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CUET 2023 Exam Structure

We have provided the table below which provides the broad structure of CUET (CUCET) in terms of the number of questions in each section along with the duration.


Number of Questions


Question Types

Section IA

40 questions to be attempted out of 50 in each language

45 minutes for each language

Language to be tested through Reading Comprehension based on different types of passages–Factual, Literary and Narrative, (Literary Aptitude and Vocabulary)

Section IB

Section II

35/40 Questions to be attempted out of 45/50

45 Minutes for each Domain-Specific Subjects

Input text can be used for MCQ Based Questions

      MCQs based on NCERT Class 12 syllabus only

Section III

50 Questions to be attempted out of 60

60 minutes

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      General Knowledge, Current Affairs, General Mental Ability, Numerical Ability, Quantitative Reasoning (Simple application of basic mathematical concepts arithmetic/algebra geometry/mensuration/s tat taught till Grade 8), Logical and Analytical Reasoning

Marking scheme: Each correct answer carries five marks. There will be a negative marking of one mark for each incorrect answer.

List of Languages for CUET 2023

The languages offered under Section IA of CUET 2022 are Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujarati, Odia, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi, English, Hindi and Urdu.

The languages under Section IB, the languages include French, Spanish, German, Nepali, Persian, Italian, Arabic, Sindhi, Kashmiri, Konkani, Bodo, Dogri, Maithili, Manipuri, Santhali, Tibetan, Japanese, Russian, and Chinese.

Domain-Specific Subjects for CUET 2023

The domain-specific subjects are as follows:

1. Accountancy/ Book Keeping

2. Biology/ Biological Studies/ Biotechnology/Biochemistry

3. Business Studies

4. Chemistry

5. Computer Science/ Informatics Practices

6. Economics/ Business Economics

7. Engineering Graphics

8. Entrepreneurship

9. Geography/Geology

10. History

11. Home Science

12. Knowledge Tradition and Practices of India

13. Legal Studies

14. Environmental Science

15. Mathematics

16. Physical Education/ NCC /Yoga

17. Physics

18. Political Science

19. Psychology

20. Sociology

21. Teaching Aptitude

22. Agriculture

23. Mass Media/ Mass Communication

24. Anthropology

25. Fine Arts/ Visual Arts (Sculpture/ Painting)/Commercial Arts

26. Performing Arts – (i) Dance (Kathak/ Bharatnatyam/ Oddisi/ Kathakali/Kuchipudi/ Manipuri (ii) Drama- Theatre (iii) Music General (Hindustani/ Carnatic/ Rabindra Sangeet/ Percussion/ Non-Percussion)

27. Sanskrit [For all Shastri (Shastri 3 years/ 4 years Honours) Equivalent to B.A./B.A. Honours courses i.e. Shastri in Veda, Paurohitya (Karmakand), Dharmashastra, Prachin Vyakarana, Navya Vyakarana, Phalit Jyotish, Siddhant Jyotish, Vastushastra, Sahitya, Puranetihas, Prakrit Bhasha, Prachin Nyaya Vaisheshik, Sankhya Yoga, Jain Darshan, Mimansa, Advaita Vedanta, Vishihstadvaita Vedanta, Sarva Darshan, a candidate may choose Sanskrit as the Domain].

A Candidate can choose a maximum of any three languages from Section IA and Section IB together. However, the third language chosen needs to be in lieu of the sixth domain-specific Subject chosen by the candidate - as applicable (so the maximum number of tests to be taken remains nine only i.e. 2 Languages+six Domain-Specific Subjects+1 General Test OR three Languages+five Domain-Specific Subjects+1 General Test: flexibility is provided to help a candidate apply for many Universities depending on their eligibility conditions). Candidates can choose a maximum of 10 subjects. 

FAQs Regarding CUET 2023 Exam Pattern

Q. When will the CUET Answer Key 2023 be released?

A. The CUET Answer Key 2023 is expected to be released in the third week of June by NTA. This would be a provisional answer key. After reviewing the answer key challenges, the final answer key will be released in the fourth week of June, along with the result.


Q. How can I challenge CUET UG 2023 Answer Key?

A. NTA will allow an option for the candidates to be able to challenge the CUET answer key 2023 if they find any discrepancy in the given format. Details for the same will be provided as and when the provisional answer keys are released.


Q: What is the last date to submit challenges against the CUET 2023 provisional answer keys?

A: The last date to submit challenges against the CUET UG 2023 provisional answer keys is likely to be by the end of the second week of June. NTA will announce the date while releasing the answer key of CUET 2023.


Q. When will the final CUET Answer Key 2023 be released?

A. The final answer keys of CUET UG 2023 are expected to be released on or after the result declaration. The final answer keys will be prepared considering feedback from the candidates and review by the expert panel. NTA will not inform students about the acceptance of the claims individually and will release a common final CUET answer key.


Q. Where will the CUET UG 2023 Answer Key be released?

A. The CUET UG 2023 Answer Key will be released online at cuet.samarth.ac.in. Candidates will have to log in through their registration credentials and download the answer keys.


Q. How can I download my CUET Answer Key 2023?

A. Candidates would need to refer to their respective admit cards to check their CUET Answer Key 2022 online at cuet.samarth.ac.in.


Q. How will the CUET scores be calculated?

A. The CUET scores will be calculated as follows: Total marks = (1*number of correct answers) - (0.25*number of incorrect answers)


Q: What is the fee to submit a challenge against CUET UG 2023 answer key?

A: The processing fee to submit a challenge against the CUET UG 2023 answer key will be INR 200 per answer key. The amount is non-refundable.


Q: Will I be informed about the status of my CUET answer key challenge?

A: No, NTA will not inform the status of the submitted answer key challenge to candidates.


Q: What happens after submitting a challenge against the CUET UG 2023 answer key?

A: NTA will set up a panel of subject experts to verify each and every submitted challenge and based on that, the final answer keys and result of CUET UG 2023 will be computed.


Q: When will the CUET UG 2023 result be declared?

A: The result of CUET UG 2023 is likely to be declared in the third or fourth week of June. The final answer keys will also be released on the same date as that of the result.

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