The National Testing Agency (NTA) will begin the application process for the Central Universities Entrance Test (CUET) today.
Students aiming to study undergraduate programmes in central universities have to appear in the CUET mandatorily from this year.
The last date to register for CUET is April 30 and the exam will be conducted in first week of July.
They can apply online at the official website – cuet.samarth.ac.in
The three-and-a-half-hour computer-based entrance test will only have multiple-choice questions based on the content of NCERT textbooks.
The test can be taken in 13 languages. The languages are Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujarati, Odiya, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi, English, Hindi and Urdu. Additionally, a student can also pick from 19 other languages such as French, German, Japanese, Russian, Bodo, Santhali and many more.
According to the NTA, candidates can take up to nine papers in two different combinations. Under the first combination, a candidate can pick up to two language papers spread over Section IA and IB; up to six domain subjects; and a general test. Under the second, one can pick up to three languages; up to five domain subjects; and a general test. In both cases, the maximum number of papers that can be taken shall be nine.
The CUET will not rank students. It will just provide them scores. There will be negative marking for wrong answers. Also, marks scored in the Class 12 Board examination will not be given any weightage. However, universities have been given the option to use the Board exam scores in one count.
For skill-based courses that have major practical components, such as music, painting, sculpture and theatre, universities will be allowed to conduct practical exams or interviews along with CUET. For professional programmes such as engineering and MBBS, central universities will admit through the entrance exams JEE (Main) and NEET respectively.