Staff Reporter

Class XII results don't reflect student's aptitude to study the subject: Teachers

Officials feel that too many individual tests put a great deal of pressure on students

Score to be decided in 30:70 ratio between Class XII results and CATE performance

NEW DELHI: Students wanting to enrol in Delhi University's much sought after B.A. English (Honours) programme in some colleges will have to appear for a Common Aptitude Test for English on June 9.

The CATE-2010 information bulletin states that “most teachers of English in colleges have come to believe that a candidate's performance in the Class XII examinations is not necessarily indicative of his/her aptitude for studying literature in English”.

Though entrance tests were conducted by some colleges for admission to the B.A. English (Honours) course, the university administration felt that too many individual tests put a great deal of pressure on students.

Twelve colleges of the university began using CATE last year. More than 8,000 forms were sold and more than 6,000 students sat for the test. Most of the participating colleges are also believed to have experienced an improved student intake.


The colleges accepting CATE results this year are the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Hindu College, Indraprastha College for Women, Kamala Nehru College, Maharaja Agarsen College, Ram Lal Anand College (Evening), Satyawati College (Evening), Shivaji College, Shyam Lal College, Swami Shraddhanand College, Zakir Husain College, Zakir Husain College (Evening), Lady Shri Ram College, Miranda House, Bharti College, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College and Deshbandhu College.

These colleges will also function as centres for sale and receipt of CATE application forms which will be available from May 20 to 31.

Since nearly 10,000 candidates are expected, some colleges which are not accepting CATE would also function as examination centres. There are 23 examination centres in all. The examination will be conducted on June 9 from 10 a.m. to 11-30 a.m. The results will be declared on the university website on June 19 and the first cut-off list would be declared soon after.

Students wanting to appear for CATE should have a minimum percentage of 60 per cent marks in English (Core, Elective, Functional) in the Class XII Board examination and a minimum of 60 per cent marks in the best four subjects aggregate.

CATE would test a student's aptitude for taking up English Honours as a course of study and aims to evaluate language, grammar and writing skills. The paper would consist of two parts. While the first part will have multiple choice questions, the second part will consist of descriptive type questions.

While students will have to attempt both sections of the paper, only the scripts of students who qualify in the first part will have evaluation of their responses for the second part. There is no negative marking.

The final score will be determined by taking into consideration the best-of-four-subjects score of the student in the Class XII examinations and the CATE examination on a 30:70 basis.

The participating colleges will make their admissions to the course based on cut-offs points declared by them after the CATE scores are announced.

Students in the categories of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes, physically handicapped, foreign students and those seeking admission through the sports or ECA quota do not have to appear for CATE. Such students will be admitted according to the relevant university rules.

Colleges not using CATE cannot conduct separate tests to admit students and will have to use Class XII marks as the criterion for admission.