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DU lowers CATE eligibility to 45 pc in ‘Best Four’

The requirement that students score a minimum of 60 per cent in Class XII exam will also be taken away and a 45 per cent score in Best Four subjects will made the only condition to appear for CATE-2012.

Written by Nandini Thilak | New Delhi | Published: May 3, 2012 1:14:52 am

Delhi University’s CATE (Common Aptitude Test for English) exam is all set to be more “inclusive” this year with the Department of English deciding to lower the eligibility criteria for students to attempt the exam from 60 per cent in ‘Best Four’ subjects in the Class XII to 45 per cent.

The requirement that students score a minimum of 60 per cent in Class XII exam will also be taken away and a 45 per cent score in Best Four subjects will made the only condition to appear for CATE-2012.

The CATE,the entrance test which those seeking admission to BA Honours English to colleges of Delhi University,was put in place in 2009. Last year,21 colleges were part of CATE and,this year,more were expected to come on board with changes in the minimum eligibility criteria,said Dr Tapan Basu,Associate Professor at the Department of English and Co-convenor of the exam.

“We have lowered the eligibility criteria in keeping with the University minimum eligibility for admission to BA(H) courses,which is 45 per cent. English skills of students can be tested through the test. So the minimum requirement of 60 per cent in English has been removed,” Dr Basu said.

Of the 21 colleges who were part of CATE last year,Desh Bandhu College has dropped out from this year’s list while Satyawati College has newly joined the list of CATE colleges,Dr Basu said.

“The number of colleges remain 21as of now. But we will be sending e-mails to all colleges about the change and more are expected to take part in CATE this year,” Dr Basu said.

Kamla Nehru College,Kirorimal College,Hindu and Zakir Husain (evening and morning) are some of the colleges which admit students to BA(H) English on the basis of CATE scores.

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