New Delhi: As many as 9,000 students are
expected to appear for this year`s common entrance test for
entry to English Honours courses in the Delhi University, way
ahead of last year`s 3,000.
The University holds the Common Aptitude Test for
Entrance (CATE) for English (Hons) course through which 17
colleges pick up students. Other colleges hold their own tests
for the course.
"This year 9,500 forms were sold for CATE and 9,000 of
them have been submitted," an administration official told
Last year, some 8,000 students had submitted the forms
for the CATE and 6,000 actually appeared in the test.
Given that the 17 colleges that take in students through
the test have seats somewhere between 500 to 600, it makes a
seat to aspirant ratio of approximately 16:1.
The deadline for submitting the forms ended yesterday and
the final figures could be gauged today.
"This year the number is much high," the official said.
Admission season began last week in Delhi University and
thousands of students are thronging the campus for forms and
English (Hons) is one of the most popular courses and
most colleges hold a test for selecting students for the
The forms were available for the course till today while
CATE is scheduled for June 9.
The CATE will be structured in two parts to test the
grammatical knowledge of students and their writing and
analytical abilities. While the first section is objective-
type, the second section is explanatory.
An official said the test is aimed at figuring out
whether students have the basic knowledge of English and
ability to appreciate literature.
This year an elimination section has been introduced
in the test. If a student fails to clear the section to test
grammatical skills, his or her answer sheet for the second
section will not be checked.