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CUET Exam Pattern 2024 (UG): Marking Scheme, Total Marks, Duration


CUET Exam Pattern 2024: The National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct CUET 2024 between May 15 and 31, 2024. Since CUET is just around the corner, knowing the CUET exam syllabus and exam pattern becomes critical. Every candidate must understand the CUET 2024 inside out. The CUET (previously named CUCET) exam has been categorised into three sections: Language, Domain-Specific, and General Test.

To clear the CUET entrance test with impressive scores, candidates must have good knowledge of the CUET UG exam pattern and CUET exam syllabus. All the candidates seeking admission to the UG courses in any UGC-funded Central Universities must appear for the exam. This article covers the different aspects of the CUET 2024 UG exam pattern. Read on to know more.

Latest Updates:
— NTA released CUET UG registration form on February 27, 2024, with the last date as March 26, 2024.
— NTA will conduct CUET 2024 between May 15 and May 31, 2024. We suggest that all interested and registered aspirants take our CUET mock test series to boost their exam-taking performance.

CUET Exam Pattern 2024

The CUET 2024 exam pattern differs for both UG and PG entrance exams. The different pattern means the candidates must follow different strategies to crack the exams. For a clear understanding of the two, the different exam patterns have been described below:

CUET Exam Pattern 2024 – UG Programmes

The detailed exam pattern for CUET (UG) exam 2024 is given here in the table below:

SectionSubject/TestsNumber of QuestionsQuestions to be AttemptedTime Duration
Section IA13 Languages50 Questions 40 Questions45 Minutes per Subject
Section IB20 Languages50 Questions40 Questions45 Minutes per Subject
Section II27 Domain-Specific Subjects45/50 Questions35/40 Questions45 Minutes per Subject
Section IIIGeneral Test60 Questions50 Questions60 Minutes


  • Section 1A: Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujarati, Odiya, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi, English, Hindi, and Urdu.
  • Section 1B: French, Spanish, German, Nepali, Persian, Italian, Arabic, Sindhi, Sanskrit, Kashmiri,
    Konkani, Bodo, Dogri, Maithili, Manipuri, Santhali, Tibetan, Japanese, Russian, and Chinese.
  • Any of the Languages from Section 1A and Section 1B are to be chosen. The language test will be based on Reading Comprehension, Literary Aptitude, and Vocabulary.
  • Section 2: There are 27 domain-specific subjects; the candidates can choose any 6 based on their stream and college/university of choice. The questions will be Multiple Choice Types.
  • Section 3: The General Test is based on General Knowledge, Current Affairs, General Mental Ability, Numerical Ability, Quantitative Reasoning, and Logical and Analytical Reasoning. The questions will be Multiple Choice Types.

CUET Exam Pattern 2024: Marking Scheme

The officials have prescribed the marking scheme to the candidates to help them estimate their scores after the entrance test and understand the question pattern. Find below the CUET marking scheme-

  1. For every correct answer, 5 marks will be awarded.
  2. For every incorrect answer, 1 mark will be deducted from the total score.
  3. No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions.

CUET Syllabus 2024

The CUET 2024 syllabus is released on the NTA official website for aspirants. The candidates can refer to the CUET syllabus to understand the coverage of important topics and chapters with more weightage from the examination point of view. To score good marks, the candidates must prepare according to the syllabus and also take the help of practice papers and mock tests to assess their performance.

CUET 2024: Preparation Tips

  1. Refer to the CUET exam pattern to strategise the preparation accordingly for the best score.
  2. Aspirants can download the previous year’s question papers to analyse the type of questions asked in the test and get an overview of the structure of the exam.
  3. The sample papers are also available online on the official website. Aspirants can test their preparation level by solving the sample paper and working on their lacking areas.
  4. In the case of complex topics, candidates can seek the help of professionals to avoid mistakes in the examination.
  5. Practice complex topics daily to get accuracy in answering the questions.
  6. Start with easy topics to boost confidence for the preparation of complex ones.

CUET 2024 Mock Tests

Candidates can follow the below-mentioned steps to attempt the CUET mock test on Embibe:

  • 1st Step: Visit Embibe’s official website, i.e., embibe.com.
  • 2nd Step: Login using your mobile number/email.
  • 3rd Step: Select your ‘Goal’ as ‘CUET’ under Engineering.
  • 4th Step: Click ‘Next’ and select your preferred language.
  • 5th Step: Refer to the below-mentioned links to attempt mock tests.
CUET 2024 Mock Tests
General Test Full Test – 1General Test Full Test – 2
English Full Test – 1English Full Test – 2
हिंदी फुल टेस्ट – 1हिंदी फुल टेस्ट – 2

FAQs on CUET Exam Pattern 2024

Following are some of the common questions on CUET exam pattern 2024 that candidates may have in their mind:

Q: How many courses can a candidate apply for CUET?

Ans: Candidates cannot apply for more than three courses in CUET. 

Q:  Will there be a negative marking in CUET?

Ans: Yes, candidates will be awarded 5 marks for every correct answer, and 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

Q: What are the exam dates for CUET 2024?

Ans: The CUET 2024 exams will be held between May 15 and 31, 2024.

Q: What is the duration of CUET 2024?

Ans: The CUET (UG) exam will last for 2 hours (120 minutes) in Slot 1 and for 1.5 hours (90 minutes) in Slot 2 and Slot 3.

Q: How many sections are there in the CUET 2024 exam?

Ans: Candidates will be required to attempt questions from four sections in the CUET 2024 exam.

Also, check:

CUET RegistrationCUET Exam Syllabus
CUET Exam DatesCUET Exam Centres
CUET Answer KeyCUET Result

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