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DU have aptitude for English?

12 colleges will quiz you on grammar, literature to determine this through the combined entrance test for Eng (Hons), Ritika Chopra reports.
Hindustan Times | By Ritika Chopra, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2009 10:11 AM IST

Twelve Delhi University (DU) colleges offering English (Honours) are keen on separating the wheat from the chaff.

Scheduled on June 17, the Combined Aptitude Test for English (CATE) is the single channel to secure a seat in English (Honours) at some of the best DU colleges (See Box).

Here’s how you can gear up.

Application process

The university will start selling CATE forms from June 1 and they will be available at Room number 52 of Arts Faculty (North Campus).

“Just one CATE form is good enough for all the 12 institutions that will be admitting students on the basis of this test,” said Gurpreet Singh Tuteja, deputy dean, students welfare, DU. “For the non-participating colleges, candidates need to apply through the common pre-admission form.”

For the CATE, you’ll have to submit two passport size photos, a copy of Class XII mark sheet, and demand draft of Rs 100 in favour of The Registrar along with the completed form.

Last date for submission is June 15.

“SC, ST and physically handicapped candidates need not appear for CATE as their admission is done directly by the varsity,” said Tuteja.


Any candidate scoring at least 60 per cent in English and 60 per cent aggregate (best of four subjects) in the Class XII Board examinations is eligible to appear for the test.

“There’s no discrimination between Core, Elective and Functional English. So, any student with 60 per cent in any of the three is eligible,” he added.


The one-and-a-half-hours long exam will carry 100 marks. Questions will assess a student’s language skills as well as basic knowledge of literature (such as authors and genres).

“It’s not preparation but aptitude that we will be testing. The question paper will carry

multiple-choice questions, a bit of comprehension and also essay writing,” said Tapan Basu, associate professor of English at Hindu College, one of 12 colleges participating in the CATE.

Examination centres

The examination will be held across four centers—Arts Faculty, DU (North Campus), Arts Faculty, DU (South Campus), Zakir Hussain College, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg and Maharaja Agrasen College, Mayur Vihar Phase I.

Results and admission

Results will be declared at the time of the first cut-off list, that is, June 25. But admission will not be done solely on the basis of test scores.

Colleges will give 70 per cent weightage to CATE score and 30 per cent to Boards performance.

“The 12 colleges will declare separate cut-offs. Students need to factor in 70 per cent of test score and 30 per cent board score to see if they’ve made it of the 12 colleges,”said Basu.

Cut-off relaxation for OBC candidates will be up to 10 per cent.

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