This is the second batch of college aspirants who will attempt the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) this year. And those students of Class XII, who had to submit their application for admission to UG courses of Delhi University (DU), are finally heaving a sigh of relief as it was recently announced that the last date to submit the CUET form will be March has been extended till 30.
The application process began on February 9, a few days before the Class XII board exams begin on February 15, leaving the youth barely time to apply. Anshita Gusain, a student aspiring for a coveted DU seat, was in tears when the initial deadline left her facing challenges in depositing her fees as the site crashed every time. “My fees were still pending, and I was scared that I would not be able to submit my form in time. Now that March 30 is the new deadline, I was finally able to complete my application process without worrying about missing a year due to technical issues. Currently, my board exams are running till 1st April, and this extension in submission deadline has at least enabled me to complete my application process without compromising on my preparation time for the boards. given a chance to happen,” says Gusain.
When Siddharth Anand, another Class XII student, came to know about the news just after leaving the examination hall, he was overjoyed and felt a weight off his shoulders. “I was so stressed while writing my maths board exam that my mind went ‘deadline! deadline!’ full time.my economics exam was tomorrow which is quite tricky for me but i could manage it and concentrate on studies only because of this extension in time limit anand insisted that he is now preparing for CUET UG exam Be sure to apply for the same as it is in a much more relaxed and stress free way.
Last year, the admission process of 90 universities depended on the CUET exam, while this year, students seeking admission to 168 universities for undergraduate courses will pin their hopes on their CUET score. With more colleges and courses included in the process, some students feel that more options will help them plan their future plans in a better way. One of these youngsters is Shalini Nanda, a Class XII student, who says, “Earlier I chose only one course, Political Science, because board exams are very stressful. Now I can make an informed decision about whether to choose an Honors or Program course and which college or department to choose. I could not even think in such tension. But this expansion is a gift, and I will not take it lightly.”
Some students who applied in time to meet the initial deadline are now helping others during this grace period. Take Krisha Gill, a Class XII student, for example, whose board exams began on February 24 and are going on till April 5. “I had already applied for CUET because I am very keen to go to Delhi University for English (Hons),” says Gill, “but after the news of the extension came, a guard at my mother’s school Contacted me to help my daughter apply for CUET as there is more time… It is great thing for students from low economic families to have a breathing gap between board exams and CUET applications, so that they plan better for your future. Even if applying online, it is a very complicated process and can feel overwhelming especially for those who do not spend much time online .
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