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English (H) without CATE?

education Updated: Jun 08, 2011 09:32 IST
Gauri Kohli

If you are among those who think that the Common Aptitude Test for English (CATE) is the only path that can get you admission to the BA English (hons) programme at Delhi University, think again.

There are a lot of queries that the varsity officials are getting related to the test held on June 5 across 22 venues in Delhi.

“We are being bombarded with questions from aspirants regarding CATE. Most of them don’t think they’ll get a chance of pursuing BA English (hons) if they don’t pass the test,” says Professor Dinesh C Varshney, deputy dean, students’ welfare, South Campus.

This year, 21 Delhi University colleges opted for CATE. Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Rajdhani College, Kirori Mal College and Vivekananda College are among the new entrants to the list of colleges that admit students to their English programme through the common test organised by DU.

CATE tests the candidates’ aptitude for literature and their creative writing skills.

However, there are 25 other colleges including Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma; Daulat Ram College; Gargi College; Hansraj College; Ramjas College and Maitreyi College that give you admisison to the BA English (hons) programme on merit.

These colleges will admit students on the basis of their Class 12 scores only.

“Scores in one language and best three relevant subjects are taken into account in these colleges so the candidates need not worry,” Varshney adds.

Many students have complained that this year’s CATE was tougher than last year. The CATE scores will be declared on June 13 while a consolidated CATE cut-off will be released by individual colleges on June 15.