Editorial Team

After the announcement of the details about CU-ET 2022-23 by the NTA, the top industry players have already ramped up their preparations. While Vidyamandir classes, a pioneer in the coaching industry for JEE and NEET coaching, has already begun preparatory sessions for getting admissions into the top central universities.

With DU and JNU confirmed to be a part of CU-ET, admissions to most of the central universities through a common entrance test seems to be a reality now. An entrance for all the universities will put a rest to the ever-increasing cut-offs (like DU) and may improve the chances of regional language aspirants as well, as it is expected to be conducted in a minimum of 13 scheduled languages. The idea of having a common entrance test at the undergraduate level is to shift the focus more on developing the critical thinking ability of the students rather than going for rote learning.

“CU-ET shall also provide a single-window platform, making admissions more streamlined & student-friendly, by eliminating entrance exams for various universities with varying difficulty levels. It will also save candidates’ time, effort & money towards payment of multiple entrance exam fees. The common entrance for all the universities seems to be a welcoming move. It changes the conventional academic paradigm by focusing more on conceptual understanding, critical thinking, comprehensive skills, & decision-making ability rather than cramming the syllabus. This reformative process will reduce the burden on students, colleges & universities, and the entire education system by imparting “substantial objectivity” to the process of admissions and “equitable opportunity” to the applicants to appear under a single umbrella examination at the national level.” Said Mr. Saurabh Kumar, Chief Academics Officer, Vidyamandir classes.

Central Universities Entrance Test (CU-ET), advocated under the National Education Policy 2020 is not a new concept. It was first conducted for admissions in 7 central universities for 1,500 seats in undergraduate, postgraduate & integrated courses in 2010. Till the academic year 2021-22, 12 Central Universities like Assam University, University of Karnataka, University of Kerala, University of Haryana, to name a few, had already taken admissions through CU-ET. The National Testing Agency (NTA) has been assigned the task to conduct the CU-ET and as per the report, this may be conducted twice a year from the academic year 2022-23 like the JEE entrance test.

The exam is most likely to be divided into two segments- the first one focusing on the general aptitude of the students and the second one may be on the specific subject domain, for which the students are seeking admission.

The entrance test for all the universities will also consider the students from different boards on the same footing otherwise since no uniformity is followed across different boards in awarding 12th marks, there is always a kind of discrimination based on 12th marks and it doesn’t provide equal opportunity to students seeking admission in all the prestigious colleges.

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