Admission to all Central Universities through Common Aptitude Test from 2021-22 academic session

The central government in line with the NEP has constituted a 7 member committee to recommend the modalities of a ‘high quality aptitude test’ which will be common for admissions to undergraduate courses offered at the central universities such as DU, BHU, and JNU  from the academic session 2021.

The 7 member committee will be chaired by Professor R.P Tiwari who is also the Vice Chancellor of Central University of Punjab, Bathinda. The other members would be VCs from Delhi University, Central University of South Bihar, Central University of Mizoram as well as Banaras Hindu University. The DG – NTA and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Education would also be part of the committee.

As per the reports, Higher Education Secretary, Amit Khare told that the examination would be conducted by the National Testing Agency and would be mandatory for all. 

The test would be a computer based test and the exam would have a general aptitude test (comprising verbal and quantitative ability and logical reasoning), as well as subject specific (sciences, humanities, languages, arts and vocational subjects) tests as per the students preference. These exams shall test conceptual understanding of students.

The move would reduce the dependency of students on Class 12 board exam marks and reduce the academic pressure of the students by bringing a uniform platform for admissions into central universities across the country.

UGC chairperson professor D P Singh said the committee is expected to submit its recommendations within a month.