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More takers for common English test

delhi Updated: Apr 06, 2010 00:00 IST
Ritika Chopra
Ritika Chopra
Hindustan Times
Delhi University

After its success last year, Delhi University’s (DU) common entrance test for English (Honours) has now found more takers among affiliated colleges.

Apart from the 11 institutions from last year (Ram Lal Anand evening has pulled out this time), another eight have decided to join Combined Aptitude Test for English (CATE).

The department of English will be ready with the final list of new participating colleges by April 15.

Sought after colleges such as Lady Shri Ram College and Miranda House are among the new participants. A total of 47 colleges offer English (Honours) in DU. CATE provides students an opportunity to secure admission in English (Honours) at some of the best colleges irrespective of one’s Class XII performance.

The participating colleges give 70 per cent weightage to CATE score and 30 per cent to Boards performance.

This, consequently, had led to a huge rush of applicants in the examination’s first year itself.

“Colleges, especially Hindu College, Shivaji College and IP College, were very happy with students who came in through CATE. Many had read the texts in the syllabus already. It was unprecedented,” said Sumanyu Sathpathy, head, English Department, DU.

“CBSE marks do not reflect one’s interest in literature. We are keen on admitting students through CATE,” said Saswati Sengupta, teacher-in-charge, English, Miranda House.

Unlike last year, the sale of forms and registration process will be decentralised.

“All 19 colleges associated with the examination will be selling common CATE forms this year, which will be an OMR (Optical Mark reader) form,” added Sathpathy.

OMR sheets require students to mark their choices by colouring circles on the sheet which are scanned and read by a computer. The evaluation process too will see changes. “This time, examinees will mark their correct choices for MCQs on an OMR sheet. We will evaluate subjective answers of only those candidates who meet the MCQ cut-off,” added Sathpathy.

Colleges that are not affiliated with CATE will have to admit students on the basis on their Class XII Board marks.