CUET UG re-exam from July 15-19 for candidates with valid complaints

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has announced that a re-examination will be conducted for CUET UG candidates from July 15 to 19 if any complaint regarding the conduct of the exam is found to be valid. The announcement was made on Sunday.

Also, the NTA has released the answer key of the undergraduate entrance exam, though the result will be delayed. According to a senior NTA official, candidates can challenge the answer key till July 9 at 6 pm.

The official notice reads, “The NTA is also resolving public complaints received in respect of the examination conducted for CUET (UG) – 2024 and received up to 30th June 2024. If the complaint is genuine, the NTA
We are committed to conduct the examination again for these candidates on any date between 15th to 19th July 2024 at selected centres.” Further, admit cards will be issued to the candidates and the exam will be conducted in CBT (Computer Based Test) mode only.

Although NTA officials did not comment on the complaints received, candidates have reported problems like wastage of time and technical difficulties at some exam centres.

Over 13.4 lakh candidates registered for the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) this year for admission to undergraduate programmes in 261 central, state, deemed and private universities.

CUET UG 2024 Answer Key Challenge

“The challenges made by the candidates will be verified by a panel of subject experts. The result will be declared based on the revised final answer key,” the official said.

The delay in the CUET-UG results comes amid the ongoing controversy over alleged irregularities in competitive exams including NEET and NET. This year, the CUET-UG exam was conducted for the first time in hybrid mode across the country. However, the exam scheduled to be held in Delhi was cancelled the night before due to logistical issues and was later rescheduled in the national capital.

The NTA had earlier announced that the third edition of CUET-UG will be completed in seven days and there will be no normalization of marks as all the exams will be conducted in a single shift.

The exams for 15 subjects were conducted in pen-and-paper mode, while the exams for the remaining 48 subjects were computer-based.

In the inaugural edition of the exam in 2022, the exam faced significant technical glitches. As the exam for one subject was conducted in multiple shifts, the marks had to be normalised during the result declaration. Amid allegations of irregularities in medical entrance exam NEET and PhD entrance exam NET, the Centre replaced NTA director general Subodh Singh last week.

To ensure transparent, smooth and fair conduct of the examinations by the NTA, a high-level panel headed by former Indian Space Research Organisation chief R Radhakrishnan has been set up.

The NEET exam is under scrutiny for various irregularities including alleged paper leak, while the UGC NET was cancelled after the education ministry received information that the integrity of the exam had been compromised. Both cases are currently under investigation by the CBI.

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July 8, 2024

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