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Common test to be held for admission to all central universities from 2021

December 26, 2020

The government has set up a seven-member committee to recommend modalities for “high quality aptitude test” for admission to undergraduate programmes of central universities from the academic session 2021-22. The common entrance exam conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), will be compulsory for admission to all central universities.

Amit Khare, secretary, higher education, said, “This is going to be implemented from the 2021-22 session for the central universities.”  There will be a general test and subject-wise tests.

UGC chairperson professor D P Singh said that the committee is expected to submit its recommendations within a month.

As per officials of the ministry of education (MoE), the computer-based common entrance test would give an opportunity to universities to enrol aspirants with “aptitude” for a course. It would also eliminate the need to appear in multiple admission and entrance exams.

The minimum eligibility to be set for the test would also ensure that more candidates are eligible for admission. At present any unreserved candidate with even 90 percent in the ‘best of four’ class XII board papers cannot secure a seat in the commerce stream in most of Delhi University colleges. But with the common entrance test even a candidate with 60 percent would be able to sit for the common entrance exam and possibly qualify for admissions. Besides, the difference in evaluation scheme of various boards has been a concern for UG admissions. Higher scoring science stream students edge out aspirants in social science subjects on the basis of board marks.

Source: Times of India

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