CUET 2022 Results Declared: More candidates scored 95th percentile in English than any other paper in the Central University Entrance Test (CUTE), according to results data accessed by The Indian Express. English also has the highest number of 100 percentile scores (8,236 candidates) across all CUET subjects, indicating that admission to Delhi University’s BA English (Honours) program will be difficult this year.
Last year, a total of 3,100 students had been admitted to BA English (Honours) programs in 46 DU-affiliated colleges based on their performance in the Class 12 board exams.
The Indian Express analyzed results data for the five main subjects with the highest number of examinees or candidates (English, general tests, chemistry, maths and physics) and found that physics and maths were the most difficult papers and English, the easiest. About 4.85 lakh appeared in English paper, 4.5 lakh appeared in general test, 2.3 lakh in chemistry, 2.29 lakh in mathematics and 2.2 lakh in physics. The CUET UG 2022 covered a total of 61 subjects.
Of the top five subjects, physics has the fewest number of 95th percentile scores, while English has the highest (see chart). In English, 33,627 candidates scored 95th percentile. It was followed by 24,030 candidates with 95th percentile in general test, 12,179 in chemistry, 11,942 in mathematics and the least i.e. 11,329 in physics.
The cut-off marks for having obtained a 95th percentile in physics and mathematics is much lower than that of English. In order to achieve the 95th percentile in physics, a candidate should have scored 52.5% or 105 out of 200. The 95th percentile cut-off marks in mathematics are much lower than 51.5% or 103 out of 200 points English, in stark contrast, has its 95th percentile cut-off set at 92.5% or 185 out of 200 points.
“If we have to go further down (in terms of grades) to find a candidate in the 95th percentile in their cohort, that means the paper was tough. If someone is in the top 5% of their cohort in getting high marks , this role is relatively easier,” explained a senior NTA official.
Professors at central universities are unwilling to hazard a guess as to what the above trend means for this year’s admissions. According to Haneet Gandhi, Delhi University Dean (Admissions), until all students submit their CUET scores and preferences, it will be difficult to assess what a candidate’s chances might be for a particular program and college .
However, a large number of candidates in the high percentile band generally means a more competitive admissions process.
CUET is the single gateway test for admission to a degree program in a centrally managed university. For example, for the first time, DU will not admit students based on the Board’s class 12 marks. Admission to DU will be based on a candidate’s performance in CUET.
CUET UG was conducted in six phases from July 15 to August 30. A total of 9.9 lakh unique candidates had registered for the exam. As some of the candidates appeared for more than one job, NTA conducted the exam for around 15 lakh candidates in total. Of these, 2.49 lakh students took the exam in the first phase (July 15 to July 20), 1.91 lakh in phase 2 (August 4 to August 6 ), 1.91 lakh in Phase 3 (August 7 to August 10), 3.72 lakh in Phase 4 (August 17 to August 20), 2.01 lakh in Phase 5 (August 21 to August 23) and finally 2.86 lakh in the last phase (August 24 to August 30).