In the list of the things cancelled due to the novel Coronavirus, joining the merit-based form for Delhi University, up next is the Delhi University Entrance Test (DUET 2020).
The National Testing Agency (NTA) has postponed the registrations for DUET 2020 at a time when some of the to-be first-year students are still left with board exams amidst the Coronavirus nationwide lock down. The NTA has been known to conduct various national level entrance exams like Joint Entrance Examinations (Mains), Jawaharlal Nehru University Entrance Exam, etc. DUET used to be conducted internally by the varsity, until last year when the onus was given to NTA.
NTA brought along itself a lot of relief for the aspirants in terms of facilities and ease of conduct of the exams. Some of the popular courses for which this exam is conducted are B.A(Hons.) Humanities and Social Sciences, B.A (Hons) Multimedia and Mass Communication, B.Tech, M.Phil and Ph.D courses. The varsity had promised more student-friendly measures such as a single form admission process; details of which would be more clear once the lock down is lifted and the schedule for the year 2020-21 is announced.
This year, the registration process was supposed to begin from 2nd April 2020 and the exams were to be conducted from 2nd to 9th June 2020. Since the varsity is closed till 14 April as of now, a Press Release on 3rd April 2020 announced the registration to be “postponed till further notice” as well.
Jahnvi Mishra, an aspiring DU student, said “I am stressed about the admission season but I am much more worried about the last board exam I have left”
With everything being postponed right now, whether it be the board exams or the entrance exam schedules all across the globe, it would be interesting to note the steps that the varsity takes in the coming few months to cause minimal loss to the current students as well as the to-be first year students in the university.
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Delhi University Entrance Test has been delayed until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak.
With the Covid-19 outbreak, the Prime Minister announced a 21-day pan-national lockdown on the 25th of March. This has led to most of the functions in the country coming to a halt or being delayed. Such has been the case with the Delhi University Admission Test (DUET) which is conducted by the National Test Agency (NTA). The application process for the same had to be started this week, however due to the unanticipated pandemic outbreak, these processes have been delayed. Extensions for applications of several examinations have been announced by the NTA. Exams like JEE Mains and NEET UG have also been postponed.
The application process was initially supposed to have begun on the 2nd of April. Apart from the lack of staff to manage the applications under the lockdown, the process also requires 12th board marksheets, exams for which have been postponed in most states. Consequently, the operations for the application process have been suspended until further notice.
DUET is a two-hour examination conducted across different centres. The exam has 100 questions; 4 marks are awarded for every correct answer, while 1 mark is deducted for incorrect. NTA conducts examinations for entrances to both undergraduate and postgraduate programs offered by the Delhi University. The following are the subjects:
B Tech (Information technology and mathematical innovations)
BA Hons Business Economics
Bachelor of Management Studies
BA Hons Humanities and Social Science
Bachelor of Business Administrations (Financial Investment Analysis)
Bachelor of Science in Physical Education
Health Education and sports
BA Hons Multimedia and Mass communication
Five Year Integrated Programme in Journalism
In PG courses, apart from those that offer interdisciplinary or professional courses, students are admitted to departments, 50% on the basis of merit and 50% on DUET rank. The entrance test may or may not be followed by an interview or a group discussion.