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CUET Exam Pattern 2023: Check Exam Structure, Marking Scheme and Mode of Exam

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The exam pattern of CUET UG, which was earlier known as CUCET UG, has undergone some changes from the National Testing Agency (NTA). Students must study from the updated CUET Exam 2023 Pattern to score well in the CUET Exam. The CUET UG 2023 schedule will soon be released by the NTA.  

 The three sections that make up the revised pattern of the CUET 2023 Exam are one for language (split into two subsections), one for a domain subject, and one for the general test. The entire CUET Exam Pattern 2023 along with all of the information provided by NTA will be provided on this page. Currently, students can access the pattern based on the past year.  

Table of Contents

CUET 2023 Exam Pattern Highlights

NTA has brought about some changes in the CUET exam pattern and structure from the last year. Candidates can refer to the table provided below to get an idea about the revised exam pattern.

Conducting Body

NTA

Mode of Exam

CBT

Medium of Exam

13 languages

Number of Sections

3

Type of Questions

MCQ

Negative Marking

Yes

CUET Revised Exam Pattern

NTA has made the following changes to the CUET Exam pattern and the details are given below:

1. CUET exam will be conducted in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode.

2. CUET Exam 2023 will consist of 4 key sections:

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

3. A Candidate can take a maximum of 9 Tests in the following manner

  • Maximum of 02 languages from Section IA and Section IB taken together, maximum of 06 Domain Subjects from Section II and General Test from Section III. 
  •  Maximum of 03 languages from Section IA and Section IB taken together, maximum of 05 Domain Subjects from Section II and General Test from Section III. 

4. The CUET 2023 question paper will be in the Multiple Choice Question format.

The revised CUET Exam Pattern is as follows:

Sections

Subjects/ Tests

Questions to be Attempted

Question Type

Duration

Section IA - Languages

There are 13 different languages. Any of these languages may be chosen. 

40 questions out of 50 in each language

Language to be tested through Reading Comprehension (based on different types of passages–Factual, Literary and Narrative, [Literary Aptitude and Vocabulary] MCQ Based Questions 

45 Minutes for each language

Section IB - Languages

There are 20 Languages. Any other language apart from those offered in Section I A may be chosen.

Section II - Domain

There are 27 domain-specific Subjects being offered under this Section. A candidate may choose a maximum of Six (06) Domains as desired by the applicable University/ Universities. 

40 questions out of 50 in each subject

MCQs based on syllabus given on NTA website 

45 Minutes for each Domain Specific Subjects 

Section III- General Test 

For any such undergraduate programme/ programmes being offered by Universities where a General Test is being used for admission. 

60 questions out of 75

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

60 Minutes

CUET Exam Pattern: Subject Wise Question & Duration 

The details of the session wise CUET exam question pattern and duration is given below.

Sections

Subject

No of Questions

Marks per Question

Duration

Section IA

13 languages 

 

40 out of 50 

 

5

 

45 minutes per language

Section IB

20 languages

Section II

27 Domain Specific Subjects

40 out of 50

5

45 minutes for each subject

Section III

General Test

60 out of 75

5

60 minutes

CUET UG 2023 Question Paper Language

The CUET UG 2023 is expected to be conducted in 13 languages like last year which are mentioned below:

  1. Assamese
  2. Bengali
  3. English
  4. Gujarati
  5. Hindi
  6. Kannada
  7. Malayalam
  8. Marathi
  9. Odia
  10. Punjabi
  11. Tamil
  12. Telugu
  13. Urdu 


According to the criteria of the desired University, a candidate must choose one of the listed languages as the medium of the paper when applying.

The question paper for the General Test and the Domain Specific Subjects will be bilingual, i.e, it will include the language that the candidate selected (one of the 13 languages) and English.

CUET 2023 Exam Structure

According to the CUET exam schedule for 2023, there will be two-time slots available for the CUET: morning and afternoon. The CUET entrance exam 2023 will be conducted on multiple days. The students won't be permitted to take the same subject test in a different time slot again.

The detailed CUET 2023 Exam pattern structures are given below.

CUET Exam Structure: Morning

Test/Subjects

 

No. of questions to be attempted

Marks per question

Total marks

Duration of exam

Language (any one of the 13 languages opted in Section IA)

 

40 out of 50

5

200

 

45 minutes per language

 

Domain Specific Subjects 

 

(Max. 2 subjects)

 

40 out of 50

5

200

 

45 minutes per subject

 

(Maximum duration can go upto 90 minutes for 2 subjects) 

 

General Test

60 out of 75

5

300

60 minutes

CUET Exam Structure: Afternoon

Test/Subjects

 

No. of questions to be attempted

Marks per question

Total marks

Duration of exam

Language (any one of the remaining 12 languages opted in Section IA (if one already taken in slot 1) and 1 from Section IB - as applicable) 

 

40 out of 50

5

200

 

45 minutes per language

 

Domain Specific Subjects 

 

(Maximum 4 subjects)

 

40 out of 50

5

200

 

45 minutes per subject

 

(Maximum duration can go upto 3 hours for 4 subjects) 

CUET 2023 Marking Scheme

The CUET 2023 marking scheme is the same for both exam slots - morning and afternoon. As a result, candidates need to become familiar with the CUET marking system. Candidates must be aware that there is negative marking in the CUET 2023 exam and should mark their choices accordingly.

The CUET 2023 markings scheme is as follows:

Status of answer

Marks

Correct answer 

+5 Marks

Incorrect answer

-1 mark

Unanswered/Marked for Review 

0 marks

CUET Syllabus 2023

Candidates must be well aware of the CUET syllabus 2023 to score well in the exam. With the knowledge of the CUET 2023 syllabus, candidates will become aware of all the important topics regarding which the questions will be asked in the exam. Only the candidates who prepare according to the CUET syllabus in a planned manner have a chance to ace the exam with a good score. 

To check the detailed CUET syllabus 2023, click on the link.

CUET Mock Test 2023

The CUET mock test helps candidates in mastering a sizable question bank and hone skills like speed and accuracy for better performance in the CUET exam. Candidates who take as many mock tests as they can have a higher chance of qualifying for the CUET Exam with good scores compared to others. Therefore, using the CUET mock test to practise more and more questions is essential if candidates are serious about qualifying for the CUET 2023.

To access the CUET Mock series/tests, click the link.

CUET Previous Year Question Papers

The best way to get an idea of the CUET exam 2023 is to solve the previous year question papers. Solving previous year question papers helps candidates boost their confidence, speed, and ability for their CUET Exam 2023. This will also help them understand the fundamentals of various topics. Solving the CUET sample papers and previous year question papers is a major requirement to improve the candidate's performance in the CUET Exam.

Candidates can check the CUET previous year question papers by clicking on the link.

Related Links

CUET Admit Card CUET Syllabus
CUET Preparation Tips CUET Sample Papers

FAQs About CUET 2023 Exam Pattern

Q1. How many questions will be there in the CUET Exam?
Ans. The CUET Exam has 4 sections where Section IA & IB has 50 questions, out of which 40 need to be answered. In Section II, there are 50 questions, and 40 need to be answered. In Section III, there are 75 questions, out of which 60 need to be answered.

Q2. What are the passing marks for the CUET exam?
Ans. There are no fixed or specific passing marks for qualifying for CUET 2023. Candidates must try to get as many correct answers as possible to qualify for their desired universities.

Q3. Is the CUET UG exam pattern 2023 changed?
Ans. Yes, the NTA has revised the CUET UG exam pattern from the last year. Candidates can check the official website of NTA for details on the changes in the CUET exam pattern 2023.

Q4. How many sections are there in the revised CUET UG exam pattern 2023?
Ans. There are four sections in the revised CUET UG exam pattern. They are:

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

Q5. What type of questions are there in the CUET exam 2023?
Ans. The CUET exam will carry objective-type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The question paper for the General Test and the Domain Specific Subjects will be bilingual. It will comprise the language that the candidate selected (one of the 13 languages) and English.

Q6. Is CUET exam online?
Ans. Yes, the CUET exam is conducted online in a Computer Based Test (CBT) mode. 

Q7. Are we allowed to apply for more than one course in CUET?
Ans. CUET exam rules allow candidates to enroll in a maximum of three courses; however, if any candidate wishes to enroll in additional courses, he/she must pay an additional charge. 

Q8. How many domain-specific subjects are there in CUET 2023?
Ans. There are 27 domain-specific Subjects being offered under this Section. A candidate may choose a maximum of Six (06) Domains as desired by the applicable University/ Universities. 

Q9. In how many languages CUET 2023 will be conducted?
Ans. The CUET 2023 is expected to be conducted in 13 languages i.e. Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. 

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