Delhi University will not conduct the Common Aptitude Test for English (CATE) only for this year admissions into the four year English programme. As per sources, the information regarding the cancellation of the English entrance test was confirmed by Sumanyu Satpathy, Head of the English Department of DU.
Mr Satpathy while trying to clear the confusion has also confirmed that the cancellation of CATE 2013 is a temporary measure. He added the university is most likely to adhere to the same pattern of conducting the entrance exam from next year onwards.
Moreover, he said that they wrote to all the colleges about conducting CATE, however, only ten colleges had expressed their interest for conducting it this year. He also mentioned that this year everyone has been busy with the introduction of the four year undergraduate programme pattern. Besides, the students have suffered due to the confusion caused. He also added that they hope to conduct CATE again from the next academic year onward.
Common Aptitude Test for English, popularly known as CATE, was introduced by Delhi University in the year 2009. It is a centralised test which aims to check and evaluate a student's aptitude for studying an English programme like BA (Hons) English. Sources have informed that in the year CATE 2010 saw 12 colleges' participation; in 2011 it has witnessed the participation of 17 colleges that admitted students in their English (Hon) programme through CATE and 21 colleges (including Indraprastha College for Women, Hindu College, Miranda House, Kamla Nehru College, Lady Shri Ram) had used CATE 2012 scores for their enrollment procedure.