No common entrance test

No common entrance test for central universities this year: UGC

The University Grants Commission (UGC) on 18 July 2021 stated that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, admission processes in the central universities during the academic session 2021-22 might continue in accordance with past practice. UGC stated that the Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) might be conducted from the Academic Session 2022-2023. Previously, the Ministry of Education had stated that admission to the universities would be based on Common Entrance Tests.

On 17 July 2021, UGC instructed all universities to begin classes for fresh bachelor and master’s degree students by 1 October.

Higher education institutions will commence the admission process once the school boards, including the CBSE, will publish their results by 31 July.

UGC has asked institutions to complete the admission process for the under-graduation and post-graduation programs through “online/offline/mixed-mode” based on the COVID-19 situation concerning COVID-19 in different parts of the country.


deadline to completing new admissions is 30th September 2021.

UGC has requested colleges and universities to begin classes for the intermediate semester/year students as soon as possible via online/offline/mixed modes.

UGC also stated that the final exam for 2020-2021 academic should mandatorily be conducted offline (pen and paper) / online/mixed (online + offline) mode by 31st August 2021 following the directed protocols associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the UGC, the evaluation will be based on the internal evaluation and the previous semester for the intermediate semester and intermediate year students, as recommended in 2020.

However, UGC is providing some degree of freedom to educational institutions regarding restarting of academic sessions. It also stated that, in the event of a delay in announcing the results of the qualifying exams, the higher education institutions could plan and start academic sessions by 18 October 2021.

CUCET was introduced in the NEP 2020. The Union Ministry of Education had established a 7-member committee in December 2020. This committee is solely for suggesting the modalities of the CUCET for admission to graduate programs in Central Universities, according to NEP, 2020.



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