"No Retest For CUET": University Panel Chief On Students Missing Chance

"No Retest For CUET": University Panel Chief On Students Missing Chance

No retest will be held for those who missed today’s Common University Entrance Test (CUET) for undergraduate admissions to central universities — this was categorically announced by Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar, chairman of the University Grants Commission, this evening. 

After reports that many students had missed their paper because of sudden shifts in the exam centre, this was confirmed by Mr Kumar. Mr Kumar further claimed that if students reached on time at a centre other than the one assigned, “they are allowed” — this wasn’t seen today, though. 

However, the 197 candidates at West Bengal’s New Jalpaiguri and Punjab’s Pathankot — where the test was cancelled due to technical issues — are likely to get another chance, NTA officials have told news agencies.

The first-ever CUET is being conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) in two phases. More than half of the 14.9 million students registered in all subjects are currently in the first phase, which took place July 15, 16, 19, and 20. Phase 2 begins in August. 

The UGC Chairman stated that attendance today was around 85 percent, in a video sent to journalists. He first gave details of arrangements — 5,000 security cameras, 1,500 mobile-signal jammers — and then spoke about the missed chances.