CUET Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme

With the amount of attention that CUET is drawing, it is essential for all aspirants to know the CUET Exam Pattern so that they can develop an effective exam strategy to ace CUET 2022.

The CUET entrance exam will be held online as a Computer Based Test (CBT). The duration of the exam will be hours 3 Hours 15 minutes or 3 Hours 45 minutes depending on the options the candidate has chosen. 

One of the most important things to help you with your CUET Exam Preparation is to thoroughly understand the CUET 2022 Exam Pattern which is mentioned below:

About CUET 2022

The CUET Exam or Common University Entrance Test is a common entrance exam that is to be conducted by NTA for UG Admissions across all the Central Universities in India. A total of 54 Central Universities will be taking admissions in UG courses based on the CUET 2022 score conducted by NTA. Some important details about the CUET Exam are



Exam Name

Central University Common Entrance Test (CUET


Slot 1: 3 Hours 15 Minutes

Slot 2: 3 Hours 45 Minutes

Number of Questions

Section 1: Languages (40 Questions to be attempted out of 50 Questions)

Section 2: Domain-Specific (40 Questions to be attempted out of 50 Questions)

Section 3: General Test (60 Questions to be attempted out of 75 Questions)

Number of Sections

3 Sections (Language, Domain-Specific, General Test)

Exam Language

The exam will be conducted in 13 languages.

CUET: Exam Pattern

Now that you know all about the CUET Exam, let us now take a look at the CUET Exam Pattern in detail.

CUET Exam Pattern 2022


Subjects/ Tests

No. of Questions

To be Attempted


Section IA

13 Languages 


40 in each language

45 minutes for each language

Section IB

19 Languages 

Section II

27 Domain-specific Subjects 



45 minutes for each subject

Section III

General Test



60 minutes

The details about the contents of the sections are mentioned in the next section.

CUET 2022: Marking Scheme

NTA has finally confirmed the CUET Exam Pattern & marking scheme for the upcoming exam in July. As per the official CUET notification, for every correct attempt, 5 marks will be awarded. For every incorrect attempt, 1 mark will be deducted. There will be no penalty for unattempted questions.

CUET Exam Pattern 2022- Domain-Specific Subjects

The list of 27 Domain-Specific subjects as mentioned in the CUET Exam Pattern is given below. The candidates may choose a maximum of 6 Subjects from the below-mentioned list. 

  • Accountancy/ Book Keeping
  • Biology/ Biological Studies/ Biotechnology/Biochemistry
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science/ Informatics Practices
  • Economics/ Business Economics
  • Engineering Graphics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Geography/Geology
  • History
  • Home Science
  • Knowledge Tradition and Practices of India
  • Legal Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education/ NCC /Yoga
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Teaching Aptitude
  • Agriculture
  • Mass Media/ Mass Communication
  • Anthropology
  • Fine Arts/ Visual Arts (Sculpture/ Painting)/Commercial Arts,
  • Performing Arts – (i) Dance (Kathak/ Bharatnatyam/ Oddisi/ Kathakali/Kuchipudi/ Manipuri (ii) Drama- Theatre (iii) Music General (Hindustani/ Carnatic/ Rabindra Sangeet/ Percussion/ Non-Percussion)
  • Sanskrit

For a more detailed look at the CUET Syllabus, please click here

Why CUET 2022 is Important?

While CUET 2021 was the gateway to 14 Central Universities, CUET 2022 will open the doors for all the 54 Central Universities in the country. Hence, it is important that students understand the CUET Exam Pattern and 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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