New Delhi: The second day of the CUET-UG exam saw technical glitches, with many students complaining that they had to wait for just two hours only to find that the day’s exams were cancelled. The National Testing Agency (NTA), however, said the first shift of the Common University Entrance Test (CUET)-undergraduate examination was conducted smoothly at 95 per cent centers across the country.
“I came from Chhatarpur to the examination center in Noida Sector 64 (about 34 km),” said Ganika, who aspires to study BA (Hons) Sociology at Delhi University. We were made to sit at the terminal. At 12 noon we were told that the exam would not be held today due to technical difficulties. Yesterday, my sister came from Narela to this center (about 84 km) but had to return due to the same problem.” “This is the height of mismanagement,” she added.
Another CUET candidate Hemanshe Udar also shared a similar complaint.
“I left my home in Dwarka Sector 51 (44 km) at 5.30 am to reach the center on time. But we were told after almost three hours that the paper will not be held today and we have to come back on August 12. It is extremely difficult to travel so far,” she said. Her mother said it was difficult for the parents as well, as many of them took time off from work in their wards.
The second phase of CUET-UG got off to a rough start on Thursday as technical and administrative issues forced the NTA to cancel the second shift examination at all 489 centers and postpone the first shift at some locations across 17 states. These exams will be held on August 12.
The NTA has postponed CUET-UG in Kerala – scheduled for August 4, 5 and 6 – due to heavy rains and said new dates will be announced later. Although the agency said on Thursday that the same admit card would be valid for those who failed the exam, some students claimed on Friday that they were asked to tear it.
Roshni, who had traveled from North Campus, said, “I have to come to the same center tomorrow for my Division II exam. It has been promised that the exam will be conducted. But considering the situation of yesterday and today, it is unlikely. An aspirant, who requested anonymity, said some students were holding a dharna outside the center to register their protest.”
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