CUET Exam Pattern 2023 for Science Students - Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology

CUET is an MCQ based online exam conducted by NTA for admission in undergraduate courses in Central/ State/ Deemed/ Private Universities of India. The CUET examination has 3 sections - Language Test (Section IA, IB), Subject Test (Section-II) and General Test (Section-III).

Here we will see the CUET exam pattern for science students - CUET paper pattern of Math, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Science students should also check the pattern of Language test and General test they need to give along with the main subjects for CUET.

First let's see what subjects a science student can choose for the CUET exam.

CUET Subjects for Science Students (Domain Specific)

List of CUET subjects for science students :

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology/Biological Studies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry
  • Computer Science/Informatics Practices
  • Environmental Studies
  • Engineering Graphics

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Which CUET subjects are compulsory for science students?

It's the choice of students to choose the number of CUET subjects. For example, if you are interested in pursuing either BSc Physics or Math, then you should give 2 subject tests in CUET.

How many subject tests can a science student take for the CUET exam?

A science stream student can give a maximum of 6 subject tests for the CUET exam. Along with it, the student must give 1 language test and a general test.

CUET Exam Pattern 2023 for Science Students

The CUET exam pattern 2023 for science students will comprise total number of questions, total marks, exam mode, questions type, marking scheme, exam duration, negative marking, etc.

CUET Paper Pattern 2023 - Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology

CUET paper pattern for Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology :

CUET Science Subjects Paper Pattern
Exam Mode Online (Computer-Based Test)
Questions Type MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions)
Total Questions 50
No. of questions to be attempted 40
Marks per question 5
Total Marks 200
Exam Duration 45 minutes
Negative Marking -1 for each wrong answer

CUET Language Test Pattern 2023 for Science Students

Given below is the CUET paper pattern for Language Test :

CUET Language Test Paper Pattern
Exam Mode Online (Computer-Based Test)
Questions Type Reading Comprehension (based on different types of passages–Factual, Literary and Narrative, [Literary Aptitude and Vocabulary] MCQ Based Questions
Total Questions 50
No. of questions to be attempted 40
Marks per question 5
Total Marks 200
Exam Duration 45 minutes
Negative Marking -1 for each wrong answer

What languages can a science student choose for CUET?

List of languages offered under CUET 2023 (Section 1A) :

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Assamese
  • Bengali
  • Gujarati
  • Kannada
  • Malayalam
  • Marathi
  • Odia
  • Punjabi
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Urdu

Is CUET language paper compulsory for science students?

Yes, CUET language paper (Section 1A) is compulsory for science students. You must choose one language from the above list of languages offered in CUET.

Do I need to attempt two language papers in CUET?

A student needs to attempt only one language paper (Section 1A) in CUET. Second language paper (Section 1B) is optional.

CUET General Test Pattern 2023 for Science Students

Given below is the CUET paper pattern for General Test :

CUET General Test Paper Pattern
Exam Mode Online (Computer-Based Test)
Questions Type MCQ Based Questions of 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
Total Questions 75
No. of questions to be attempted 60
Marks per question 5
Total Marks 300
Exam Duration 60 minutes
Negative Marking -1 for each wrong answer

Now let's see the CUET section and subject-wise questions pattern, examination scheme and structure which is applicable to all streams - science, commerce and arts.

CUET 2023 Section and Subject-wise Questions Pattern

Given below is the section and subject-wise questions pattern of CUET :

Sections Subjects/ Tests No. of 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 Domains 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 Input text can be used for MCQ Based Questions
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 Input text can be used for MCQ Based Questions
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

Considering that candidates from different States/ Boards would be applying for CUET-UG, NTA has decided to provide choice in all Sections of question papers.

How many tests can a candidate apply for through CUET 2023?

A candidate can take maximum of 09 Tests through CUET in 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.
OR
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.

For choosing Languages, domain specific Subjects and General Test the Candidate MUST refer to requirements of his/her intended University as choices should match the requirements of the University.

CUET Tests (other than “Language” Test) are offered in 13 languages i.e. Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, 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 CUET 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 above) opted by the candidate and in English.

CUET 2023 Exam Scheme

CUET examination will be conducted on multiple days in two slots per day as given below:

Slot Slot 1 Slot 2
Timing of Examination 09.00 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. (IST) 03.00 p.m. to 06.45 p.m. (IST)
Duration of Examination* 45 or 60 Minutes to 195 Minutes* 45 Minutes to 225 Minutes*

* Assuming the candidate takes all the offered Sections in the given slot.

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

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

In Slot 2 which will be held in the afternoon shift a candidate can take upto 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.

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

CUET Examination Structure in Slot 1 (Morning Session)

CUET Examination Structure in Slot 1 (Morning Session) :

Sr No. Tests/Subjects No. of questions to be attempted Marks per question Total marks Duration
1 Language (any one of the 13 languages opted in Section IA) 40 out of 50 5 200 45 minutes per language
2 Domain Specific Subjects (Max. 2 subjects) 40 out of 50 5 200 45 minutes per subject (Max. duration can go upto 90 minutes for 2 subjects)
3 General Test 60 out of 75 5 300 60 minutes
Negative Marking : One mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.
Unanswered/Marked for Review will be given no mark (0).

CUET Examination Structure in Slot 2 (Afternoon Session)

CUET Examination Structure in Slot 2 (Afternoon Session) :

Sr No. Tests/Subjects No. of questions to be attempted Marks per question Total marks Duration
1 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) OR as applicable per note below 40 out of 50 5 200 45 minutes per language
2 Domain Specific Subjects (Max. 4 subjects) 40 out of 50 5 200 45 minutes per subject (Max. duration can go upto 90 minutes for 2 subjects)
Negative Marking : One mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.
Unanswered/Marked for Review will be given no mark (0).

If any anomaly or discrepancy is found after the process of challenges of the key verification, it shall be addressed in the following manner:

  • If more than one option is found to be correct then Five marks (+5) will be awarded to only those who have marked any of the correct options.
  • If all options are found to be correct then Five marks (+5) will be awarded to all those who have attempted the question.
  • If none of the options is found correct or a question is found to be wrong or a question is dropped, then all candidates who have attempted the dropped question will be given five marks.

CUET Exam Pattern - General FAQs

How many questions are there in CUET?

The number of questions in CUET depends on the number of tests a candidate appears for in the exam. A candidate can attempt 40 questions out of 50 in each language and subject. In the General test, a candidate can attempt 60 questions out of 75.

What is the duration of CUET?

Depending on the number of tests a candidate takes, the duration of the CUET exam is 45 or 60 Minutes to 3:15 hours (Slot-1) and 45 Minutes to 3:45 hours (Slot-2).

Is there a negative marking in CUET?

Yes, there is negative marking in CUET. One mark will be deducted for a wrong answer in the CUET exam.

Will Rough Seats be provided in the CUET examination?

Yes, Rough Seats will be provided at the CUET Test Centre in the Examination Room/Hall. All calculations/writing work is to be done only in the Rough Sheets and on completion of the test, candidates must hand over the Rough Sheets to the Invigilator.

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CUET Syllabus for Science Students

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