Three North-Eastern Central Universities are among those that have garnered over two thousand applications for the Common College Entrance Test (CUET-PG) in stark contrast to CUET-UG which saw that aspirants mostly showed interest in the courses conducted by North India. universities
For the CUET-PG, scheduled to be held from September 1 to 11, Tripura University, Manipur University and North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU) received 2.94 lakh, 2 .90 lakh and 2.82 lakh applications respectively, finding a place in the league of Top 10 most popular institutions.
In contrast, these three universities had collectively drawn 1.17 lakh applications for CUET-UG, which is underway.
The geographical spread of popular universities, in terms of receiving applications, was largely limited to Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan.
As many as 3.57 lakh unique candidates, majority (1.87 lakh) of whom are women, have registered for CUET-PG, which will also be organized by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The NTA is an autonomous institution under the Union Ministry of Education.
The social category breakdown of the applicants shows that 33% of them belong to the unreserved category, 37.53% are OBC, 11.24% are SC, 9.2% are ST and the 8.33% candidates have registered under EWS category. . Official data shows that up to 2273 candidates fall under the disabled category.
Banaras Hindu University (BHU), which attracted the second highest number of applications in CUET-UG, received the maximum number of applications (3.53 lakh) for the postgraduate edition of the test , followed by Lucknow’s Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (3.13 lakh) and Uttarakhand-based Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University (3.02 lakh).
As many as 66 universities, most of them run by the centre, have adopted the computer-based CUET-PG for admissions in the academic session 2022-23. It will be held in two shifts each on September 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11 in around 500 cities in India and 13 centers abroad.
According to the CUET-PG newsletter, the entry will provide a common platform and equal opportunities to candidates across the country, “especially those from the North-East and rural and other remote areas and will help establish a better connection with the universities”.
CUET-PG will be conducted in English in Hindi except in Language and Literature Papers. The CUET-UG, on the other hand, is held in 13 languages. There will be 100 questions in each paper on topics ranging from language comprehension, verbal ability, social studies, mathematics, science, general awareness, mathematical and quantitative ability, analytical skills as well as questions related to the subject.