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NTA chief says Normalisation will ensure level playing field: CUET UG 2022

Vineet Joshi, Director, National Testing Agency (NTA) in a statement said that the National Testing Agency’s (NTA) CUET UG is a test for undergraduate courses that will ensure that students taking this exam get a level-playing field. The scores will be based on a normalisation process.

This normalisation process, which is used by the agency in terms of engineering entrance tests will assure fairness in the checking process as the agency takes various factors into the condition that could lead to the students performing better for reasons apart from academic competence.

For example, the difficulty level of a question paper on the same subject may vary from one session to another. But the normalisation process offers a level playing field, Joshi said.

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“Consider a situation where 20,000 students are taking the Economics paper on July 15, while another group is taking the paper on August 8. One would assume that those taking it earlier are at a disadvantage as the August 8 group will be better prepared. But while awarding the percentile scores, the relative performance of candidates from the same group will be considered,” Joshi said.

CUET-UG is the nation’s largest common entrance for college admissions that will take place on July 15, 16, 19 and 20 in the first phase — and on August 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 20 in the second phase.

Approximately 14.9 lakh students have enrolled for the exam and the students registered have picked 54,555 “unique combinations” of subjects. Their CUET-UG scores will be used by colleges under 90 universities, including 44 Central, 19 private, 11 deemed and 12 state institutions.

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As per NTA Director, the test has been made in such a way that it does not “favour or disfavour anyone”. 

“Moreover, when the exam was announced, we had made all the announcements. Choosing subjects in a particular slot is a choice that the students have exercised; we have not made any changes there,” he said.

Vineet Joshi has even said that candidates who are appearing in numerous papers on the same day will get the same centre. “There are no cases of students, who are appearing in more than one subject, having to travel to different cities or centres in the same city on the same day anymore. There could be cases of a student being allotted different centres in the same city when the papers are spread over multiple days. As many as 98 per cent have got the city of their first choice. And we are trying to accommodate the rest. We are trying to address genuine concerns and we will continue doing that till tomorrow,” he said.

As per Joshi, NTA has received several requests from the candidates to prepare date sheets so that they can done with their exams as soon as possible. “We have tried to create an impartial and fair system based on all inputs, and based on our experience and learnings we will bring improvements. For now, all genuine problems are being addressed,” he said.

On complaints of delay in the issue of admit cards, Joshi said: “Everyone was aware of the starting date of the exam. The dates were announced in June itself. It was a given that some students would have to appear in the initial few dates while some would be assigned slots in phase II.”

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