CUCET Exam 2021


Just like NMAT, PUCET, JEE Advanced and other higher education entrance exams in India, CUCET is another exam taken by thousands of aspirants. CUCET is an abbreviation for Central Universities Common Entrance Test and is the gateway to top universities in India. It is conducted by the Central University of Rajasthan where students from all over the country participate for admission in undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD courses. Here are all the details on CUCET Exam 2021!

Full Form Central Universities Common Entrance Test
Exam Mode Offline for UG/PG programmes
Online for RP programmes
Exam Frequency Once
Programmes UG, PG, Doctoral
Exam Format MCQ
Negative Marking 0.25 for UG/PG programmes

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CUCET Important Dates 2021

The exam is held in 120 cities across the country and eligible students are invited to apply for the same. The examination is for two hours and is conducted in pen-paper mode. It is an annual exam, generally conducted in the month of May. Here are the tentative dates for the CUCET exam dates 2021:

Event Date
Online Registration May-June 2021
Last Date for Registration May-June 2021
Admit Card June 2021
Exam Date June 2021 
Result July 2021

Latest Updates 2021

  • Central Universities Common Entrance Test will be conducted in the month of June and the registration will open in the month of June. The results will be announced in the consequent month of July.
  • To minimise the pressure of the 12th board exam on students, the National Education Policy recommended a common entrance test for all central universities across India including Delhi University so that students didn’t have to solely rely on the marks of the 12th exams. It proposed a high-quality aptitude test for all the programmes under Central Universities. (No concrete changes have been announced till now)
  • They recommended a single application form through which students can apply to multiple central universities like Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Banaras Hindu University and more.
  • If the changes are implemented; the exam will consist of two sections. The first section will have 50 questions from verbal reasoning, logical and quantitative reasoning, while the second section 50 will include subject-specific questions. 

CUCET Colleges and Universities

Dr B R Ambedkar School of Economics Central University of Andhra University
Central University of Gujarat Central University of Haryana
Central University of Jammu Central University of Karnataka
Central University of Kashmir Central University of Kerala
Central University of Rajasthan Central University of South Bihar
Central University of Tamil Nadu Central University of Punjab

CUCET Exam Pattern

UG/PG Programmes

The entrance exam’s duration is 2 hours and the question paper is in the MCQ form; There is negative marking of 0.25 marks and one mark for every correct answer. the exam pattern for UI & PG Programmes is:

  • Part A: Language, General Awareness, Mathematical and Analytical Skills – comprising of 25 MCQs 
  • Part B: 75 MCQs questions from Domain Knowledge. This part may consist of multiple sections of 25 questions each. 

RP Programmes

The entrance exam for research-based programmes conducted for 2 hours and there is no negative marking. It is a computer-based test and the exam pattern for RP Programmes is:

  • Part A: Language, General awareness, Maths, Analytical reasoning and Research Methodology comprising of 50 MCQs 
  • Part B: 50 MCQs questions from Domain Knowledge  

CUCET Syllabus

CUCET is conducted for multiple programmes in different courses and the syllabus for every programme is different. Candidates can check the syllabus for every course and programme on the official website. Here are the common topics covered in the entrance exam: Part A are-

  • English
  • Logical Reasoning
  • General Knowledge
  • Analytical Skills, 
  • Quantitative Reasoning

The CUCET syllabus for Part B is verified by the conducting body. Candidates can access the syllabus by clicking on this link!

 How to Access CUCET Syllabus?

  • After you click on the link given above, the link will redirect you to Program Details.
  • Scroll down and fill out the details of the program and the university you wish to apply to.
  • Download the Syllabus for the desired program and start your preparation.  

How to Prepare for CUCET?

The CUCET entrance exam is conducted for a wide range of programmes and courses under the Central Universities across India. The syllabus for each exam depends on the chosen subject and the applied degree. There are a total of 100 questions in every exam- 25 questions are from the general category like Maths, English, GK while 75 questions are subject-specific. Here are some pro-tips on how to prepare for CUCET 2021

  • Study the exam pattern and the syllabus for every exam. It is important to know the syllabus of the exam before you start preparing. 
  • Study the previous year question papers, sample papers and question banks to know what topics are given heavy weightage. Candidates can download the model test paper using this link.
  • Post-graduate and research scholars should focus on the important topics of their previous course degree while UG candidates should focus on covering NCERTs for the Part B -paper for domain knowledge.  
  • Lastly, regular practice and solving question papers is a vital part of how to prepare for CUCET.  

CUCET Preparation Books

Here are some CUCET preparation books that candidates can use for the upcoming exams-

Part A

  • General Knowledge by Dr Binay Karna, R. P. Suman
  • Objective General Knowledge by Sanjiv Kumar
  • Competitive English Grammar & Composition by Arihant
  • High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin
  • Analytical Reasoning and Logical Reasoning by Arihant Publication
  • A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by R. S Aggarwal
  • A New Approach to REASONING Verbal & Non-Verbal by B.S. Sijwalii and Indu Sijwali
  • Objective Arithmetic by R S Aggarwal

Part B

  • Candidates preparing for PG and RP programmes should use their UG and PG study material to prepare for the CUCET exam.
  • Candidates preparing for UG programmes can use subject-specific NCERT books and study guides by publishers like R Gupta and Arihant for the domain-specific papers such as Self-Study for LLB Entrance Exam bu Arihant Experts, Self-Study for B. Pharma, Study Guide for BCA.  

Candidates can use subject-specific books and compilations used for preparing for other common entrance exams like DUET, CPGET, PUCET & AMUEE

CUCET Courses

Through the Central Universities Common Entrance Test, applicants can get admission to central universities and state universities that offer UG- integrated courses, PG and doctoral programmes in an array of subjects. Let’s look at the courses under CUCET-

Bachelor Programmes

Central universities offer bachelor courses through the CUCET. Applicants have to meet the minimum eligibility criteria for each programme in order to seek admission. There popular bachelor programmes, as well as integrated programmes offered through this entrance, are-

  • B.E/ in Computer Science Engineering/Electrical/Civil/
  • BA
  • B.Voc in Biomedical Sciences/Industrial Waste Management
  • BSc in Geography/Geology/Psychology/Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics 
  • BCA- Bachelors in Computer Application
  • BBA
  • Integrated B.A. B.Ed
  • Integrated B.A. LLB 
  • Integrated B.Sc. – M.Sc. Botany/Zoology/Chemistry/Physics/Maths/Biotechnology

Masters Programmes

Under CUCET, candidates can also apply for a plethora of masters courses in different subjects Let’s look at the popular master courses offered by the various central universities under CUCET-

  • L.L. M -Law
  • M.Ed – Education
  • MA in English/History/Social Work/Sociology/Political Science/Psychology/Economics
  • MSc in Geography/Computer Science/Physics/Maths/Ecoomics 
  • MTech in various specialisations
  • MBA in popular specialisations like Business Administration/Tourism and Hotel Management/Agribusiness.

PhD Programmes

Several central universities offer admissions to their PhD programmes via CUCET. Candidates must have a masters programme in the equivalent course to qualify for the entrance and interview conducted by the authority. Here is the list of PhD popular courses-

  • Economics
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Physics
  • Commerce
  • Management
  • Business Administration
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Law
  • Education
  • Political Science
  • History
  • Sociology
  • Psychology 

Eligibility Criteria for CUCET

For students to apply for the CUCET exams there are some eligibility criteria that are set by the central universities. The same has been explained below: 

Undergraduate: The students must have passed their class 12th from a recognised university. The general category students must have a score of at least 50 percent and the SC/ST category student must have a score of at least 45 percent to be eligible for the examination.

Postgraduate: The students who want to apply for a master’s degree in central universities should have a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university. Students must have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with at least a score of 55 percent (for general category students) and 50 percent (for SC/ST category students).

PhD: The students who are applying for a PhD in the central universities should have a master’s degree from a recognised university. The students applying should have a minimum of 55 percent in master’s (for general category students) and 50 percent in master’s (for SC/ST students). If the student has cleared JRF, UGC-CSIR, GATE and any equivalent examination, they do not have to take this examination. However, they do need to register for CUCET.

CUCET Registration Process

The registration process for CUCET is online. After checking the eligibility criteria of the programme, candidates are supposed to fill out the application form and upload essential documents. These are some things that every candidate should keep handy while filling out the form-

  • A mobile number
  • Email ID
  • A good quality photograph
  • signature

Application Fee

Category Fees
General Rs. 800
SC/ST Rs. 350

With the above-mentioned application fees, the candidate can apply to three of the participating universities for three of their courses. If the candidate intends to apply for more, then they have to pay the fees again and proceed with the application.

Application Process of CUCET Exam

  1. Fill Application Form
    The CUCET form can be filled from the official website and after proper filling of the form, the application fees can be paid via online or offline mode. 
  2. Get the Admit Card
    The admit card for the CUCET examination is a very important document for the examination and is needed to be carried on the day of examination. Once the admit card is released, it can be downloaded from the official website.
  3. Taking the Examination
    The next step towards clearing CUCET is taking the examination in the allotted exam centre. The exam will be conducted in three slots each exam day for different courses of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
  4. Check the Result
    The students can check for the results on the official website. The name and application number of the students would be published by the qualifying students.
  5. Interview Round
    This procedure is applicable only for those students who are applying for MA or MSc in Digital Society course. The interview carries 25% of weightage on the admission process. They are generally asked about their future prospects and area of interest.
  6. Counselling Session
    In this session, the students are finally allotted their seats in different universities provided they have filled the application form for their respective universities.

CUCET Answer Key 2020

The official answer key for the course-specific entrance exam is available on the official website of CUCET. Candidates can access it by logging in with their assigned roll number and date of birth.

Click here for the Answer Key 

CUCET Guidelines for the Exam Day

The instructions given on the admit card should be read and followed by the students strictly. They should not forget about any mentioned rule or regulation. Below is a list of things that they should be carrying to the examination hall:

  1. Admit Card: As previously discussed it is a very important document for the day of examination and must be taken along with you to the exam centre.
  2. ID Proof: The candidates must be carrying an ID proof along with them on the day of the examination. The ID proof can be an Aadhar card, Pan Card, Voter ID card and so on.
  3. Photo: Take a passport size photo to the examination centre as it might be required. It is better if it is the same as the one that is used for the application form of the CUCET exam.


What is the use of CUCET?

CUCET stands for the Central Universities Common Entrance Test. It is a national entrance exam conducted for admissions to undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programmes for a wide range of courses like Economics, Commerce, Physics, English, Computer Science etc.

What are the colleges under CUCET?

There are 14 central universities and 4 state universities covered under CUCET.

Who is eligible for CUCET?

The eligibility criteria for CUCET differs based on the degree and course. Candidates must fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria to apply to the programmes.

What will be the nature of the question paper?

The question paper for UG, PG and research programme is objective in nature. The undergraduate and postgraduate question papers consist of Part A (general paper for 25 marks) and Part B (specific paper for 75 marks) while for research programmes, Part A is for 50 marks (general paper) and Part B is for 50 marks (domain knowledge).

Hopefully, this article has cleared all your doubts about the CUCET examination. If there is still something that is bothering you, do not hesitate to consult Leverage Edu and we will help you reach great heights!

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