The results for the Common Aptitude Test for English (CATE) the entrance test to admit students to English (H) course at various colleges of Delhi University were declared on Friday.
The CATE marks this year are higher than those of last year. This is especially true for the higher ranks where the consolidated score is as high 92.9. This is a positive trend because students are marked on the basis of their aptitude for the subject, said Dr Sambudha Sen,the head of the English department,Delhi University.
Dr Tapan Basu,coordinator for CATE,said,One reason for high consolidated CATE scores could be that the performance of CBSE students in Class XII has been better this year.
The consolidated CATE score gives 30 per cent weightage to Class XII marks and 70 per cent to the students marks in CATE.
Dr Sen also announced that most of the students who topped the merit list were girls.
The paper had two sections objective and subjective questions to test students grammar,vocabulary and writing skills. Students this year were given two hours to answer the paper as opposed to one-and-a-half hours last year. The score in Part A of the test was as high as 59 out of 60,while top score in Part B was 39 out of 40.
Talking about the procedure for assessing the answer scripts,Dr Basu said,We screened the answerscripts of general category students by fixing a cut-off score in Part A of the test paper. Thus,a student had to clear the first section for the second part of his paper to be valued. However,for OBC students,we checked both Part A and B.
This year,CATE saw 13,050 registrations,of which 12,178 students appeared for the test on June 9. As many as 21 colleges of Delhi University will admit students to their English (H) course on the basis of the consolidated CATE score.