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CUET – UG (Common University Entrance Test – UG) 2023

CUET, which stands for Common University Entrance Test, is being launched to facilitate admissions into all undergraduate programs across Central Universities for the academic session 2023-24 under the Ministry of Education (MoE). This standardized entrance test aims to establish a level playing field and equal opportunities for candidates nationwide, with a particular focus on those from rural and remote areas. The introduction of the Common University Entrance Test seeks to foster improved connectivity with universities. By consolidating the admission process into a single examination, candidates will have the opportunity to extend their reach and participate in the admission procedures of multiple Central Universities.

Central Universities (CUs)

Union Universities in India, also known as Central Universities, are instituted through parliamentary legislation and fall within the jurisdiction of the Department of Higher Education under the Ministry of Education. Typically, universities in India receive recognition from the University Grants Commission (UGC), which derives its authority from the University Grants Commission Act of 1956.

Moreover, there are 15 Professional Councils in existence, overseeing diverse aspects of accreditation and coordination. Central universities are also subject to the provisions of the Central Universities Act, 2009, which governs their objectives, powers, governance structures, and related matters.

National Testing Agency (NTA)

The Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India (GoI), has instituted the National Testing Agency (NTA) as a distinct, autonomous, and self-sufficient premier testing organization under the Societies Registration Act (1860). The primary objective of NTA is to conduct effective, transparent, and internationally standardized tests, aiming to evaluate the competence of candidates seeking admission to top-tier higher education institutions. The agency is driven by a mission to enhance equity and quality in education through the development and administration of research-based assessments that are valid, reliable, efficient, transparent, fair, and meet international standards.

NTA has established a system that actively encourages teaching by educators, learning by students, and assessment by both parents and institutions. The agency places a strong emphasis on the quality, efficiency, effectiveness, equity, and security of assessments. To uphold these values, NTA consistently interacts with its stakeholders, including students, parents, teachers, experts, and partner institutions.

The objectives of NTA, inter alia, include:

  1. Conducting proficient, transparent, and globally standardized tests to evaluate candidates’ competency for admission.
  2. Engaging in research on educational, professional, and testing systems to identify knowledge system gaps and implementing measures to address them.
  3. Generating and disseminating information and research on education and professional development standards.

The National Testing Agency has been assigned the task of conducting the Common University Entrance Test (UG) for admission to the Undergraduate programs/courses across all Central Universities (CUs) for the academic session 2022-2023.

Role of NTA

NTA’s role is limited to candidate registration, test administration, hosting answer keys, accepting challenges, finalizing answer keys, result preparation, and scorecard publication. The participating universities/organizations will be responsible for creating the merit list. Universities have the option to conduct their own counseling using the CUET (UG)-2022 scorecard provided by NTA.

Examination Scheme

Mode of Examination: CUET (UG) – 2022 will be conducted in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode.

Medium of Examination: The Tests (other than “Language” Test) are offered in 13 languages i.e. Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odiya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

A candidate is required to opt for one of the specified languages as the medium of the paper, as per desired University’s eligibility criteria, while applying.

The question paper in respect of the Domain Specific Subjects and the General Test, will be bi-lingual, i.e., it will be in the medium (one of the 13 languages) opted by the candidate and in English.

In case of any discrepancy in translation, English version shall prevail except “Language” Tests (Section 1A & 1B).

Medium is not the same as the “Language” opted as a component of the test. “Language” test is for assessing the proficiency/skills of the candidate in the Language opted by him/her and the question paper in respect of the same will be available to the candidate in the medium opted by him/her only. The Question Paper of the “Language” Test will not be bi-lingual.

Questions in the “Language” Test, are not translation of the questions in English. They are unique/ specific to the language opted and have to be answered accordingly.

Pattern of Question Paper: Objective type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).

Tests Design: There are three Sections in the design of the test:

  • Section IA – 13 Languages (As a medium and “Language”)
  • Section IB – 20 Languages
  • Section II – 27 Domain Specific Subjects
  • Section III – General Test

A candidate has the option to choose any Language/Domain specific Subjects/ General Test or a combination

there of as may be required for admission to specified course/s of the desired University/ies while applying. It is not mandatory to choose any one or more of the Tests/Subjects stated above. The choice of Tests/Subjects would depend on the course/s opted by the candidate and the University/ies where admission is sought.

Examination Slots are scheduled with a combination of Sections stated above.

Examination Scheme: Examination will be conducted on multiple days in two slots per day as given below:


1. Examination will be conducted in two or more slots on different days depending on the subjects/ test taken by the candidates.

2. In Slot 1 which will be held in morning shift a candidate may take up to 4 tests only (One Language from Section IA, maximum of two domain specific Subjects from Section II and One General Test from Section III).

3. In Slot 2 which will be held in the afternoon shift a candidate can take up to 5 tests as follows:

  • One Language from Section IA & IB and maximum of four domain specific Subjects from Section II.
  • Two Languages from Section IA & IB and maximum of three domain specific Subjects from Section II.

4. Combining Slot 1 and Slot 2 together, a candidate may take maximum 09 Tests.

Eligibility for CUET 2024

There is no age limit for candidates intending to appear in the CUET (UG) – 2023. Those who have successfully completed the class 12th/equivalent examination or are currently in the process of appearing in 2022, regardless of their age, are eligible to take the CUET (UG) – 2022 examination. It’s important to note that candidates must fulfill any age criteria specified by the respective University(ies) for admission.


  1. Admission to Universities through CUET (UG) – 2023 will be subject to the prevailing policies of the respective University concerning quota, category, relaxation, reservations, qualifications, subject combinations, preferences, and other relevant factors.
  2. Since the eligibility criteria for admission can vary for each University, candidates are strongly advised to visit the official website of the University to which they are applying for detailed information about the eligibility requirements for their respective programs.
  3. Candidates are encouraged to ensure, before submitting their applications, that they meet the eligibility criteria set forth by the University to which they are applying.
  4. Simply participating in the Entrance Test or obtaining passing marks does not automatically qualify a candidate for admission to the program. Admission is contingent upon the candidate meeting the specific program-wise eligibility conditions established by the University to which they are applying.

Examination Schedule for CUET

Exam will be held on multiple days, in two Slots, morning and afternoon:

Examination Structure in Slot 1 (Morning Session):

Examination Structure in Slot 2 (Afternoon Session):


  1. Though the tests are scheduled either in the morning or in the afternoon session, as the case may be, each test within each slot is distinct and independent of each other. The different Sections of the test scheduled in the morning or afternoon do not constitute Sections of the same paper.
  2. A candidate has an option to choose the components of the test only. However, allotment of candidates to the Slots will be based on the options exercised and technical and administrative considerations.
  3. Admit Cards will be issued for the morning/afternoon session based on the components opted by him/her. No request for change of date/slot will be entertained.
  4. All domain specific subjects/ languages from Section IA will be available in both the Slots. A candidate will not be allowed to appear in the same subject twice.
  5. The morning/afternoon sessions will start at a specified time. Candidates have to report for the session/s as per the time stated in their respective Admit Card.
  6. Candidates can start with any of the tests, to which they are admitted, scheduled in that slot. There is no sequence in which the tests are to be taken, within each slot.
  7. Candidates can leave the exam hall after completing the duration of the components in which they appeared as indicated on their Admit Card.

Syllabus of Exam:

Section IA & IB: Language to be tested through Reading Comprehension (based on different types of passages–Factual, Literary and Narrative, [Literary Aptitude and Vocabulary]

Section II: As given on NTA website

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.

The syllabus for domain specific subjects will be available on NTA website

Choice of Cities:

The Cities where the CUET (UG) – 2022 will be conducted are given in Appendix III. While applying, candidates have to select any four cities of their choice. Efforts will be made to allot the city of examination to the candidates in the order of preference opted by them in their online Application Form. However, due to administrative/logistic reasons, a different city can be allotted.

Choice of Centre Cities will be limited to the State of Permanent Address or State of Present Address only.

In case, there are very few candidates from a City, the NTA reserves the right to merge one, two, or more cities.

The decision of the NTA regarding the allotment of the City/Centre shall be final. No further correspondence or request shall be entertained in this regard.

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