UGC: General entrance exams for postgraduate courses, but not required

On Thursday, the University Grants Commission (UGC) announced that a general entrance test for admissions to postgraduate programs will be held at 42 central universities for the coming academic year.

The entrance test will be held for two hours and will be held in the last week of July. According to UDC Chairperson, Professor M Jagdesh Kumar, an application window has been opened for the examination which will be anchored by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

Until the 2021-22 academic session, there were only 14 central universities in 2009 that used CUET for admissions to PG courses for students. Although 42 universities decided to take general examinations, they were not made compulsory.

Kumar further said that CUET-PG has been introduced in the university system for the first time which is expected to provide a single window opportunity for the students which will help them to apply in different universities. Many central universities will probably participate in CUET, although it is not compulsory.

According to the All India Higher Education Survey 2019-20, the size of PG in India was smaller than the number of students admitted at UG level.

Earlier, the UGC had made it mandatory for 46 central universities to adopt CUET, a key recommendation of the National Education Policy-2020 for admissions to graduate courses from the new academic year. Accordingly the registration window was opened which closed on 22 May. Apart from the central universities, 19 private universities, 12 state universities and 11 deemed universities have decided to adopt CUET at UG level.

CUET for PG will be held in two shifts and there will be computer based test in multiple languages, for which application test will be accepted till 18th June.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.