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UGC’s eligibility test makes it tough for research students to get into CCSU

With the introduction of research eligibility test by the University Grants Commission, doing research from Chaudhary Charan Singh University (CCSU) has become tougher. In the recently concluded test, only 161 from 8,000 applicants were declared successful.

india Updated: Jul 04, 2010 23:27 IST
Kapil Datta

With the introduction of research eligibility test by the University Grants Commission, doing research from Chaudhary Charan Singh University (CCSU) has become tougher. In the recently concluded test, only 161 from 8,000 applicants were declared successful.

University officials said in 14 subjects — among them Zoology, Genetics and Plant Breeding, Economics, Mathematics, Biochemistry, Psych-ology, Statistics and Microbiology — not even a single student could clear the eligibility test.

Officials said failed students were not able to understand the test paper and were questioning pattern of examination and marking.

However, students said the exam didn’t test their knowledge of the subject, but other irrelevant topics. “I had applied for Zoology subject. I have cleared IP University and one other university eligibility test but CCSU says I failed in the test. It is unbelievable," said Pushkar Kaushal Richheria, a PhD candidate said.

“The question paper was set on civil services examination pattern. Instead of testing our knowledge on the main subject in which we are supposed to do research, irrelevant questions on history, committees and constitution baffled the applicants.”

Madhu Gupta, another candidate and a primary school teacher, who sat for the test for Chemistry said: “I cannot believe I could not even get passing marks. The university has not even told us the marks we scored. I would like to get the papers rechecked.”

Several other failed students echoed similar views. They all have questioned the pattern of examination.

University vice chancellor, S.K. Kak said: “All question papers were set as per UGC guidelines and evaluation, too, was as per norms. However, if student feel we can give the marks secured by failed students. If they are not satisfied they can ask for revision but there must be enough grounds for that.”

“Out of around 8,000 candidates, only 161 could clear the exam. Subjects in which students managed to clear the test include History, Hindi, English Sociology, Political science, Che-mistry, Home Science, Music and Commerce,” Kak said.