NEW DELHI: After redeeming itself from the fiasco of the first edition of CUET-UG in 2022, when the exams were plagued by several technical glitches, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has decided that the tests that needed a month to be completed in 2023 will be over in two weeks next year.
“The advisory committee comprising representatives from participatinguniversitiesis going to meet soon to deliberate on this.
On reduction of total of subjects a candidate can take, which presently is 10, the NTA feels that students are not required to take so many subjects for undergraduate admissions and rather prepare for the five to six essential subjects for admission to his/ her choice of programmes,” said NTA director general Subodh Kumar Singh.
The syllabi of the domain and language subjects is also likely to be based on the rationalised syllabus, said an advisory committee member.
Singh also said that “with larger shifts and better planning we are confident of delivering the exam in around 15 days.”
The number of participating universities more than doubled in 2023 to 242 from 90 in the previous year. According to Singh, the agency has received a number of participation requests, especially from private universities, for the 2024 exam.
“Many more private universities have approached us for the UG andPG admissions for the 2024-25 academic session. This will not only offer more options to students, even the universities will benefit with good quality students,” said Singh.
Manojranjan Nayak, founder president of Siksha O Anusandhan in Odisha, said his university will participate in CUET-UG 2024. “Siksha O Anusandhan, which admits students based on NEET, which is mandatory, and JEE (Main) will also accept CUET from 2024.
These are standard tests delivered centrally and therefore we hope to attract meritorious students.”
According to Ananya Mukherjee, vice-chancellor, Shiv Nadar, an Institution of Eminence, “We have started accepting CUET scores in the later part of admission from this year and I have to say that the quality of students has been impressive. Only issue was that CUET results came late.”
Singh assured that apart from delivering the test in a shorter period, “Results dates too would be announced in advance at the time of notifying the registration, so that institutions can plan their admission cycle better.”