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CUET must for UG admission at all Central Universities, dates soon: UGC Chairman

The National Testing Agency will conduct the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the academic year 2022-23, and test dates would be notified within a week, according to University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman M Jagdesh Kumar.

The test would be required for admission to undergraduate courses at UGC-funded central universities, but state, private, and deemed-to-be universities will be able to opt out if they desire, he said.

“All higher educational institutions, irrespective of whether they are state universities, private universities, or deemed to be universities, all of them can use the CUET scores for admission in UG and PG programmes. However, it may be noted that admission in UG programmes in all central universities funded by the UGC will be solely on CUET scores,” the UGC chairman said.

“We have decided to give wide choice to students to pick the subjects…a candidate can take as many as six domain subjects in addition to a compulsory language test and also the general test,” he added.

In CUET 2022, there will be 43 domain-specific subjects.

According to the UGC chairman, universities can set their own minimum percentages for admission to UG programmes in class 12 board exams, and there would be no centralised CUET counselling process.

The entrance test, according to the newly-appointed chairman of the UGC, will provide a common platform for admission to all universities and colleges across the country, as well as equal opportunities to students studying under different boards, particularly those from the North East region and other rural and remote areas.

“CUET is expected to reduce the financial burden on parents and students since students do not have to write multiple entrance exams for admission to UG and PG programmes,” he added.

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