On Sunday, the exam got started. From May 21 to May 25, the CUET-UG Phase One exam is being taken in 271 cities and more than 447 centres. Three shifts of testing are being conducted. The overall number of applicants planned for shift 1 was 87,879; shift 2 saw 87,903 students show up; and shift 3, which was completed in 458 centres, saw 89,466 students show up to take the exam.
According to University Grants Commission (UGC) Chief M. Jagadesh Kumar, the Common University Entrance Test (CUET)- UGC 2023 day 1 attendance was 76% with 2,65,248 applicants taking the test.
In two per cent of the centres (approximately 12 out of 450), the exam started later than scheduled but was successfully completed. He added that the exam started late due to a couple of reasons, such as power fluctuations in some centres and, in others, students needing to follow staggered entry.
According to the UGC, the students were informed in the admit cards to enter the centre in a staggered manner. “But in a few centres, since they came late, there was crowding and subsequent delay in the start of the exam. We request the students to come staggered to avoid this kind of situation.
We have now taken administrative measures to prevent such situations in the future. In many cities, we have also taken help from the traffic police to minimize traffic jams around the centres,” Kumar added.
He said, “We have also provided basic amenities like water, refreshments, and covered shelters, waiting areas for the candidates and their parents, guardians. Candidates and their parents were also regularly informed about the steps taken and the exam start status in the centres where there was a delay in starting the test.
“We will continue to take measures to provide a better experience to the students sitting for CUET-UG. The city information slips for the third phase were notified to be announced (May 29-June 2) on May 23.
(Source: OTV News)