The second phase of CUET UG 2022 concludes today.

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Even though exam cancellations owing to technical difficulties have caused a delay in the final schedule, the second round of the Common University Entrance Test (CUET)-UG finished on Wednesday. The exam, which is being given for the first time this year, will now end on August 28 instead of its original completion date of August 20.

Technical issues during the first three days of the important exam forced the National Testing Agency (NTA) to cancel the test at several centres; however, there were no issues during the exams on August 7, 8, and 10. Additionally, due to floods and landslides, the exam had to be cancelled at centres in Kerala and Itanagar.

“On the last day, 64,858 enrolled applicants took the exam at 275 testing locations in 210 cities in the nation. Both the morning and evening sessions of the exam ran smoothly at every centre “M. Jagadesh Kumar, the UGC chairman, said. Glitches during the second round of the CUET-Undergraduate, which started on Thursday, caused issues for students who were turned back from exam centres. The exam’s first shift was cancelled on Thursday in a number of locations across 17 states, while the second shift was cancelled at all 489 locations.

At 50 locations, the exam was cancelled on Friday. The agency postponed the CUET-UG for the day at 53 centres on Friday night in anticipation of a situation such as the one that occurred on Saturday. Exams were cancelled at multiple centres after Kumar claimed on Tuesday that there were “indications of sabotage.”

“There were rumours and signs that the process had been sabotaged. Exams at centres where such potential existed were promptly cancelled and postponed by the NTA (National Testing Agency). He had previously stated that “strict action will be taken against anyone engaging in deliberate sabotage of the process.” The test that was postponed last week will now be held from August 24 to August 28 and new admit cards will be issued, the NTA declared on Sunday. The CUET results will be the basis for admission to 45 central universities, which can set their own minimum eligibility requirements, the UGC chairman had previously declared in March.

The CUET has surpassed the JEE-Main, whose average enrollment is nine lakh, to become the second-largest entrance test in the nation with 14.9 lakh registrations. In addition to central institutions, 19 private universities, 12 state universities, and 11 deemed universities have filed to take part in the first edition of CUET-UG for admissions in the academic year 2022–2023.

Mayank Tewari

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