- The Central Universities Common Entrance Test will be conducted in 13 languages between June and July for admissions to 42 central universities. The exam will be based on the existing senior secondary syllabus of various boards.
- The notification for CUCET will be issued next week by the ministry of education while the National Testing Agency will issue the dates and application details. The test for undergraduate admissions will be computer-based and have two sections namely common aptitude test and domain-specific test.
- The ministry has directed the expert committee to ensure that the test’s difficulty level does not exceed what has been taught in senior secondary level courses due to the academic disruptions in the pandemic.
- The committee and NTA are studying the curriculum of other education boards that conduct secondary school-leaving exams and senior secondary exams so that a common curriculum for CUCET can be devised. A level playing field is offered to the aspirants across the country and the report will be submitted by the expert committee by the end of this week.
- The test will be offered in Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Urdu, Tamil and Telugu apart from Hindi and English. The Common aptitude test will be conducted for 1 hour and will comprise of 50 questions which will, in turn, consist of 15 reading comprehension questions, 10 verbal ability questions, 10 quantitative reasoning questions, 10 logical and analytical reasoning questions and 5 general awareness and ICT questions.
- The domain-specific test will be conducted for two hours which will consist of 30 questions from a chosen subject of the candidate. The aptitude and domain test will be conducted continuously and there will be no gap in between.
- Each correct response will be awarded four marks and a wrong answer will be given one negative mark. The questions will be in random order and will be presented as Multiple Choice Questions. CUCET will also be conducted for postgraduate admissions to central universities and the exam pattern will be based on NTA’s current entrance format for DU and JNU.
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