CUET 4TH Phase: Witnessing Continuity Of Technical Glitches, UGC Assures Retest For Affected Candidates

According to the University Grants Commission (UGC), all the impacted candidates will have the opportunity to redo the exam. The fourth round of the Central University Entrance Test (CUET)-UG was marred by technical issues once again on Wednesday, with numerous students claiming that the exam was cancelled at their individual centres. 

Students from a number of institutions, including the Guru Hargobind Institute of Management and Information Technology in Delhi, the Asia Pacific Institute in the Jasola (Delhi) AIS Assessment Zone, the Aakash International Senior Secondary School in Nangloi, Delhi, and the Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies in Pitampura, claimed they were told to leave the room due to server issues and technical difficulties. 

According to the University Grants Commission (UGC), all the impacted candidates will have the opportunity to reschedule the exam. “At a few centres, there was a server problem. All the affected candidates will get a chance for a retest,” UGC Chairman Jagadesh Kumar told PTI. 

Additionally, some students alleged that their exam began at least two hours later than expected. Devyani, who had travelled to Pitampura for her CUET, said, “We waited for two hours for the exam to begin in the first shift. Some of the students were also sent back citing technical glitches.” 

Another student who did not wish to be identified said, “It is a total mess. The fourth Phase is being conducted and the exam cancellations are still going on. Such an experiment with our careers and academic lives.” 

The fourth phase began with nearly 3.6 lakh candidates scheduled to appear in the exam. The CUET is the common gateway for undergraduate admissions in all central universities. The exam for an additional 11,000 candidates, who were to appear in the fourth phase from August 17-20, has been postponed to August 30 to accommodate their choice of city for a centre, officials said. 

According to the initial plan, all phases of the CUET-UG were scheduled to conclude on August 20. The National Testing Agency (NTA), which is responsible for conducting the exam, later announced that all phases of the exam will conclude on August 28. However, now the schedule has been further deferred and the exam has been split into six phases. 

 “The exam for over 11,000 candidates, out of 3.72 lakh candidates, has been postponed to August 30 to accommodate their choice of city for the exam centre. The NTA Has increased the capacity at centres and also added more exam centres, besides making efforts to ensure the quality of the centres is enhanced,” UGC Chairman Kumar had announced. 

The second phase of CUET was marred by glitches prompting the agency to cancel the exam at various centres. Kumar had said the exam was cancelled at various centres following indications and reports of “sabotage”. The exam in the second and third phases was also cancelled at centres in Kerala and Itanagar due to rains and landslides. 

(Source: OTV News

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