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In line with the National Education Policy, the Ministry of Education has constituted a 7-member committee to work on a Common Aptitude Test (CAT) for all the Central Universities from the 2021-22 academic session. This increases the possibility of DU doing away with the cut-off system. 

University Of Delhi’s high cut-offs may become a thing of the past super soon as the Government gets ready to implement a Common Aptitude Test for all the Central Universities for the 2021-22 academic session. According to the reports, a seven-member committee has been constituted to recommend the modalities of a ‘high-quality aptitude test’ which would be common for admissions to all the central universities. This test is expected to come into effect for admissions to undergraduate courses for the 2021-22 academic session.

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The examination would be conducted by the National Testing Agency, NTA, and would be mandatory for all. Higher Education Secretary, Amit Khare told TOI, “This is going to be implemented from the 2021-22 session for the central universities.”

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Higher Education secretary Amit Khare was quoted by The Times of India’s saying that ‘the computer-based common entrance exam, which will be conducted by the NTA, will be mandatory for admission to all central universities and will be implemented from the 2021-22 session for the central universities.’

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This recent move would not only bring a uniform platform for all, but it is expected to reduce the dependence on Class 12th board examinations as well as also give a fighting opportunity to a student with higher aptitude who fails to score 90 per cent or higher and loses out their chance to get into these central universities.

On top of that, the students will also have an option of appearing for the examination more than once but eliminate the requirement of appearing for entrance exams for different central universities. The ‘aptitude’ score would be valid for admissions to all the universities. A minimum eligibility criterion would also be set to ensure maximum eligibility.

The seven-member committee will be chaired by Professor R.P Tiwari who is also the Vice-Chancellor of Central University of Punjab, Bathinda. The other members would be Vice-Chancellors from Delhi University, Central University of South Bihar, Central University of Mizoram as well as Banaras Hindu University. The DG – NTA and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Education would also be part of the committee. Recommendations are expected to be submitted within a month.

The move is on the lines of the proposals set for by the National Education Policy. The policy aims to “work to offer a high-quality common aptitude test as well as specialized common subject exams in the sciences, humanities, languages, arts and vocational subjects, at least twice every year. These exams shall test conceptual understanding.” Reported Times Now.

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Renu Thapa
Renu is currently majoring in English at Gargi College, Delhi University. Apart from her writing habit, she is also very vocal about her opinions and encourages girls to speak up. Renu is also a sucker for naruto and friends.

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