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NTA extends CUET-UG application deadline for second time. Check details

The National Testing Agency (NTA) today extended the application deadline for the Common University Entrance Test (CUET)-UG. As per NTA, candidates can now apply for CUET-UG till April 5th.

This is the second time that the agency has extended application deadline for the exam. Earlier this month, the deadline was extended till March 31 from March 26. The application deadline thus was to end today at 9:50 PM.

In a press release, NTA today said that it has decided to extend the deadline “on request received from candidates and other stakeholders”.

As per NTA, candidates now have time till 9.50 PM of April 5th, 2024 to submit application form online. The deadline to pay the fee is till 11.50 PM, April 5th. NTA is also giving more time to correct particulars, till 11.50 PM on April 7, 2024.

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UGC Chairman M Jagadesh Kumar had on March 26 also attributed the decision to extend the deadline to “the request received from candidates and other stakeholders.

Meanwhile, Sadhana Parashar, Senior Director (Exams), NTA said that candidates can now use school ID or any government ID with photograph to facilitate identification..

The upcoming CUET-UG 2024 exam is set to take place from May 15 to 31. This standardized test, first introduced in 2022, aims to simplify the admission process for various universities nationwide. A unique feature of the upcoming exam is the hybrid format proposed by the NTA, which will include both computer-based and pen-and-paper modes depending on the subject. Subjects with a high number of registrations will utilize the pen-and-paper format with optical mark recognition (OMR), while others will stick to computer-based testing.

In the previous cycle, CUET-UG saw a significant registration count of around 14.9 lakh, underscoring its importance in the realm of higher education.

Meanwhile University Grants Commission (UGC) is reportedly contemplating a common counseling process for undergraduate admissions based on CUET scores, akin to medical and engineering courses. A committee comprising officials from various universities has been formed by the UGC to explore this possibility, with five prominent universities participating in a trial phase.

The merger of the JEE and NEET exams with CUET-UG was previously considered by the commission, but no progress has been made on this front yet. The CUET has now emerged as the second largest entrance exam in the country, following NEET-UG, with over 14.9 lakh registrations. JEE-Main typically sees an average of nine lakh registrations and is conducted online, while NEET-UG is a pen-and-paper exam and remains the largest entrance test in India with approximately 18 lakh registrations.

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