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CUET (UG) 2023- Latest Updates, Exam Pattern & Eligibility Criteria

CUET Exam: All You Need to Know

The Ministry of Education has introduced the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) for students to gain admission for undergraduate and postgraduate programs at 44 Central Universities and other State as well as deemed, Private universities in India.

CUET aims to offer a level playing field to candidates from all over the country, including those from rural and remote areas, by providing a common platform for admission to multiple universities through a single examination. This approach will help bridge the gap and improve access to higher education for students from diverse backgrounds.

Selection Process

A merit list will be generated by the participating universities based on the scores from the Common University Entrance Test (CUET (UG) - 2023). The scores will be provided by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Each university may then conduct its own counselling process, using the CUET scorecard as a reference.

Mode of Examination

CUET (UG) - 2023 be conducted in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode. 

The CUET exam will be conducted in English, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Assamese, Kannada, Malayalam, Odia, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

Important dates

The online registration and application submission has started and will go on till 12th March 2023.

Here are the other important dates for CUET (UG)- 2023.

Online application form submission

9th February to 12th March 2023

Last date for online fee submission

12th March 2023 (upto 11:50 P.M.)

Correction in particulars

15th March to 18th March 2023

City of examination announcement

30th April 2023

Admit card download

The second week of May 2023

Examination dates

21st May 2023 to 31st May 2023 (Reserve dates: 1st to 7th June 2023)

Display of answer keys and recorded responses

Will be announced later on the websites


Declaration of result

Will be announced later on the websites

Eligibility criteria

The exam authorities have set no age limit for the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) 2023. However, individual universities may have their own age restrictions.

Candidates who have either completed or are currently appearing in their Class 12th or equivalent examination (10+2 or 10+3 years diploma) are eligible to take the CUET exam.

For the general category, a minimum score of 50% in Class 12 is required, while for SC/ST candidates, a minimum of 45% in Class 12 is needed. It is important to note that the minimum score requirement for admission to universities may vary based on their specific requirements.

List of Participating Universities

CUET 2023 has released the list of participating universities. You can access the same on the official website.  You will get the list of courses offered by each university by clicking on the link.

CUET 2023: Paper pattern

There are three main sections to the paper. It is important to note that students can choose a maximum of 10 subjects from all three sections. The paper will contain objective-type MCQs.

  • Section I - Languages

    The first section is language-based. There are 2 parts - Section 1A, which deals with 13 languages, and Section IB, which consists of 20 other languages. A total of 40 questions must be answered out of the 50 provided in Section I. The languages need to be chosen when filling out the application.

  • Section II - Domain

    The second section consists of 27 domain-specific subjects that candidates can choose from based on the applicable university/universities. Out of a total of 45/50 questions, candidates are required to attempt 35/40 questions.

  • Section III - General Test

    The last section is a general test for any undergraduate program/programs offered by universities that require a general test for admission. Candidates are required to attempt 50 out of a total of 60 questions.

CUET 2023: Syllabus

NTA has released the official syllabus for CUET (UG) 2023 on its website.

Section I: The language section of the test will evaluate the candidate's proficiency in reading comprehension, which will be based on passages of different types such as factual, literary, and narrative, as well as literary aptitude and vocabulary.

Section II: The domain subject for the test can be found on the NTA website.

Section III: The general test will cover a range of topics, including general knowledge, current affairs, general mental ability, numerical ability, quantitative reasoning (with simple applications of basic mathematical concepts such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, mensuration, and stats), as well as logical and analytical reasoning.

Exam Duration

The exam will be conducted on various days, in three shifts throughout the day, depending on the number of candidates and subject choices. All three shifts will start at a specified time, which the candidates can find on their admit cards.

Marking Scheme

Correct answers will get 5 marks. 1 mark will be deducted for incorrect answers. No marks will be given in case of unanswered questions or those marked for review.

In cases where more than one option is considered correct, only those candidates who marked at least one of the correct options will receive 5 marks. If all options provided are correct, all candidates who attempted the question will receive 5 marks.

On the other hand, if none of the options provided is correct, or a question is considered wrong or dropped, then all candidates who attempted the question will be awarded 5 marks.

Importance resources

It is important candidates start preparing months in advance since this exam is one of the most challenging exams in the country. Class 12 syllabus will be followed for each subject.  

For the best preparation for this year’s CUET examination and to ensure all the topics mentioned in the syllabus are completed, students can also use additional study resources such as sample papers and mock tests to enhance their performance and score their best ranks.

Sample paper

Sample papers have proven to be one of the best resources for exam preparation. It helps you ensure all the concepts are clear and no topic has been left out. Last year, it was observed that CUET had competency-based questions since they offer a more fair and accurate assessment of the student and promote a focus on practical application. 

You can practise the questions from the mock paper and comprehensive bank of competency-based questions provided by Topperlearning.

FREE Mock Test

NTA has released an official mock test for CUET (UG) 2023 that candidates can take to familiarise themselves with the CBT mode of examination you can also download the sample mock paper for the following subjects from the below link for FREE.


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Candidates can score great ranks in the CUET exam if they start their exam preparation in advance and follow all the guidelines and syllabi mentioned in the official CUET exam notification released by NTA. Taking the help of sample papers and mock tests can help improve scores and gain admission into the university of choice.


Q 1. Is there a major change in the pattern of the CUET 2023 exam?

Ans: Previously, candidates had to attempt 60 questions out of 70 questions in Section III (General Test), but now they must answer 50 questions out of 60 questions.

Q 2. What is the number of universities participating in the CUET 2023 exam?

Ans: More than 80 universities are participating in CUET 2023, 44 of which are central universities.

Q 3. What is the maximum number of subjects that I can select for CUET 2023?

Ans: A candidate can select a maximum of 10 subjects from all three sections, up from a maximum of 9 subjects previously.

Q 4. Can I apply for engineering courses through CUET?

Ans: Yes, some universities may consider CUET scores for admission to B.Tech and allied engineering courses.

Q 5. How should I prepare for the CUET?           

Ans: Candidates are strongly advised to thoroughly review the syllabus and thoroughly understand the exam pattern and marking scheme. Candidates should also complete various sample papers, mock tests, and CBSE class 12th question papers from previous years.

Q 6. Can I submit two CUET application forms for two courses at the same time?

Ans: Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements may apply for multiple courses; however, candidates must not apply for duplicate or multiple forms of the same course, as this may result in the cancellation of all of his/her application forms.

Q 7. What documents or certificates must I submit with my CUET application form?

Ans: Candidates must include scanned images of their signature and photograph with their application form. At the time of online submission, no certificates are required to be uploaded along with the application form. The university will directly verify the documents/certificates, etc. at the time of admission.

Q 8. How can I correct a mistake on the CUET application form 2023?

Ans: Once a candidate has submitted their CUET 2023 application form, no further changes can be made. However, NTA may open a correction window, and after the window closes, all information entered by the candidate is considered final.

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