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Common University Entrance Test
AcronymCUET
TypePaper-based
Computer-based test (CBT)
AdministratorNational Testing Agency (since 2021)
Central University of Rajasthan (2010–2020)
Skills testedLanguage, domain-specific subject, general aptitude and reasoning
PurposeAdmission to central universities and participating institutes
Year started2010 (2010)
DurationSection 1A, 1B - 45mins for each language
Section 2 - 45mins for each Subject
Section 3 - 60minutes
Score range-300 to +800
OfferedOnce a year
RegionsIndia
LanguagesEnglish, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Urdu, Assamese, Bengali, Punjabi, Odia
Annual number of test takers
  • Decrease 13.6 Lakh (2024)
Websiteexams.nta.ac.in/CUET-UG

The Common University Entrance Test (CUET), formerly Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) is a standardised test in India conducted by the National Testing Agency at various levels—CUET (UG)[1], CUET (PG)[2], and CUET (PhD)[3], for admission to undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctorate programmes in Central Universities and other participating institutes.[4] It is also accepted by number of other State Universities and Deemed universities in India.[5][6]

History

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CUCET was first conducted to admission for seven central universities for 1,500 seats in 41 undergraduate, postgraduate and integrated courses from 2010. The application form was filled up through CUCET-2010 which held on 19 and 20 June 2010 in about 30 examination centers spread across the country.[7] From its inception in 2010 till 2020, the CUCET was conducted by the Central University of Rajasthan for 12 Central Universities. The National Testing Agency took over the conduct of these exams in 2021.[8] In 2024, as a part of National Education Policy 2020, CUET is introduced as revamped version of CUCET making it compulsory for all 45 Central Universities an other Universities to adopt it.[9]

Exam pattern and structure

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All Question Papers are MCQ based organized into different parts.

For UG Programmes

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Starting 2024, the CUET exam pattern have three sections which are Section IA – 13 Language, Section IB – 20 Language, Section II – 27 Domain-specific Subjects, and Section III – General Test.[10]

The CUET-UG consist of Language Test, Domain-Specific papers, and the General Test.[11][12] Candidates can opt for combination of at most 2 languages and 6 domain-specific subject or 3 languages and 5 domain-specific tests. CUET entrance test 2024 will now be conducted in two slots. The duration of first slot is 45 to 195 minutes and the duration of the second slot is 45 to 225 minutes.CUET-UG 2023 conducted in 3 slots of 3 hours each.[13]

Marking scheme includes 5 marks for each correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for each wrong response.

Subjects, Pattern of CUET - UG[14]
Section 1A -

13 languages

Section 1B -

20 Languages

Section 2 -

27 Domain-specific Subjects[15]

Section 3 -

General Test

Subjects
  • English
  • Telugu
  • Tamil
  • Kannada
  • Malayalam
  • Marathi
  • Bhojpuri
  • Bengali
  • Assamese
  • Punjabi
  • Hindi
  • Urdu
  • French
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Persian
  • Italian
  • Arabic
  • Nepali
  • Sindhi
  • Kashmiri
  • Konkani
  • Bodo
  • Bhojpuri
  • Dogri
  • Maithili
  • Manipuri
  • Santhali
  • Tibetan
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Chinese
  • Accountancy
  • Agriculture
  • Anthropology
  • Art Education & Sculpture
  • Biology, Biotechnology & Biochemistry
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science & Informatics Practices
  • Economics & Business Economics
  • Engineering Graphics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geography & Geology
  • History
  • Home Science
  • Knowledge Tradition - Practices in India
  • Legal Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Mathematics, Applied Maths
  • Mass Media, Journalism & Communication
  • Physical Education, NCC & Yoga
  • Physics
  • Performing Arts
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sanskrit
  • Sociology
  • Teaching Aptitude
  • Philosophy
  • Performing Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • General Test
Syllabus
  • Reading Comprehension based on different types of passages–Factual, Literary and Narrative - Tested on understanding of a passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein, etc
  • Literary Aptitude and Vocabulary - Tested on Questions on synonyms & antonyms
  • Grammar from all topics - Tested on correcting grammatically incorrect sentences, filling blanks in sentences with appropriate words, Rearranging the parts, etc.
  • Verbal Ability[14]
  • Vocabulary, Writings
Based on Class 11 & 12 or Intermediate syllabus of specific subject.[14]
  • General Knowledge & Current Affairs
  • General Mental Ability
  • Numerical Ability
  • Aptitude
  • Quantitative Reasoning (application of basic mathematical concepts arithmetic, algebra geometry, mensuration, statistics & Probability)
  • Logical & Analytical Reasoning[16]
Pattern & Duration 40 MCQs to be answered out of 50 in 45 Minutes (per subject)[17] 40 MCQs to be answered out of 50 in 45 Minutes (per subject) 50 MCQs to be answered out of 60 in 60 minutes as per 2024 circular[16]

For PG Programmes

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CUET PG will have more 72 test papers for various courses. The complete mapping of test paper code versus course and university is provided by NTA in the information brochure.[18]

For RP programmes

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  • Part A: Language, general awareness, mathematical aptitude, analytical skills and Research Methodology-consisting of 50 MCQs
  • Part B: Domain Knowledge-consisting of 50 MCQs

Negative marking

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For UG & PG Programmes, negative marking scheme is followed with a deduction of 1 mark for each wrong answer. However, the negative marking is not followed for research programmes.

Application fees

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Only online applications are accepted for CUCET-2024 and application fees for various categories are listed below.[19]

For CUET-UG: (According to Data of CUET-UG 2024)[20]

For CUET (UG) – 2024, fees will be charged based on the number of subjects chosen by the candidates. The following fee structure is applicable for CUET (UG) - 2024:

Category Up to 03 Subjects For each Additional Subject
General (UR) Applicants 1,000 (US$12) 400 (US$4.80)
OBC/EWS Applicants 900 (US$11) 375 (US$4.50)
SC/ST/PWD Applicants 800 (US$9.60) 350 (US$4.20)
Centres outside India Applicants 4,500 (US$54) 1,800 (US$22)

For CUET-PG: (According to Data of CUET-PG 2024)[21]

For CUET (PG) – 2024, fees will be charged based on the number of subjects chosen by the candidates. The following fee structure is applicable for CUET (PG) - 2024:

Category Up to 02 Subjects For each Additional Subject
General (UR) Applicants 1,200 (US$14) 600 (US$7.20)
OBC/EWS Applicants 1,000 (US$12) 500 (US$6.00)
SC/ST Applicants 900 (US$11) 500 (US$6.00)
PWD Applicants 800 (US$9.60) 500 (US$6.00)
Centres outside India Applicants 6,000 (US$72) 2,000 (US$24)

For CUET-PhD: (According to Data of CUET-PhD 2023)[22]

For CUET (PhD) – 2023, fees will be charged based on the number of subjects chosen by the candidates. The following fee structure is applicable for CUET (PhD) - 2023:

Category Up to 01 Subjects For each Additional Subject
General (UR) Applicants 1,200 (US$14) 800 (US$9.60)
OBC/EWS Applicants 1,100 (US$13) 700 (US$8.40)
SC/ST Applicants 1,000 (US$12) 700 (US$8.40)
PWD Applicants 1,000 (US$12) 700 (US$8.40)

Participating universities

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CUET-UG

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Admission in the following universities is done through CUET-UG in 2024 (only undergraduate and integrated masters degrees)-

Central Universities Deemed Universities State Universities Private Universities


CUET-PG

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Admission in the following universities is done through CUET-PG in 2024 (only masters degrees and post graduate diplomas)-

Central Universities Deemed Universities State Universities Private Universities
  • Apex University, Jaipur[56]

See also

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References

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  1. ^ "Website of CUET-UG".
  2. ^ "Website of CUET-PG".
  3. ^ "Website of CUET-PhD".
  4. ^ "What is the difference between CUCET and CUET 2022?". India Today. 24 March 2024. Retrieved 1 January 2024.
  5. ^ केंद्रीय विश्वविद्यालय-संयुक्त प्रवेश परीक्षा (सीयू-सीईटी) 2021 [Central Universities -Common Entrance Test (CU-CET) 2021]. National Testing Agency. Government of India. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  6. ^ "DU to provide PhD admissions through CUET from upcoming academic year". hindustantimes.com. Hindustan Times. Retrieved 13 July 2023.
  7. ^ "Now, the all-new CUCET". The Hindu. 5 May 2010.
  8. ^ "What is the difference between CUCET and CUET 2022?". India Today. 24 March 2022. Retrieved 15 April 2022.
  9. ^ "CUET". www.shiksha.com/science/cuet-exam. Retrieved 29 July 2022.
  10. ^ Kamaldeep. "CUET PG Exam 2024: Details, Dates, Registration and Exam Pattern". Learning Routes.
  11. ^ "FAQ" (PDF). CUCET. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  12. ^ "CUET (CUCET) Exam Pattern 2022 (Revised): Marking Scheme, Subject, Marks, Duration". university.careers360.com. 23 February 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2022.
  13. ^ "CUET Explained | Exam Format, Dates, Slot, Eligibility, Admit Cards, Evaluation – All You Need to Know". News18. 18 May 2023. Retrieved 31 March 2024.
  14. ^ a b c "NTA CUET Syllabus 2022 PDF (Section-wise) Download Here". Proper Noun. Retrieved 15 April 2022.
  15. ^ "CUET Syllabus".
  16. ^ a b "General Test - Syllabus CUET 2022" (PDF).
  17. ^ "Language Papers 1, 2, Syllabus CUET 2022" (PDF).
  18. ^ "CUET PG Test Paper Codes". aglasem.com. Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  19. ^ "CUCET" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 11 July 2019.
  20. ^ "CUET-PG Information Bulletin(IB)" (PDF).
  21. ^ "CUET-PG IB" (PDF).
  22. ^ "CUET-PhD 2023 IB" (PDF).
  23. ^ "AMU to adopt CUET for UG admissions, centre denies exemption request". TimesNow. 10 April 2022. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  24. ^ "Assam University".
  25. ^ "Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University".
  26. ^ "Banaras Hindu University".
  27. ^ "Central Sanskrit University".
  28. ^ "Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh".
  29. ^ "Central University of Gujarat".
  30. ^ "Central University of Himachal Pradesh".
  31. ^ "Dr. Hari Singh Gour University".
  32. ^ "The English and Foreign Languages University".
  33. ^ "Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya".
  34. ^ "Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University".
  35. ^ "Indira Gandhi National Tribal University".
  36. ^ "Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women".
  37. ^ "Gurukul Kangri".
  38. ^ "National Rail and Transportation Institute".
  39. ^ "Tata Institute of Social Sciences".
  40. ^ "Gandhigram Rural Institute".
  41. ^ "Sri_Dev_Suman_Uttarakhand_University".
  42. ^ "Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya".
  43. ^ "Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University".
  44. ^ "Dr. B. R. Ambedkar School of Economics University".
  45. ^ "Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University Delhi".
  46. ^ "Madan Mohan Malaviya University of Technology".
  47. ^ "BML Munjal University".
  48. ^ "Galgotias University".
  49. ^ "IIMT University".
  50. ^ "Jagannath University".
  51. ^ "Jagannath University, Jaipur".
  52. ^ "Jaypee University".
  53. ^ "Mewar University".
  54. ^ "Teerthanker Mahaveer University".
  55. ^ "Best University in Gurgaon | Private University in Gurugram: KRMU". www.krmangalam.edu.in. Retrieved 3 May 2023.
  56. ^ Common University Entrance Test Guide (Graduate) National Testing Agency
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