CUET 2023: 10 Lakh+ Applications, Stephen’s & DU Lock Horns Over Admissions

New Delhi, 31 May 2022 – The application process for the CUET 2022 exam is now over and over 10 lakh applications have been received through the process. Due to this, each seat in central universities like University of Delhi, Jamia Millia Islamia, among others, has nearly 500-1000 applicants vying for admission. For example, for every seat in BSc Biotechnology at Jamia, there are over 1000 applications. At Ambedkar University, there are 910 aspirants for each BBA seat. At JNU, four of the 10 BA (Hons) courses have nearly 310 applications per seat.

At DU, which has around 6 lakh of applicants out of the nearly 10 lakh applications, there are approximately 557 applications per seat in BA (Hons) courses. 

Meanwhile, St. Stephen’s College is currently in DU’s crossfires because it has insisted on giving 85% weightage to CUET 2022 exam and 15% weightage to interviews for admissions. However, the university has clearly specified that there will be no weightage to interviews and admission will be solely decided on the basis of CUET scores. Not following the dictum, Stephen’s released its prospectus for 2022-2023 admissions, where it stated that admissions will be conducted giving 85% weightage to CUET score and 15% to interview.

CUET 2022 Exam Overview

Events Dates
Application Form Submission From 6 April to 6 May 2022
Date of Examination First and Second Week of July 2022
Duration of Examination  195 Minutes or 3.15 Hours)

225 Minutes or 3.45 Hours)

Exam Timing 9 AM to 12.15 PM

3 PM to 6.45 PM

Declaration of Result  To Be Announced after the Examination 
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CUET 2022 Exam – Fierce Competition for Seats at DU

  • The highest number of CUET 2022 applications received so far at DU have been for the following courses – BA (Hons) English, BCom (Hons), and BCom, with each course receiving over 1 lakh applications. 
  • This is followed by BA (Hons) Mathematics with 97,288 applications, BA (Hons) Political Science with 94,133 applications, and BTech IT with 89,519 applications. 
  • Other popular courses include BA programme (77,476 applicants), BA (Hons) History (70,070 applicants), and BA (Hons) Economics (62,889 applicants). 

Regarding the issue, a senior DU official noted that “One of the reasons is that since the Class 12 board marks are not the basis of admission, candidates still have a great chance to crack CUET and secure a seat. Earlier, many bright students who scored in the 80s would not apply, knowing they could not meet the cutoffs.” 

CUET 2022 Exam – Dispute Between DU & St. Stephen’s College

After St. Stephen’s released its prospectus for the 2022-23 session depicting that it will only give 85% weightage to CUET UG 2022 instead of the mandated 100%, Delhi University has asked the college to withdraw its prospectus and issue a public notice declaring revised admission procedures in line with the new admission policy of the university. DU added that “any admission done in violation of its norms and policies will be treated as null and void ab initio”.

In regards to the issue, St. Stephen’s College announced that it will conduct an interview for all applicants who have been shortlisted from the CUET list and the admissions will be based on 85% weightage to the CUET score and 15% to the interview. The college called its admission process “time-tested, proven and guaranteed through a landmark judgment delivered by the highest court of the land.” 

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In response to this, the Registrar of Delhi University – Vikas Gupta – wrote to the college, “You would appreciate that adding a score based on interview to the score which has already been obtained through a standardised statistically robust procedure would introduce subjectivity in the admission process and eventually lead to discrimination, which is not desirable.” 

He further added that “the university shall not be liable for any consequential impact on the life and career of the applicants admitted to the college in violation of the admission policy”.

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Why is St. Stephen’s College not following DU’s mandate of 100% weightage to CUET?

The St. Stephen’s College is bent on following its original process of 15% weightage to interviews. Thus, it is not following DU’s mandate.

How has DU reacted to the issue?

DU has specified that CUET will be given 100% weightage in admissions. Any admission in violation of this policy will be deemed null and void.

How many applications have been received through CUET?

More than 10 lakh applications have been received through the process. Out of these, around 6 lakh applications have been received by the University of Delhi.

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