This year, around 2,000 more students will take the Combined Aptitude Test for English (CATE) for admissions to English (Honours) courses at 21 DU colleges compared with 2011.
Close to 13,000 students are believed to have applied this year. Last year, around 11,000 aspirants took the test.
“While the final number has not been tabulated, we think close to 13,000 students have applied this year,” said Tapan Basu, coordinator, CATE.
The test has become very popular among colleges as most are happy with the quality of students they have been getting through the exam.
The test, which will have objective as well as subjective sections, will be held on June 9.
“There is no change in the format. We have, however, made sure that there is no duplication in the topics that we include in the exams and those taught in schools under the popular boards,” Basu added.
The committee had come under fire in 2010 when they had set a paper that had questions based on a poem — Aunt Jennifer’s Tiger — taught to Class 12 CBSE students. Schools from CISCE board had filed a written complaint.
According to teachers, students who like to read and have a good command over the language will be able to sail through.
“There is no particular syllabus for CATE. Students in touch with literature are the ideal candidates. They should read a lot of what they like. It is an aptitude test. There is nothing that can be learnt in a week or two. We are testing the students’ learning in 14 years. Students should not waste their time on coaching classes,” said Sanam Khanna, who teaches English at Kamla Nehru College.
This year, the duration of the exam has been increased from one-and-a-half to 2 hours.
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