Entrance Tests for Central Universities Admissions

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In a significant development in the field of Education, UGC chairman stated that the central universities would have to use Common University Entrance Test (CUET) scores for admitting students to undergraduate programmes this year and therefore the Class 12 marks won՚t be counted. The CUET would be conducted in the first week of July. The application process for undergraduate CUET would commence from the first week of April 2022.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) would be conducting the CUET for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes from the year 2022 - 23 academic year. This exam would be held in two shifts, candidates in the first shift would be able to write one language, two domain-specific papers and the general test. Candidates in the second shift could write the remaining four domain-specific subjects and section 1B.

Central Universities and Common Entrance Test


  • The central universities must consider the CUET scores for admissions to the programmes.
  • The University Grants Commission funds 45 central universities.
  • The syllabus of the CUET would be like that of the Class 12 model syllabus of the NCERT.
  • The CUET would have:
    • Section 1A
    • Section 1B
    • General test
    • Domain-specific subjects
  • There would be 13 languages and the candidates could choose the language of their choice.
  • The reservation policy of the universities would not be impacted due to the CUET as per the UGC chairman.
  • Based on CUET scores, the universities could enroll the students for the general seats as well as for the reserved seats without any impact on the existing admission and reservation policy in accordance with the ordinances of the varsity.
  • A candidate under the domain-specific subjects could choose up to a maximum of six domains that they wish to pursue at the undergraduate level.
  • Anthropology, accounting, book-keeping, etc. are some of the domains.
  • Also, there are some universities with general test as eligibility criteria for admission to even domain-specific courses.
  • The CUET is further expected to reduce the financial burden on the parents and students since students would have to write only one exam.
  • CUET scores could also be used for undergraduate and postgraduate admissions by:
    • State universities
    • Private universities
    • Deemed universities
  • The Delhi University including some other universities have made it clear that they would only admit students to undergraduate courses based on CUET.
  • As of now the universities would have the flexibility to opt for CUET.

Language Options

  • English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Kannada, Gujarati, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.
  • Section 1B is optional.
  • Some of the other languages on offer are French, Arabic and German, etc.

Way Ahead

  • In case a university has a certain percentage of seats reserved for the local students, those seats could be retained and the students would have to take admission through CUET.
  • Half of the seats are reserved for the minority students by the Central Universities like Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University.
  • Both Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University are yet to take a call on CUET.
  • A committee was also constituted by the university to study how exactly the CUET could be conducted for admissions to the varsity.
  • As far as foreign students are concerned, they would continue to get admitted in accordance with the existing practice the universities have on supernumerary basis.
  • The universities along with CUET would be able to conduct practical and interviews for courses like:
    • Music
    • Fine arts
    • Theatre
  • The common entrance test would provide equal opportunities to the students from across boards, especially those from the northeast and the rural areas.

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