NTA may conduct CUCET from upcoming academic year; few more central universities to join consortium
NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 17: The consortium of 14 central universities is planning to rope in National Testing Agency for conducting the combined Central Universities Common Entrance Test from forthcoming academic session. The national level examination will be conducted for admissions in UG, PG and Doctoral level programme offered by 15 central universities of the country. The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development is most likely to show a green light to the forwarded proposal. Until last year, the common admission test was conducted by one of its participating universities. CUCET examination is a gateway for admissions in central universities including Central University of Punjab, Central University of Rajasthan, Central University of Rajasthan, Central University of South Bihar, etc.
The agency is also looking ahead to add few more central universities in the consortium. “There is an addition to the list of universities this year for academic session 2020-21 making it 15 so far. And more are likely to join as NTA is in touch with other new universities like Central University of Manipur” said one of the MHRD officials.
Since last year, the agency has taken over many competitive examinations much of which was conducted by CBSE in past. According to a report, a senior official of MHRD spoke to media that NTA has the capacity to become the prime testing agency. In the past, it has conducted many significant examinations like JEE Main, NEET, UGC NET, JNUEE without any glitches .
The pen and paper based entrance examination is conducted for admission in around 50 UG, 170 PG and 100 M.Phil and Ph.D programmes offered by 14 central universities and Dr. B.R.Ambedkar School of Economics. The entrance examination is held in the month of May every year. The 120 minutes common admission test is conducted in around 119 test cities. The maximum marks of the MCQ based examination is 100.