Experts are divided in their reactions to the UGC’s announcement on CUET being conducted in accordance with the NCERT syllabus as some felt it might put those school boards at a disadvantage where different books are taught.
UGC chairman M Jagadesh Kumar had on Monday said the central universities will have to use Common University Entrance Test (CUET) scores to admit students to undergraduate programmes this year and not the Class 12 marks.
The syllabus of the CUET will be mirrored with the Class 12 model syllabus of the NCERT, Kumar said.
Sudha Acharya, the National Progressive Schools Conference chairperson, said, “Many state boards are using NCERT books while some have their own books. The CBSE, which uses NCERT books, is more progressive towards competition. NCERT books are very standardized and they are written by renowned experts. The ICSE Board has different books and students from there might be at a disadvantage.”
For instance, NCERT books are taught in UP Board and Rajasthan Board.