CUET Exam Pattern 2023, Check revised CUET Exam Pattern here

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CUET Exam Pattern: Looking for CUET exam pattern? If yes, then you have reached the right page. CUET Exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency for students seeking admisison in various UG and PG programmes in Universities and Colleges across the country. All the canidadates who aspire to appear for this exam can apply till March 12, 2023. The exam is scheduled to be conducted in May 2023. Candidates should ensure that they know the complete CUET exam pattern and syllabus. 

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Table of Content

  1. CUET Exam Pattern 
  2. CUET Domain Subjects List
  3. CUET General Test Syllabus
  4. CUET General Test Exam Pattern
  5. CUET Marking Scheme
  6. Important Points About CUET Exam Pattern

CUET Exam Pattern

The CUET exam will be conducted in 13 languages (Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujarati, Odiya, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi, English, Hindi, and Urdu) by NTA (National Testing Agency).

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Below is the revised exam pattern for CUET 2022:
  • The CUET exam will be conducted in online mode as Computer Based test-CBT.
  • CUET (UG) will consist of 4 sections i.e.
1. Section IA –  It has 13 Languages i.e. Odiya, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi, English, Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, and Gujarati)
2. Section IB- It has 20 Languages i.e. Kashmiri, Konkani, Bodo, Dogri, Maithili, Manipuri, Santhali, Tibetan, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Nepali, Persian, Italian, Arabic, Sindhi, Sanskrit).
3. Section II- It has 27 Domain-Specific Subjects
4. Section III- It consists of a General test. It is an optional test for vocational/cross-stream/open eligibility test.
  • The CUET exam will have all multiple-choice questions.
  • Section IA & IB- The candidate has to choose a maximum of 3 languages from Section IA and Section IB taken together (Domain-specific subjects must be replaced by one of the languages chosen.)
  • Section Two provides 27 subjects and the candidate has to choose a maximum of 6 subjects from Section II and General Test under Section III. The candidate must refer to the requirements of his or her intended university.
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No. of Questions to be Attempted
Question type
Section I A Languages There are a total of 13 languages The candidate has to attempt 40 questions out of 50 questions in each language. Reading Comprehension (based on different sorts of passages–Factual, Literary, and Narrative), [Literary Aptitude and Vocabulary] will be used to assess language. For each language, there is 45 minutes
Section I B Languages There are a total of 20 languages
Section II-Domain There is a total of 27 Domains specific subjects which are being offered under this Section. A candidate may choose a maximum of six (06) Domains desired by the applicable University The candidate has to attempt 40 questions out of 50.  
  • Input text will be used for MCQ-based questions
  • Multiple-choice Questions based on NCERT Class 12th syllabus only
For each Domain-Specific Subject, there is 45 minutes.
Section III- General Test For any undergraduate program/programs provided by universities that require the use of a General Test for entrance. The candidate has to attempt 60 questions out of 75
  • Input text will be used for MCQ based questions
  • General mental Ability, Current Affairs, General Knowledge, Quantitative Reasoning (Basic mathematical concepts like algebra/arithmetic/geometry/mensuration/tat taught till Grade 8), Logical and Analytical Reasoning.
60 Minutes


CUET 2023 Domain Subjects Lists

According to the revised CUET Exam Pattern, there is a total of 27 Domain-Specific subjects. The candidate has to choose a maximum of 6 subjects from those 27 subjects. Below is the complete list of 27 Domain-Specific subjects:
  1. Legal Studies
  2. Environmental Science
  3. Mathematics
  4. Physical Education/ NCC /Yoga
  5. Physics
  6. Political Science
  7. Psychology
  8. Sociology
  9. Teaching Aptitude
  10. Agriculture
  11. Mass Media/ Mass Communication
  12. Anthropology
  13. Fine Arts/ Visual Arts (Sculpture/ Painting)/Commercial Arts,
  14. Performing Arts – (i) Dance (Kathak/ Bharatnatyam/ Oddisi/ Kathakali/Kuchipudi/ Manipuri (ii) Drama- Theatre (iii) Music General (Hindustani/ Carnatic/ Rabindra Sangeet/ Percussion/ Non-Percussion)
  15. Sanskrit
  16. Accountancy/BookKeeping
  17. Biology/ Biological Studies/ Biotechnology/Biochemistry
  18. Business Studies
  19. Chemistry
  20. Computer Science/ Informatics Practices
  21. Economics/ Business Economics
  22. Engineering Graphics
  23. Entrepreneurship
  24. Geography/Geology
  25. History
  26. Home Science
  27. Knowledge Tradition and Practices of India

CUET General Test Syllabus 2023

It is very important for the candidates preparing for the CUET 2023 to know the General Test syllabus and exam pattern. Below is the complete CUET General Test syllabus:
Current Affairs International and National Current Affairs
General Knowledge
  • Cooks and Authors
  • Important days
  • Awards and Honors
  • India History
  • General polity
  • Indian National Movement
  • Science & technology
  • General Polity
  • Sports
  • Science-Inventions & Discoveries
  • Countries & Capital
General Mental Ability Logical and Analytical Reasoning
  • Letter and Symbol
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-verbal series
  • Analogies
  • Judgment and reasoning
  • Statement and conclusion
  • Statement and Argument
  • Blood relations
  • Direction Test
  • Mirror and Water images
  • Classification
Numerical Ability (Till Grade 8)
  • Time and Work
  • Partnership
  • Profit and Loss
  • Boats and streams
  • HCF and LCM
  • Problems and Trains
  • Percentages
  • Geometry
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Statistics
  • Application of Mathematics
  • Algebra
  • Probability
  • Number System
  • Algebra
Quantitative Reasoning
  • Arithmetic Number Series
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Arithmetical reasoning
  • Data Interpretation
  • Problems on Solving
  • Problems on age
  • Number Series

CUET Exam pattern 2023 for General Test

Below is the complete exam pattern for the CUET General test 2023:
S. No.
Total Number of Questions
Number of Questions to be Attempted
Time Duration
1. Current Affairs  
2. General Knowledge
3. General Mental Ability
4. Quantitative Reasoning
5. Numerical Ability
6. Logical and Analytical reasoning

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CUET 2023 Marking Scheme

Below we have discussed the CUET 2023 Marking Schemes for Different Courses as released by NTA:

1. B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science):
  • For B.Sc. courses the marking will be done on the basis of Physics, Chemistry, Maths, and Biology.
  • The candidate has to get a minimum of 30% marks in any one of the subjects.
2. B.A  (Bachelor of Arts):
  • For admission in B.A (Bachelor of Arts) candidate needs to be present in any one language of section 1 and any three languages of section 2.
  • For admission in B.A Economics Maths test is mandatory.
  • A merit list will be made on the basis of selected language, Maths, and marks obtained in any two subjects

Important Points about CUCET Exam Pattern

1. Your choice of Languages/Subjects/General tests will depend on the requirements of the desired Universities for the desired course.
2. Candidate should select the Tests/Subjects in Slot 1 and Slot 2 as follows:
A. Slot 1: Up to 4 Subjects/Tests
Section IA and IB: 1 Language
Section II: 2 Domain-Specific Subjects
Section III: General test
B. Slot 2: Up to 5 Subjects/Tests
Section IA and IB: 1 Language
Section II: Maximum 4 Domain-Specific Subjects
Section IA and IB: 2 Languages
Section II: Maximum 3 Domain-Specific Subjects.
3. The number of domain subjects selected by the candidate depends on the requirements of the desired University for the desired course.
4. The test other than the “Language” test offers 13 languages i.e. Bengali, Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Odia, Urdu, and Telugu.
5. Language test will be for assessing the skill/proficiency of the candidate in language which is selected by him/her.
6. Each question will be 5 marks. There will be a negative marking of 1 mark on each wrong answer.
7. CUET (UG) 2022 offers a bouquet of Subjects/Languages/General test which covers most of the languages/subjects offered by most of the Universities.


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What is asked in CUET exam?

Fundamental Accounting, English Language, Verbal Skills, Reading Comprehension, General Knowledge, Quantitative Aptitude, Critical and Logical Reasoning, and Data Analysis and Interpretation are the six sections of the CUET question paper.

How many questions are there in CUET?

There will be 60 questions out of 75 to answer, including MCQ, General Knowledge, Current Affairs, General Mental Ability, Numerical Ability, and so on.

Is CUET an online exam?

The three-and-a-half-hour computer-based entrance examination will be held in two shifts.

Is there any negative marking in CUET?

The CUET does not rank students; it simply provides them with scores. There will be negative marking for incorrect answers in the computer-based test, which will include multiple-choice questions (MCQ format).

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