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CUET 2023: Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus and Exam Pattern

The Common University Entrance Test (CUET) is a pan-India examination conducted by the Ministry of Education for students who want admission to various undergraduate, postgraduate, and Ph.D. programs. Based on the CUET 2023 results, you can get admission to the country's several private, state, and central universities. Students need to participate in this one examination to be eligible for the admission process of the various universities.

CUET Exam Highlights



Name of the Examination

Common University Entrance Test (CUET)

Examination Frequency

Once a year

Conducting Body

National Testing Agency

Medium of the Examination

13 languages – English, Bengali, Hindi, Assamese, Gujarati, Urdu, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Punjabi, Odiya, Marathi, and Malayalam.

Mode of Examination

Online (Computer-Based Test)

Type of Questions

Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs)

Question Sections

Four Sections: IA, IB, II, and III

Exam Duration

Slot 1: 3 hours 15 minutes

Slot 2: 3 hours 45 minutes (depends on the section chosen)

Marking Scheme

Correct: +5

Incorrect: -1

Unanswered: 0

CUCET 2023 Dates

Examination Dates: 21 to 31st May, 2023

Reserved Dates: 1 to 7th June, 2023

CUET Eligibility Criteria

The following are the CUET eligibility criteria –

●       Any candidate who has passed class 12 or any equivalent examination is eligible to appear for the examination of CUET UG 2023.

●       Candidates completing the class 12th or equivalent examination in 2023 are also eligible to take the examination.

●       To apply for admission to any university, you must satisfy any age requirement that the university might have.

Irrespective of these eligibility criteria, when applying for various universities, there are certain things that you would have to remember. These are the policies, categories, qualifications, and other requirements of the specific universities. Moreover, the admission criteria of every university are different, so you should make sure about the eligibility requirements of each university.

CUET Syllabus

Depending on the language and the subject domain you chose, your sections of the question paper will differ from the CUET UG 2023 syllabus. Your question paper is divided into four sections, and the syllabus will be as follows –



Section IA & IB

Language is tested with Reading Comprehension (based on the three different types of passages – Narrative, Literary, and Factual; along with the Vocabulary and Literary Aptitude)

Section II

As given on the website of NTA –

Section III

Numerical Ability, General Mental Ability, Current Affairs, General Knowledge, Logical and Analytical Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning (application of mathematical concepts such as statistics / mensuration / geometry / algebra / arithmetic as taught till class 8).

CUET Exam pattern

The examination for CUET 2023 will be conducted through the Computer-Based Test (CBT) mode. The question paper is in the MCQ format and divided into three sections. The examination pattern of CUET UG 2023 is the following – 

●       Section IA: 13 languages (As a “language” and a medium)

●       Section IB: 20 languages

●       Section II: 27 domain-specific topics

●       Section III: General Test

While applying for the examination, you can select your language, the subjects, and the general test needed for admission to the program of your desired university. Besides the language test, candidates can appear for the examination in multiple languages, such as English, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Kannada, Marathi, Assamese, Telugu, Tamil, Gujarati, Punjabi, and Odiya. You must choose one of these languages as your medium to meet the university requirements.


While preparing for your CUET 2023 examination, you have to be consistent and diligent in your preparations. Further, you can use many preparation strategies to help you succeed in the examination. While preparing for the examination, it is important to remember that this examination will be one of the deciding factors upon which university you would get into.

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