CUET Exam Pattern 2024 [UG] Marking Scheme, Paper Pattern & Marks Weightage

Author : Palak Khanna

Updated On : February 27, 2024

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Summary: NTA has introduced changes to the last year's CUET exam pattern; it is crucial to know about these changes before you start your preparations. We recommend you plan your preparation backwards, i.e. by choosing the course and college you wish to study and then understanding the CUET exam pattern 2024. Why are we saying so? Read this blog to find the answer to this.

What do you need to know before initiating the preparation for any entrance exam in general? It is undoubtedly the question paper design, and the sections are included.

CUET Exam Pattern 2024 will give you insights into the sections, subjects, duration, number of questions and exam marking scheme. Don’t get confused while comprehending it since it varies as per the college and the course you chose! 

Did you know that NTA has officially released the exam dates and introduced new changes to the exam pattern for CUET entrance exam? Continue reading to learn about the new exam pattern of CUET 2024 updates.

Latest Update:

  • CUET UG 2024 introduces a hybrid examination model, featuring both digital and traditional paper-based tests for subjects with high enrollment, to enhance access for participants, particularly those in less urban areas.
  • The examination restricts the number of subjects to six to simplify the selection process and alleviate stress. The registration period begins around February 19, with the examination dates set from May 15 to May 31, organized across three daily sessions.

Note: The information curated in the article is based on the previous year's data since CUET 2024 notification is yet to be released. 

Let’s gather some generic information about the Exam Pattern for CUET exam 2024:

  • This exam is divided into 3 sections– Language Paper (1A and 1B), Domain Paper & General Test.
  • Language Paper (1A and 1B): You will be asked questions based on 13 Indian languages in Section 1A and 20 Languages in Section 1B (Mix bag of regional Indian languages and Foreign languages). 40 questions are to be attempted out of 50 in each language.
  • NTA will test your knowledge of the subjects studied in your Class XI and Class XII in the Domain-specific Test of CUET. There are 27 such subjects included in this section. Pick and choose from the list as per your stream. 35/40 questions to be attempted out of 45/50. 
  • The General Test is a replica of the most heard Aptitude Test but with a level simpler to the ones you have seen or heard in IPMAT, NPAT or JEE Main B.Arch. 50 Questions to be attempted out of 60.

CUET 2024 Important Update: As per CUET exam pattern 2024 - From the above subjects / languages, the candidate can choose maximum of 10 subjects from all three Section.
Examination will be conducted on multiple days in three shifts, depending on the number of candidates and subject choices.

Revised CUET Exam Pattern 2024 Highlights

The table below will provide helpful information about how NTA will design the CUET Question Paper.

Criteria  Language Test  Domain Test  General Test
Mode Online Online Online
Medium Language Chosen English/Language Chosen in Section I English/Language Chosen in Section I
Duration To be notified later To be notified later To be notified later
Type of Questions Objective Objective Objective
Number of Questions (to be attempted) 40 questions are to be attempted out of 50 35/40 questions to be attempted out of 45/50 50 Questions to be attempted out of 60
Total Marks (+5) * number of questions to be attempted (+5) * number of questions to be attempted  (+5) * number of questions to be attempted
Marking Scheme Correct Answer: +5 Correct Answer: +5 Correct Answer: +5
Incorrect Answer: -1 Incorrect Answer: -1 Incorrect Answer: -1
Unattempted Answer: 0 Unattempted Answer: 0 Unattempted Answer: 0

Check: CUET Cut off 2024

4 Details That You Must Know About CUET Exam Pattern 2024

CUET 2024 will be conducted in three slots per day. Details related to the slots will be disclosed later by NTA. 

Last year, the morning shift had 3 slots distributed for Language, Domain and General Tests. While in the afternoon, had only the language and domain paper.

All the tests will be Computer-based. But the tweak is that you don’t have to appear for all languages or all domain tests to qualify for admission to your desired college.

CUET exam pattern 2024 - 

  1. Any applicant can take a maximum of 10 subjects/ exams. 
  2. What combinations can you create to finalise your 10 exams? You can probably write 3 language papers, 6 domain papers and 1 general test, or you can write 3 language tests, 6 domain tests and 1 general test.
  3. Keeping in mind the diversity of students (in terms of streams and boards), NTA has decided to provide choices in all question papers as per CUET question pattern. However, the total number of questions to be attempted by any candidate remains the same for all.
  4. For choosing the languages, domain test, or general test, it is a mandate to refer to the requirements of your intended university. Your choices MUST match the requirements of the University.

Check: CUET Colleges List 2024

CUET 2024 Exam Timings & Duration (Expected)

This exam will be conducted on multiple days depending on the date allocated to you in your CUET Admit Card. There are 3 slots in a day for this exam.

Last year, there were 2 slots a day. Allotment of candidates to the shift will be based on the options exercised and technical and administrative considerations.

Note: The exam timings are considering that the applicants shall appear for all the exams for the associated section in those slots.

CUET pattern for 2024 exam- 

Time Schedule Slot 1  Slot 2  Slot 3
Timing of the Exam 8.30 am - 10.30 am 12 - 2 pm 3.30 - 6.30 pm
Entry to the Exam Hall 7.15  to 8 am 11 am to 11.30 am 2.15 to 3.15 pm
Attendance Marking and Admit Card Verification Before entering the exam hall Before entering the exam hall Before entering the exam hall
Time to Read Instructions in the Question Paper (on their allocated computer systems) 8.30 am - 10.30 am 12 - 2 pm 3.30 - 6.30 pm
Test Starts 8.30 am onwards 12 pm onwards 3.30 pm onwards

The official website also describes the syllabus and CUET exam pattern in Hindi. 

CUET 2022 Exam Structure for Morning Shift

The morning shift starts at 9 am in the morning on exam day. The conclusion time for the exam will depend on the subjects you choose and will be mentioned on the admit card.

  • Any candidate can appear for 1 language test in the morning shift, which will last 45 minutes.
  • A maximum of 2 domain subjects can be taken in the morning slot for which the time limit shall be 90 minutes (45 minutes per subject).
  • The general test is also a part of the morning shift and will last for 60 minutes.

Learn more: What is domain specific subject in CUET?

Assuming that you appear for all the tests in the morning slot, here’s CUET's exam timing and structure.

Last year's marking scheme is as follows: 

Test/ Subjects Total Marks
Language Test (pick any one amongst the 13 Indian languages) 200
Domain-Specific Test (maximum 2 subjects as per your choice) 200
General Test 300

** Note that NTA is yet to announce the slots, marks, and duration of the exam for the academic year 2024.

Read more: CUET 30 Day Study Plan 2024

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CUET 2022 Exam Structure for Afternoon Shift

The afternoon shift is a lengthier slot between the two. It starts at 3:00 pm and will end after 3 hours 45 minutes on the condition that you appear for the exams in this shift.

  • In this slot, you will appear in either 1 language or 2 languages (as per your choice). This slot shall include your chosen Section 1A or 1B language paper.
  • The second exam in this slot is the domain-specific test which shall have questions based on a maximum of 4 subjects this time.

Here’s a clear view of the CUET 2024 exam pattern and structure for the Afternoon Slot:

 Test/ Subjects Total Marks Total Duration
Language Test (pick any one amongst the 13 Indian languages or any Section 1B Language) 200 45 minutes
Domain-Specific Test (maximum 4 subjects as per your choice) 200 45 minutes for each subject (180 minutes or 3 hours; max duration)

 The total marks distribution is listed above. The details listed above are from the previous year. 

CUET Exam Pattern for Language Test (Sections 1A and 1B)

As per the CUET Syllabus, the Language test is for assessing your proficiency/ skills in the Language opted, and the question paper in respect of the same will be available to you in the medium opted by you. The Question Paper of the Language Test will not be bi-lingual. 

CUET 2024 exam pattern - 

  • There are 13 languages in Section 1A and 20 languages in Section 1B to choose from.
  • Your proficiency will be tested through Reading Comprehension based on different types of passages–Factual, Literary and Narrative, [Literary Aptitude and Vocabulary] MCQ Based Questions. 
  • For whichever language paper you choose, you have to attempt 40 questions in each of the 50 questions given in the paper.
  • The duration of each language paper is expected to be 45 minutes, meaning if you choose to appear for 3 language papers, then the maximum duration of the exam shall be 2 hours 25 minutes. However, NTA has not confirmed the duration of exam as of yet.

CUET Exam Pattern 2024 for Domain Test (Section II)

There are 27 domain subjects to choose from; however, you can appear for 5 or 6 domain subjects in the CUET Exam.

The number of domain subjects varies as per your choice of language test. These subjects will have questions based on the syllabus given by NTA in MCQ format.

CUET exam pattern 2024 - 

  • You must be well aware of the course and university you are applying to make the choice of your domain subjects.
  • Attempt 35/40 Questions to be attempted out of 45/50.
  • The exam duration will increase with the increasing number of domain subjects.

Read more: CUET General Test Syllabus 2024

CUET Exam Pattern 2024 for General Test (Section III)

This is an optional exam depending on the university and course requirements that you choose. 

Questions based on 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), and Logical and Analytical Reasoning are asked in this section.

CUET exam pattern 2024 - 

  • 50 of the 60 displayed questions must be answered for this section.
  • The total duration to attempt the questions in this section can be 60 minutes.
  • The questions will be in MCQ format in English, and the language is chosen in Section I.
  • The total mark that you can score in this section is 300.

Note: It is better to prepare a guided CUET Preparation Strategy for this section to maximise the scores obtained here.

Total Marks as per paper in CUET Exam

Many of you are posting this query, “CUET kitne marks ka hota hai?”. Just to clarify, the total marks for this exam will vary depending on the number of language papers & domain subjects given. So, it will be different for every college and every student.

Assuming that you are attempting the maximum number of tests (9 tests) in the exam, here is a representation of the marks allocated for each section/ subject chosen.

Marking Scheme of CUET - 

 Section Total Questions to be Attempted Marks Allocated for Correct Answer Total Marks
Language Paper (For any 1 of the 13 languages, a maximum of 3 languages can be chosen) 40 out of 50 5 200
Domain Subjects (maximum 6 subjects can be chosen) 45 out of 50 5 200
General Test 50 out of 60 5 300

Know more: DU CUET Admission 2024

CUET 2024 Marking Scheme

For Multiple Choice Questions: To answer a question, choose one option corresponding to the correct answer or the most appropriate answer.

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

  • Correct answer or the most appropriate answer: Five marks (+5).
  • Any incorrect option marked will be given minus one mark (-1).
  • Unanswered/Marked for Review will be given no mark (0).
  • 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 correct, then Five marks (+5) will be awarded to all those who have attempted the question.
  • If none of the options is found correct, a question is found to be wrong, or a question is dropped, all candidates who have attempted the dropped question will be given five marks(+5).

Know more: CUET 2024 Marking Scheme

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CUET UG Exam Pattern (Course-wise) for DU

CUET 2024 UG exam pattern is as follows: 

Programme/ Course offered CUET DU Exam Pattern 2024
B.Sc. (Hons.) Anthropology Physics, Chemistry, Biology/BiologicalStudies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Biological Sciences Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biological Studies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Botany Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biological Studies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Zoology Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biological Studies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Biomedical Science Physics, Chemistry, Biology/BiologicalStudies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Biochemistry Physics, Chemistry, Biology/BiologicalStudies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry/Mathematics/Applied Mathematics,Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Chemistry Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Applied Mathematics, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Physics Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Applied Mathematics, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Polymer Science Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Applied Mathematics, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Computer Science Any one from Section I + Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Any two from Section II
B.Sc. (Hons.) Electronics Physics, Chemistry/ Computer Science/Informatics Practices, Mathematics/Applied Mathematics, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Instrumentation Physics, Chemistry/ Computer Science/Informatics Practices, Mathematics/Applied Mathematics, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons) Environmental Science Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Applied Mathematics/ Biology/BiologicalStudies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Food Technology Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Applied Mathematics/ Biology/BiologicalStudies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Geology Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Applied Mathematics/ Biology/BiologicalStudies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry/ Geography, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Mathematics Any one from Section I + Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Any two from Section II
B.Sc. (Hons.) Statistics Any one from Section I + Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Any two from Section II
B.Sc. (Hons.) Home Science Biology/BiologicalStudies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry, Physics/ Chemistry, Any one from Section II,Any one Language
B.Sc. (Prog.) Applied Physical Sciences with Analytical Methods in Chemistry and Biochemistry Physcics,Mathematics/Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Prog.) Physical Science with Computer Science/ Informatics Practices Physics+Mathematics/Applied Mathematics+Chemistry/ Computer Science/Informatics Practices, Any one Language
B.Tech. (Information Technology and Mathematical Innovation) Any one from Section I +Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Section III
B.A.(Hons.) Punjabi Punjabi + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons) Persian Persian + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons.) French French + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons.) German German + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A.(Hons.) Philosophy Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons.) Journalism English + Any three from Section II / Section III
B.A. Hons. (Humanities and Social Sciences) (offered by Cluster Innovation Centre) Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A.(Hons.) Political Science Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A.(Hons.) Social Work Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A.(Hons.) Sociology Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons.) Multi-Media and Mass Communication Any one from Section I + Any one from Section II+ Section III
B.A. (Program) Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I+ Any one from Section II + Section III
B.Voc. (Health Care Management) Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I+ Any one from Section II + Section III
B.Voc. (Web Designing) Any one from Section I + Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Any two from Section II ORAny one from Section I+ Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Section III
B. Com. (Hons.) Any one from Section I + Mathematics/Applied Mathematics/ Accountancy/Book Keeping + Any two from Section II
B. Com. Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I+ Any one from Section II + Section III
B.Sc. (Hons.) Microbiology Physics, Chemistry, Biology/BiologicalStudies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Prog.) Applied Physical Sciences with Industrial Chemistry Physcics+Mathematics/Applied Mathematics+Chemistry, Any one Language
B. Sc. (Prog.) Physical Science with Electronics Physcics+Mathematics/Applied Mathematics+Chemistry/ Computer Science/Informatics Practices, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Prog.) Life Science Physics+Chemsitry+ Biology/BiologicalStudies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Prog.) Applied Life Science Physics+Chemsitry+ Biology/BiologicalStudies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry, Any one Language
B.A. (Hons.) Sanskrit Any one from Section I + Sanskrit from Section I/ Section II + Any two from Section II OR Sanskrit from Section I+ Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I+ Three from Section II
B.A. (Hons.) English English+ Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons.) Italian Italian + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A.(Hons.) Applied Psychology Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons) Hindi Patrakarita Hindi + Any three from Section II / Section III
B.A.(Hons.) History Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
Five Year Integrated Program in Journalism English/ Hindi + Section III
B.Voc. (Banking Operations) Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I+ Any one from Section II + Section III
B.Voc. (Software Development) Any one from Section I + Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Any two from Section II OR Any one from Section I+ Mathematics/Applied Mathematics+ Section III
B.Sc. (Pass) Home Science Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I+ Any one from Section II + Section III
B. Sc. (Prog.) Physical Science with Chemistry Physics+Mathematics/Applied Mathematics+Chemistry, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Prog.) Mathematical Science Any one from Section I +Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Any two from Section II
B.Sc. in Physical Education, Health Education & Sports "Any one from Section I +Physical Education / National Cadet Corps (NCC) / Yoga + Any two from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II"
B.A. (Hons) Hindi Hindi + Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons.) Bengali Bengali + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons.) Urdu Urdu + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons.) Arabic Arabic + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons.) Spanish Spanish + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A.(Hons.) Psychology Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A.(Hons.) Geography Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A.(Hons.) Economics Any one from Section I + Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Any two from Section II
B.A. (Vocational Studies) Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I+ Any one from Section II + Section III
B.Voc. (Retail Management and IT) Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I+ Any one from Section II + Section III
B.A. (Hons) in Karnatak Music- Vocal/ Instrumental (Veena/ Violin) Any one from Section I +Performing Arts + Any two from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons) in Hindustani Music- Vocal/ Instrumental (Sitar/ Sarod/ Guitar/ Violin/ Santoor Any one from Section I +Performing Arts + Any two from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
Bachelor of Management Studies [BMS] Any one from Section I + Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Section III
Bachelor of Business Administration (Financial Investment Analysis) [BBA(FIA)] Any one from Section I + Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Section III
Bachelor of Business Economics [BBE] Any one from Section I + Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Section III
Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed.) Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons) in Hindustani Music – Percussion (Tabla/ Pakhawaj) Any one from Section I +Performing Arts + Any two from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Any one from Section I + Any Section III

Check: CUET Courses List 2024 [UG]

Conclusion

No matter the course or the university, the shortcut to success in this exam is thoroughly preparing your domain subjects during the boards to reduce the burden of preparing for CUET. For the language, it is suggested to read the newspaper since it will build the foundation for GK in the GT and strengthen Section I too!

The other subjects in the General Test would require memorising important formulae practised during class 8. To recall and revise all such topics and solve questions, follow us on YouTube. Attempt our exclusive NTA CUET Mock Test Series to analyse your scores and know where you stand with your preparations.

Prepare with: CUET Online Coaching 2024 by SuperGrads

Frequently Asked Questions

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CUET Exam Pattern 2024 [UG] Marking Scheme, Paper Pattern & Marks Weightage

Author : Palak Khanna

February 27, 2024

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Summary: NTA has introduced changes to the last year's CUET exam pattern; it is crucial to know about these changes before you start your preparations. We recommend you plan your preparation backwards, i.e. by choosing the course and college you wish to study and then understanding the CUET exam pattern 2024. Why are we saying so? Read this blog to find the answer to this.

What do you need to know before initiating the preparation for any entrance exam in general? It is undoubtedly the question paper design, and the sections are included.

CUET Exam Pattern 2024 will give you insights into the sections, subjects, duration, number of questions and exam marking scheme. Don’t get confused while comprehending it since it varies as per the college and the course you chose! 

Did you know that NTA has officially released the exam dates and introduced new changes to the exam pattern for CUET entrance exam? Continue reading to learn about the new exam pattern of CUET 2024 updates.

Latest Update:

  • CUET UG 2024 introduces a hybrid examination model, featuring both digital and traditional paper-based tests for subjects with high enrollment, to enhance access for participants, particularly those in less urban areas.
  • The examination restricts the number of subjects to six to simplify the selection process and alleviate stress. The registration period begins around February 19, with the examination dates set from May 15 to May 31, organized across three daily sessions.

Note: The information curated in the article is based on the previous year's data since CUET 2024 notification is yet to be released. 

Let’s gather some generic information about the Exam Pattern for CUET exam 2024:

  • This exam is divided into 3 sections– Language Paper (1A and 1B), Domain Paper & General Test.
  • Language Paper (1A and 1B): You will be asked questions based on 13 Indian languages in Section 1A and 20 Languages in Section 1B (Mix bag of regional Indian languages and Foreign languages). 40 questions are to be attempted out of 50 in each language.
  • NTA will test your knowledge of the subjects studied in your Class XI and Class XII in the Domain-specific Test of CUET. There are 27 such subjects included in this section. Pick and choose from the list as per your stream. 35/40 questions to be attempted out of 45/50. 
  • The General Test is a replica of the most heard Aptitude Test but with a level simpler to the ones you have seen or heard in IPMAT, NPAT or JEE Main B.Arch. 50 Questions to be attempted out of 60.

CUET 2024 Important Update: As per CUET exam pattern 2024 - From the above subjects / languages, the candidate can choose maximum of 10 subjects from all three Section.
Examination will be conducted on multiple days in three shifts, depending on the number of candidates and subject choices.

Revised CUET Exam Pattern 2024 Highlights

The table below will provide helpful information about how NTA will design the CUET Question Paper.

Criteria  Language Test  Domain Test  General Test
Mode Online Online Online
Medium Language Chosen English/Language Chosen in Section I English/Language Chosen in Section I
Duration To be notified later To be notified later To be notified later
Type of Questions Objective Objective Objective
Number of Questions (to be attempted) 40 questions are to be attempted out of 50 35/40 questions to be attempted out of 45/50 50 Questions to be attempted out of 60
Total Marks (+5) * number of questions to be attempted (+5) * number of questions to be attempted  (+5) * number of questions to be attempted
Marking Scheme Correct Answer: +5 Correct Answer: +5 Correct Answer: +5
Incorrect Answer: -1 Incorrect Answer: -1 Incorrect Answer: -1
Unattempted Answer: 0 Unattempted Answer: 0 Unattempted Answer: 0

Check: CUET Cut off 2024

4 Details That You Must Know About CUET Exam Pattern 2024

CUET 2024 will be conducted in three slots per day. Details related to the slots will be disclosed later by NTA. 

Last year, the morning shift had 3 slots distributed for Language, Domain and General Tests. While in the afternoon, had only the language and domain paper.

All the tests will be Computer-based. But the tweak is that you don’t have to appear for all languages or all domain tests to qualify for admission to your desired college.

CUET exam pattern 2024 - 

  1. Any applicant can take a maximum of 10 subjects/ exams. 
  2. What combinations can you create to finalise your 10 exams? You can probably write 3 language papers, 6 domain papers and 1 general test, or you can write 3 language tests, 6 domain tests and 1 general test.
  3. Keeping in mind the diversity of students (in terms of streams and boards), NTA has decided to provide choices in all question papers as per CUET question pattern. However, the total number of questions to be attempted by any candidate remains the same for all.
  4. For choosing the languages, domain test, or general test, it is a mandate to refer to the requirements of your intended university. Your choices MUST match the requirements of the University.

Check: CUET Colleges List 2024

CUET 2024 Exam Timings & Duration (Expected)

This exam will be conducted on multiple days depending on the date allocated to you in your CUET Admit Card. There are 3 slots in a day for this exam.

Last year, there were 2 slots a day. Allotment of candidates to the shift will be based on the options exercised and technical and administrative considerations.

Note: The exam timings are considering that the applicants shall appear for all the exams for the associated section in those slots.

CUET pattern for 2024 exam- 

Time Schedule Slot 1  Slot 2  Slot 3
Timing of the Exam 8.30 am - 10.30 am 12 - 2 pm 3.30 - 6.30 pm
Entry to the Exam Hall 7.15  to 8 am 11 am to 11.30 am 2.15 to 3.15 pm
Attendance Marking and Admit Card Verification Before entering the exam hall Before entering the exam hall Before entering the exam hall
Time to Read Instructions in the Question Paper (on their allocated computer systems) 8.30 am - 10.30 am 12 - 2 pm 3.30 - 6.30 pm
Test Starts 8.30 am onwards 12 pm onwards 3.30 pm onwards

The official website also describes the syllabus and CUET exam pattern in Hindi. 

CUET 2022 Exam Structure for Morning Shift

The morning shift starts at 9 am in the morning on exam day. The conclusion time for the exam will depend on the subjects you choose and will be mentioned on the admit card.

  • Any candidate can appear for 1 language test in the morning shift, which will last 45 minutes.
  • A maximum of 2 domain subjects can be taken in the morning slot for which the time limit shall be 90 minutes (45 minutes per subject).
  • The general test is also a part of the morning shift and will last for 60 minutes.

Learn more: What is domain specific subject in CUET?

Assuming that you appear for all the tests in the morning slot, here’s CUET's exam timing and structure.

Last year's marking scheme is as follows: 

Test/ Subjects Total Marks
Language Test (pick any one amongst the 13 Indian languages) 200
Domain-Specific Test (maximum 2 subjects as per your choice) 200
General Test 300

** Note that NTA is yet to announce the slots, marks, and duration of the exam for the academic year 2024.

Read more: CUET 30 Day Study Plan 2024

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CUET 2022 Exam Structure for Afternoon Shift

The afternoon shift is a lengthier slot between the two. It starts at 3:00 pm and will end after 3 hours 45 minutes on the condition that you appear for the exams in this shift.

  • In this slot, you will appear in either 1 language or 2 languages (as per your choice). This slot shall include your chosen Section 1A or 1B language paper.
  • The second exam in this slot is the domain-specific test which shall have questions based on a maximum of 4 subjects this time.

Here’s a clear view of the CUET 2024 exam pattern and structure for the Afternoon Slot:

 Test/ Subjects Total Marks Total Duration
Language Test (pick any one amongst the 13 Indian languages or any Section 1B Language) 200 45 minutes
Domain-Specific Test (maximum 4 subjects as per your choice) 200 45 minutes for each subject (180 minutes or 3 hours; max duration)

 The total marks distribution is listed above. The details listed above are from the previous year. 

CUET Exam Pattern for Language Test (Sections 1A and 1B)

As per the CUET Syllabus, the Language test is for assessing your proficiency/ skills in the Language opted, and the question paper in respect of the same will be available to you in the medium opted by you. The Question Paper of the Language Test will not be bi-lingual. 

CUET 2024 exam pattern - 

  • There are 13 languages in Section 1A and 20 languages in Section 1B to choose from.
  • Your proficiency will be tested through Reading Comprehension based on different types of passages–Factual, Literary and Narrative, [Literary Aptitude and Vocabulary] MCQ Based Questions. 
  • For whichever language paper you choose, you have to attempt 40 questions in each of the 50 questions given in the paper.
  • The duration of each language paper is expected to be 45 minutes, meaning if you choose to appear for 3 language papers, then the maximum duration of the exam shall be 2 hours 25 minutes. However, NTA has not confirmed the duration of exam as of yet.

CUET Exam Pattern 2024 for Domain Test (Section II)

There are 27 domain subjects to choose from; however, you can appear for 5 or 6 domain subjects in the CUET Exam.

The number of domain subjects varies as per your choice of language test. These subjects will have questions based on the syllabus given by NTA in MCQ format.

CUET exam pattern 2024 - 

  • You must be well aware of the course and university you are applying to make the choice of your domain subjects.
  • Attempt 35/40 Questions to be attempted out of 45/50.
  • The exam duration will increase with the increasing number of domain subjects.

Read more: CUET General Test Syllabus 2024

CUET Exam Pattern 2024 for General Test (Section III)

This is an optional exam depending on the university and course requirements that you choose. 

Questions based on 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), and Logical and Analytical Reasoning are asked in this section.

CUET exam pattern 2024 - 

  • 50 of the 60 displayed questions must be answered for this section.
  • The total duration to attempt the questions in this section can be 60 minutes.
  • The questions will be in MCQ format in English, and the language is chosen in Section I.
  • The total mark that you can score in this section is 300.

Note: It is better to prepare a guided CUET Preparation Strategy for this section to maximise the scores obtained here.

Total Marks as per paper in CUET Exam

Many of you are posting this query, “CUET kitne marks ka hota hai?”. Just to clarify, the total marks for this exam will vary depending on the number of language papers & domain subjects given. So, it will be different for every college and every student.

Assuming that you are attempting the maximum number of tests (9 tests) in the exam, here is a representation of the marks allocated for each section/ subject chosen.

Marking Scheme of CUET - 

 Section Total Questions to be Attempted Marks Allocated for Correct Answer Total Marks
Language Paper (For any 1 of the 13 languages, a maximum of 3 languages can be chosen) 40 out of 50 5 200
Domain Subjects (maximum 6 subjects can be chosen) 45 out of 50 5 200
General Test 50 out of 60 5 300

Know more: DU CUET Admission 2024

CUET 2024 Marking Scheme

For Multiple Choice Questions: To answer a question, choose one option corresponding to the correct answer or the most appropriate answer.

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

  • Correct answer or the most appropriate answer: Five marks (+5).
  • Any incorrect option marked will be given minus one mark (-1).
  • Unanswered/Marked for Review will be given no mark (0).
  • 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 correct, then Five marks (+5) will be awarded to all those who have attempted the question.
  • If none of the options is found correct, a question is found to be wrong, or a question is dropped, all candidates who have attempted the dropped question will be given five marks(+5).

Know more: CUET 2024 Marking Scheme

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CUET UG Exam Pattern (Course-wise) for DU

CUET 2024 UG exam pattern is as follows: 

Programme/ Course offered CUET DU Exam Pattern 2024
B.Sc. (Hons.) Anthropology Physics, Chemistry, Biology/BiologicalStudies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Biological Sciences Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biological Studies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Botany Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biological Studies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Zoology Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biological Studies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Biomedical Science Physics, Chemistry, Biology/BiologicalStudies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Biochemistry Physics, Chemistry, Biology/BiologicalStudies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry/Mathematics/Applied Mathematics,Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Chemistry Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Applied Mathematics, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Physics Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Applied Mathematics, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Polymer Science Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Applied Mathematics, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Computer Science Any one from Section I + Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Any two from Section II
B.Sc. (Hons.) Electronics Physics, Chemistry/ Computer Science/Informatics Practices, Mathematics/Applied Mathematics, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Instrumentation Physics, Chemistry/ Computer Science/Informatics Practices, Mathematics/Applied Mathematics, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons) Environmental Science Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Applied Mathematics/ Biology/BiologicalStudies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Food Technology Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Applied Mathematics/ Biology/BiologicalStudies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Geology Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Applied Mathematics/ Biology/BiologicalStudies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry/ Geography, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Hons.) Mathematics Any one from Section I + Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Any two from Section II
B.Sc. (Hons.) Statistics Any one from Section I + Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Any two from Section II
B.Sc. (Hons.) Home Science Biology/BiologicalStudies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry, Physics/ Chemistry, Any one from Section II,Any one Language
B.Sc. (Prog.) Applied Physical Sciences with Analytical Methods in Chemistry and Biochemistry Physcics,Mathematics/Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Prog.) Physical Science with Computer Science/ Informatics Practices Physics+Mathematics/Applied Mathematics+Chemistry/ Computer Science/Informatics Practices, Any one Language
B.Tech. (Information Technology and Mathematical Innovation) Any one from Section I +Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Section III
B.A.(Hons.) Punjabi Punjabi + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons) Persian Persian + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons.) French French + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons.) German German + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A.(Hons.) Philosophy Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons.) Journalism English + Any three from Section II / Section III
B.A. Hons. (Humanities and Social Sciences) (offered by Cluster Innovation Centre) Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A.(Hons.) Political Science Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A.(Hons.) Social Work Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A.(Hons.) Sociology Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons.) Multi-Media and Mass Communication Any one from Section I + Any one from Section II+ Section III
B.A. (Program) Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I+ Any one from Section II + Section III
B.Voc. (Health Care Management) Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I+ Any one from Section II + Section III
B.Voc. (Web Designing) Any one from Section I + Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Any two from Section II ORAny one from Section I+ Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Section III
B. Com. (Hons.) Any one from Section I + Mathematics/Applied Mathematics/ Accountancy/Book Keeping + Any two from Section II
B. Com. Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I+ Any one from Section II + Section III
B.Sc. (Hons.) Microbiology Physics, Chemistry, Biology/BiologicalStudies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Prog.) Applied Physical Sciences with Industrial Chemistry Physcics+Mathematics/Applied Mathematics+Chemistry, Any one Language
B. Sc. (Prog.) Physical Science with Electronics Physcics+Mathematics/Applied Mathematics+Chemistry/ Computer Science/Informatics Practices, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Prog.) Life Science Physics+Chemsitry+ Biology/BiologicalStudies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Prog.) Applied Life Science Physics+Chemsitry+ Biology/BiologicalStudies/Biotechnology/Biochemistry, Any one Language
B.A. (Hons.) Sanskrit Any one from Section I + Sanskrit from Section I/ Section II + Any two from Section II OR Sanskrit from Section I+ Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I+ Three from Section II
B.A. (Hons.) English English+ Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons.) Italian Italian + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A.(Hons.) Applied Psychology Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons) Hindi Patrakarita Hindi + Any three from Section II / Section III
B.A.(Hons.) History Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
Five Year Integrated Program in Journalism English/ Hindi + Section III
B.Voc. (Banking Operations) Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I+ Any one from Section II + Section III
B.Voc. (Software Development) Any one from Section I + Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Any two from Section II OR Any one from Section I+ Mathematics/Applied Mathematics+ Section III
B.Sc. (Pass) Home Science Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I+ Any one from Section II + Section III
B. Sc. (Prog.) Physical Science with Chemistry Physics+Mathematics/Applied Mathematics+Chemistry, Any one Language
B.Sc. (Prog.) Mathematical Science Any one from Section I +Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Any two from Section II
B.Sc. in Physical Education, Health Education & Sports "Any one from Section I +Physical Education / National Cadet Corps (NCC) / Yoga + Any two from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II"
B.A. (Hons) Hindi Hindi + Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons.) Bengali Bengali + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons.) Urdu Urdu + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons.) Arabic Arabic + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons.) Spanish Spanish + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A.(Hons.) Psychology Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A.(Hons.) Geography Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A.(Hons.) Economics Any one from Section I + Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Any two from Section II
B.A. (Vocational Studies) Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I+ Any one from Section II + Section III
B.Voc. (Retail Management and IT) Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II OR Any one from Section I+ Any one from Section II + Section III
B.A. (Hons) in Karnatak Music- Vocal/ Instrumental (Veena/ Violin) Any one from Section I +Performing Arts + Any two from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons) in Hindustani Music- Vocal/ Instrumental (Sitar/ Sarod/ Guitar/ Violin/ Santoor Any one from Section I +Performing Arts + Any two from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
Bachelor of Management Studies [BMS] Any one from Section I + Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Section III
Bachelor of Business Administration (Financial Investment Analysis) [BBA(FIA)] Any one from Section I + Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Section III
Bachelor of Business Economics [BBE] Any one from Section I + Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Section III
Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed.) Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
B.A. (Hons) in Hindustani Music – Percussion (Tabla/ Pakhawaj) Any one from Section I +Performing Arts + Any two from Section II OR Any one from Section I + Any three from Section II
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Any one from Section I + Any Section III

Check: CUET Courses List 2024 [UG]

Conclusion

No matter the course or the university, the shortcut to success in this exam is thoroughly preparing your domain subjects during the boards to reduce the burden of preparing for CUET. For the language, it is suggested to read the newspaper since it will build the foundation for GK in the GT and strengthen Section I too!

The other subjects in the General Test would require memorising important formulae practised during class 8. To recall and revise all such topics and solve questions, follow us on YouTube. Attempt our exclusive NTA CUET Mock Test Series to analyse your scores and know where you stand with your preparations.

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