New Delhi: Serious glitches were reported on the first day of the second session of the Common University Entrance Test for Undergraduate courses (CUET-UG) on Thursday, following which the test during the afternoon shift was entirely scrapped. The new test will now take place on August 12.
Moreover, the morning shift of the test at certain centres in 17 states was also rescheduled.
The test conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) was marred by technical problems and confusion at many centres.
The first phase of the second session of CUET-UG was scheduled to take place from August 4 to 6. However, disruptions were reported from 27 test centres in 17 states. Students who arrived at the centres in Delhi had to return without taking the test after they were informed that it had been postponed. Meanwhile, the test was disrupted at five centres in Tamil Nadu, including Coimbatore, affecting over 2,000 candidates.
The situation was worse during the second shift in the afternoon. In fact, the question paper of the test – which was supposed to start at 3 pm – was uploaded only by 5 pm. As a result, the time was 5.25 pm when the downloading at all the 489 test centres was over. Consequently, NTA announced that the afternoon test of the day, which was scheduled from 3-6 pm, would now take place during August 12-14.
“Candidates can use the same hall-tickets which they were issued for Thursday’s test for the rescheduled dates also. In case the new dates are inconvenient for them, candidates should send an email to email@example.com. Such students will be given a chance to take the test during the following week’s session,” said an announcement from the NTA.