UGC Chairman announces imminent date for CUET-UG results amidst exam controversies

Delay in CUET results may impact university academic calendars, with NTA promising an announcement soon amidst ongoing scrutiny of NEET and NET exams.
UGC Chairman M. Jagadesh Kumar
UGC Chairman M. Jagadesh Kumar(File Photo)

NEW DELHI: The University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman M. Jagadesh Kumar announced on Wednesday that the date for the declaration of results for the Common University Entrance Test (CUET)-UG will be announced soon.

The results for this crucial test, which serves as a gatekeeper for admission to undergraduate courses, were initially scheduled to be announced by June 30. However, there has been no update from the National Testing Agency (NTA) so far.

The delay in announcing the CUET results is likely to impact the academic calendar in universities. "NTA is working on CUET results and will announce a date soon," the UGC chairman stated.

This delay occurs amidst a controversy over alleged irregularities in competitive exams, including NEET and NET. The CUET, conducted in a hybrid mode for the first time, was cancelled across Delhi the night before the exam due to logistical reasons. It was later conducted in the national capital.

The NTA had previously announced that the third edition of the CUET-UG would be completed in seven days, with no score normalisation required as all exams would be conducted in a single shift. For 15 subjects, the tests were in pen-paper mode, while for the remaining 48 subjects, the exam was held in computer-based mode.

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This year, over 13.4 lakh candidates registered for the common entrance test for admission to undergraduate courses in 261 central, state, deemed, and private universities. In the first edition of the exam in 2022, the test was plagued by technical glitches, necessitating score normalisation due to the tests being conducted over multiple shifts.

Amid allegations of irregularities in the medical entrance exam NEET and the PhD entrance NET, the Centre recently removed NTA Director General Subodh Singh and appointed a high-level panel headed by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief R. Radhakrishnan to ensure transparent, smooth, and fair conduct of examinations through the NTA.

The NEET exam is under scrutiny due to several alleged irregularities, including a paper leak, while the UGC-NET was cancelled following inputs to the education ministry that the integrity of the exam was compromised. Both matters are currently being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Additionally, two other exams, CSIR-UGC NET and NEET-PG, were cancelled as a precautionary measure.

The CUET (UG), which was planned for May 15, was rescheduled for May 29 (only in Delhi) because of "unavoidable reasons" according to a public notification given by the NTA. The development affected nearly 146,000 students.

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