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20 public universities hold ‘cluster’ entrance exams

  • Published at 04:52 pm October 17th, 2021
Comilla University
Students taking the 'A' unit cluster entrance exam at Comilla University on Sunday, October 17, 2021Dhaka Tribune

Nearly 132,00 students with science backgrounds take the test at 28 exam centres across Bangladesh

For the first time, students in Bangladesh took a cluster admission test to get into public universities. 

In order to reduce the risk of students contracting coronavirus, 20 universities held combined admission tests for the academic year 2020-21 on Sunday.

Considering the pandemic situation, authorities have set up 28 exam centres across Bangladesh, according to Wahiduzzaman, member secretary of the Cluster Admission Test Committee.

Students had to take an hour-long test consisting of multiple choice questions (MCQs) worth 100 marks. Based on the results of the test, an academic merit list will be prepared. 


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As many as 131,905 students with science backgrounds took the test to get into the science departments of the universities.

Students taking the test at Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University, Tangail on Sunday, October 17, 2021 | Dhaka Tribune

Exams for the humanities departments and business departments are scheduled for October 24 and November 1.

It has been decided that the HSC syllabus will be followed with a total of 100 MCQs. For each incorrect result, 0.25 points will be deducted, according to the central admission test committee.

A total of 361,406 students have applied to take part in the cluster admission tests for public universities.

Among them, 194 841 applied to science departments but only 131,905 students got the chance to take the test.


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The number of students who applied to the humanities department is 107,933, while the number of students applying to the business department is 58,632.

Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) Vice-Chancellor Farid Uddin Ahmed, also the joint convener of the admission test committee, said: “We have successfully completed our first cluster admission test maintaining health guidelines."

In Comilla, the 'A' unit admission test to the science department was held on the campus. The admission test was conducted in 54 rooms of five faculty buildings of the university.

The central admission test committee announced that 2,505 students have taken the "A" unit admission test. "We have managed to complete everything [Sunday's test] smoothly so far," Comilla University Vice-Chancellor Imran Kabir Chowdhury told the media.

A total of 8,513 students took the test at Tangail’s Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University.

The 20 universities conducting the cluster admission tests are – Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University, Barisal University, Begum Rokeya University Rangpur, Comilla University, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University, Islamic University, Jagannath University, Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, Jessore University of Science and Technology, Khulna University, Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University, Noakhali Science and Technology University, Pabna University of Science and Technology, and Shahjalal University of Science and Technology.

Comilla Correspondent Masud Alam and Tangail Correspondent Abdullah Al Numan contributed to this report.

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