Updated: Jun 29
Until the last year, every university had its own admission protocols to accept students passing out after class 12.
However, since this academic year 2022, the education ministry has introduced CUET which is conducted by NTA as a common exam for admissions into all the Central Universities, State Universities, Deemed Universities, and Private universities of India.
Nearly, 86 universities accept CUET scores which includes notable colleges like Delhi University, AMU, JNU, and many prestigious institutes.
1.21 crore students had applied to take the CUET entrance exam this year aiming to get admission to various undergraduate programs in numerous universities.
Why Should you take CUET?
Any student desiring to take admission in the 86 universities participating in CUET will get admission through only writing the CUET exams.
Prestigious universities like Delhi university will be offering admission for UG programs only through CUET.
Therefore, every student must take CUET exams to have various options in UG programs and to study at the top central universities in India.
What are the benefits of CUET examinations?
Let’s check the benefits of CUET examinations.
1. Equal opportunity for all candidates
The competition to study at colleges like Delhi University was next to impossible as the cut-off scores were extremely high.
With the CUET UG examination introduced, any student who has passed class 12 can take the examination.
If you have prepared thoroughly and scored excellent marks in CUET, your 12th score does not hold precedence. Give 100% to your CUET preparation to get into your desired university.
This provides every candidate a fair chance to do their best in this common entrance test and get admission to their desired university.
Also since the exam is conducted in 13 languages, students from rural areas can also attend CUET.
Students from across the country can give the CUET entrance exam.
2. Concept oriented examination offers an efficient selection process
The exam will be structured to focus more on developing students' critical thinking skills instead of going by rote teaching. The syllabus of the CUET is designed in such a way to check the student's ability to understand things.
Most probably, a lot of the private and government universities too will begin accepting CUET scores, just as the JEE and NEET scores are accepted by a majority of engineering colleges and all the medical colleges, respectively.
As of now, a few public and private universities (including the Ambedkar University of Delhi and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences) the Ambedkar University of Delhi has said that they will accept CUET scores for admission into the bachelor's degree starting this year.
3. Equal opportunity to study in top central universities
Most prestigious universities have extremely high cut off, to begin with. And some universities further have an interview process, management quota, and several other criteria for getting admission to the college.
This process becomes very tedious and a long procedure.
With CUET exams being introduced, the admission process is much simpler and more constructive. And all colleges under CUET will follow the same admission policies instructed by the NTA.
Renowned universities such as JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Jamia Millia Islamia, etc are accepting matriculations on the basis of CUET scores. Unlike the JEE (Main), no joint counseling for central university admissions based on CUET scores will take place. According to UGC President, all central universities would be required to admit students for bachelor's courses on the basis of the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) rather than class 12 scores.
4. Freedom to choose any UG program
Earlier, the colleges had eligibility criteria wherein, students who had not studied science could not apply for undergraduate programs in the science stream.
But with the CUET examination being introduced, the students can switch streams.
On clearing the required CUET exam subjects specified as per the university anyone can study any stream regardless of the subjects chosen in class 12.
Again offering ground for all students to take the CUET examination.
After CUET, every university will admit students according to the merit list prepared by National Testing Agency (NTA) bringing uniformity to the selection process.
From 2022 onwards, admissions would depend on the marks of only the CUET, and the marks of board exams would be the minimum eligibility criteria for admissions.
Also, the CUET is a one-window opportunity for students for getting admission to the famous central universities.
CUET 2022-23 also is expected to be a single-window platform, making the admissions more seamless and convenient for students, eliminating the entrance exams of different universities of different levels of complexity.
Q) Without taking CUET exams, can anyone take admissions at Delhi University?
A) Technically from the academic year 2022, students with cut-off scores for CUET UG 2022 examinations can only get admission to the Delhi University.
Q) What will one miss out on by not taking the CUET examination this year?
A) The students are likely to miss the opportunity to study at top universities like AMU, DU, JNU, etc.
Q) Is CUET mandatory for 12 pass-out students?
A) CUET is not a mandatory exam, however, it is highly recommended to take the exam for better opportunities.
Q) What is the main reason for introducing CUET exams?
A) The exams are introduced to bring uniformity to the UG admission process across the universities.
Q) When is the CUET exam expected to be conducted?
A) The exam is likely to be conducted in the month of July.