CUCET Eligibility

Getting into a premier University is every student’s dream not only because of the brand value and faculty but also because of the placements offered.

CUCET has taken centre stage recently with the announcement that from 2021, all Central Universities will also consider the CUCET Exam Score for admissions into their UG Programs. This brings some of the best universities under the umbrella of the CUCET Exam.

CUCET 2021: Eligibility Criteria

While the official criteria will be learnt once the CUCET 2021 notification is released, the stipulations are not expected to change much from those of previous years.

  • A candidate must have passed Class XII (10+2) or equivalent from a recognized education Board.
  • If the respective Board awards grades (or CGPA), the conversion factor given by the Board must be used to compute the percentage of marks.
  • Candidates, who have completed their Class XII in 2020, and have passed the Board exams, will also be eligible to apply for CUCET 2021.

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Eligibility: Class XII Students

While CUCET is for students who have passed the Class XII (or equivalent) Board exams, any student who is appearing for the Class XII Board exam in 2021 is also eligible to apply for CUCET 2021. The candidate would be required to produce the marksheets and relevant certificates as mandated by the participating Central University, and follow the timelines provided for admissions.

Key Points

Reservation of Seats

As CUCET is an entrance exam for admissions to Undergraduate courses at the Central Universities, which have been established under an Act of the Parliament, each Central University must follow the norms set by the Government of India, with respect to intake and reservation of seats.

Generally, the following break-up is followed:

Category Reservation
Scheduled Castes 15%
Scheduled Tribes 7.5%
Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy) 27%
Persons with Disability 5%

Some institutions might even have provisions for the Economically Weaker Sections, which can account for 10% of the total seats. These EWS seats are carved out from the Open Category.

To avail of the reservation benefit based on caste (or any other category as specified), a candidate must be able to produce valid documents/certificates to support such claims.


It is essential for every candidate to check the validity of their candidature for CUCET, as well as the Central University he/she is applying to. The candidate should be aware of the documents that might be required while applying for the exam, or during the admissions.

CUCET 2021 notification is expected soon, and the registration is also expected to begin along with the notification

For more information about the CUCET exam pattern, click here

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