As the academic year nears its end, students gear up to face the college admissions process
head-on. This year, the college admissions process has undergone a massive change much like
the academic learning in schools, owing to the vastly unpredictable consequences of the
COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to adjusting to hybrid modes of learning and the changed
Board exam pattern for this year, a new common entrance test now awaits.
What is the Common Universities Entrance Test (CUET)?
The Common Universities Entrance Test (CUET) is to be conducted for admissions to
undergraduate (UG) and integrated postgraduate courses (PG) at central universities in India,
including Delhi University. The Union government has recently announced that CUET be
considered mandatory for all undergraduate admissions into Indian central universities, starting
this academic year. It is scheduled to be conducted in the month of July.
How is the CUET Going to be Conducted?
The NTA (National Testing Agency) plans to administer the CUET as a CBT (Computer-Based
Test) that will include MCQs or Multiple Choice Questions. Since the test is to be conducted
pan-India, it will accommodate for linguistic differences for students from different places.
The registration process for CUET commenced on April 6th and will end on May 6th, 2022 via
an online application form, accessible to students on the official portal.
After the registration, students will receive their admit cards and will be expected to appear for
the CUET based on their assigned examination center.
How Can Students Prepare for the CUET?
CUET is divided into four sections: Section IA- Languages, Section IB-Other Language, Section
II- Domain-Specific Subjects, Section III- General Knowledge. Given this structure, students
should focus on understanding how to prepare for each of the different sections, for example,
practicing comprehension passages for Section IA, or solving subject-related questions for
Section II. Additionally, managing times judiciously will prove to be a useful test-taking strategy
for the CUET.
With only a few months to go, students should realign their study strategies to match the test
pattern and begin practicing important concepts. Another useful tactic is to review the syllabus
of CUET and prepare as per the assessed topics and their weightage in the examination.
The new pattern of questions and a different test methodology might seem daunting at first, but
it is crucial for all those appearing for the CUET to remember to strategize, practice, and
prepare to the best of their abilities while maintaining belief in themselves and their abilities.
Students are often capable of incredible feats and challenges such as the CUET prompt
improvements and better performances. All the very best!