Reconsider centralised system of CUET exam, demands RSS

Singh said that it was essential first to consider whether all state and private universities, except Central universities, need to be included in the CUET-UG and PG exams.
Reconsider centralised system of CUET exam, demands RSS

NEW DELHI: The RSS has termed discrepancies in the answer keys of the CUET-UG examination as “extremely serious, highlighting the structural flaws in competitive exams.” Devendra Singh, national convenor, Competitive Examinations, Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas, an RSS body on education, has called for reforms and proposed alternatives.

Singh said that it was essential first to consider whether all state and private universities, except Central universities, need to be included in the CUET-UG and PG exams. “Each state has its own circumstances and the availability of courses and resources varies between state and private universities. Considering the diversity, large population, and inter-university differences, a single exam for the entire country’s university system is not a sensible option,” he said.

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He stated that the institutions conducting the exams should engage in serious introspection about why they cannot provide correct answers to even 100-50 questions despite having the resources. “It should also be considered how to involve knowledgeable and dedicated professors in the question-making process,” he added.

He said the problem of incorrect answer keys is widespread, from the Union Public Service Commission to the State Staff Selection Commissions. Therefore, the construction of question papers and the examination process should be made a mandatory part of service duty for scholarly professors across the country. “Participation in question paper construction, evaluation of competitive exam papers, and interview panels should be declared an indispensable part of service duty,” he said.

The standards for determining who qualifies for constructing question papers vary significantly across different institutions, which should also be reconsidered and redefined, he said. “Qualified professors, other experts, and retired scholars should be given ample opportunity to contribute to the creation of objective question banks,” said Singh.

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