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CUET - Frequently Asked Questions

Published on : 31-07-2022 Powered by

What is CUET?

CUET stands for Common University Entrance Test CUET.  The National Testing Agency (NTA) has been entrusted with the responsibility of conducting the
Undergraduate entrance tests for all the Central Universities (CUs) for the academic session 2022-2023.

What is the purpose of CUET?

Starting from the 2022-23 session, the CUET will be the single point of entry into all the UG level admissions to Central Universities in India.  Central Universities are funded by the Union Government and come under the purview of the Ministry of Education. As of February 2022, there are 54 Central Universities in India.  

How are Central Universities different from other types of Universities?

In India, there are broadly 4 types of Universities:
1. State Universities are Universities that are established by the state governments and are established by an act of the local assembly.  
2. Central universities or Union universities are established by the Act of Parliament and are under the purview of the Department of Higher Education in the Union Human Resource Development Ministry.
3. Deemed universities, or "Deemed-to-be-University", are not originally universities but is a status of autonomy granted by the Department of Higher Education on the advice of the UGC, to certain institutes, working at a very high standard in a specific area of study. They enjoy the academic status and privileges of a university, i.e., they can set curriculum, fees, admission process, etc. They could either private or Government institutes.  
For example, IISc is a Govt. institution and has been accorded "Deemed University" status, whereas Manipal Institute of Higher Education is a private institution and has been granted "Deemed University" status.
4. Private universities are approved by the UGC. They can grant degrees but they are not allowed to have off-campus affiliated colleges.  These are set up by established by an act of the local assembly of the state in which they are located.  

To which Central Universities can I apply with CUET (UG) 2022 score?

CUET (UG) 2022 provides a single-window opportunity for students to seek admission to any of the Central Universities (CUs) across the country.  Consider it to be similar in intent to JEE (Main), which is used as a single-window opportunity for admissions to multiple engineering colleges.

Will CUET (UG) 2022 be conducted in online or offline mode?

CUET (UG) 2022 will be conducted in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode, i.e., online center-based mode.
The tests will be of Objective type with Multiple Choice Questions.

What will be the structure or pattern of the CUET (UG) 2022 Exam?

The CUET (UG) 2022 will consist of the following 4 sections:   
1. Section IA: 13 Languages
2. Section IB: 20 Languages
3. Section II: 27 Domain-Specific Subjects
4. Section III: General Test

What Languages are covered under Section IA?

Languages (13): Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujarati, Odiya, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi, English, Hindi, and Urdu

What Languages are covered under Section IB?

Languages (20): French, Spanish, German, Nepali, Persian, Italian, Arabic, Sindhi, Sanskrit, Kashmiri, Konkani, Bodo, Dogri, Maithili, Manipuri, Santhali, Tibetan, Japanese, Russian, Chinese.

What are the Domain Specific Subjects?

Domain-Specific Subjects (27):
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
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/Oddisi/Kathakali/Kuchipudi/Manipuri (ii) Drama- Theatre (iii) Music General (Hindustani/Carnatic/Rabindra Sangeet/Percussion/Non-Percussion)
27. Sanskrit

Does a Student have to attempt all the Sections?  What are the maximum & minimum requirements?

Section IA & IB: Languages: A maximum of any 3 languages from Section IA and Section IB taken together.
Section II: Domain-Specific Subjects: A maximum of six (06) Domains as desired by the applicable University/Universities.
Section III: General Test: For any such undergraduate program/programs being offered by Universities where a General Test is being used for admission.

Hence, the maximum number of tests that a student can take is 9 i.e.

2 Languages + 6 Domain-Specific Subjects + 1 General Test OR
3 Languages + 5 Domain-Specific Subjects + 1 General Test

How do I know which tests to take?

Good question.  Each participating Central University will specify the tests needed to be taken for each of its courses.
So, you will need to
a) identify the course of your choice in the university/universities
b) identify the tests that are needed to apply for the course/courses

For example, let's assume you wish to apply for B.A. (Hons) Economics at University A and B.A. Political Science at University B.
University A needs one to take English, Economics/Business Economics, and General Test for admission to its B.A. (Hons) Economics course.
University B needs one to take English and Political Science for admission to its B.A. (Hons) Political Science course.

Hence, you will need to take the following 4 tests to apply to these 2 programs - English, Economics/Business Economics, Political Science, and General Test.

What is the duration of the Tests?

Section IA & Section IB:  45-minutes for each language, 40 Qns to be attempted out of 50 in each language
Section II:  45-minutes for each domain subject, 40 Qns to be attempted out of 50
Section III:  60-minutes, 60 Questions to be attempted out of 75

What is the syllabus for each Section?

Section IA & IB: Language to be tested through Reading Comprehension based on different types of passages–Factual, Literary, and Narrative [Literary
Aptitude & Vocabulary]
Section II: As per the NCERT model syllabus as applicable to Class XII only
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

I passed my class 12 in 2021.  Will I be eligible to take CUET (UG) 2022?

Depends on the University you are applying to. If any University permits students of previous years of class XII to take admission in the current year also, such students would also be eligible to appear in CUET (UG) – 2022.

Can I choose a test in a subject I have not taken in my Class 12?

Generally, the languages/subjects chosen should be the ones that a student has opted for in his latest Class XII Board examination. However, if any University permits any flexibility in this regard, the same can be exercised under CUET (UG)-2022 also.

Will the CUET be held on a single day?

No. Examination will be conducted on multiple days in two shifts, depending on the number of Candidates and Languages/Tests taken by them.

Will it be a center-based online test or a home-based online test?

Center-based online test.

Where is the CUET (UG) Application Form available at?

Head over to

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