What is CUET (Central University Entrance Test)?
The central University’s entrance test (CUET) was earlier known as Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET). It is being conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency). Candidates can be admitted to various undergraduate, integrated, post-graduate, diploma, certification courses, and research programs in 45 central universities of India. This article will discuss the exam pattern, admission criteria, format, how to apply, eligibility criteria, and fee structure.
The Following Universities Use CUET
Aligarh Muslim University, Asam University, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Benaras Hindu University, Andhra Pradesh Central Univerity, South Bihar Central University, Gujrat Central University, Haryana Central University, Himachal Pradesh Central University, Jammu Central University, and other 43 universities have accepted CUET in their admission procedure.
Mode of Examination
The exam is offline but a computer-based test (CBT), including multiple-choice questions.
What is the Format of CUET?
The CUET is divided into four sections:
- Section IA
- Section IB
- Section II
- Section III
Students will choose among 13 languages, i.e., Odiya, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi, English, Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, and Gujarati.
Students can choose among 20 languages in this section: Kashmiri, Bodo, Tibetan, Dogri, Maithili, Santhili, Chinese, French, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, German, Nepali, Persian, Italian, Arabic, Sindhi, and Sanskrit.
Twenty-seven domain-specific subjects are provided in this section. The candidate is required to attempt 40 questions out of 50 questions in this section. Those multiple-choice questions will be based on NCERT class XII syllabus, and the candidate will get a maximum of 45 minutes for each domain.
A general test is conducted in this section. It is an optional test of vocational/ cross-sectional/ open aptitude test. The candidate has to attempt 60 questions out of 75 based on general knowledge, current affairs, general mental ability, numerical ability, logical and analytical reasoning, and quantitative reasoning.
- The CUET exam has all multiple-choice questions.
- The candidate must choose a maximum of 3 languages from sections IA & IB (Domain-specific subjects has to be replaced by one of the selected languages).
- Attempting 40 out of 50 questions from each language for each candidate is necessary.
- Assessment of candidates will be done based on their language skills through reading comprehension in MCQ format with a maximum time of 45 minutes allotted to each language.
- First of all, candidates must fill out the CUET application form online on the official site of CUET. The candidate has to open up an account by providing basic information, including name, address, and mobile number. It creates a username and password.
- After this, candidates must fill out the CUET application form with academic details, program, and exam city selection. Then, the candidate has to log in again to upload documents with their registration details.
- To apply for undergraduate programs at central universities, students must have passed the 12th class. They must have scored at least 50% marks if it belongs to the general category and at least 45% to the SC/ST category.
Link to apply: cuet.samarth.ac.in
Where are the CUET Centers?
According to the Ministry of education standards, NTA has built, established, and erected a network of test centers for candidates, especially in remote and rural areas, to practice and feel comfortable passing the CBT.
CUET is held in 547 Indian cities and 13 international cities. The test is conducted in all major cities, including Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Ahemdabad, Bhopal, Kanpur, Jammu, Kolkata, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Udaipur, Indore, Surat, Srinagar, and others. While filling out the application form, candidates should prefer their CUET exam center, as each center has a limited number of seats to take the exam on a particular date.
How much is the Exam Fee for CUET?
The CUET exam fees for general category students is the sum of RS. Six hundred fifty to register themselves, and it is RS. 550 for EWS/SC/ST/OBC category students. The fees can be paid online using UPI, net banking, or credit/debit cards.
Overall, CUET 2022 has been successfully implemented across the country. In Delhi, the overall participation rate at all stages was between 75% and 80%. In the upcoming years, the Ministry expects more positive and uninterrupted conduct of the CUET examination.
CUET is an innovative instrument aimed at democratizing the student admission process, allowing students to focus on their desired subjects and ultimately gain admission to their dream college or University. As a result, candidates from all over the country will have equal opportunities and a common platform.