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CUET-UG Hit By Glitches On Day 2; Students Claim Exam Cancelled At Many Centres

The National Testing Agency (NTA), however, said the first shift of the Common University Entrance Test (CUET)-Undergraduate exam was carried out smoothly at 95 per cent of the centres across the country.

New Delhi: The second day of the CUET-UG exam was hit by technical glitches across the country, which also led to the cancellation of exam at several centres. Students in various stated complained that they waited for nearly two hours, after which they were informed that the exam had been called off.

The National Testing Agency (NTA), which is conducting the exam, claimed that the first shift of the Common University Entrance Test (CUET)-Undergraduate exam went smoothly at 95 per cent of the centres across the country.

However, the students’ account of their experiences at the exam centre told a different story. Ganika, who wants to pursue BA (Hons) Sociology in at Delhi University, said, “I came from Chhatarpur to the exam centre in Noida Sector 64 (about 34 km). We were made to sit on the terminals. At 12 pm, we were told that the exam will not be conducted today since there are technical issues. Yesterday, my sister came all the way from Narela to this centre (about 84 km) but had to return due to the same issue.”

“This is the height of mismanagement,” she added.

Hemanshe Udar, another CUET candidate, shared a similar grievance.
“I left my home in Dwarka Sector 51 (44 km) at 5.30 am to reach the centre on time. But we were told after nearly three hours that the paper won’t happen today and we have to return on August 12. It is extremely difficult to commute from so far,” she said. Her mother said it was difficult for parents, too, as several of them took leave from work to accompany their wards.

Off to a bad start, the second phase of CUET-UG on Thursday faced technical and administrative issues, which forced the NTA to cancel the second shift exam across all 489 centres and postpone the first shift at some locations in 17 states. These exams will be conducted on August 12.

The NTA has also postponed the CUET-UG in Kerala — scheduled for August 4, 5 and 6 — due to heavy rains and said fresh dates will be announced later. Though the agency had on Thursday said the same admit card will be valid for those who could not take the exam, some students claimed on Friday that they were asked to tear them off.

Roshni, who travelled from the North Campus in Delhi, said, “I have to come to the same centre tomorrow for my Section 2 exam. We have been assured that the exam will be held. But going by yesterday’s and today’s scenario, it looks unlikely.” An aspirant requesting anonymity said some students sat on a dharna outside the centre to register their protest.”

(With PTI inputs)

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