New Delhi, March 29 (Agency)University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Jagdish Kumar on Tuesday said that the National Testing Agency (NTA) will consider conducting the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) twice in a year from the next session. Kumar said that CUET will neither take away the relevance of board examinations nor will it encourage a “culture of coaching”. He said that the students of the state board would not suffer in the undergraduate course admission process. It is the responsibility of NTA to conduct CUET. Kumar said the work of CUET would not be limited to admissions only in central universities, as several reputed private universities have indicated that they are willing to use the combined entrance test scores for admission to undergraduate courses.
Kumar had announced last week that it would be mandatory to use CUET marks and not class 12th marks for admission to 45 central universities and central universities may set their own minimum eligibility criteria. When asked whether this exam will promote a ‘coaching culture’ for undergraduate courses, Kumar said, “No coaching will be required for the exam, so the question of promoting coaching culture does not arise.” The exam will be completely based on the 12th syllabus. Many students are worried whether questions from class 11 syllabus will also be asked in the exam, so the answer is ‘no’.