUCET in May 2021. But, it didn’t go as per plans due to the 2nd wave of covid-19. However, after the cancellation of class 12th exams and the ebbing of the pandemic, the conduction of exams is possible again. So, the education ministry is positively considering holding the CUCET after 2 months.
As per sources, weightage on CUCET will be given if the students are awarded grades instead of marks. The evaluation committee of standard 12th can consider allotting grades instead of marks to students. In such a case, universities can take admissions based on entrances and not class 12th marks. So, the ministry is reconsidering the matter of CUCET with many university’s Vice-chancellors.
Most of the central universities have agreed to the plan of CUCET. The University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the Aligarh Muslim University are already on board.