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CUET PATTERN AND MARKING SCHEME

What is CUET?

CUET stands for Common University Entrance Test and it is organized and administered by National Testing Agency (NTA) for admissions into participating central, state and private universities. CUET 2022 has already made a lot of buzz with more than 14 lakh candidates appearing for the exam. CUET 2022 received a tremendous amount of attention. It is anticipated that CUET 2023  will considerably outpace the current iteration.  Furthermore, the CUET will be held twice a year starting in 2023, so one can only imagine the buzz that will grow around it. It becomes essential that all applicants are familiar with the CUET 2023 Exam Pattern in to carve a successful exam strategy and ace the CUET. ​ Understanding CUET 2023 is a critical step in achieving your goals of being accepted into the institution or university of your choice and being able to choose the subject you want to enrol in.

Pattern of CUET

The CUET is held in online in two shifts as an administered computer-based test (CBT). Depending on the topic pairings selected by the students, the exam will last 3 hours 15 minutes in Slot 1 and for 3 hours 45 minutes in Slot 2. Every candidate must take one or more tests in each of the slots and the choice of subjects is dependent on the undergraduate course/program the candidate wants to enrol for. ​ The Common University Entrance Test (CUET) will be administered by National Testing Agency throughout the country for UG Admissions to more than 45 Universities, including all the Central Universities in India such as University of Delhi, Banaras Hindu University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Aligarh Muslim University among others.  CUET 2023 scores of candidates will be used to determine admissions to Universities, including DU, JNU, Hyderabad University, and Allahabad University.

CUET is conducted on multiple days in two slots/shifts, depending on the number of candidates and languages/tests taken by candidates.

  • Slot 1: 3 Hours 15 Minutes

Up to 4 Tests/Subjects can be chosen in Slot 1

Section 1A: One Language
Section 2: Two Domain-Specific Subjects
Section 3: General Test

 

  • Slot 2: 3 Hours 45 Minutes

Up to 5 Tests/Subjects can be chosen in Slot 2 in either of the following combinations:

Section 1A & 1B: One Language

Section 2: Maximum of Four Domain-Specific Subjects

OR

Section 1A & 1B : Two Languages

Section 2 : Maximum of 2 domain specific subjects

CUET is conducted on multiple days in two slots/shifts, depending on the number of candidates and languages/tests taken by candidates.

  • Slot 1: 3 Hours 15 Minutes

Up to 4 Tests/Subjects can be chosen in Slot 1

Section 1A: One Language
Section 2: Two Domain-Specific Subjects
Section 3: General Test

 

  • Slot 2: 3 Hours 45 Minutes

Up to 5 Tests/Subjects can be chosen in Slot 2 in either of the following combinations:

Section 1A & 1B: One Language

Section 2: Maximum of Four Domain-Specific Subjects

OR

Section 1A & 1B : Two Languages

Section 2 : Maximum of 2 domain specific subjects

5 Marks

For Correct Answer

1 Marks

For Incorrect Answer

No Penalty

For Unanswered questions

Slot1 CUet.jpg
Slot2 CUet

Structure of Exam

Candidates should choose their subjects from the sections below according to the requirements of their desired courses in specific universities. 

Maximum Tests Allowed: 9

 

A candidate can write a maximum of 9 tests in the following combination:
 

  • 2 Languages, 6 Domain Specific Subjects, 1 General Test

    OR

     

  • 3 Languages, 5 Domain Specific Subjects, 1 General Test

Section 1A - Languages
 

This section checks the language efficiency of the candidate through reading comprehension-based questions. The questions also test vocabulary and literary aptitude.

 

Candidates can choose a maximum of any 3 languages from Section 1A and Section 1B taken together.

However, the third language chosen needs to be in place of the 6th domain-specific subject chosen by the candidate.

 

  • Subjects: 13 Languages

 

  1. English

  2. Hindi

  3. Gujarati

  4. Bengali

  5. Assamese

  6. Kannada

  7. Tamil

  8. Telugu

  9. Malayalam

  10. Marathi

  11. Odia

  12. Urdu.

  13. Punjabi

  • Number of Questions per language: 40 Questions to be marked out of 50 Questions

  • ​Time Allotted: 45 Minutes for each language

Section 1B - Languages

This is an optional section and candidates wishing to appear in the CUET exam for more than one language must choose the other(s) from the list below:

  • Subjects: 20 Languages apart from Section 1A
     

  1. French

  2. Spanish

  3. German

  4. Nepali

  5. Persian

  6. Italian

  7. Arabic

  8. Sindhi

  9. Sanskrit

  10. Kashmiri

  11. Konkani

  12. Bodo

  13. Dogri

  14. Maithili

  15. Manipuri

  16. Santhali

  17. Tibetan

  18. Japanese

  19. Russian

  20. Chinese.

 

  • Number of Questions per language: 40 Questions to be marked out of 50 Questions

 

  • Time Allotted: 45 Minutes for each language

Section 2 - Domain Specific Subjects

This section contains 27 domain-specific subjects and candidates can choose a maximum of 6 domain-specific subjects in combinations as required for their desired course. 

For example: 

 

  • Subjects: 27 Domain-Specific
     

List B1

  1. Accountancy/BookKeeping

  2. Biology/ Biological Studies/ Biotechnology/Biochemistry

  3. Business Studies

  4. Chemistry

  5. Computer Science/ Informatics Practices

  6. Economics/ Business Economics

  7. Engineering Graphics

  8. Entrepreneurship

  9. Geography/Geology

  10. History

  11. Home Science

  12. Knowledge Tradition and Practices of India

  13. Legal Studies

  14. Environmental Science

  15. Mathematics

  16. Physical Education/ NCC /Yoga

  17. Physics

  18. Political Science

  19. Psychology

  20. Sociology

    List B2

     

  21. Teaching Aptitude

  22. Agriculture

  23. Mass Media/ Mass Communication

  24. Anthropology

  25. Fine Arts/ Visual Arts (Sculpture/ Painting)/Commercial Arts

  26. Performing Arts – (i) Dance (Kathak/ Bharatnatyam/ Odissi/ Kathakali/Kuchipudi/ Manipuri (ii) Drama- Theater (iii) Music General (Hindustani/ Carnatic/ Rabindra Sangeet/ Percussion/ Non-Percussion)

  27. Sanskrit
     

  • Number of Questions Per Subject/Domain: 40 Questions to be marked out of 50 Questions
     

  • Time Allotted: 45 Minutes for each subject


Section 3 - General Test

This section consists of a general test and it is required in professional courses/programs such as BBA(FIA)/BMS/B.Com etc. The section may be mandatory or could be taken as an alternative combination for certain courses. 

  • Subjects: General Test
     

  1. General Knowledge and Current Affairs

  2. General Mental Ability

  3. Numerical Ability

  4. Quantitative Reasoning

  5. Logical and Analytical Reasoning

  • Number of Questions: 60 Questions to be marked out of 75 Questions

  • Time Allotted: 60 Minutes

Section 1A
Section 1B
Section 2
Section 3
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