UGC considering merging JEE, NEET into CUET; proposes single entrance exam

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According to a report by the Times of India, the University Grants Commission (UGC) is thinking about combining the largest entrance exams in the nation—the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for engineering and the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for medicine—with the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) UG for university admissions.

According to the proposal to combine these exams, students will be able to select their area of study by taking a single entrance exam as opposed to appearing for the same four subjects – physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics – in three different exams, according to UGC Chairman M Jagadesh Kumar to TOI.

Reducing student stress is the goal of the plan to combine the top three entrance examinations. The suggestion is to unify all of these entrance exams so that our students won’t have to take several entrance exams that test the same body of information. When it comes to applying to different fields, students should just have to take one admission exam, according to Kumar, who was quoted by TOI. Exam consolidation is being viewed by UGC from the perspective of streamlining logistics for candidates and the National Testing Agency (NTA). “If you reduce the number of tests, there is a potential that it will become easier from a logistics point of view for NTA,” the UGC chairman continued.

The NTA now needs to prepare various sets of question papers for the three tests, but with this change, just one set will be needed, according to Kumar. To get an agreement on the proposal to have a single exam, that too twice a year, UGC is in discussions with the universities and officials. A second admission exam can be held in December after the board exams, Kumar added, according to the BBC.

Ranoj Pegu, the education minister for Assam, praised the decision on Twitter, writing, “I applaud the UGC proposal of integrating JEE, NEET, and CUET. One exam will be taken by students for different career options. With the same score as one common entrance, you can still get into other UG courses even if you can’t get into medicine or engineering. a good concept

As the second-largest entrance exam in the nation, the CUET UG 2022 for admission to general programmes at colleges and universities made its debut this year. The exam, which is currently going on, has been hampered by last-minute centre changes, technical difficulties, and date postponements. Candidates for JEE Main 2022 encountered server difficulties in both sessions and wanted a third attempt. In addition, the NEET UG 2022 exam experienced nationwide problems, such as the Kerala NEET issue, in which female students were required to remove their undergarments in order to take the exam, and the Rajasthan NEET issue, in which students were unable to take the exam because of a mix-up between the English and Hindi question papers.

Mayank Tewari

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