New Delhi, March 22: Chairman of the University Grants Commission M Jagadesh Kumar on Monday said central universities would have to consider Common University Entrance Test (CUET) scores to admit Class 12 passed students to undergraduate programmes from this session. The CUET is likely to be conducted in the first week of July.
Besides the eligibility criterion of different universities, Class 12 board examination marks will not have any bearing on the admission of the students.
Addressing mediaperons, M Jagadesh Kumar said, "From academic year 2022-23, the National Testing Agency will be conducting the CUET for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. All central universities will have to consider CUET scores for admissions to their programmes."
As many as 45 central universities are funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The CUET syllabus will be mirrored with Class 12 model syllabus of the NCERT.
The CUET will have Section 1A, Section 1B, general test and domain-specific subjects. Section 1A, which will be compulsory, will be in 13 languages and candidates can choose the language of their choice.
The options are English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
Section 1B is optional and for students who want to opt for another language apart from the ones that are a part of Section 1A. Some of the languages on offer are French, Arabic, German, etc, he added.
Under the domain-specific subjects, a candidate can choose up to a maximum of six domains that they wish to pursue at the undergraduate level, Kumar said. There are some universities that have general test as eligibility criteria for admission to even domain-specific courses so that is a part of the CUET, he said.
The UGC Chairman said the reservation policy of the universities would not be impacted due to the CUET.
On the other hand, Central universities such as Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) reserve half of their seats for the minority students. Both universities are yet to take a call on CUET.
The universities will be allowed to conduct practical and interviews for courses like music, fine arts, theatre, along with CUET. "The institutes can accord certain weightage to practical for such courses," the UGC Chairman added.
Exam in two shifts
The CUET will be held in two shifts. In the first shift, candidates will be able to write one language, two domain-specific papers and the general test. In the second shift, candidates can write the remaining four domain-specific subjects and Section 1B.
The NTA will soon release the detailed guidelines regarding the CUET and the UGC will issue a public notice on Tuesday.
-PTC News with inputs from agencies