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The registration for the Common Admission Test for English (CATE) came to an end on Monday, 4th June, 2012. The number of registrations touched a new high with as many as 15,000 aspirants applying this year as against 12,000 last year. CATE score is accepted by 21 colleges including Lady Shri Ram, Hindu, Miranda House and Kirori Mal to admit students for BA (honours) in English. The sale of forms usually picks up after the Class XII results and on the final day of registration as many as 4,000 registrations were made. This year 21 colleges are going to admit students in BA (honours) English through CATE which will be held on 9th June, 2012.
"The final numbers will be available only on Tuesday, 3rd June, 2012 after scanning all the applications, but over 15,000 registrations were made. Last year it was a little less than 12,000," said Tapan Basu convener, CATE committee. "CATE has grown in popularity. Along with the number of aspirants, the number of colleges accepting CATE score too has increased. When CATE was introduced in 2009 there were just 12 colleges on board," said Sanam Khanna, English faculty member, Kamala Nehru College (KNC) which is one of the 21 colleges participating in CATE.Other colleges which will admit students through CATE this year include Bharati, DCAC, IP, Janaki Dev, Maharaja Agrasen, Rajdhani, Shivaji, Satyawati (morning), Satyawati (evening), Shyam Lal, Swami Shraddhanand, SPM, Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Zakir Husain (morning) and Zakir Husain (evening). This year over 15,000 applicants are likely to compete for 850-odd seats. CATE will have two sections. The first one will have objective-type questions to check literary awareness of candidates. This section is eliminatory in nature.Answer-scripts of only those, who perform well in the first part, will be checked further. The second section will have a comprehension passage and an essay. CATE is also a big hope for those who do not score very high marks in Class XII. DU takes 70% of marks scored in CATE and 30% of Class XII marks to arrive at a consolidated CATE score. The participating colleges then announce their cutoffs based on these consolidated scores of successful candidates.
Courtesy: Times of India
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