With Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University announcing that admissions for the upcoming academic session will take place through Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CU-CET), several coaching institutes have begun preparing their online programs. Some of them have already started classes, focusing on aptitude, reasoning, and general knowledge.
CU-CET is a centralized exam conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Though there is no clarity yet on the test’s structure and assessment, the coaching institutes are following the format of the existing CU-CET exams.
Underlining the need to start coaching for the exam, Amitendra Kumar, product head (CU-CET) at Career Launcher, said, “So far, CU-CET was mostly for new universities, not the bigger, known central universities. With universities like DU, JNU, and BHU in the picture now, coaching will be required as the competition will increase manifold.”
Kumar said the institute has been receiving a lot of queries from students, with some of them joining the program. “We are also conducting awareness sessions on how this exam may look like,” he added. Packages at most coaching centers cost upwards of Rs 30,000, though there are discounts for those who sign up early. At Career Launcher, there are two types of batches — premium and non-premium. Premium has live interactive classes where students can unmute and connect directly with the faculty. They can also book individual sessions with the teachers and be part of a Telegram group where their queries are addressed. While the non-premium batch costs less, it does provide the facility of “direct connect” with faculty.
EduMentor, another coaching institute, has similar charges and early bird packages, as well as the option of paying in installments.
“We will teach four subjects — logical reasoning, verbal ability, quantitative and general knowledge. The classes are held six days a week for a duration of two hours. Students will have the flexibility to choose from multiple slots of 2-4 pm and 9-11 pm,” an EduMentor representative said.
The institute, which was earlier providing coaching for DU-JAT (Joint Admission Test), plans to expand now with the universities adopting CU-CET.
Meanwhile, some institutes are also providing students with demo classes. For instance, Aaptprep, which started classes with about 20 batches right after the first term, will give a free demo class on Friday. One batch at the centre usually consists of about 25 students. However, the number of students in each batch may vary. In some cases, it goes up to 100.
“In our demo session on aptitude, we will teach students how to solve the paper without paper and pen. They will get to know the shortcuts required. The online demo will be free,” said Priya Gupta, an official at the institute.
At present, the centre is holding classes three days in a week for two hours. However, officials said this will be increased to seven days a week once the board exams are over.
Source – THE TIMES OF INDIA