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The University Grant Commission (UGC) announced the introduction of the Central University Entrance Test (CUET), which is now mandatory for undergraduate admission to any of the 45 Central Universities nationwide.


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In fact, even CUET is nothing new. It had been launched as a Common Central University (CUCET) entrance test in 2010 under the UPA-II government, but had not gained momentum as only 14 central universities had adopted it last year.

CUET is a revamped version of CUCET and it is now mandatory for all 45 central universities to adopt it. This follows the announcement of the new National Education Policy (NEP), which advocates the need for an entrance exam to enter university.

After the launch of CUET, Student Council grades will have no role in determining admission to a university or program. It will be based solely on your CUET score. At best, universities affiliated with the University of Delhi, or any central university, can use the qualifications of the Council as the minimum eligibility criteria for admission.

For skills-based courses that have significant practical elements, such as music, painting, sculpture, and drama, colleges will be able to conduct practical exams or interviews with CUET.

For professional programs such as Engineering and MBBS, major universities will admit through JEE (main) and NEET entrance exams respectively.

The government has not favored the use of board scores for admission due to the “diversity” of assessment methods adopted by different boards.



The National Agency (NTA) will carry out CUET for all Central Universities during the first week of July. This is a computer-based test to be taken in two shifts and can be taken in 13 languages: Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telegu, Kannada, Malayalam, Urdu, Assamese, Bengali, Punjabi, Odia, and English. The three and a half hour computerized entrance test will consist only of multiple choice questions based on the content of the NCERT textbooks.


CUET Exam Pattern

CUET Exam would have three parts

The first part will assess a candidate in a language of their choice. It will deal with reading comprehension, vocabulary questions, synonyms and antonyms, among other things. There will be a choice of 13 languages. In addition to the obligation to take a language test (out of 13 languages), the candidate will also have the option to take another test in an additional language from a basket of 19: French, Spanish, German, Nepali, Persian, Italian, Arabic, Sindhi, Kashmiri, Konkani, Bodo, Dogri, Maithili, Manipuri, Santhali, Tibetan, Japanese, Russian and Chinese.

The second part of CUET focuses on testing a candidate's domain-specific knowledge. This section offers a total of 27 domains, and a candidate can choose to have their knowledge tested in at least one and a maximum of six domains. Each central university will specify which field-specific test an applicant must take for which program.

The 27 subject areas offered in CUET Part 2 are Accounting/Book keeping, Biology/Biological Studies/Biotechnology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Informatics/Computer Practices, Economics/Business Economics, Engineering Graphics, Entrepreneurship, Geography, History, Home Science , Knowledge Tradition-Practices India, Legal Studies, Business Arts, Mathematics, Physical Education/NCC, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Teaching Skills, Agriculture, Media/Mass Communications, Anthropology, Fine/Visual Arts ( sculpture/painting), performing arts and Sanskrit.

The third part of the entrance test will be a general test with questions on general knowledge, current affairs, general mental capacity, numerical capacity, quantitative reasoning (simple, application of basic mathematical notions arithmetic/algebra geometry/ measurement/statistics taught up to grade 8), logical and analytical reasoning. A candidate will only take the general test if desired by the program and university of their choice.

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CUET 2023 Key Highlights

Release of CUET Application Forms


Last Date to Apply Online for CUET


Last Date to Submit Application Fee


Application Correction Window

To be Notified

Issue of CUET Admit Card

To be Notified

CUET Entrance Exam Dates


CUET Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria set by the Central Universities in order to apply and appear for CUET 2022.

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.

How to fill CUET 2022 Application form?

Step 1: Registration

·         Visit the official website of the exam, https://cuet.samarth.ac.in

·         Click on the ‘New Registration' tab and read the instructions carefully.

·         Fill the registration form with their personal, contact details and address and choose a password and security question.

·         After entering the security pin, registration process will be complete. Candidates will receive the username and password on their registered email and SMS. 


 Step 2: In this section candidates need to fill:

·         Personal details

·         Qualifying exam details

·         Address for correspondence

·         Exam centre

·         Declaration


Step 3: Upload Photograph and Signature


At this stage, candidates will have to upload their scanned photograph and signature as per the prescribed specifications (Photograph Size: 10 KB – 200 KB, Signature Size: 4 KB – 30 KB).

Step 4: Select Courses and Universities

Here, candidates first need to select any three universities to which they wish to secure admission. Thereafter, candidates will have to select any three courses in each university for which they wish to apply. Once selected, candidates can click on the “Save & Proceed” button.

Step 5: Edit Apllication

The preview of the application form will open on the screen. Candidates can edit the form by clicking on the button, “Edit Application” if they wish to change any information provided in the application. Else, candidates can click on the “Submit & Make Payment” button present on the page.

Step 5: Pay CUET Application Fee


Candidates will have to pay the CUET 2022 application fee online ( banking/ credit card/ debit card/ UPI/ Wallet). It may be noted that candidates' application fee status (paid/ not paid) will appear on the form.


CUET Application Fee (in INR)





SC/ST/PwD/Third Gender


Outside India


CUET Application Form 2022 | Important points to remember

Applicants could only apply to a maximum of three participating Central Universities. To apply to more than three universities, applicants had to pay the application fee again.

A candidate's application form has not been accepted by the examining authorities until the CUET test fee has been successfully paid.


An email and SMS will be sent to the applicants registered email id and phone number once the CUET online application form is successfully submitted and the fee is paid.

Applicants who paid the application fee through the SBI challan had to wait seven days to receive confirmation of acceptance of the CUET registration form.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to CUET 2022

Candidates can find all CUET information on the official website: cuet.samarth.ac.in. In addition, the information can also be viewed on the official NTA website: nta.ac.in.

The online application form for CUET 2022 will be made live on CUET's
official website — 
cuet.samarth.ac.in — on April 6. The last day to apply for the Common University Entrance Test (CUET 2022) is 06 May, 2022 (upto 11:50 pm).

Candidates should keep the following list of documents ready for the CUET 2022 application process.

— Class 10 and 12 marksheet

— Scanned passport size photograph

— Scanned image of the signature

— ID Proof (Aadhar card, driving license, passport etc)

— Caste certificate (if applicable)

While no set exam date has been announced by the National Testing Agency (NTA) yet, it has been announced that the exam will be held in July 2022. Once the date is finalised, NTA will notify students through the official CUET website — cuet.samarth.ac.in.

Yes, UGC has made it clear that if any university allows students who have cleared class 12 exams in recent years to take admissions in 2022 session, then they can apply for CUET 2022 too.

CUET did not prevent students from changing majors, i.e. a student who majored in science in high school is invited to take humanities-based undergraduate courses. However, it is the responsibility of the students to ensure that they check the eligibility criteria of the desired universities, in such a case, and ensure that they choose the subject area and language courses accordingly.

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