Common University Entrance Test Exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) annually for candidates to seek admission in participating universities. The exam pattern is based on standard aptitude test and candidates must orient themselves with the question pattern, duration of the exams, quality and types of questions, mode of examination and the marking scheme in order to be best prepared for the exam. Familiarity with the existing exam pattern and the mode of conduction enhances a candidate’s ability to appear in the examination with confidence. Following are the details of the examination pattern:

CUET Examination – 2023

Mode of Examination: The exam will be held in the Online Mode as a Computer-Based-Test on designated examination centres. Duration of Examination The exam will be held in two slots of 3 hours and 25-25 minutes teach, which will be subject to variation based on the choice of subject and sections. Each candidate has to mandatorily attempt a minimum of one or more examination in each slot.
Pattern of Examination The exam is divided into three sections, with the first section consisting of two sub-sections. Each section will have different number of questions and time allotted. Following is a detailed breakup of the pattern.
Section I (A) Language Paper
Section I (B) Language Paper
Section II Domain/ Subject Specific
Section III General Test
Section I (A) and Section I (B) Section I will have two language specific papers with choices between 13 and 19 languages respectively. The total number of questions will be 50 and 40 questions need to be marked for each language. Both the sub-sections will have to be attempted within 90 minutes, with 45 minutes allotted to each language. Following is the list of languages to be chosen from for both sections:
Section I(A) Section I(B)
English Hindi Gujarati Bengali Assamese Kannada Tamil Telugu Malayalam Marathi Odia Urdu Chinese German French Arabic Italian Japanese Nepali Russian Spanish Tibetan Dogri Bodo Kashmiri Konkani Maithili Manipuri Santhali Sindhi
Section II Section II will test domain specific subjects out of a choice of 27 subjects, from which a candidate can choose a maximum of 6 subjects. Total questions for each subject will be 50, out of which 40 need to be attempted. This section needs to be attempted in 45 minutes. Following is the list of subjects offered:
Accountancy/ Book Keeping Agriculture Anthropology
Chemistry Computer Science/ Informatics Practices Economics/ Business Economics
Engineering Graphics Entrepreneurship Environmental Studies
Fine Arts/ Visual Arts (Sculpture/ Painting)/Commercial Arts, Home Science Knowledge Tradition and Practices of India
Legal Studies Mass Media/ Mass Communication Mathematics
Physical Education/ NCC /Yoga Physics Political Science
Psychology Sociology Teaching Aptitude
Agriculture Mass Media/ Mass Communication Anthropology
Fine Arts/ Visual Arts (Sculpture/ Painting)/Commercial Arts, Performing Arts – (i) Dance (Kathak/ Bharatnatyam/ Odissi/ Kathakali/Kuchipudi/ Manipuri (ii) Drama- Theatre (iii) Music General (Hindustani/ Carnatic/ Rabindra Sangeet/ Percussion/ Non-Percussion) Sanskrit
Out of these, Accountancy, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Economics, Geography, History, Home Science, Legal Studies, Maths, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology are classified as Domain Subjects and Physical Education, Engineering graphics, Fine arts, Knowledge & Tradition – Practices in India, Entrepreneurship, Teaching aptitude, Mass media, and Agriculture are classified as additional subjects. Section III Section III will be a standard aptitude test, mirroring the pattern adopted in most common competitive examinations for undergraduate admissions in India. It will comprise of questions from five broad areas, testing a candidate’s knowledge of Current Affairs and General Knowledge, Mental Ability, Numerical Ability, Quantitative Reasoning and Logical and Analytical Reasoning.

Participating Universities

Over 90 universities conducted admissions based on CUET in 2022. It is predicted that the number of applicants and participating universities will grow exponentially in 2023. Following are some of the central, state, deemed and private universities out of 90 universities you can target based on CUET.
Central State Deemed Private
AMU Barkatullah University Jamia Hamdard Apex University
BHU Jiwaji University Manav Rachna International Institute Bennet University
State Central Universities Vikram University TISS BML Munjal University
JMI Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University Gurukula Kangri K. R. Mangalam University
JNU Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya Gujarat Vidyapith Galgotias University
Delhi University DTBU SRM University

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