The University Grants Committee (UGC) announced on Thursday that a joint entry test for admission to graduate programs will be conducted at 42 central universities as of the next academic year.
UGC Chair Professor M Jagadish Kumar said the two-hour admission test will take place in the last week of July, as he launched the application window for the test to be established by the National Testing Agency (NTA).
Until the 2021-22 academic session, only 14 central universities, which appeared in 2009, used CUET to admit students to PG courses. While 42 universities have now decided to adopt the combined test, it has not been made mandatory.
“CUET-PG was introduced for the first time in the university system and is expected to provide a single window opportunity for students to apply to different universities. Although it is not mandatory, most central universities will participate in CUET,” said Kumar.
According to the All India Higher Education Survey 2019-20, the size of the PG group in India is much smaller as compared to the students enrolled in the UG level. Among the 3.8 crore students pursuing higher education, Rs 3.06 crore were enrolled at UG level in 2019-20, while 43.1 crore were in post-graduate courses.
UGC has made it compulsory for 46 central universities to accredit CUET, a key recommendation of the National Education Policy – 2020, for admission to undergraduate courses from the new academic year. Accordingly, the registration window has opened, which will close on May 22. Apart from the central universities, 12 public universities, 11 prestigious universities and 19 private universities have decided to accredit CUET at the UG level.
CUET PG courses will also be computer-based, held in two shifts, and in multiple languages. Test requests will be accepted until June 18.
In line with the new economic policy
The decision to expand CUET to include PG courses is part of the center’s push to implement the National Education Policy – 2020 in higher education.
The NTA has not released other modalities for testing. “Details of the program will be available on the websites of the participating central universities and other universities. Online application forms for postgraduate programs will be open from 19.05.2022, and the link to it will be available on the official website,” Kumar tweeted.
However, learn that the exam will include multiple-choice questions on topics chosen by the candidates whose quantitative ability, logical reasoning, general knowledge and language skills will also be assessed.
Upon contact, a spokesperson for Aligarh Islamic University (AMU) said that the University’s Academic Council had not taken any call regarding CUET accreditation for admission to PG. Ahmed Azim, Jamia Millia Islamia said that admission to the PG courses will be based on the university entrance test.
Mahatma Gandhi Antarashtria of India Vishwavidyalaya in Wardha, Maharashtra, is among the central universities that have chosen CUET-PG. “We will have a pool of candidates from different parts of the country. He may not know much about this university. Through the centralized process, the university will have a bigger platform,” said Dr. Chandrakant Ragit, Vice Chancellor of the university.