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Published by Afterschool.my on Oct 04, 2021, 01:52 pm
The results of the course interview callback at public universities have been announced. Many got very disappointed when they failed to be called for the UPU online interview. Let us look at some of the reasons why applicants usually fail to receive an interview callback despite meeting the eligibility requirements set.
To answer this question, it is simple. Even if you meet the eligibility requirements, you need to remember that there are thousands of other applicants applying to the same course and university. For every course, there is a limited quota set, therefore in order to get to the interview stage, you must be among some of the most outstanding applicants with high merit marks.
For instance, let’s assume that an engineering course at a public university like UTHM opens up admission for only 200 new students every year. On the other hand, the number of students who applied through UPU Online and met the eligibility requirements is 10,000 people. It is already impossible to interview 10,000 applicants.Thus, screening is made based on the calculation of merit marks whereby 90 % of the marks are calculated from academic performance and 10% from the co -curricular activities. With a quota of 200 places, it is likely that 250 students will be called for an interview and only 200 will be successfully offered an engineering course at UTHM.
To understand how the calculation of merit marks are done by UPU, you can click to read the following article: Meritocracy Methods Determine the Fate of UPU Online Applicants.
So, we advise you to make sure that you are not only focusing on your academic excellence but also your co-curricular. The 10% merit marks can bring a huge difference. It is what sets you apart from other outstanding applicants.
To those who failed to receive UPU online interview callback, there are another two options you can consider. You can either wait for the second intake of the public university which will open around September-December (CLICK to read about the second intake of public universities) or just apply to a private university (Click to check the guide to apply to the best private university and how to avoid getting deceived by a private university). We wish you all the best! .