The admission rush picked up after the Class XII results. While till Saturday only 2,000-odd forms for Combined Aptitude Test for English (CATE) were sold, forcing the CATE committee to extend the last date for sale and submission of forms by two days, the total sale till Thursday reached an all-time high of over 10,500 against last year’s 10,000. With two more days left, CATE officials expect the number to cross 15,000 this year.
According to Sumanyu Satpathy, head of the English department, which conducts the centralized entrance test: “Seeing the lukewarm response initially, we never expected this late rush. In the past three days, over 8,000 forms were sold.’’
BA (H) English is offered in 46 colleges. CATE is conducted for admission to this course across 21 colleges, including Bharti College, Delhi College of Art and Commerce, Deshbandhu College, Hindu College, Indraprastha College for Women, Janki Devi Memorial College, Kamala Nehru College, KMC and LSR. Last year, 17 colleges admitted students based on CATE scores.
“We have received queries on whether the entrance dates have been changed. I would advise the aspirants that they only rely on information given on the official website/s of the university and the English department. Only the last date of submission has changed,’’ said Satpathy.
The test will be conducted on June 5 from 2pm to 3.30pm across 22 centres, which includes the 21 CATE colleges and arts faculty of North and South Campus. Admit cards can be downloaded online. The score will be released on the university website on June 13 and colleges will declare first cutoff on June 15.
On Thursday, St Stephen’s College sold 3,530 forms, taking the total to over 6,600. Its online submission and download facility got activated on Thursday afternoon, enabling aspirants to register online.