CUET-UG 2023 Exam Pattern - Section and Subject-wise Questions, Type and Duration

The pattern of CUET question paper will be Objective type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). There will be 3 sections in the paper :

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

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CUET 2023 Section and Subject-wise Questions, Type and Duration

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, 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 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.

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