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CUET has officially become the second biggest entrance exam in India with 9,14,103 registrations and 87 universities with their affiliated colleges participating in the first edition of the test for the academic session 2022-23. Out of total-test takers, 44.2% are female candidates while the exam will be taken by nearly 47% unreserved category.
Common University Entrance Test or CUET will be conducted to provide admission in undergraduate courses at affiliated universities. The registration process for CUET ended on 22nd May, Sunday. Students can enroll in as many as nine subjects through CUET-UG, which provides a unified application platform to apply to each participating institution.
NEET UG and JEE (Main) with around 16 lakh and 8.6 lakh registration respectively, used to be the biggest higher education entrance exam in India. The CUET exam has surpassed JEE Main with 9,13,540 unique registrations. On average, each candidate applied to five universities, with the cumulative total of university-wise applications standing at 47.69 lakhs.
As per the TOI report, Delhi University took the lead with over 6 lakh applications, followed by Banaras Hindu University with 3.9 lakh and the University of Allahabad with 2.3 lakh. Over nine universities received more than one lakh applications including Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia with 1,22,478 applications. A total of 31 universities got more than 50,000 applications, some of them are are as follows-
Central University of Haryana (92,588), Mahatma Gandhi Central University (81,086), Central University of Karnataka (80,402), Visva Bharti University (79,179), North Eastern Hill University (68,998), Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (65,464), and University of Hyderabad (56,231). A predominantly postgraduate university like Jawahar Lal Nehru University also received 56,620 applications.
India's top three states in terms of the number of applications are Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, and Bihar. There are also large numbers coming from states with relatively smaller populations. Arunachal Pradesh, where there are approximately 15.5 lakh people, and Meghalaya, which has approximately 33 lakh people, submitted 15,122 and 15,601 applications. From Haryana, which ranks 18th in terms of population, 58,953 applications have been submitted.
In the test, students have the option to choose from 13 languages as their medium of instruction, and English ranks first, with over 6.9 lakh applicants, followed by Hindi with 2 lakh and Bengali with 7,817. The form correction window will also open from 25th May and continue till the end of this month.