Students anxious about DU common aptitude test for English

May 25th, 2009 - 11:49 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Ahead of admissions to the various courses at Delhi University, students and their parents appeared most anxious about the Common Aptitude Test for English (CATE) at the Open Day interaction held here Monday.
Aspiring students and parents participated at the University event held at the S.G.T.B. Khalsa College here Monday. It was one of nine ‘Open Day’ events planned over the coming week that will end June 3.

The maximum inquiries among students was regarding the CATE that will be held for the first time this year.

Twelve colleges namely - Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC), Hindu College, IP College for Women, Kamla Nehru College, Maharaja Agrasen College, Ram Lal Anand College (evening), Satyawati College (evening), Shivaji College, Shyam Lal College, Swami Shraddanand College, Zakir Hussain College (morning and evening) - will rely on how students perform in the CATE during admission.

Several students seemed confused about the procedure.

“Students have numerous queries, the most frequent ones are regarding CATE. They want to know how to apply for the course and what would be asked in the entrance examination,” Smriti Anand, a varsity student counsellor incharge of the Open Day interactions, told IANS.

Students applying for the English Honours course in these colleges will have to buy a separate form from the English Department of the Arts Faculty Building, North Campus, and the regular admission form will not suffice.

“The entrance test for English Hons. will be held June 17 at four venues - Arts Faculty (North Campus and South Campus), Zakir Hussain College and Maharaja Agrasen College,” dean student’s welfare S.K. Vij said.

Students were apprehensive about what the test would be like.

“I don’t know what they will ask in the entrance examination,” Ravneet Kaur, an English Honours aspirant, told IANS.

“Though I have scored 85 percent in English and 87 percent overall - I am still unsure about this test,” she added.

According to Vij, the test will have a simple format - with three types of questions, namely unseen passages, essay writing and objective type questions.

Ranjeet Narang, whose daughter wanted to apply for English, was confused and hassled with the multiple application procedures.

“I am confused with all these different procedures for different colleges. I am confident that my daughter will do well in this CATE exam,” Narang said.

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