CUET Exam Pattern [Revised]

Detailed CUET 2024 Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme

CUET Exam Pattern: It is a set structure and pattern defined by the NTA, that all the CUET question papers across 3 sections need to follow. As declared by the UGC Chairman, M. Jagadesh Kumar, CUET 2024 will be conducted in a hybrid mode. Along with the mode of the test, there have been a few significant changes in the CUET exam pattern 2024. However, as usual, CUET (UG) 2024 will have 3 sections and students can attempt the test in 13 different languages (English, Hindi, & 12 regional languages)

Here, get a brief insight into the detailed revised CUET paper structure & format, number of questions, time duration, and CUET marking scheme for the 2024 edition of CUET. The revised CUET 2024 exam pattern was released by the NTA on 27th Feb, the same is discussed here. Students need to go through the detailed CUETExam Pattern and understand all the relevant details. This would enable them to prepare effectively for the test.

CUET 2024 Preparation Plan

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CUET Exam Pattern: Highlights

NTA conducts the CUET for UG admissions to all the participating universities across India. A total of 250+ universities (including 44+ central universities - DU, JNU, Hyderabad University, Allahabad University… and many more) will be a part of the CUET 2024. A brief highlight of the CUET exam pattern as well as the CUET marking scheme for 2024 have been provided below.

Highlights of the CUET 2024 Exam pattern and CUET marking scheme:



Mode of Exam

Online (CBT - Computer Based Test)

Number of Sections

4 Sections [Language (section IA & IB), Domain-Specific subjects (section II), and General Test (section III)]

Exam Slots & Duration

Single-slot (for offline) & 3 slots (for online) [details will be announced later]

Marking Scheme

+5 - for the right answer

-1 for the wrong answer

0 for unattempted question

Number of Questions

Section IA & IB:

Languages (40 Questions to be marked out of 50 Questions)

Section II:

Domain-Specific (40 Questions to be marked out of 50 Questions)

Section III:

General Test (50 Questions to be marked out of 60 Questions)

Exam Language

The exam will be conducted in 13 languages (Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujarati, Odia, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi, English, Hindi and Urdu)

Concerned candidates must take note of the following:

  • Compensatory time for PwBD Candidates, who are eligible for Scribe (whether such candidate uses the facility of Scribe or not) 20 minutes for each hour examination will be extended as per Govt. policy.
  • Such extra time will be extended test-wise and not in the aggregate duration of the morning/afternoon slot.

Once students are well versed with the CUET 2024 exam pattern and CUET marking scheme they need to go through the syllabus thoroughly and grasp it properly. This would enable them to prepare comprehensively for the test and achieve the desired result

Download the subject-wise detailed syllabus of the domain subjects of the CUET below.

Detailed CUET Exam Pattern

The CUET UG exam pattern is detailed information regarding the number and types of questions that will be asked in the exam, paper-wise exam duration, CUET marking scheme, etc. There have been a few major changes in the CUET 2024 exam pattern. Students must understand the revised CUET exam pattern to align their CUET preparation accordingly.

Let us take a look at the detailed CUET exam pattern here.

The Detailed CUET 2024 Exam Pattern


Subjects/ Tests

No. of Questions

To be Marked


Section IA

13 Languages 


40 in each language

45 minutes for each language

Section IB

20 Languages 

Section II

29 Domain-specific subject 



60 minutes for - [Accountancy, Economics, Physics, Computer Science/Informatics Practices, Mathematics (Applied & Core), and Chemistry]

45 minutes - for the rest of the subjects

Section III

General Test



60 minutes

CUET 2024 exam pattern (revised): Important points:

  • As per the officially revised CUET exam pattern, a candidate can choose a maximum of 6 subjects from all three sections combined. The combination should include at least one language + 5 domain subjects, or language + GT + 4 domain subjects.
  • For the first time, CUET (UG) will be conducted in a hybrid mode (both online and offline). For subjects in which NTA will receive over 1,50,000 applications, the exams will be conducted offline. For subjects with fewer than 1,50,000 applications, the exam will be conducted online.
  • CUET (UG) 2024 in the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, and a few Northeastern states will be conducted in offline mode too.

Suggested Readings

Before you embark on the CUET preparation journey, you might find it helpful to go through the following details of CUET. Click on “read more” to get detailed information.

Previous Year’s Question Paper

Complete CUET 2024 Syllabus

Detailed CUET Eligibility Criteria

Comprehensive CUET 2024 Prep.

CUET Marking Scheme

The CUET exam pattern also includes the CUET marking scheme, which is the brief details of mark distribution per correct, incorrect, and unattempted questions in the CUET paper. The latest NTA announcement confirms that, unlike the CUET 2024 exam pattern, there will be no change in the CUET marking scheme for the upcoming exam in 2024. The following is the brief CUET marking scheme for 2024.

Detailed CUET marking scheme:



Right answer


Wrong answer


Unattempted question

0 (No negative marking)


  • For any discrepancy in the question paper, the English version will be upheld and considered.
  • If there are any wrong questions, all the students who have attempted will be awarded the full marks.

CUET Exam Pattern: Medium of Exam

One of the major aspects of the CUET 2024 exam pattern is that the test can be attempted by students in 13 different languages. English & Hindi are two languages that can be chosen by the candidates from any state of India. The other 11 regional languages are available mostly in the states where it is mainly spoken by its population. The detailed list of the CUET exam pattern - medium of the exam (language option) for each language is listed below.

Sl. No.


Exam centers



All Examination Centres 


English and Hindi

All Examination Centres


English and Assamese

Examination Centres in Assam


English and Bengali

Examination Centres in West Bengal, Tripura, and

Andaman & Nicobar Islands


English and Gujarati

Examination Centres in Gujarat, Daman & Diu,

Dadra & Nagar Haveli


English and Kannada

Examination Centres in Karnataka


English and Malayalam

Examination Centres in Kerala and Lakshadweep


English and Marathi

Examination Centres in Maharashtra


English and Odia

Examination centres in Odisha


English and Punjabi

Examination Centres in Punjab, Chandigarh, and

Delhi/New Delhi (including Faridabad, Ghaziabad,

Gurugram, Meerut, Noida/Greater Noida)


English and Tamil

Examination Centres in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry,

and Andaman & Nicobar Islands


English and Telugu

Examination Centres in Andhra Pradesh and



English and Urdu

All Examination Centres in India

Candidates are requested to go through this list with minute attention. The option of language for the question papers should be opted correctly while filling up the application form and they might not get a chance to change it at a later stage. Please note that for any kind of discrepancies in the question paper in any language, the English version will be considered final.

CUET Exam Syllabus

To ramp up their CUET 2024 preparation, candidates should thoroughly check the CUET syllabus and understand the CUET exam pattern. We have already thoroughly checked the detailed revised CUET 2024 exam pattern. Provided below is a brief overview of the CUET 2024 syllabus for all three sections.


Language (section IA & IB) - Language to be tested through Reading Comprehension (based on different types of passages–Factual, Literary Narrative, and Literary Aptitude and Vocabulary.

Domain Subject (section II) - NCERT Class 12 Syllabus [The same has been given on the NTA website]

General Test (section III) - General Knowledge, Current Affairs, General Mental Ability, Numerical Ability, Quantitative Reasoning (Simple application of basic mathematical concepts arithmetic/algebra geometry/mensuration/stat), Logical and Analytical Reasoning, etc.

Check the detailed syllabus for all the domain subjects, click the tab below.

Significance of CUET

CUET 2024 will open the doors of 250+ Universities for all aspiring students in the country. The test will be a centralized one and will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

Understand the significance of CUET 2024:

  • Equal opportunity for every student
  • End to subjective bias
  • Clarity of score/percentile
  • End of the cut-off wrestling
  • A fair & transparent admission process

For a brief understanding of why is CUET Important, Click here.

This is a brief overview of the CUET exam pattern 2024 and the CUET Marking Scheme. Students must ramp up their preparation with a comprehensive coaching program.

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