The Common University Entrance Test (CUET)-UG will be conducted in three shifts this year instead of two and plans for its merger with crucial entrance exams like JEE and NEET
will be announced at least two years in advance, according to UGC chairman M Jagadesh Kumar. In an interview to PTI, Mr Kumar said the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the National Testing Agency (NTA) are prepared to ensure that the second edition of CUET-UG is glitch free. “I agree there were several glitches during the exam last time but this year all issues have been ironed out. Keeping in mind the experience of the students, a plan has been chalked out and we are ready to ensure that the candidates just have to worry about the exam and not any glitches,” he said.
“Extra computers and extra centres have been arranged as plan B so that in case there are any glitches, the candidates can be shifted there and the exam for a particular shift will not be cancelled,” he added. Mr Kumar said that in a deviation from the usual pattern, the exam will be conducted in three shifts from this year. Asked about the proposal to merge CUET with engineering entrance exam JEE and medical entrance exam NEET, Mr Kumar said, “It is definitely doable. The details are being worked out but whenever the merger happens, announcement will be made at least two years in advance so the students can prepare accordingly.”
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