The exam in third phase was post ponded for over 11,000 candidates as their choice of city for exam centre could not be accommodated. They will also be appearing for the exam on August 30. The CUET UG 2022, the second-largest entrance test in the nation, had its inaugural edition hampered by a number of difficulties that led to exam cancellations and left the applicants stressed and exhausted.
Here is a list of errors and examples of things that went wrong during the exam, which had more than 14.9 lakh applicants. Change in testing location: A last-minute change in testing location on July 15’s first test day resulted in several candidates failing the exam. Students who showed up for the exam in the morning session at various centres in Delhi reported being turned away. Later, the NTA announced that candidates who received emails and SMS alerts about the exam centre change the night before the test would not be eligible for a retake. Aspirants have complained about last-minute changes to exam locations in later phases as well.
Mass cancellation of exam following reports of sabotage: The second shift exam on first day of second phase (August 4) was cancelled at all centres. During the entire phase, exam was cancelled at several centres with UGC Chairman saying the exam has been cancelled following reports of sabotage. The candidates from the second phase will be getting a chance for retest later this month.
Exam rescheduled to accommodate centre preference: Over 11,000 students had their third phase exam postponed because the exam centre they had chosen could not handle them. They will also be appearing for the exam on August 30.
Uniformed changes in exam dates: Several aspirants have been claiming that their exam dates are being changed without prior information leading them to unintentionally miss the exams. The students have been reaching out to both NTA and UGC seeking clarity on retest.
Admit cards mentioning already passed exam dates: Several CUET UG 2022 aspirants have claimed that the exam dates mentioned on their admit cards have already passed while the date intimated to them earlier was different. The NTA has appealed to the candidates not to panic and stick to the dates which they have been informed and their admit cards will reflect the correct dates soon.
Exam cancellation due to technical glitches: Technical glitches marred the fourth phase of the CUET UG 2022 on August 17 forcing the NTA to cancel the exam at 13 centres affecting over 8,600 candidates. The affected candidates will get a chance for retest on August 25.
Exam cancellation due to rains, landslides: The exam in second and third phases were also cancelled at some centres in Kerala and Itanagar due to rains and landslides. In Arunachal Pradesh’s Itanagar, only three candidates could reach the two exam centres and the remaining could not due to landslide. All the affected candidates will get a chance for retest.
Delayed Schedule: According to the initial plan, all phases of the CUET UG 2022 were scheduled to conclude on August 20. The NTA had 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 and is slated to conclude on August 30. The delayed scheduled of the exam has further delayed university admissions.
The National Testing Agency (NTA), which is responsible for conducting the exams, had announced a grievance redressal email for candidates who are struggling with the issues. According to University Grants Commission (UGC), each complaint is being evaluated and after verification a call is being taken whether to allow the candidate to appear for a retest. On Monday, the NTA had announced an exclusive email for candidates with grievances of CUET UG 2022 date clashing with other exams.
UGC Chief Jagadesh Kumar had last week told PTI that the glitches will not affect expansion plans for the crucial exam which includes a proposal to merge it with JEE and NEET and conducting the exam twice a year.
(Source: OTV News)