Cuet: CUET to be performed in 3 rounds; merger with JEE, NEET to be announced 2 years in advance: UGC chief

NEW DELHI: The Common College Entrance Test (CUET)-UG will be conducted in three rounds this year instead of two and plans to merge it with crucial entrance exams such as jee extension and NEETs will be announced at least two years in advance, according to UGC president M Jagadesh Kumar. In an interview with PTI, Kumar said the University Scholarship Committee (UGC) and the National Testing Agency (NTA) stand ready to ensure that the second edition of CUET-UG will be problem-free.
“I agree that there were several problems with the exam last time, but this year all problems have been resolved. With the students’ experience in mind, a plan has been drawn up and we are ready to ensure that candidates only need to worry about the exam and not about any flaws,” he said.
“Extra computers and extra centers have been set up as a plan B so that if something goes wrong, candidates can be moved there and the exam for a particular shift will not be cancelled,” he added.
Kumar said that in a departure from the usual pattern, the exam will be conducted in three rounds from this year.
When asked about the proposal to merge CUET with JEE Engineering Entrance Exam and NEET Medical Entrance Exam, Kumar said, “It is definitely feasible. , the announcement will be made at least two years in advance, so students can prepare accordingly.”
The UGC announced in March last year that undergraduate admissions would be conducted at all core universities through a common entrance test and not based on class 12 grades.
The debut edition of the CUET-UG was conducted in July of last year and was marred by technical problems, prompting the NTA to cancel the exam at multiple centers. While several students were notified of the cancellation the night before the exam, many of them were turned away from the centres.
The president of the UGC had then declared that the exams in some centers were canceled following reports of “sabotage”.
With 14.9 lakh registrations, the CUET, the common gateway for undergraduate admissions across all central universities, has become the second largest entrance exam in the country, surpassing JEE-Main’s average registration by nine lakh .
“We have already received over 11.5 lakh applications this year. The deadline has been extended till 30th March and we expect applications to exceed last year’s number,” said Kumar.
When asked about the “normalization” of scores which has left several applicants disappointed as they found their grades were reduced from their original scores, making it difficult for them to get the college of their dreams, he said efforts were being made to minimize any errors during the process.
“The exam schedule has been compressed this year to 10 days instead of over a month and a half to minimize any errors in normalization as the variance is greater when the exam takes place over a longer period of time “, he has declared. .
The normalization formula using the “equipercentile method” wasThe Common University Entrance Test (CUET)-UG will be conducted in three rounds this year instead of two and plans for its merger with crucial entrance exams such as JEE and NEET will be announced at least two years earlier, according to UGC President M Jagadesh Kumar. decided by a judging panel composed of professors from the Indian Statistical Institute, IIT Delhi and Delhi University.


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