Uninformed change of exam dates, distant centers leave students confused

COMMON UNIVERSITY ADMISSION TEST (CUET): Many students, who had postponed the CUET UG exam to August 30, were shocked to find that their exams were brought forward to Thursday, August 18 and the centers were far from their preferred locations.

Himank Nassa, an aspirant said, “On August 14, I received an email that my exams are scheduled on the 18th and 25th. Again on August 16, a notification on the website showed that we can choose to appear for the August 18 exam or postpone it to August 30 if we want the center in our desired city.”

Nassa said he chose to postpone the exam date to August 30 and received a confirmation for the same. “But today (Thursday) morning when I opened the website to check the admit card, I saw that the exam was scheduled for today, that too in Chandigarh. Currently the exam is going on and there is no so that he can reach on time,” said Nassa, a resident of Sonipat in Haryana.

Rishabh Kumar Mishra from Delhi was scheduled to appear for the General English Test and Accountancy Papers. He had decided to move the exams to August 30 so that he could sit for them in his favorite city. He had been checking the portal every day to download his admit card which became available only on August 18, Mishra said. “Today (Thursday) at 7 in the morning I checked the admission card on the portal and realized that the exam takes place today at 9 in the morning and that I should arrive at the center in half an hour. The allotted center was Galgotias University, Noida, 72 km from my location,” said Mishra.

Navneet Pathak, who appeared from Samastipur, Bihar, saw her admit card showing August 18 and realized that the exam had already started. “Until Wednesday, whenever I checked the website, the admit card was not available. It was made available today (Thursday) morning.”

All the errant admit cards were later removed from the portal, the affected students said.

A senior official of the National Testing Agency said The Indian Express which has not issued any new admit card after 13th August. “We issued admit cards for the phase starting August 17 on August 13. We don’t keep changing the dates at the end. However, at the moment we are not dismissing any complaints and are verifying them,” said the officer.

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