NTA Common Entrance Test 2021 (including DU) – Central Universities Common Entrance Test

Central Universities Common Entrance Test 2021

As per news reports, this year, NTA will hold a Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) 2021 for admission to UG courses in all central universities of India. This includes DU, JMI, JNU, and others – a total of 54 universities. Moreover, DU specifically may use score of CUCET + class 12 marks for admissions. The known and reported details on proposed CUCET to be held as a common entrance exam for admission in all 54 Central Universities (CUs), including the Delhi University is as follows.

What is this Common Entrance Test and Who Will Conduct It?

This common entrance test is yet to get a name, as the final decision regarding it is yet to be made. A seven member committee has been set up to look into the formation of such an exam. The exact guidelines for the exam are yet to be either decided or made public.

Proposed pattern: It has been suggested that the test will be a general test as well as a subject-specific test. As per the reports, the test will have an Aptitude section in which questions will be asked from verbal, quantitative, logic, and reasoning. The aptitude test will be mandatory for all the candidates. However, the subject-specific tests will be as per the course of admission of the students.

Who will conduct it and what will be the mode of this exam: The exam is proposed to fall under the authority of the National Testing Agency (NTA). The mode of the exam will be computer based test (CBT).

List of All 54 Central Universities in India

Here is a list of all the central universities in the nation as per the University Grants Commission (UGC). It is proposed that the common entrance test will be for admission to all of the following:

  1. Central University of Andhra Pradesh
  2. Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh
  3. The National Sanskrit University
  4. Assam University
  5. Tezpur University
  6. Rajiv Gandhi University
  7. Central University of South Bihar
  8. Mahatma Gandhi Central University
  9. Nalanda University
  10. Dr.Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University
  11. Chhattisgarh Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya
  12. Delhi Indira Gandhi National Open University
  13. Jamia Millia Islamia
  14. Jawaharlal Nehru University
  15. South Asian University
  16. University of Delhi
  17. The Central Sanskrit University
  18. Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri National Sanskrit University
  19. Central University of Gujarat
  20. Central University of Haryana
  21. Central University of Himachal Pradesh
  22. Central University of Kashmir
  23. Central University of Jammu
  24. Central University of Jharkhand
  25. Central University of Karnataka
  26. Central University of Kerala
  27. Dr.Hari singh Gour Vishwavidyalaya
  28. The Indira Gandhi National Tribal University
  29. Maharashtra Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya
  30. Manipur Central Agricultural University
  31. Manipur University
  32. National Sports University
  33. Mizoram University
  34. Meghalaya North Eastern Hill University
  35. Nagaland Nagaland University
  36. Central University of Orissa
  37. Pondicherry University
  38. Central University of Punjab
  39. Central University of Rajasthan
  40. Sikkim University
  41. Central University of Tamil Nadu
  42. Indian Maritime University
  43. English and Foreign Languages University
  44. Maulana Azad National Urdu University
  45. University of Hyderabad
  46. Tripura University
  47. Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University
  48. Aligarh Muslim University
  49. Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University
  50. Banaras Hindu University
  51. University of Allahabad
  52. Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University
  53. Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University
  54. Visva Bharati

Why a common test for CU admission?

  • Firstly, to curb the 10+2 cutoff for admission in UG courses.
  • Secondly, to demolish the process of conducting multiple exams.
  • Third, to establish an even and fair means of candidates selection in higher education after 10+2.

Delhi University to Opt Out of DUET and Participate in Common Entrance Test?

Yes. It has been reported that the Delhi University will take admission based on the scores of the common entrance test for all the Central Universities. DU is also one of the Central Universities in India. Infact, it is one of the biggest and most popular CU. However, DU has its own admission process that includes, admission based on 10+2 marks and admission based on DUET.

DUET is the Delhi University entrance test, also conducted by NTA. It is DU’s own entrance test applicable for some of the UG and PG courses. For many UG courses the admission is based on 10+2 marks.

What is Delhi University proposing now?

Well, after a common entrance test for the CUs is in the table, DU is willing to take part in this common entrance test. DU vice-chancellor PC Joshi is part of the 7 member committee set up by the central government to look after this entrance test.

If DU finalises the common entrance test channel of admission, then it has been proposed that UG admissions in DU will be based on 50-50 weightage to the common entrance test and the board exam marks.

When will the Common Entrance Test details be Out?

Right now as per the reports, The center is coming out with the common entrance test for the CUs, for which several committee meetings have been held. The details are expected to be finalised shortly

What will be the Advantages of this Common Entrance Test for Central Universities?

There are many advantages of having a single admission test for all the 54 central universities. Here are a few to list:

  • One test, less hassle. Obviously a candidates has to go through many entrance test if they want to take admission chances in more than one university. With one test, they can apply for many Universities. Thus, one application, one form and one exam.
  • The common entrance test is expected to ease out the unevenness of the common cut-off system, which is caused by different school education boards following different systems of scoring students.
  • One scale to score candidates from all boards. Thus no unfair scale of selection remains.

CUCET Held in Past Years

Until last year, a test with the name of Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) was being held. The Central University of Rajasthan conducted it till 2020. Last year, 18 central universities participated in CUCET 2021 to fill their seats in various UG, PG, and research programmes.

The universities that took part were:

  1. Central Universities of Haryana
  2. Central Universities of Jammu
  3. Central Universities of Jharkhand
  4. Central Universities of Karnataka
  5. Central Universities of Kashmir
  6. Central Universities of Kerala
  7. Central Universities of Punjab
  8. Central Universities of Rajasthan
  9. Central Universities of South Bihar
  10. Central Universities of Tamil Nadu
  11. Central University of Gujarat
  12. Central University of Odisha
  13. Central University of Andhra Pradesh
  14. Bengaluru Dr B R Ambedkar School of Economics
  15. Assam University, Silchar
  16. Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University
  17. Khallikote University, Berhampur
  18. Sardar Patel University of Police, Security & Criminal Justice, Jodhpur


Who will conduct the CUCET exam?

Until last year Cenral Universiry if Rajasthan used to hold the exam for 18 participating CUs. However, this year the exam might be conducted by the National Testing Agecy (NTA).

Whats will be the exam pattern of CUCET 2021?

It has been suggested that the test will be a general test as well as a subject-specific test. As per the reports, the test will have an Aptitude section in which questions will be asked from verbal, quantitative, logic, and reasoning. The aptitude test will be mandatory for all the candidates. However, the subject-specific tests will be as per the course of admission of the students.

Is CUCET exam conducted in online mode?

It is proposed to be held in online mode from 2021.

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