CUCET (Central University Common Entrance Test) 2021

CUCET (Central University Common Entrance Test) 2021 is still in the discussion stages. The Ministry of Education has formed an expert Committee, which is working on the various aspects of the exam, including the pattern and weightages which need to be assigned to CUCET scores for admissions in the participating Central Universities.

However, CUCET 2021 is expected to be a General Ability Test with focus on:

  • English Language, including Comprehension
  • Numerical Ability
  • Logical & Analytical Reasoning
  • General Awareness, including Current Affairs

What is CUCET Exam?

CUCET stands for Central University Common Entrance Exam. CUCET exam is to be conducted by the National testing agency (NTA) for admission into UG courses across the country. This step is going to be a paradigm shift from the traditional college-wise entrance exams. In a nutshell CUCET Exam is going to be the entrance exam for admission into all the undergraduate courses offered by various central universities, and it is going to cover them all from Delhi University (DU) to Banaras Hindu University (BHU). However, admission into Engineering and Medical courses is to be held via JEE and NEET respectively.

CUCET 2021: Exam Pattern

Till 2020, the Central Universities—except for the 14 established in 2009 and after, and few others— have been admitting students to their undergraduate courses based on Class XII Board marks; resulting in tremendous mental pressure for students. With the ever-rising cut-offs, the best of the Central Universities (like the University of Delhi) was getting out of reach for many. Moreover, as there was no uniformity among the various examination Boards regarding syllabus and difficulty, students from some of the Boards got an undue advantage.

To overcome this issue, the Ministry of Education has decided that from the academic year 2021, CUCET will be a single entrance for admission to undergraduate courses offered by all the Central Universities.

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CUCET Exam Eligibility Criteria




  • Candidates should have completed their class 12th with at least 50%

  • There is a relaxation of 5% for SC/ST applicants.


  • Candidates should have completed their graduation with at least 55%.

  • There is a relaxation of 5% for SC/ST applicants.

CUCET 2021 Highlights

According to the recent guidelines by the Education Ministry following are the highlights of CUCET Exam 2021

CUCET 2020 vs CUCET 2021

As per the guidelines given by the education ministry following inferences can be made about the shift in the CUCET 2021 pattern from that of CUCET 2020.

CUCET 2020

CUCET 2021

14 universities participated.

54 central universities are proposed to be participating.

Jointly organised by the participating Universities.

Would be organised by NTA (National testing agency)

Admissions to UG as well as PG courses.

Admissions only to UG courses.

Admissions Engineering and Medical courses.

Proposed admission only to non-engineering and medical courses.

Offline mode.

Online mode.

Only marks obtained in the entrance exam will be considered for the merit list.

Different weightage given to both marks obtained in CUCET entrance and 12th class board exams.

CUCET Exam Date

As of now there is no intimation from the ministry of education about the date of CUCET Exam. However, it is speculated that a notification about the same will be released by July'21.

CUCET Exam Colleges

In a move that could be a potential game changer for higher education in India, the government has recommended to conduct a Common Entrance Test (CUCET) for the 54 Central Universities from the academic session 2021-2022.

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CUCET 2021: Marking Scheme

CUCET has a provision for negative marking. So, it is imperative that a candidate is careful about the risks involved, and refrain from making too many guesses.

The exact marking scheme for CUCET 2021 will be known once the official notification is released.

CUCET 2021: UG Syllabus

CUCET UG syllabus mainly consist of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Give in the table below are some sub-topics that the candidates may focus on while preparing for CUCET 2021.

Subject Sub-topic


magnetics effect of current, heat & thermodynamics, waves, current electricity, motion in one dimension, motion in two dimension, work, power & energy, etc.


redox reaction, general organic chemistry, catalysis, periodic table, electrochemistry, solid state & petroleum, etc.


trigonometry, algebra, dynamics & static, vector, co-ordinate geometry, probability, etc

CUCET 2021: PG Syllabus

Program Syllabus


Culture & social change, growth & development, intelligence, current issue, personality, etc.


Culture & social change, growth & development, intelligence, current issue, personality, etc.


Human rights law, constitution, labor law, law of evidence, etc.

CUCET 2021: Importance

While CUCET 2020 was the gateway to 14 Central Universities, CUCET 2021 will open the doors for all the 54 Central Universities in the country. These Universities are likely to provide a minimum of 50% weightage to the CUCET score for admissions to their undergraduate courses. Hence, it is important that students focus on preparing well for the exam, so as to ensure a seat in a program and university of their choice.

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