What is CUET exam? Central University Entrance Test (CUET)

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What is CUET exam? Central University Entrance Test (CUET)

Central University Entrance Test (CUET) is an all-India level entrance exam conducted by NTA for admission in UG courses offered in all the participating institutions.

CUET (erstwhile CUCET) application process 2022 has been extended until May 22 (till 5 pm) as notified by the National Testing Agency on May 5. The application process started on April 6, and the last date of application as earlier decided was May 6, till 5 pm. The application fee can be paid till 11.50 pm on the extended last date i.e. May 22. CUET 2022 application correction window will open on May 25, and candidates will be able to modify their details till May 31. The CUET 2022 exam will be conducted in the first and second week of July. CUCET 2022 exam name has been renamed Central University Entrance Test or CUET. The exam will be conducted in a computer-based mode (CBT) in 13 languages, namely English, Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Odia, Assamese, Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Urdu. The question paper of CUET 2022 will include a compulsory language test, two domain-specific tests, and a general test.

CUET 2022 scores will be accepted by over 53 Central Universities including Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Jamia Milia Islamia, Aligarh Muslim University, Visva Bharati University, Central University of Tamil Nadu, University of Hyderabad, Central University of Kerala, North Eastern Hill University, Central University of Punjab, among others. Approximately one lakh candidates are expected to appear for CUET 2022. The exam will be conducted in 547 cities within India and 13 cities abroad. Last year a total of 97,416 candidates appeared for the exam held at 308 centres in 161 cities across the country. As per the reports, over 1.27 lakh students have applied for the CUET 2022 by the end of the first week of the application process.

Success Point of this session:-

1. CUET क्या है?

2. क्वालिफिकेशन क्या चाहिए?

3. एज लिमिट क्या होगी?

4. इसका फॉर्म कब आता है?

5. Application Fee कितना लगेगा?

6. Exam Pattern क्या होगा?

7. सिलेबस क्या है?

8. टॉप कॉलेज कौन-कौन से है?

9. इसके बाद क्या करें?

10. इसकी तैयारी कैसे करें?

What's New in CUET 2022

The following points indicate the changes introduced in CUET 2022:

  • The exam name has been changed from Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) to Central University Entrance Test (CUET)

  • CUET 2022 will be conducted in 13 languages

  • The question paper of CUET 2022 will include a compulsory language test, two domain-specific tests, and a general test.

  • CUET 2022 scores will be accepted by 53 Central Universities and Private Universities instead of 12 Central Universities, which were the participating institutes last year. 

  • The application fee has been changed. Till last year, there was no application fee for PwD category candidates, but this year, they have to pay the application fee meant for reserved category candidates.

  • The exam will be conducted in 13 international cities

CUET 2022 Highlights

The following table brings the important features or highlights of the exam.



Exam Name

Central University Entrance Test

Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Exam Level

Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Exam Frequency

Once a year

Exam Mode

Online (Computer-Based Mode)

Total No. of Test Takers

97,416 (2021)

Courses Offered Through CUET

BSc, MSc, PhD

Exam Fees

INR 650 (General)


INR 550 (SC, ST, PwD and Transgender)

INR 3,000 (International centres)

Exam Duration

Slot I - 195 minutes

Slot II - 225 minutes

Total Marks

Slot I - 700

Slot II - 400

Total Number of Questions

Slot I - 175 (140 to be attempted)

Slot II - 100 (80 to be attempted)

Marking Scheme

+4 for each correct answer

-1 for each incorrect answer

Language of Exam


Exam Centre Cities

547 cities in India and 13 cities abroad

Accepting Colleges

53 Central, Private and Deemed to be Universities

Official Website


Contact Details

011-69227700, 011-40759000

CUET 2022 Important Dates 

NTA has announced the CUET 2022 dates for application. Check the tentative schedule for the academic year 2022-23 in the below table.

CUET 2022 Events

CUET 2022 Dates (Tentative) 

Release of CUET 2022 Application Forms



Last Date to Apply Online for CUET 2022


06-May-2022 Now 22-May-2022 (5 pm) 

Last Date to Submit Application Fee


22-May-2022 (11.50 pm)

Online Correction Window

25-May-2022 to 31-May-2022

Issue of CUET Admit Card

First week of June 2022

CUET 2022 Entrance Exam Dates

First and second week of July 2022

Answer Key Release

Fourth week of July 2022

Last Date to Submit Answer Key Challenge

Fourth week of July 2022

CUET 2022 Results

First week of August 2022

CUET 2022 Exam Slots and Timing

The following table brings the CUET 2022 exam timings for both slots.

CUET 2022 Slot

CUET 2022 Timing

Slot 1

9 am to 12.15 pm

Slot 2

3 pm to 6.45 pm


CUET 2022 Application Form

Candidates have to fill CUET application form in an online mode on the official website of the exam. The first step is to register by entering the basic details such as name, address and contact details. This would generate login credentials. After logging in with the registration credentials, candidates will have to fill up the CUET 2022 application form with their personal and academic details, programme and exam city preference and upload documents. After the form is filled, candidates will have to pay the CUET application fee online via debit/credit card, Net Banking, Paytm and UPI.


CUET Application Fee (in INR)





SC/ ST/PwD/Transgender


Outside India


CUET 2022 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must meet the eligibility criteria set by the Central Universities in order to apply and appear for CUET 2022. The eligibility parameters are as follows:

  • For UG: Students will need to have passed Class 12 from a recognised board in Science stream to take admission to bachelor’s degree programmes in the Central Universities. For the General category, the candidate needs to secure a minimum of 50 per cent in Class 12, for SC/ST, candidates need to have secured a minimum of 45 per cent in Class 12 in order to be eligible for the CUET 2022. For BTech programmes, the minimum aggregate for the General category candidates is 45 per cent and that of the reserved category candidates is 40 per cent.

  • For PG: Candidates applying for a master’s degree must possess a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university. Candidates applying for admission in the same field of Bachelor’s or different degree must have secured a minimum of 55 per cent (General)/ 50 per cent (SC/ST) to be eligible for CUET 2022.

  • For PhD: Candidates applying for a PhD programme must have a Master’s degree from a recognised university or institute to apply for admission in research programmes. The candidate needs to have secured a minimum of 55 per cent (Genera)/ 50 per cent (SC/ST) to be eligible for PhD programmes in the Central Universities.

CUET 2022 Admission Process

The admission process for the CUET exam is quite simple, the same has been discussed below - 

Step 1: Fill CUET Application Form

Step 2: Download CUET Admit Card

Step 3: Appear for CUET Exam

Step 4: Check CUET Result

Step 5: Appear for CUET Counselling

CUET 2022 Test Centres

The CUET 2022 test centres will be located in 543 cities in India and 13 cities abroad. Candidates will have to enter up to four of their preferred CUET exam centre cities while filling up the CUET application form. NTA will try to assign their CUET 2022 centers in their preferred exam city. They will be notified about their allotted exam centre on their admit card. Once the exam centre is allotted, candidates will not be able to request for change

CUET 2022 Exam Day Guidelines

Candidates appearing for the CUET 2022 are advised to read the exam day instructions mentioned on the admit card carefully. Candidates must have carried the below-mentioned documents to the allotted test centre on the day of the exam:

  • CUET admit card: CUET 2022 admit card is a very important document to be carried to the test centre. Candidates not having their admit cards on the day of the exam were not allowed to appear for the exam.

  • ID Proof: Candidates had to carry a valid and original photo ID proof to the exam centre. Documents that could be presented as ID proof are Driving License, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar Card, etc.

  • Photo: Candidates were also advised to carry a passport size photograph to the test centre. The photograph should have preferably been the same as used at the time of filling CUET application form.

Apart from knowing about the documents to be carried, candidates should also be aware of the things that should not be carried inside the exam hall. Some such things include calculators, mobile phones, watches, eatables, etc.

CUET 2022 Syllabus

The CUET 2022 Syllabus has been released by the NTA along with the official notification. The syllabus of CUET will be of the same level as that of the NCERT Class 12 syllabus. The common subjects across the different courses of the CUET syllabus are English, General Aptitude, Numerical Aptitude/Data Interpretation, Analytical Skills, Reasoning and General Knowledge. NTA has released subject-wise syllabus which students must refer to while preparing for the exam.

CUET 2022 Exam Pattern

CUET 2022 exam pattern has been released by National Testing Agency (NTA), the exam conducting body along with the notification and information brochure. The CUET 2022 Exam Pattern has undergone changes and it varies from Slot I and Slot II. CUET 2022 will be conducted in a computer-based mode (CBT) for a duration of 2.5 hours. The exam will have Section 1A, Section 1B, general test and domain-specific subjects. Section 1A, which will be compulsory, will be in 13 languages and candidates will be given the option to choose the language of their choice. Section 1B is optional and for students who want to opt for another language apart from the ones that are a part of Section 1A. Some of the languages on offer are French, Arabic, German, etc. The number of questions and marking scheme will vary from section to section and as per slots. 

CUET 2022 Preparation Tips

CUET is an all-India entrance exam that is highly competitive and candidates appearing for the exam need to have a strategy and aim in order to score well and qualify. Aspirants can go through the following prep strategy methods while preparing for CUET. First and foremost, candidates should go through the exam pattern and structure of the test. After that, students should get hold of some of the best books for CUET 2022 Prepration. After gaining conceptual clarity on each section and subject, students should segregate their areas of strengths and weaknesses they should work towards improving their weaknesses by finding out the root cause and taking help from their mentors or students. After completing the syllabus, they should take regular mock tests and analyse their performance. Solving previous years’ question papers will also expose them to the topics and question types to expect in the actual exam. Last but not the least, staying confident is the key to success in CUET.

CUET 2022 Mock Test

Taking mock tests is one of the critical aspects of cracking CUET. NTA is expected to release online CUET 2022 mock test on its official website wherein students can get an understanding of the navigation system. By taking the official CUET mock test 2022, aspirants will be able to practice the usage of virtual keyboard and calculator, moving from question to question and among sections. To improve their preparation, students should take the mock tests released by coaching institutes or experts which will give them questions from actual sections of the expected difficulty level. Along with taking the mock test, it is equally important to analyse it. After a thorough analysis, it is important to implement the pointers of analysis within one’s preparation to succeed in the exam.

CUET 2022 Admit Card

CUET 2022 admit card will be released online, tentatively in the first week of June. Admit card is the tentative document that has to be carried to the exam centre. The CUET admit card 2022 has to be downloaded by logging in with the registration credentials. The direct link to download the CUET hall ticket or admit card will be provided on this page as and when it is announced.

CUET 2022 Analysis

CUET 2022 analysis and student reactions will be provided after the exam is conducted. The analysis will bring the idea regarding the difficulty level of the exam, topic-wise weightage of questions, expected cutoff and other relevant information regarding the test. As per last year’s analysis of CUET, the difficulty level of the exam was moderate to tough. Test-takers felt that the exam was challenging but the questions were understandable. Students claimed that calculations had to be done properly despite the questions being in Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) format.

CUET 2022 Question Paper

Since CUET is conducted in a computer-based mode, candidates will not get hold of the CUET question papers on the day of the exam. However, NTA will release the question papers online on its official website along with the answer keys. Candidates will also be able to download their response sheets. The CUET question papers will carry 100 multiple-choice questions (MCQs). 

CUET 2022 Answer Keys

The CUET 2022 Answer keys are expected to be released in the fourth week of July. Candidates will be able to download the answer keys along with the response sheets by logging in to the CUET website through their username and date of birth/password. Answer keys are the correct answer option for each of the MCQ and based on the provisional answer keys of CUET, test-takers will be able to calculate their estimated scores and assume their admission chances at the participating institutes based on their cutoffs. In case of any discrepancy, candidates can submit objections against one or more answer keys by paying a fee of INR 200 per question along with proofs within the stipulated date. In case the objections are found valid, the amount will be refunded. The final answer key will be released along with the result.

CUET 2022 Result

The CUET 2022 Result is likely to be released in the first week of August. The result or scorecard of CUET will be released online and candidates will have to download it by logging in to the link provided (to be updated once the result is declared). The CUET result will carry information such as candidates’ personal details, section-wise and overall scores and percentiles and cutoffs.

CUET 2022 Cutoff

The CUET 2022 cutoff will be released along with the result. The cutoff refers to the minimum marks one has to secure in order to qualify for the exam. While NTA will release the qualifying cutoff, participating institutes will release separate cutoffs for each programme offered by them. The CUET cutoff marks will depend on the factors such as the difficulty level of the exam, number of test-takers, seats, among others.

CUET 2022 Counselling

The CUET 2022 counselling will be conducted by the participating institutes separately. Each institute will release its merit list based on qualifying candidates after the declaration of the result. Interested candidates will have to register and then participate in the counselling process, which is likely to be held online. In general, there are three rounds of counselling and the number of rounds may vary depending on the seat vacancy. After the seat allotment result is declared, candidates will have to accept the admission offer by reporting to the institutes and getting their documents verified. There are a few programmes, where instead of counselling, interview rounds will be conducted. NTA will intimate the admission process for those programmes separately in the information brochure of CUET 2022.

CUET Accepting Colleges and Courses Offered  

UG courses offered at some of the participating central universities are mentioned below:

CUET Participating Universities

UG Courses Offered

Central University of Andhra University


BSc (Hons) Economics

BA (Hons) Political Science

BVoc Retail Management & IT

BVoc Tourism & Travel Management

Central University of Gujarat

BA (Hons) Chinese

BA (Hons) German Studies

Integrated MA Social Management

Central University of Haryana

BVoc Biomedical Sciences

BTech Civil Engineering

BTech Computer Science & Engineering

BTech Electrical Engineering

BVoc Industrial Waste Management  

BTech Printing & Packaging Technology

BVoc Retail & Logistic Management

Central University of Jammu

Diploma Apparel (Dress Designing & Tailoring)

BVoc Banking & Financial Services

Diploma Beauty & Wellness

Diploma Beauty & Wellness (Makeup)

Integrated MSc Botany

Integrated MSc Chemistry

Integrated BA BEd

Integrated MSc Physics

BVoc Retail Management

Diploma Retail Management

BVoc Tourism Management

Diploma Tourism Management

Integrated MSc Zoology

Central University of Karnataka

Integrated BSc MSc

Integrated MA Economics

BTech Electrical Engineering

BTech Electronics & Communication Engineering

Integrated MA English

BVoc Food Processing

Integrated MSc Geography

Integrated MSc Geology

Integrated MSc Psychology

BBA Standalone

BVoc Sugar Technology

Central University of Kashmir

Integrated BSc MSc Biotechnology

Integrated BSc MSc Mathematics

Integrated BSc MSc Physics

Integrated BSc MSc Zoology

Central University of Kerala

BA International Relations

Central University of Rajasthan

Integrated MSc Biochemistry

Integrated MSc Biotechnology

Integrated MSc Chemistry

Integrated MSc Computer Science

Integrated MSc Economics

Integrated MSc Environmental Science

Integrated MSc Mathematics

Integrated MSc Microbiology

Integrated MSc Physics

Integrated MSc Statistics

Central University of South Bihar

Integrated BA BEd

Integrated BA LLB (Hons)

Integrated BSc BEd

Central University of Tamil Nadu

Integrated BSc BEd (Mathematics)

Integrated MSc Chemistry

Integrated MA Economics

Integrated MSc Life Sciences

Integrated MSc Mathematics

BPA Music

Integrated MSc Physics

BSc Textiles


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