Students seeking admission in English Honours in Delhi University will have it a little easier this year. The number of colleges opting for the Combined Aptitude Test for English (CATE) during the admission season has gone up.
Kirori Mal College, Janki Devi Memorial College, Rajdhani College and Vivekanand College are the four newest entrants in the CATE club. Seventeen colleges were part of CATE last year, a number that has gone up to 20 this year.
However, Lady Sri Ram College, which was part of CATE last year, has decided to opt out this year due to a packed academic calendar.
"Despite having a good experience, LSR had to pull out as they did not have many teachers to help with the process," said Sumanyu Satpathy, head of English department.
About the test paper, he said, "There may be a slight change in the format of the question paper this year. We are still in the process of deciding and discussing the format and content."
Last year, the question paper had two parts, one with Multiple Choice Questions and the other with subjective questions. The second part was assessed only if the students managed to clear the cut-off in the first part.
Over 800 students will seek admission to the course across the 20 colleges. The sale and receipt of forms will start from May 18 and the exam will be conducted on June 12. "Around 6,000 applications are expected this year," Satpathy said.
It was in 2009 when 12 colleges started conducting CATE. Ram Lal Anand College (evening) opted out in 2010.