Intensive courses to test the series: CUET preparation offered in the coaching centers
With online and in-person crash courses, test series and one-year programs, coaching institutes from all walks of life are offering preparatory courses for students after notification of the Central Universities Entrance Test (CUET) and the start of the application process.
The University Grants Commission said that undergraduate admissions to all central universities will be made through CUET, and Class XII grades can be used by universities as maximum eligibility criteria. CUET 2022 is a three-section computer-based test, likely to take place in July. The first section tests a candidate’s language skills; the second offers 27 domain subjects (or items) from which a candidate can take tests in up to six subjects; the last is a general aptitude test. The exam will be based on the NCERT Class XII syllabus.
Major players in the coaching industry focus their CUET “crash courses” on Sections I and III. BYJU’s Exam Prep is offering an Online Crash Course for CUET (UG) 2022 in English and Aptitude from April 12 to June 30 for Rs 14,400. Careerlauncher has an Online CUET Aptitude Package from April for Rs 25,000 and a package for areas to start after board exams for Rs 30,000 with promised live interactive lessons, practice questions, mock tests, physical study materials, subject tests and access to a “News Collection”.
While these major players started CUET coaching with the expanded scope of the exam this time around, AaptPrep is one of the institutes that also provided coaching for earlier versions of CUET.
According to Ish Tyagi, national business leader of the organization, the expanded scope of the exam has resulted in an increase in the number of registrations for coaching from 1,200 to 1,300 for the 2021 exam to 7,000. so far for the 2022 exam. They have also opened 12 new centers in Delhi-NCR, expecting an increase in interest from the region. In fact, they have taken a step forward and introduced a two-year coaching program that Class XI students can be enrolled in to prepare for CUET 2024.
“We have also started batches for 2024 as many parents are very worried as the grades for class XI and XII are less important now. We have just started free advice for these lots now. We teach in all 27 domain subjects and encourage students to apply and prepare for domain subjects and general aptitude tests to increase options at multiple universities,” Tyagi said. Promising over 400 hours of sessions, they have listed their 2024 in-class package for Rs 99,950 and their online package for Rs 79,950.
All the universities except Delhi University and JNU have not yet released their eligibility criteria even though the exam registration is open, most of the students do not know in which subjects to register to be eligible for the programs of their choice. In a webinar hosted by Careerlaucher on the exam, the most common questions asked by aspirants focused on the subjects they needed to take the exam for various programs.
Keshav Aggarwal, president of the Educators Society, an umbrella organization of more than 300 coaching institutes in Delhi, said late notification of the exam and lack of clarity among applicants has provided coaching institutes with an opportunity. “The sample papers have not been released yet, most candidates are not sure what to apply for, they don’t know what the level of the exam will be. There is a huge opportunity for training centers and they are going to grab it,” he said.
His own coaching institute, Exemplar Point, has about 100 students registered for the 2022 exam and he has launched a one-year program for the 2023 exam. math lessons, we say we will also prepare him for CUET for the following year in the subject simultaneously with lessons for the weekend aptitude section. With the irrelevance of board exams, students will not join otherwise,” he said.