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About the CUCET Exam

A year ago, it would have been unimaginable that cut-offs in Delhi University would skyrocket to 100% for some of the undergraduate courses! While DU has always been known for its high cut-offs, there are several other universities where the story is no different.

However, the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP) aims to do away with the tyranny of the ever-rising cut-offs by introducing a Common Entrance Test for all the Central Universities in the country. NEP not only proposes a holistic approach in evaluating the students by giving them the option to select subjects based on their interest, but it also aims to simplify the process of admission to higher-education institutes.

To start with, there would be a Common Entrance Test for all the Central Universities, which would be conducted twice a year from 2022, but only once in 2021. While this might sound like a new concept to many, the fact is, there is already a Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET), which is conducted for the Central Universities established in or after 2009. As many as 14 of them already admit students based on their performance in the entrance test. The CUCET scores are also accepted by four state universities of the country.

The proposed CUCET aims to assess conceptual understanding and application of knowledge; and also, to lessen the burden of appearing in multiple tests. Learn More

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CUCET Colleges

CUCET Colleges are universities established under an Act of Parliament and are under the control and purview of the Ministry of Education, Government of India. In 2009, Parliament passed the Central Universities Act, which paved the way for creation of 16 Central Universities in addition to the existing ones, to give representation to all states. Accordingly, all the Central Universities are now governed by the Central Universities Act, 2009.

As of June 2020, there are 54 CUCET Colleges providing technical and non-technical programs to young minds.

List of CUCET Colleges:

University State Location Established
University of Delhi Delhi New Delhi 1922
Banaras Hindu University Uttar Pradesh Varanasi 1916
Jamia Millia Islamia Delhi New Delhi 1920 (1988)
Aligarh Muslim University Uttar Pradesh Aligarh 1920
Jawaharlal Nehru University Delhi New Delhi 1969
University of Allahabad Uttar Pradesh Prayagraj 1887 (2005)
Tezpur University Assam Tezpur 1994
University of Hyderabad Telangana Hyderabad 1974
Visva-Bharati University West Bengal Shantiniketan 1921
Central University of Punjab Punjab Bathinda 2009
English and Foreign Languages University Telangana Hyderabad 1958 (2007)
Tripura University Tripura Agartala 1987
Assam University Assam Silchar 1994
Pondicherry University Puducherry Pondicherry 1985
Sikkim University Sikkim Gangtok 2007
Manipur University Manipur Imphal 1980 (2005)
North Eastern Hill University Meghalaya Shillong 1973
Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University Uttar Pradesh Lucknow 1996
Dr. Hari Singh Gour University Madhya Pradesh Sagar 1946(2009)
Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University Uttarakhand Srinagar 1973(2009)
Mizoram University Mizoram Aizawl 2000
Nagaland University Nagaland Lumami 1994
Indira Gandhi National Open University Delhi New Delhi 1985
Central Agricultural University Manipur Imphal 1993
Central Sanskrit University Delhi New Delhi 1970(2020)
Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh Andhra Pradesh Vizianagaram 2019
Central University of Andhra Pradesh Andhra Pradesh Anantapur 2019
Central University of Gujarat Gujarat Gandhinagar 2009
Indian Maritime University Tamil Nadu Chennai 2008
Central University of Haryana Haryana Mahendragarh 2009
Central University of Himachal Pradesh Himachal Pradesh Dharamsala 2009
Central University of Jammu Jammu and Kashmir Jammu 2011
Central University of Jharkhand Jharkhand Ranchi 2009
Central University of Karnataka Karnataka Kalaburagi 2009
Central University of Kashmir Jammu and Kashmir Srinagar 2009
Central University of Kerala Kerala Kasaragod 2009
Central University of Odisha Odisha Koraput 2009
Central University of Rajasthan Rajasthan Ajmer 2009
Central University of South Bihar Bihar Gaya 2009
Central University of Tamil Nadu Tamil Nadu Tiruvarur 2009
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agriculture University Bihar Samastipur 1905(2016)
Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya Chhattisgarh Bilaspur 1983 (2009)
Indira Gandhi National Tribal University Madhya Pradesh Amarkantak 2007
Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya Maharashtra Wardha 1997
Mahatma Gandhi Central University Bihar Motihari 2016
Maulana Azad National Urdu University Telangana Hyderabad 1998
Nalanda University Bihar Rajgir, Nalanda 2010
National Sanskrit University Andhra Pradesh Tirupati 1956 (2020)
National Sports University Manipur Imphal 2018
Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University Uttar Pradesh Raebareli 2013
Rajiv Gandhi University Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar 1985(2007)
Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University Uttar Pradesh Jhansi 2014
Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri National Sanskrit University Delhi New Delhi 1962(2020)
South Asian University Delhi New Delhi 2010

The 54 Central Universities together offer close to 1.68 Lac seats under various disciplines at undergraduate level. The admissions to most universities are done based on merit (class XII marks) except for a few of them which conduct separate entrance test for admissions to the programs offered, all or few of them. However, 14 of the Central Universities, the ones established after 2009, currently conduct a Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) for admissions to various disciplines at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

CUCET Exam Pattern

Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) is currently conducted by 14 Central Universities and 4 State Universities. The exam is conducted in offline mode. CUCET involves two Parts in offline mode:

For every correct response, candidate is awarded 3 marks and there is a penalty of 1 mark for every incorrect response.

CUCET Syllabus

The CUCET 2021 Syllabus is likely to consist of 4 aptitude based sections. These sections are: English Language, Numerical Ability, Logical & Analytical Reasoning, & General Awareness and Current Affairs. Apart from this, the CUCET 2021 Exam may also have a second paper which will consist of questions related to domain knowledge according to the course that you may have opted for. More specific information related to the CUCET 2021 Syllabus will be available when the notification is released in April 2021.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) is the gateway to undergraduate courses offered by the Central Universities of India.

Until 2020, CUCET scores were accepted by 14 participating Central Universities. From the academic year 2021, CUCET will be a Common Entrance Test for all the 54 Central Universities currently in the country.

CUCET 2021 will be conducted in online mode as a Computer-Based Test by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Till 2020, CUCET was conducted in paper-pencil mode (offline).

CUCET 2020 was an Aptitude and Subject-Knowledge Test (for specific programs). The structure of CUCET 2021 will be announced soon. CUCET 2021 is likely to give more emphasis on Aptitude, and will focus on English Language, Logical & Analytical Reasoning, and Numerical Ability. There could be a section on General Awareness too.

The CUCET 2020 paper carried 1 mark for every correct attempt; while, for each wrong answer, 0.25 marks were deducted. Questions not attempted were not assessed and not considered while preparing the final merit list. CUCET 2021 is likely to retain the same marking scheme.

One must complete the CUCET paper within 120 minutes.

Any student desirous of taking admissions to undergraduate programs at Central Universities can appear for the CUCET. The exact eligibility criteria for admissions to the UG courses in Central Universities will be made available soon. Until 2020, any student having passed 10+2 (or its equivalent) was eligible for the CUCET.

No. CUCET is a General Ability Test, which focuses on English Language, Logical & Analytical Reasoning, and Numerical Ability. One can excel, and score well, in the paper if one is determined and focussed; coupled with the right approach, practice, and preparation.

The cut-off is decided by each of the participating Central Universities, for each program on offer. Each Central University will announce the cut-off for a program based on the number of applications for the program.

As of now, one can sit for the CUCET multiple times. However, the Central Universities might have their own eligibility criteria for admission to their UG programs.

CUCET 2020 allowed a maximum of 3 Courses/Universities per application. However, candidates could add 3 more courses within, or in 3 more Universities, by paying an additional fee. For the number of Courses/Universities under CUCET 2021, exact details will be announced soon.

Yes. One can appear for CUCET even when one is due to appear for the Class XII Board exams. But one will need to produce the marksheet/certificates about fulfilling the eligibility criteria for the Course/University applied, at the time of admissions.

Until 2020, CUCET was conducted once a year, in May. CUCET 2021 shall be conducted once, but from the academic year 2022, the test is likely to be conducted twice; giving candidates the opportunity to improve their scores.

The Universities are likely to decide the weightage they wish to assign to CUCET. Thus, Class XII Board marks will still be considered for admissions, with some weightage assigned to it.

Admissions are handled at the level of each of the participating Central Universities for the respective program. The relevant Central University will decide on the weightage for CUCET and Class XII Board marks; and following the number of applications and performance of the candidates in CUCET and the marks secured in Boards, the cut-off for the programs on offer will be decided.

The paper pattern for CUCET 2021 has not been announced, as yet. However, Career Launcher provides free sample mock, which can be accessed from the free account at You will need to register at to access the CUCET Mock Test.

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The date for CUCET 2021 has not been announced yet. It is likely to be held after the Board exams, in June/July 2021. The application process will possibly start in April; and the students are likely to get a month’s time to complete the application process.

A total of 54 Central Universities are likely to adopt CUCET; with each University having its own criteria for admissions using the CUCET score. One can apply to as many Universities one wishes for. More clarity on the matter is awaited.

There are 54 Central Universities, which together, will offer more than 1.68 lakh seats for the undergraduate courses. This doesn’t include Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) which is a distance-learning institution with no cap on intake for most programs it offers.

Yes. SRCC, Hindu College, St. Stephens' College are affiliated to University of Delhi, which is a Central University. Thus, those and all other colleges of Delhi University will follow the rules as decided by the University of Delhi. Delhi University plans to give 50% weightage to CUCET scores for admissions to its undergraduate programs.

Banaras Hindu University (BHU) is a Central University founded in 1916. CUCET 2021, and onwards, will be mandatory for all Central Universities in the country. Accordingly, BHU will not be conducting its own entrance any more for B.Com.; and will, instead, accept the scores of CUCET.

Yes. CUCET is mandatory for admissions to undergraduate programs in all the colleges affiliated to a Central University. If you wish to study B.A (Hons) in any discipline from any of the affiliated colleges of Delhi University, you will need to take CUCET.

The University of Hyderabad offers Five-Year Integrated Master of Science (M.Sc.) in various disciplines. As it is a Central University, established in 1974 by an Act of the Parliament, it will be part of CUCET; and will admit students based on CUCET scores (along with Board marks).

Yes. Being a Central University, JNU will be part of CUCET; and will accept CUCET scores for admissions into its undergraduate courses.