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UGC: New Common Entrance Test for Universities Will Reduce Stress for Students: UGC Head, M Jagadesh Kumar | India News

NEW DELHI: The new Common Entrance Test for Central Universities is designed in such a way that no student will be disadvantaged and it will also ensure that the level of stress experienced by young people is reduced, said the Chairman of the Commission university grants, Mr. Jagadesh Kumar.
In an interaction with TOI, Kumar said that under the previous system, thresholds had skyrocketed at several colleges and universities, reaching 98-99%.
“It’s definitely a cause of stress in the minds of students and parents. The other major problem with board grades is that there are so many boards across the country. And there’s a wide variation , the way the boards give the grades. Let’s say I was born in a state and I study in a particular board, as hard as I try, if I only get 80%, but if someone else was born in another state, and is studying in another board, and with the same effort, if they get 99%, then the alumnus is definitely at a disadvantage,” he said.
The CUET or Central University Entrance Test will ensure a level playing field, he added.
“The other problem is that in many universities they organize their own entrance test, for example, BHU organizes their own, JNU organizes their own, and several other universities also organize their own entrance tests. So how many Entrance tests can a student also create a lot of stress and financial burden for both parents and students,” he said.
The UGC president said that instead of striving for 99%, students can now try to focus on becoming better learners. “That’s why we introduced CUET,” he said.
As to whether the new test will prove to be an additional burden on students, the UGC president said that to reduce pressure on students, CUET will be limited to the standard 12th NCERT program only. “Students are taking their board exams anyway and things are fresh in their minds,” Kumar added.
“The other thing that we took care of, because in some states the NCERT program may not have been adopted. We know that the NCERT program is adopted in at least 21 states and some union territories. There are some minor differences in the State Board program and the NCERT program.To eliminate any kind of possible disadvantage for students coming from State Boards, we have introduced choice.In the sense that in a given article , there will be 50 questions, but the students will only have to answer 40,” he said.
“Our experts who will prepare the question papers will also be sensitized to these small differences between the state program and the NCERT program,” the UGC chief said.
When asked if he thinks a big coaching industry will come around CUET now, Kumar replied that he thinks it’s unlikely.
Unlike other competitions such as JEE, where students have to study both class 11 and 12 syllabus, in CU CET it is only class 12 syllabus.
He also said the seat-to-candidate ratio was much more favorable when it came to CUET.
“Look at JEE, where for IIT admissions appear almost 12 lakh students. And how many places are there in all IITs combined – around 16,000. On the other hand, if you look at the number of seats in BA, BSc or similar programs in 45 Central Universities and some of the best state or other reputable universities, the total number of seats will be close to about 2 lakh. Central Universities themselves have about 1 .2 lakh seats.That means 12 lakh people are applying for 2,000,000 seats, so the competition is one against six or one against five,” he said.
look CUET will reduce stress of board exams, won’t encourage coaching industry: UGC chief Mr Jagadesh Kumar