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What is Central University Common Entrance Test for College and University Students

Ministry of Human Resource Developemnt has recommended conducting a Central University Common Entrance Test (CUET). There will be 54 CUET participating Universities and colleges from the academic session 2022-2023. This may come as a surprise to many, but the move aimed at reducing the pressure of higher cut-offs in most of the reputed central universities has been in the talks for a long time now.

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However, the National Education Policy (NEP), which aims to bring radical changes to the education set up in the country, paved the way for the Central University Common Entrance Test 2022

Which University and Colleges are included in Central University Common Entrance Test 2022


There are 54 Central Universities in India at the moment including University of Delhi (DU), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Banaras Hindu University (BHU), etc. There is a common entrance test for 13 newly established Central Universities across different states. While the current CUET has been conducted once a year in offline mode, the newly planned Central University Common Entrance Test (CUET 2022) will be conducted in online mode by the National Testing Agency (NTA). To start with, the test will be conducted once for the academic session 2022-2023, but from the subsequent years, the test will be conducted twice a year giving students an opportunity to improve their scores if needed.

Central University Common Entrance Test 2022 Participating Universities | CUET Colleges


While some of the Central Universities have been established in the last two decades, a majority of the Universities are already established, including the prestigious University of Delhi. The University of Allahabad is the oldest of them all, having been established in the year 1887 and becoming a Central University in the year 2005. Central University Common Entrance Test 2022 will start by April 2022

Central University Common Entrance Test (CUCET) 2022 Important Dates and Timetable

CUCET 2022 Important Dates
EventsCUCET 2022 Dates
CUCET Application form1st week of April  2022 
CUCET Application form ends4th  week of April 2022 
Last date for payment of fee online4th week of April 2022 
Release of Admit card2nd week of June 2022 
CUCET 2022 Exam Dates for UG and PG1st week of July 2022 
Provisional CUCET answer key 2022July 2022 
Last date for Raising Objections against CUCET Answer keyJuly 2022 
Final CUCET answer keyJuly 2022 
CUCET 2022 ResultJuly 2022 
CUCET 2022 merit listTo be announced 
Counselling of CUCET 20222nd week of August 2022 

Name List of CUET Colleges/ Universities :

CUET CollegesStateLocationEstablished
Banaras Hindu UniversityUttar PradeshVaranasi1916
Delhi UniversityDelhiNew Delhi1922
Aligarh Muslim UniversityUttar PradeshAligarh1920
Jamia Millia IslamiaDelhiNew Delhi1920 (1988)
Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityDelhiNew Delhi1969
Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar UniversityUttar PradeshLucknow1996
Guru Ghasidas VishwavidyalayaChhattisgarhBilaspur1983 (2009)
Tezpur UniversityAssamTezpur1994
University of AllahabadUttar PradeshPrayagraj1887 (2005)
Visva-Bharati UniversityWest BengalSantiniketan1921
Dr. Hari Singh Gour UniversityMadhya PradeshSagar1946 (2009)
English and Foreign Languages UniversityTelanganaHyderabad1958 (2007)
North Eastern Hill UniversityMeghalayaShillong1973
Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal UniversityUttarakhandSrinagar1973 (2009)
University of HyderabadTelanganaHyderabad1974
Manipur UniversityManipurImphal1980 (2005)
Pondicherry UniversityPuducherryPondicherry1985
Rajiv Gandhi UniversityArunachal PradeshItanagar1985 (2007)
Tripura UniversityTripuraAgartala1987
Assam UniversityAssamSilchar1994
Nagaland UniversityNagalandLumami1994
Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi VishwavidyalayaMaharashtraWardha1997
Maulana Azad National Urdu UniversityTelanganaHyderabad1998
Mizoram UniversityMizoramAizawl2000
Indira Gandhi National Tribal UniversityMadhya PradeshAmarkantak2007
Sikkim UniversitySikkimGangtok2007
Central University of South BiharBiharGaya2009
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agriculture UniversityBiharSamastipur1905 (2016)
National Sanskrit University[note 3]Andhra PradeshTirupati1956 (2020)
Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri National Sanskrit UniversityDelhiNew Delhi1962 (2020)
Central Sanskrit UniversityDelhiNew Delhi1970 (2020)
Indira Gandhi National Open UniversityDelhiNew Delhi1985
Central Agricultural UniversityManipurImphal1993
Indian Maritime UniversityTamil NaduChennai2008
Central University of GujaratGujaratGandhinagar2009
Central University of HaryanaHaryanaMahendragarh2009
Central University of Himachal PradeshHimachal PradeshDharamsala2009
Central University of KashmirJammu and KashmirSrinagar2009
Central University of JharkhandJharkhandRanchi2009
Central University of KarnatakaKarnatakaKalaburagi2009
Central University of KeralaKeralaKasaragod2009
Central University of OdishaOdishaKoraput2009
Central University of PunjabPunjabBathinda2009
Central University of RajasthanRajasthanAjmer2009
Central University of Tamil NaduTamil NaduTiruvarur2009
Nalanda UniversityBiharRajgir, Nalanda2010
South Asian UniversityDelhiNew Delhi2010
Central University of JammuJammu and KashmirJammu2011
Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation UniversityUttar PradeshRaebareli2013
Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural UniversityUttar PradeshJhansi2014
Mahatma Gandhi Central UniversityBiharMotihari2016
National Sports UniversityManipurImphal2018
Central Tribal University of Andhra PradeshAndhra PradeshVizianagaram2019
Central University of Andhra PradeshAndhra PradeshAnantapur2019

CUCET 2022 Application Fee

CUCET 2022 Application Fee can be paid by debit/credit card/net banking or Challan of SBI bank any branch. Candidates have to pay the application fee either online or offline mode. GST and other taxes will be applicable as by Govt. of India/ Bank. Check category-wise CUCET 2022 Application Fee from below table. 

CategoryPayment through online/debit/credit cardPayment through Challan
Application Fees*Application FeeBank CommissionTotal Fee to be paid
General/OBCINR 800 for three PUsRs. 800Rs. 50Rs. 850
SC/STINR 350 for three PUsRs. 350Rs. 400
PWDExempted from Application Fee

How to fill CUCET Application Form 2022?

The candidates have to fill CUCET Application Form 2022 to get registered for the Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET). Follow the below steps to fill CUCET 2022 Application Form. 

Step 1  Visit the official website of the CUCET to fill CUCET Application Form 2022.

Step 2 – Click on the ‘Apply Online’ tab to register for the programme. 

Step 3 – After clicking, candidates will be able to see three programmes options- UG, PG, and RP. Click on the link you wish to apply for. 

Step 4 – Complete the registration process by entering details like program applied for, name, valid e-mail-id, mobile number, date of birth, and verification code displayed on the screen. 

Step 5 – Once all details are submitted, the application number and password are generated and are sent to the registered email address and mobile number. 

Step 6 – Use the application number and password to log in and fill up the application form by entering the log-in details like personal, academic qualification and communication address.

Step 7 – Upload scanned images of a recent passport-sized photograph and signature in prescribed format and dimensions. 

Step 8 – Select the examination centres- In order of preference, select and enter the exam centres.

Step 9 – On successful online application submission with payment of fees through an automated e-mail and SMS is sent to the registered e-mail ID and mobile number. 

CUCET 2022 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who wish to appear for the CUCET 2022 Exam can check the required eligibility criteria set by National Testing Agency for admission to UG (undergraduate) & PG (postgraduate) Courses before they start filling out their application form.

CUCET Education Qualification

The academic qualifications for Undergraduate Courses, Post Graduate Courses and PhD Programmes are different which has been discussed below for each course. Check the CUCET Academic Qualification for the course you are going to opt. 

CoursesAcademic Qualification
Undergraduate The student must have scored a minimum of 50% marks in class 12th for General category candidates and 45% marks for SC/ST candidates.
Post GraduateThe student must have scored a minimum of 55% (General category) and 50% (SC/ST/OBC/PWD category) in Graduation Degree. In some places, there is a different cut off for the OBC candidate students. 
PhD ProgrammeThe candidate must have a post-graduate degree in the particular stream with a minimum of 55% marks for general candidates, 50% marks for OBC candidate and 45% marks for SC/ST/PWD candidate.

CUCET Reservation

As CUCET is an entrance exam for admissions to UG courses at the Central Universities, which have been established under an Act of the Parliament, each Central University must follow the norms set by the Government of India, with respect to intake and reservation of seats. This section of the CUCET Eligibility provides relaxation to the SC/ST, OBC, and PwD category.

Generally, the following break-up is followed:

CategoryReservation
Scheduled Castes (SC)15%
Scheduled Tribes (ST)7.5%
Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy) (OBC)27%
Persons with Disability (PWD)5%

CUCET 2022 Exam Pattern

NTA will also conduct CUCET Exam in 12 scheduled languages apart from English and these are Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, and Punjabi. Check the exam pattern for CUCET 2022 from here.

1. CUCET 2022 will be conducted in an online mode this year, earlier, the exam was offline. 

2. The duration of the CUCET Exam is 2 hours (120 minutes).

3. The question paper will be MCQ type only and there will be a total of 100 questions for 1 mark each.

4. There will be 2 sections in CUCET 2022 Exam: Part-A and Part-B.

5. There will be a negative marking of 0.25 mark for each wrong answer.

CUCET Exam Pattern 2022
SubjectsTotal Questions
Part A
English language25
General awareness
Mathematical aptitude
Analytical Skill
Part B
Domain Knowledge75
Total questions100

CUCET 2022 Syllabus

The syllabus for the Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) will consist of various topics from the related previous academic syllabus. The CUCET Syllabus 2022 for UG courses will be from the 11th and 12th academic syllabus and for PG courses, the syllabus will be from the academic syllabus of the related undergraduate syllabus.

CUCET UG/Integrated Courses Syllabus

SubjectCUCET Syllabus
English LanguageComprehension Passages- To test their understanding of a passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein, etcFundamentals of grammar- incorrect sentences, filling blanks in sentences with appropriate words,Vocabulary-  synonyms, antonyms
Numerical AbilityAreas like arithmeticNumber systemBasics of algebraModern maths
General Awareness and Current AffairsStatic general knowledgeCurrent Affairs (national & international current affairs)
Logical & Analytical ReasoningSyllogismsLogical sequencesAnalogiesSeriesDirectionsCocks & calendarsSeating ArrangementsPuzzles

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