CUET – Common University Entrance Test

CUET – Common University Entrance Test


The CUET exam is a national level entrance exam conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission in various undergraduate, post graduate and other research programmes across the country which include 44 of India’s Central Universities. Till 2021, admissions to central, state, and private universities were mostly based on merit of the students, barring a few exceptions. However, the National Testing Agency (NTA), in March 2022, introduced the Common University Entrance Test (CUET), a standardized test for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses, diplomas, certification courses, and research programmes. CUTE-UG is for admission to undergraduate courses in 90 universities, including 21 private and 12 state universities for the academic year 2022-23.The entrance exam becomes a medium to short list students who are seeking admission in the universities and tests their knowledge in various subjects. CUCET EXAM (UG) 2023 will be held at different test centers located across 500+ cities in India and 10 cities abroad. There are various courses like BA/ BBA/ B. Com, B.Sc, BCA, B. Arch. BHM. B. Des. etc under the national test entrance and it is one of the most prestigious exams. Common University Entrance Test (CUET (UG) – 2022) will be conducted in 13 mediums across India for admission into the Undergraduate Programmes in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode for all the Central Universities (CUs) in India.

Refer to this for admission –

Eligibility for the exam:

1) There is no age limit to appear for the exam. However, candidates may have to meet the age criteria of the specific university they are applying for.
2) The candidates who have passed the class 12th /equivalent examination or are appearing in 2022 irrespective of their age can appear in CUET (UG)..

Merit /  General
Mode of examination Online computer based mode The exam will be conducted in 13 different languages
Medium of examination The Tests (other than “Language” Test) are offered in 13 languages i.e. Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odiya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
Duration of exams Slot 1: 3 Hours 15 Minutes (One Language from Section IA, maximum of two domain specific Subjects from Section II and One General Test from Section III)
Slot 2: 3 Hours 45 Minutes (One Language from Section IA & IB and maximum of four domain specific Subjects from Section II. OR Two Languages from Section IA & IB and maximum of three domain specific Subjects from Section II)
Type of Questions Objective based questions – MCQ’s
Number of Sections 3 Sections (Language, Domain-Specific, and General Test)
Number of Questions Section IA & IB:
Languages (40 Questions to be marked out of 50 Questions)
Section II: Domain-Specific (40 Questions to be marked out of 50 Questions)
Section III: General Test (60 Questions to be marked out of 75 Questions)
Section 1A and 1B Section IA & IB: Language to be tested through Reading Comprehension (based on different types of passages–Factual, Literary and Narrative, [Literary Aptitude and Vocabulary].
Section II The assessment includes domain specific subjects. NTA official website has all the details. index.php/site/syllabus
Section III General Knowledge, Current Affairs, General Mental Ability, Numerical Ability, Quantitative Reasoning (Simple application of basic mathematical concepts arithmetic/algebra geometry/mensuration/stat taught till Grade 8), Logical and Analytical Reasoning
Negative marking As per the official CUET notification, 5 marks will be awarded for every correct attempt, and 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect attempt. However, there will be no penalty for unattempted questions.
Eligibility for UG courses 10+2 or equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and/or Biology / other subjects depending on the course from a recognized board with a minimum of 50% marks for the General category and 40% marks for SC/ST/PWD category candidates.
Eligibility for PG courses The candidates must have completed their bachelor’s degree in the same field or an associated field from a recognized university with a minimum of 55% marks for the General category and 50% marks for SC/ST/PWD candidates.
Eligibility for Ph.D. Programmes The candidates must have completed their master’s degree from a recognized university with a minimum of 55% marks (50% marks for SC/ST/PWD candidates). Candidates who have cleared UGC-CSIR JRF, GATE, NBHM, or any other National level Exam will be exempted from appearing in the entrance test but will have to register for CUET.
Syllabus The syllabus for the undergraduate programs includes topics from physics, chemistry, mathematics, English, and general awareness.

The syllabus for the postgraduate programs includes topics from the relevant discipline, along with research methodology and statistics. The syllabus will be divided into four sections: General Aptitude, Reasoning, English, and Domain-specific.

For Ph. D. the examination will be conducted in two parts – Part A and Part B. Part A of the examination will consist of objective-type questions from the relevant discipline. Part B will be an essay-type question in which the candidate will have to write a research proposal on the topic of their choice.

The list of Universities under CUET are as follows:

Name of the University State Location
Aligarh Muslim University Uttar Pradesh Aligarh

Banaras Hindu University

Uttar Pradesh


Central University of Gujarat



Jamia Millia Islamia


New Delhi

Jawaharlal Nehru University


New Delhi

Pondicherry University



Rajiv Gandhi University

Arunachal Pradesh


Sikkim University



University of Delhi



Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri National Sanskrit University


New Delhi

National Sanskrit University Andhra Pradesh Tirupati

And many more…

CUET exam will be conducted twice for the academic year 2023-2024.The CUET 2023 UG examination will be held from May 21 to May 31, 2023 (tentative). Post the exam, counseling will be conducted by the universities. The idea behind conducting the CUET exam was to ensure that the board scores (which could be inflated) does not influence the admission process and streamline it. CUET also aims at removing any disparity in the admission criteria across all central Universities. Assessments in specific subject domains provide students a fair opportunity to to pursue their career of interest. The performance of a student in Grade 12 will no longer be the only deciding factor for their admission though it will still be important to do well since the syllabus of subject domain would be the same as of Grade 12.   Even though well intentioned, the amount of stress that the students may face due to it has increased. This also has caused a shift in valuing school learning and the focus is more now on entrance exam preparation and coaching which may cause the underprivileged students to suffer again due to lack of resources.  The first year of the CUET exam created multiple challenges for students due to lack of clarity of the paper pattern and challenges in giving the exam. With being aware of the challenges, the hope is that CUET 2023 will be hassle free for the students.

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