The NTA has advised applicants to go through the details, including eligibility criteria, of the programs offered by visiting the websites of the universities to which they wish to apply. Once they choose their courses and universities, they can visit the CUET website (https://cuet.samarth.ac.in/) and submit their applications.

The whole process is digitized, including the exam which will be a multiple choice quiz. The Indian Express answers some of the frequently asked questions about the entrance exam likely to be held in the first week of July.

What will be the format of the test?

The test, based on the NCERT Class XII syllabus, will be divided into four sections. In sections IA and IB, candidates will have to take language tests. Each of the sections will contain 50 questions of which 40 must be attempted. The language tests will test a candidate’s language skills through understandings based on factual, literary and narrative passages. Candidates will be required to answer questions in MCQ format based on their understanding of the passages.

Why are there two different sections for languages?

The IA section will be compulsory for all. It will test a candidate’s proficiency in English or an Indian language to be chosen from a basket of 12 – Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Urdu, Assamese, Bengali, Punjabi, Odia. The duration of the test will be 45 minutes.

The IB section is for those who wish to pursue undergraduate programs in foreign languages. Students can choose from a list of 19 languages ​​- French, Spanish, German, Nepali, Persian, Italian, Arabic, Sindhi, Kashmiri, Konkani, Bodo, Dogri, Maithili, Manipuri, Santhali, Tibetan, Japanese, Russian and Chinese – offered by some central universities.

What are the remaining two sections about?

Section II of the test will test a candidate’s mastery of the core subjects they wish to pursue at the undergraduate level.

Accordingly, they can choose up to six subjects from a list of 27 – Accounting/Bookkeeping; Biology/Biological Studies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry; Business studies; Chemistry; IT/IT practices; economics/business economics; engineering graphics; entrepreneurship; geography/geology; Story; Home Science; Tradition of knowledge and practices of India; Legal studies; environmental sciences; Mathematics; Physical Education/NCC/Yoga; Physics; Political science; Psychology; Sociology; Teaching ability; Agriculture; mass media/mass communication; Anthropology; fine arts/visual arts (sculpture/painting)/commercial arts; Performing Arts – (i) Dance (Kathak/ Bharatnatyam/ Odissi/ Kathakali/ Kuchipudi/ Manipuri (ii) Drama-Theatre (iii) General Music (Hindustani/ Carnatic/ Rabindra Sangeet/ Percussion/ Non-Percussion); Sanskrit.

A candidate will be required to attempt 40 out of 50 questions in 45 minutes.

Section III of the exam will be based on general knowledge for all undergraduate programs that require admission based on a general test rather than subject area scores. So, this will be taken by the candidates who wish to enroll in these courses only. The test, for which one hour will be given to candidates, has been designed to assess their general knowledge, timeliness, general mental ability and numerical ability. It will also test quantitative reasoning through the simple application of the basic mathematical concepts of arithmetic/algebra, geometry/mensuration taught up to class VIII. In this article, there will be 75 questions of which 60 must be attempted.

How many tests can a candidate choose to take?

According to the NTA, candidates can pass up to nine items in two different combinations. As part of the first combination, a candidate can choose up to two language tests spread over sections IA and IB; up to six domain topics; and a general test. Under the second, you can choose up to three languages; up to five subject areas; and a general test. In both cases, the maximum number of tests that can be taken is nine.

What if you can’t find the subject you are looking for among the 27 proposed?

In such cases, the NTA says that the candidate can choose the subject closest to their choice. For example, those wishing to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry can choose biology. “In general, the languages/subjects chosen should be those which a pupil opted for in their last class XII examination. However, if a university allows some flexibility in this regard, the same can also be exercised under CUET(UG)-2022. Applicants should carefully refer to the eligibility requirements of the various Central Universities in this regard,” the NTA said.

Can a student who completed class XII in previous years take the CUET this year?

According to the NTA, if a university allows students who have passed Class XII in previous years to be admitted in the current year, they would also be eligible to attend.

How will universities prepare merit lists and admit students?

CUET will not rank students. It will just provide them with scores. There will be a negative mark for wrong answers. Additionally, grades earned on the Class 12 Board Exam will not be weighted. However, universities have been given the option of using the results of Council exams in one account. For example, a particular university may say, regardless of an applicant’s CUET score, that their application will not be considered unless they score at least 60% on the board exams. However, this will vary from university to university and not all will use it as a qualifying criterion. These aspects will have to be checked by the candidates at the level of the universities to which they apply.

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Will a student need to take special courses to pass the CUET?

The NTA indicates that all questions in various test areas will be assessed at the Class XII level only. “Students who have studied the Class XII counseling program may do well in CUET (UG) – 2022.”

The UGC Chairman, Mr. Jagadesh Kumar, also pointed out that special coaching will not be required as the questions will be drafted based on the NCERT syllabus. “Variations of the program by council will also be taken into account. These exams will not be like those of the IIT. The experts will moderate the level of difficulty and the questions will be limited to only the class 12 syllabus,” Prof Kumar said.

He added: “In the case of IIT admissions, over a million applicants are vying for around 16,000 places. However, in the case of central universities, Delhi University alone has about 70,000 places and when the others (total 45) are considered, there are more than 2 lakh. The seats/candidates ratio will be 1:5 against 1:50 or 1:60 in case of IIT. Difficult questions drive people to coaching centers, but at CUCET the level will be moderate so that students are comfortable without private lessons.

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