CUET exam pattern | CUET marking scheme… and more

Exam Pattern & Marking scheme: With approximately 15 lakh applicants, CUET 2022 drew enormous hype and attention among UG aspiring students across the country. The next edition of CUET in 2023 is almost here and is expected to surpass the applicant count of the previous edition by manifolds. Moreover, as per the proposed plan, the CUET is going to be conducted twice a year. Though there is no official confirmation as of now, an announcement is expected soon.

To ace the preparation and crack CUET, it is crucial that the aspirants are well aware of the Exam Pattern, CUET marking scheme, and go through the CUET syllabus thoroughly to develop an effective exam strategy. It is an essential step to comprehend all the aspects of CUET 2023 to achieve your dream of getting into a top university/college with your desired subject/course.

The CUET will be held online as a computer-based test (CBT) and in two shifts, Slot I (morning) & Slot II (afternoon). The exam duration will be 3 Hours 15 minutes & 3 Hours 45 minutes respectively, depending on the subject combination chosen by the students. A candidate has to write a minimum of one or more exams in both slots.

Since the boards and CUET are separated by just one month, one of the most important things to help you with your CUET Preparation is balancing your studies. You should thoroughly understand the CUET exam pattern 2023 and start preparing simultaneously for Boards as well as CUET 2023. One can not be preferred over the other.

About CUET 2023

The CUET is a common entrance exam conducted by NTA for UG Admissions across 90+ Universities in India. A total of 45 Central Universities (with the likes of, DU, JNU, Hyderabad University, and Allahabad University) will be a part of the CUET and will be taking admissions in various UG courses based on the CUET 2023 scores of the students. The CUET exam pattern and the CUET marking scheme are going to be the same in 2023 as it was in 2022. Students must start preparing well in advance to succeed in the CUET 2023 and to avoid any last-moment hassle.

Some important details about the CUET Exam are mentioned in the table below:



Exam Name

Common University Entrance Test (CUET)


Slot 1: 3 Hours 15 Minutes

Slot 2: 3 Hours 45 Minutes

Mode of Exam

Online (CBT)

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 (60 Questions to be marked out of 75 Questions)

Number of Sections

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

Exam Language

The exam will be conducted in 13 languages

Once you are well versed with the exam pattern and marking scheme it is important that you go through the syllabus thoroughly and have a proper grasp of it. Only after you go through the syllabus and understand the CUET marking scheme can you devise a proper strategy for your boards + CUET 2023 preparation.

Download the subject-wise detailed syllabus of all the domain subjects (section: 2) of the CUET below.

CUET Exam Pattern

The exam pattern is the pattern and type in which the questions are distributed and asked in the exam. It is important to understand as by understanding the pattern you will get an idea about how many questions will be asked from where and how the marking weightage is distributed.

Now that you are well aware of the CUET exam details and the syllabus of each domain subject, let us now take a look at the detailed CUET Exam Pattern 2023 here.

The detailed Exam Pattern 2023


Subjects/ Tests

No. of Questions

To be Marked

Question Type


Section IA

13 Languages 


40 in each language

Language to be tested through Reading Comprehension (Different types of passages: Factual, Literary, and Narrative)

45 minutes for each language

Section IB

19 Languages 

Section II

27 Domain-specific subject 



Questions will be MCQ type and based on the syllabus given on the NTA website

45 minutes for each subject

Section III

General Test



Questions will be MCQ type and based on the syllabus given on the NTA website

60 minutes

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CUET Marking Scheme 2023

NTA has confirmed the exam pattern & the CUET marking scheme for the upcoming exam in 2023. As per the official CUET notification, 5 marks will be awarded for every correct attempt, and 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect attempt. However, there will be no penalty for unattempted questions.

CUET marking scheme:



Right answer


Wrong answer


Unattempted question

0 (No negative marking

CUET 2023- 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 minimum of 3 & maximum of 6 Subjects from the below-mentioned list.

  • Accountancy
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Sociology... and more

For a detailed syllabus, check here

Why is CUET 2023 Important?

While CUET 2022 was the gateway to 90 Universities, including 45 Central Universities for any UG admission, CUET 2023 will open the doors for over 100 Universities for all the aspiring students in the country. The test will be a centralised one and will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

Following are the importance of the CUET 2023:

  • Equal opportunity to each student
  • End to subjective bias
  • Clarity of rank
  • End to cut-off wrestling
  • Fair chance to each participating university

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This is a brief overview of the CUET Exam Pattern and CUET Marking Scheme. Since CUET 2023 is going to be the gateway to UG admissions in 100 + universities across the country, you must start preparing early for the exam.

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