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Way2k 6 Oct 2012
New Combined Aptitude Test for English

Students aspiring to pursue English (honours) at Delhi University this year have a reason to cheer. In an earlier announcement made by the participating colleges for the Combined Aptitude Test for English (CATE) that the eligibility criteria to apply for the test may be lowered has now been implemented. In an attempt to make the test more inclusive, the 21 participating colleges have come up with the decision to lower the eligibility criteria of taking the test to 45% aggregate marks in class XII as opposed to the earlier 60%.

New Combined Aptitude Test for English

"It is a major step taken by the colleges to make the test more inclusive and student-friendly. It is an experiment for colleges at this stage. Also, it is often the case that the marks obtained in class XII are not necessarily an indicator of a student's creative ability. The criteria is lowered so that many students who feel they have an aptitude for English can apply for the test to enter the programme," says Sanam Khanna, faculty, English, Kamla Nehru College. Another change introduced by the colleges for CATE is that the duration of writing the test will be two hours, this year onwards, instead of 90-minutes.

"The test will comprise basic grammar, ability to comprehend and general literary awareness. The question paper will consist of two parts and unlike other competitive papers, candidates will get both parts of the paper at the same time so that they can divide their time between the questions according to their liking," says Khanna. OBC candidates will get 10% relaxation of the minimum eligibility marks prescribed for the general category candidates. Therefore, the eligibility will be 40.5%. The participating colleges will admit candidates to the course on the basis of cut-off points declared by them after the CATE scores are announced. The SC / ST/ PH candidates are exempted from CATE for admission to B.A (honours) English course, as they will be registered centrally for the course as per past practise. Their registration will begin from June 4.

Courtesy: Times of India

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