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UGC to Conduct Common Entrance Test for Admissions to Central Universities

14 Jul, 2024

UGC to Conduct Common Entrance Test for Admissions to Central Universities

UGC to Conduct Common Entrance Test for Admissions to Central Universities:

UG Admission 2024 Updates: Good News for all Class 12th Students! Central Universities such as DU, BHU, and Jamia Milia Islamia will not ask for 90+ scores in 10+2 anymore for providing admissions!

Admissions to all the Bachelor's degree courses will be done through a Common University Entrance Test in all the premiere UGC-funded universities.

CUET Entrance: In this article, we have explained why CUET Entrance Test has been made compulsory for UG Admissions in Central University and other necessary details you must know if you are appearing in the 12th board exams this year.

UGC has recently announced that CUET Exam will be compulsory for providing admissions in all the UG courses offered by all the central universities.

Now all the 12th passed students will be relieved from the stress of scoring that perfect 100 scores for admission into the universities like Delhi University, Jamia Milia Islamia, Banaras Hindu University, Aligarh Muslim University, and other renowned central universities in India.

This new policy will lift up the burden from the shoulders of Class 12th students to score exceptionally high marks to meet the cut-off requirements.

This means that central universities will have to use CUET scores to provide admissions to various UG courses and not on the basis of 12th board marks.

It is good news for all the 12th students that Class 12th exam results will be used only as qualifying criteria and not as admission criteria, thus your 12th marks will have no influence on your admissions.

However, you must have to obtain a good score in CUET (Central University Entrance Test) to get admission into the premier universities in India.

UGC Notice: CUCET 2024 Mandatory for UG Admissions 2024:

CUET 2024

Details About CUET Exam 2024:

The full form of the CUET Exam is Central University Entrance Test. It was formerly known as Central Universities Entrance Test (CUCET). It is a common entrance test that will be now used for providing admissions to all the 12th passed students in the Undergraduate courses in the 45 central universities.

The exam was originally introduced in the year 2010 to provide a common entrance test for admissions to all the central universities but it failed to gain traction as only 14 central universities in India had accepted it. But now UGC has renamed CUCET as CUET and made it mandatory for all the 45 central universities and affiliated colleges to provide admission through CUET 2024 exam and discarded the 12th merit-based admission process in the central universities. This decision follows the declaration of the NEP (National Education Policy).

Likewise, JEE and NEET the Central University Entrance Test will also be held in 13 languages which are English, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Urdu, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi, Odia, Gujarati.

The UGC Chairman also stated that this new policy may also be adopted by the State, Private, and Deemed-to-be Universities soon.

CUET 2024 Notification: Key Highlights

  • Exam Name: Central University Entrance Test (Earlier known as CUCET)
  • Conducting Body: National Testing Agency
  • Mode of Exam: Online
  • Medium of Exam: English
  • Duration of Exam: 2 hours
  • Type of Questions: Objective Type Questions
  • Negative Marking: Yes
  • Sections and Number of Questions: Part A: 25 questions Part B: 75 questions Some Integrated Papers: 100 questions

CUET Exam 2024

Who will Conduct CUET Exam 2024?

The Central University Entrance Test is a computer-based test administered by National Testing Agency (NTA). The CUET Exam Pattern 2024 will be released by NTA soon on their official website. To find more about the CUET 2024 Exam Pattern continue reading this article.

When will the Central University Entrance Test (CUET) 2024 Exam be held?

NTA will start the CUET Entrance Exam 2024 Application Form in the first week of April 2024. All the candidates will be able to find CUET 2024 Application form on the official website of NTA i.e

The CUET 2024 exam will be held in the 1st week of July. The exam dates are yet not released by the authorities. But we will inform you about the CUET Exam Dates 2024 as soon as we get an update from the conducting authorities. Till then, we request you to keep visiting our website to get fresh updates on CUET Exam.

CUET Exam 2024 - Important Events
CUET 2024 Exam Date - Important Dates

CUET 2024 Application form Release

1st week of April 2024

Last Date of CUET 2024 Application

3rd week of June 2024

Last date for payment of Application fee

3rd week of June 2024

Release of CUET 2024 Admit card

4th week of June 2024

CUET Entrance Exam 2024 Date

1st week of July 2024

Provisional CUET 2024 answer key

4th week of July 2024

Last date for Raising Objections against CUET Answer key 2024

1st week of August 2024

Final CUET Answer key 2024

2nd week of August 2024

Declaration of CUET Result 2024

3rd week of August 2024

Release of CUET Merit List 2024

To be announced

CUET Counselling 2024

4th week of August 2024

CUET Exam Pattern 2024:

CUET will be an MCQ-type CBT test that will consist of the questions from your 12th syllabus (mostly NCERT books). The negative marking scheme will also be applicable.

The exam will consist of three sections:

  • Section A (Language Test), The candidates will be able to pick any one option from 13 language tests which will be any one of  Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Urdu, Assamese, Bengali, Punjabi, Odia and English.
  • In section B (Stream specific test), Candidates will have to pick a maximum of 6 domains out of 27 in which they want to pursue their further studies. 
  • Section C (general section for vocational/open eligibility/cross-stream test). Please note that Section C will be an optional section and it will have two parts. Part 1 will consist of general aptitude questions and Part 2 will be a language test where students will have options to pick their language test from 19 uncommon languages which are not included in Section A. Some of the uncommon languages are French, Chinese, Japanese, Sindhi, Santhili, German, etc.

Some other details about CUET 2024 Exam Pattern are mentioned below:

CUET Exam Pattern 2024: Important Details


Exam Type

Computer Based Test

Type of Questions

Multiple Choice Questions


OMR Pattern

Marking Scheme

Negative Marking (+1 marks for each right answer and -0.25 marks for each wrong answer)

Exam Mode

Online Mode

Exam Duration

2 hours

Total Parts in Exam

3 Parts; Section A (Language Test), Section B (Stream Specific Test), Section C (general section for vocational/open eligibility/cross-stream test)

CUET 2024 Syllabus

NCERT Syllabus

How can You Apply for CUET Exam 2024?

You can follow the given steps to apply for CUET Exam 2024 after NTA activates the CUET 2024 Registration link. The application link will be activated on the official website i.e the 1st week of April 2024.

Steps to Fill the CUET Registration Form 2024:

  • Visit the official website:
  • Click on the "CUET 2024 Application process" link available on the homepage.
  • Register yourself with the website by entering all the required details such as your Mobile no. , email address, D.O.B, etc, and generate your password. 
  • After completing the registration process, log in using your credentials (Email ID/Mobile No. and Password).
  • Once you log in, you will be able to fill out the CUET application form. Fill in all the details carefully and upload the required documents such as your passport size photo, signature, etc in the required size and format as mentioned in the CUET Application form 2024.
  • Submit your application form.
  • Complete the application process by paying the CUET Application Fee of Rs 800 by using net banking or any other acceptable payment method. 
  • Download your CUET Application Form 2024 for further reference.

CUET 2024 College List:

As we have mentioned several times, about 45 central universities will now accept CUET scores to select students for UG admissions. Some of the most popular universities among them are  Delhi University, JNU, Jamia Milia Islamia, University of Hyderabad, Aligarh Muslim University, Tezpur University, and Pondicherry University, North-Easter Hill University, Visva Bharati University, etc.

CUET 2024 University List


Banaras Hindu University

Uttar Pradesh


Delhi University



Aligarh Muslim University

Uttar Pradesh


Jamia Millia Islamia



Jawaharlal Nehru University



Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University

Uttar Pradesh


Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya



Tezpur University



University of Allahabad

Uttar Pradesh


Visva-Bharati University

West Bengal


Dr. Hari Singh Gour University

Madhya Pradesh


English and Foreign Languages University



North-Eastern Hill University



Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University



University of Hyderabad



Manipur University



Pondicherry University



Rajiv Gandhi University

Arunachal Pradesh


Tripura University



Assam University



Nagaland University



Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya



Maulana Azad National Urdu University



Mizoram University



Indira Gandhi National Tribal University

Madhya Pradesh


Sikkim University



Central University of South Bihar



Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agriculture University



National Sanskrit University[note 3]

Andhra Pradesh


Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri National Sanskrit University



Central Sanskrit University



Indira Gandhi National Open University



Central Agricultural University



Indian Maritime University

Tamil Nadu


Central University of Gujarat



Central University of Haryana



Central University of Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh


Central University of Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir


Central University of Jharkhand



Central University of Karnataka



Central University of Kerala



Central University of Odisha



Central University of Punjab



Central University of Rajasthan



Central University of Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu


Nalanda University



South Asian University



Central University of Jammu

Jammu and Kashmir


Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University

Uttar Pradesh


Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University

Uttar Pradesh


Mahatma Gandhi Central University



National Sports University



Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh


Central University of Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh

Signing Off:

Implementing CUET as a compulsory criterion for undergraduate admissions has neutralized the unfair competition for getting seats in top-ranking universities in India.

However, it will not affect the reservation policy of universities. For eg- If the percentage of seats is reserved for local students in a university, it will remain unchanged. It is just that all the students (including the reserved category students) will have to appear on Central University Entrance Test.

For more details, you can also go through with Common University Entrance Test CUET 2024.

Frequently Ask Questions (FAQs):

Ques 1. Why UGC has taken the Step to make CUET a Mandatory Entrance Test for UG Admissions?

Ans. The Government was never in the favour of using 12th board marks for undergraduate admissions as they believe that there is "diversity" in the evaluation methods of the various boards.

Some boards are more generous in marking than others and this provides their students an unfair advantage over students from other boards.

Therefore CUET has been made mandatory as this exam will keep all the students on common ground and give equal opportunity to all of them.

So, now universities will admit students on the basis of a merit list prepared by the National Testing Agency. There will be no common counseling, CUET counseling 2024 will be conducted separately in each participating university. The admission will be provided on the basis of the rank list generated by the respective universities.

This means that central universities will conduct their counseling and admission process separately. Candidates who will appear in the CUET exam would be able to apply for admission to the participating universities.

Ques 2. Where will I get admission from CUET this year?
Ans. CUET is an entrance exam to the central university.

Ques 3. What is the minimum eligibility for CUET 2024?
Ans. Students must pass the 12th grade to take the CUET exam.

Ques 4. When will be the CUET 2024 exam?
Ans. The CUET Entrance Exam 2024 will take place in the first week of July.

Ques 5. What will be the CUET Exam Pattern?
Ans. In CUET 2024, questions will be based on the 12th syllabus.

Ques 6. What benefit will the students get from the CUET exam?
Ans. The Central University Entrance Test will ease the pressure of scoring high in class 12th and will provide a fair evaluation system to all the universities to admit students. 

Ques 7. Is CUET difficult?
Ans. The level of difficulty is moderate. The questions will be asked from the general NCERT Syllabus of class 12th

Ques 8. How many times can I give CUET?
Ans. There are no limits to attempting the CUET Exam. This exam is held once a year and candidates can attempt the exam every year.

Ques 9. How should I start preparing for CUET?
Ans. CUET syllabus 2024 will be derived from the 12th NCERT syllabus. So, you can start preparing for your CUET Entrance Exam and take the NCERT syllabus as a reference. We also advise you to solve some previous year's question papers for CUCET, this will provide you with a brief idea about the exam and its difficulty level.

Ques 10. Is CUET online or offline?
Ans. CUET is a computerized exam conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The application process for the test will begin in April.

Ques 11. CUET 2024: Will 12th marks be valid in CUET Exam?
Ans. Yes, If you are applying for an Undergraduate course (Bachelor's degree) course, then your 12th Mark will be a valid eligibility requirement for applying CUET 2024 Exam. All the candidates who have passed 12th or appeared on 12th boards are eligible to apply for CUET (UG) exam 2024.

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