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A BREAKDOWN OF THE PATTERN AND SYLLABUS OF CUCET

CU-CET (Central University Common Entrance Test) serves as the key to getting into 42 esteemed central universities in India for undergraduate, graduate and integrated programs. Understanding the paper pattern and syllabus can help you crack this competitive exam with ease and achieve your dreams!


The exam will be conducted in an online mode by the NTA (National Testing Agency). It will be conducted only once for the academic session 2022-23 following which it will be conducted twice a year to give students a chance to improve their scores if needed.


To be eligible for CUCET:

  1. Applicant must be an Indian national

  2. Applicants should have passed their respective board exams with a 10+2 system of education from a recognised board

  3. For UG, the minimum percentage marks necessary is 50% (general category), 5% relaxation may be given to SC/ST students


This CBT (computer-based test) will be 2 hours long with 100 MCQ’s. The paper will be conducted in 13 different languages including Hindi, English, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. Each correct answer will carry 1 mark while incorrect answers have a penalty of -0.25.


There are two formats of CUCET:

  1. UI-QP-1: For students seeking admission into courses in the science or technology domain (eg: Chemistry, Physics, Maths)

  2. UI-QP-2: For students seeking admission into courses in the vocational or management domain


The format for UI-QP-1 is as follows:


The exam will be divided into 2 sections: Part A-General Aptitude and Part B-Domain Knowledge. (Note: The official CUCET 2022 notification will clarify whether Part B-Domain Knowledge would be a part of forthcoming tests)


Part A: This section consists of 25 MCQ’s. It will test the following areas of student knowledge:

  1. General Knowledge/ Awareness of current affairs

  2. English language

  3. Analytical skills and logical reasoning

  4. Mathematical aptitude



The syllabus will be based on the existing senior secondary syllabus of various boards. It can be found on the official website of CUCET: https://cucet.nta.nic.in/WebInfocms/File/ViewFile?FileId=7&LangId=P




Part B:

This part contains 100 questions and will test a candidate’s subject-specific knowledge in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology (25 Q’s from each of these 4 sections)

The candidate has to attempt only 3 out of the 4 sections (75 Q’s from part B)

In case the candidate attempts all our 4 sections, the score in the bets section will be taken into consideration.




The format for UI-QP-2 is as follows:


This paper will test aptitude in:

  1. English

  2. Numerical Aptitude/ Data Interpretation

  3. Analytical skills

  4. Reasoning

  5. General aptitude

  6. General awareness



CUCET is designed to test foundational knowledge gained until the senior secondary level and holistically evaluate the candidate. The test demands clarity of concepts and application of knowledge. A consistent study schedule can help candidates navigate the syllabus and achieve their desired score.


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