CUET Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification

CUET Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification
October 1, 2021
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About CUET Exam and Exam Conducting Authority

The CUET is a compulsory entrance test that will facilitate admissions to all the Central Universities of India. This common entrance test 2022 for central universities gets conducted by the NTA. This exam was earlier known as CUCET. Starting this year, the UGC changed it to CUET. The CUET 2022 score will be the only criteria for getting admitted to any central university in India. So, the marks scored by candidates in their class twelve will carry no weightage now.

The CUET score will get accepted by all the central universities, which will fill around 1.8 lakh seats in total. In addition to this, the exam will be completed in 2 shifts and held only once every year. But, the NTA is considering organizing the exam twice a year from the next academic session. The exam will get conducted in 13 abroad cities. Earlier, this CUCET was a paper-pen based mode exam. Then, last year, the NTA switched it to a computer-based mode online exam. Now, approximately 1-2 lakh candidates can take this national-level central universities common entrance test in 2022.

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Overview CUET – 2022

CUET 2022 application form got released on 6th April. The last date to fill it out is 6th May, till 5 pm. The students need to register themselves on the official website first. Next, they can fill out the application form with their personal details and academic qualifications. Then, the candidates need to pay the exam fee before 11:50 pm on 6th May. The CUET 2022 exam will get held in the first or second week of July.

The exam will be in 13 Languages for students from all parts of India. Also, this is an online CBT mode exam (Computer-Based Test). This year, 547 cities across India will conduct this common entrance test for central universities. In brief, the CUET 2022 will enable the candidates to apply to 54 Central Universities in India.

CUET Exam Highlights

All the important highlights related to the CUET 2022 entrance exam get discussed in the below table:

 Particulars Details
Exam Name CUET – Central University Entrance Test
Conducting Authority NTA ( National Testing Agency )
Courses Offered Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Doctorate and M.Phil
Frequency of Exam Once a year
Exam Mode Online (Computer-based Test)
Duration of Exam 2.5 Hours
Medium of Exam 13 Languages- Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujarati, Odiya, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi, English, Hindi and Urdu
Type of Questions MCQ Type
Marking Scheme +4 for a correct answer
-1 for the wrong answer
Total Candidates Appeared in the Exam 97,416 in the year 2021
Accepting Universities All the Central Universities in the Country, some Private Universities and Deemed to be Universities.
Official Website
Contact Number 011-69227700, 011-40759000

CUET Exam Notifications & News

  • CUET notification PDF got released on the 6th of April. Here, in the notification, it is mentioned that the exam pattern got updated from last year.
  • The filling up of application form will close on the 6th of May. In addition to this, the CUET admit card will most probably get released in the 4th week of June. Lastly, the entrance exam will get held in the 1st and 2nd week of July.
  • International students are exempted from CUET if they want to get admitted to Indian Universities in 2022. As a result, the existing supernumerary system will be the criteria for their admissions.
  • There is a change in the exam fees for this year. The PwD candidates will now have to pay the same exam fee as the reserved category students. Before, until last year they were exempted from paying any fees for CUET.
  • There will be no change in the quota of reserved seats under the new system for the academic session 2022-23.
  • The exam will get conducted in two shifts. Firstly, the question paper will consist of a compulsory language test and two domain-specific tests. Secondly, the online exam will also feature a general test to complete the whole process.
  • Recently, the name of the exam was changed from CUCET to CUET by the University Grants Commission.

CUET Exam Date

The Official notification of CUET 2022 got released by the NTA on its official website. So, students need to get updated with all the crucial dates and tentative schedules of the whole process. In brief, the students can check all the dates and times related to the CUET entrance exam 2022 for this academic year from the below table:


 Dates (Tentative)

CUET Registration Process 2022

Starting on the 6th of April 2022

The CUET application process ends

6th of May, 2022, till 5 pm

Last date to pay CUET application form fees

6th of May, till 11:50 pm

Date for correction in CUET Application Form

2nd week of May 2022

Availability of CUET admit card

4th week Of June 2022

CUET 2022 exam date

First and Second Week of July 2022

Release date of CUET Answer Key

Fourth week of July 2022

Last date to Raise Objection against CUET Answer key

1st week of August 2022

Release date of CUET Result

1st or 3rd week of August 2022

CUET Counseling 2022

4th week of August 2022

Application Form

The CUET 2022 application form is online. The official website for the CUET exam is Before filling out the exam form, the candidates need to register on this official website with their name, address and contact details. Subsequently, a login id gets generated with these earlier filled out credentials. Eventually, the students need to login with the same ID and fill out the actual application form for the exam.

Filling out the application form requires utmost accuracy. Here, the students fill out the rest of their details like educational qualifications, course choice and exam city preference in the online form. In addition to this, the students need to upload essential documents like a passport photograph and signature after filling out their details. After completing all these stages, the candidates need to pay the desired application fees to complete the whole process.

Application Fee

After filling out the form, the final stage is the payment of application fees. The last date to pay the CUET exam fee is 6th May. Moreover, the students have to pay the application fee depending on their category. Finally, the candidates can pay the application fee through diverse online modes. The accepted mediums to pay are debit/credit card, UPI, net banking and Paytm. The distinct application fees depending on the category gets mentioned in the below table:

Category of Candidate Application Fees ( Rs )
Unreserved General Category Students 650
OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) and EWS 600
SC, ST, PwD and Transgender Category 550
Abroad Candidates 3000

CUET Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria are a vital aspect of any exam. The candidates need to clear it before applying for the exam and filling out the application form. As a result, the Central Universities have set minimum eligibility criteria depending on the programme selected by the candidates. To appear in the CUET 2022, the students should clear these minimum requirements. The eligibility criteria are discussed below in a detailed manner:

  • Age – There is no age limit for taking the CUET 2022 entrance exam.
  • Qualifying Exam – The candidates should atleast pass their 10+2 board examination from a recognized university to be eligible for the exam.

Different programs have different eligibility rules for admissions. Also, some of the Central Universities in the country have fixed their own specific criteria respective to them. The table below mentions some of the common criteria required.

Eligibility criteria based on the course


Eligibility Criteria

UG Program

The candidates should pass the 10+2 board examinations from a recognized university to take admissions. The students have to clear this exam in their respective streams.

The General category students need to have atleast 50% aggregate in their class 12 exam. But, the SC/ST category of students only requires 45% marks to be eligible for the CUET 2022.

PG Program

The student must hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university to get admitted to the master’s program of any central university in India. The candidates can apply for a degree in the same field as their bachelor’s degree or change it to a different subject.

To be eligible for the CUET 2022, the general category students must have 55% marks in their bachelor’s program. In addition to this, the SC/ST candidates have to possess 50% marks to be eligible for the master’s program in any central university.

PhD Program

1. Candidates clearing the UGC-CSIR JRF, GATE, NBHM, or qualified in any other national level exam do not have to appear in this CUET entrance exam. Such students will only have to register for CUET 2022.

2. To apply for a PhD program at Central University, candidates must have a master’s degree from a recognized university. It is essential to get a master’s degree from an institute for applying to a research programme.

The General category students need to have a minimum of 55% marks in their master’s degree to be eligible for the PhD program. Furthermore, the OBC category requires 50% marks to apply for the program. Lastly, the SC/ST category has a 45% marks requirement in their master’s program to be eligible for the PhD Course.

Admission Process

The process for admissions through the CUET 2022 entrance exam is straightforward. The entire process has been discussed below in an easy to understand manner:

  • Firstly, the CUET application form gets filled out from the official website.
  • Secondly, the students have to download the CUET admit card when released on the website.
  • Next, the candidates need to appear in the exam on specific dates. They have to give their level best in every section of the question paper.
  • Then, the students need to check their individual results when it gets announced through the official website.
  • Finally, they have to appear for the CUET counselling sessions to get admitted to any central university college of their choice. These admissions will depend on their score in the CUET 2022 exam. Scoring higher in this exam will guarantee the chances of getting into a college of their own choice.

Exam Centre

The candidates fill out four cities as their preferred test centres in the application form. 547 cities in India and 13 cities abroad will feature test centres for the CUET 2022 entrance exam. In addition to this, the NTA tries its best to give every candidate a centre in their preferred cities. Also, when less than 100 students register for a test centre, that centre will be cancelled automatically, and a nearby test centre will get allotted. 

The candidates will get notified of the allotted test centre on their admit cards. Moreover, once an exam centre gets assigned to an individual, that person will not be able to request any more changes. Lastly, the NTA has decided to add two more exam centres because of the prevailing covid-19 virus in the country:

  • Kasaragod, Kerala
  • Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar

CUET Exam Syllabus

The NTA has released the CUET 2022 syllabus along with the notification. Generally, the syllabus will consist of the topics related to one’s previous academic syllabus. As a result, the syllabus for the UG programs will consist of topics from the NCERT class 11 and 12 academic syllabi. Additionally, a subject-wise syllabus got released for the students, which would help them prepare efficiently. Lastly, the PG program syllabus consists of the academic syllabus of their related undergraduate course. 

The detailed CUET syllabus for the undergraduate programs gets mentioned below:


Detailed Topics

Section 1 – Language-Specific Subjects

The language will get tested based on questions from Comprehension Passages, Basics of Grammer, Vocabulary – Synonyms and Antonyms. 

Section 2 – Domain-Specific

The NCERT Syllabus of a specific subject.

Section 3 – General Test

Current Affairs, Static GK, Mental Ability, Numerical Ability, Quantitative Reasoning including topics like Arithmetic, Algebra Geometry, Mensuration, Statistics till Class 8th, Logical and Analytical Reasoning

Exam Pattern

The CUET 2022 exam pattern has changed from last year. Some minor changes were made that vary from Slot I to Slot II. As a result, the exam will be a CBT mode online exam of 2.5 hours. In addition to this, the paper will consist of a multiple-choice question pattern. Namely, the exam will have three distinct sections called Section 1A and 1B, domain-specific and the general test section. 

Section 1A is a mandatory section that gets set in 13 languages. The candidates will have the choice to select their preferred language. Next, section 1B is an optional section for the students who need to select a language that is not a part of section 1A. Then comes section 2, which consists of only domain-specific questions. Finally, section 3 is the general test comprising 60 MCQ questions. The topics for these questions are General Knowledge, Current Affairs, General Mental Ability, Numerical Ability and Quantitative Reasoning. To conclude, the time limit of Section 1 is 45 minutes, section 2 is 45 minutes, and section 3 is 60 minutes.

Exam Admit Card

The tentative date for releasing the CUET admit card is the 4th week of June. It will get released online on the official website of the CUET. Also, the admit card will get sent to the candidate’s registered email Id. The students will have to download and take a printout of it. Furthermore, each individual must carry their admit card to the respective exam centres. Candidates must carry a valid photo ID proof and admit card to enter the examination centre.

Exam Result

The NTA plans to release the CUET 2022 result in the 1st week of August. In addition to this, the CUET results will get published online on the official website. So, the candidates will need to log in with their roll number and Date of Birth to check their performance in the entrance exam. CUET results will feature the overall score, section-wise score and percentile of the candidates. Finally, the students will have to download their result and print it for future reference.

CUET Cut-offs

The cut-off marks for the CUET 2022 exam will get published along with the result. The NTA shall release only the overall qualifying cut-off for the 2022 exam. But the participating universities and institutes will also issue their specific cut-offs for each program available on their campus. The cut-off mark is the minimum mark the candidates need to score to qualify for the entrance test. This score depends on the number of individuals taking the exam, seats available and the difficulty level of the exam.

Frequently Asked Questions About CUET

Q.1 – What is the CUET exam?

Ans – CUET is an entrance exam for admission to India’s Central Universities. It is a computerized exam of 2.5 hours duration. Moreover, it will be held once a year in two shifts stretching for a week. In brief, from now onwards, the class 12 percentages will not carry any significance during admission to these colleges and universities. Hence, the students will have to prepare for this test to get admitted to the top central universities of India.

Q.2 – Is the CUET exam the same for all courses?

Ans – Yes, there will be only one test for admissions to every individual course available. There will be no different exams for different courses. As a result, the universities will issue varied cut-off marks for the various programs on their campus. The CUET exam itself will be sufficient for the candidates to get into any course and college.

Q.3 – How to apply for CUET 2022?

Ans – Students have to fill out the online application form to apply for CUET 2022. They can do so from the official website.

  • They will need to register themselves with primary info on the site.
  • Then, fill in all the details as asked in the application form.
  • Finally, the candidates will have to pay the exam fee to complete the process.

Q.4 – Is CUET compulsory?

Ans – Yes, CUET is compulsory for admission to any UGC funded university. It implies that all the Central Universities in the country will only accept the score of this entrance exam to admit students. As a result, it has made this exam significant if a candidate is aiming for the central universities. Therefore, the students will have to perform well and score as high as possible in the exam to get a college of their choice.

Q.5 – What should I study for the Central University Common entrance test?

Ans – The syllabus for the CUET exam gets divided into three distinct sections. As a result, the most common subjects that the candidates will have to prepare for are English, General Aptitude, Numerical Aptitude, Analytical Skills, Reasoning and Static GK. The NTA has also released a subject-wise syllabus that candidates must follow while studying for the exam.

Q.6 – Is there any entrance exam for central university?

Ans – Yes, the NTA has started an entrance exam for central universities called the CUET. The candidates have to register for the exam after passing their class 12 board exams. And appear in the exam with some decent knowledge and preparation to secure a seat for themselves. Also, the NTA is planning to conduct this exam twice each year compared to once for the time being. This CUET entrance exam is a simple one-step method to get into a Central University.

Q.7 – Is the Central University Common entrance test tough?

Ans – The level of the exam is moderate to difficult. Last year, in 2021, the CUCET exam was of a moderate level, according to the experts and candidates. The exam requires a good grasp of concepts and practice of every relevant topic. Then only the exam will not seem to be tough.

Q.8 – Are CUET and CUCET the same?

Ans – Definitely, CUET and CUCET are the same exams. It is majorly an entry-level test for the Central Universities. Last year this entrance exam was called CUCET. Then, the UGC changed it to CUET, starting this year, 2022. There is no difference between the two. Also, they serve the same purpose. Only the name of the exam has changed.

Q.9 – Is DU under CUET?

Ans – Yes, Delhi University is a Central University and comes under the purview of the CUET. All the colleges under the DU will take admissions based on the CUET results. The candidates need exceptional scores in the CUET 2022 to get a seat at Delhi University.

Q.10 – Is the CUET exam for engineering?

Ans – No, the CUET is not for admission to engineering courses. The Central Universities use the engineering entrance exam, JEE mains, for this purpose. So, if a student is aiming for engineering, he does not have to appear for CUET. Candidates have to take the JEE mains entrance exam for this course.

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