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CATE 2012 due in June

Eligibility criteria revised for candidates

education Updated: May 15, 2012 14:01 IST
HT Education Correspondent

Delhi University’s Common Aptitude Test for English (CATE) will be more “inclusive” this year with the Department of English deciding to lower the eligibility criteria for students.

This year, general category candidates would require 45% marks in best four subjects in Class 12 instead of 60% marks that was the requirement last year. While the eligibility for the OBC category is 40.5% and it’s 40% for the physically handicapped. Those who fall in the SC/ST categories must have passing marks in the school leaving examination. There will be five merit lists for the five categories. The test is tentatively scheduled to be held on June 8, 2012. The sale and submission of forms will begin from May 21, 2012 and will go on till June 1, 2012 (tentatively).

“Of the 21 colleges who were part of CATE last year, Deshbandhu College (morning) has dropped out from this year’s list while Satyawati College (morning) has newly joined the list of CATE colleges,” says Tapan Basu, associate professor at the Department of English. The CATE, the entrance test which those seeking admission to BA (hons) English to colleges of Delhi University. Elaborating on the pattern of the test, Basu says: “There’s no fixed syllabus for the test. We test a candidate’s inclination to literature studies, writing skill and ability to appreciate literary and non-literary texts.”

First Published: May 15, 2012 13:57 IST