CUET 2023 Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme


The National Testing Agency (NTA) released the exam pattern for CUET 2023 along with the notification and information brochure on February 10. The CUET UG 2023 exam is scheduled to be conducted from May 21 to May 31 over a window of 10 days. Although the UGC had earlier announced that the CUET exam pattern for 2023 would remain the same as the previous year, there has been a slight change in it. The total number of questions and the number of questions to be attempted have been revised. The exam will be conducted in a computer-based mode (CBT) for three hours and will consist of objective-type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The question paper will be in English and other languages selected by candidates. Each question will carry five marks, and there will be negative marking of one mark for each wrong answer.

The CUET 2023 exam pattern will consist of Section 1A, Section 1B, General Test, and domain-specific subjects. Section 1A will be mandatory and conducted in 13 languages, with candidates given the option to choose their preferred language from the options of English, Assamese, Hindi, Bengali, Kannada, Gujarati, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Odia, Telugu, Tamil, and Urdu. Section 1B will be optional and aimed at students who wish to opt for a language other than those in Section 1A, such as French, Arabic, German, etc. Read on to know more about the CUET exam pattern 2023.

CUET 2023 Exam Pattern

The CUET (Common University Examination Test) for undergraduate (UG) programs consists of four sections, with each question being in the objective type format comprising multiple choice questions (MCQs). Every question carries 5 marks, and negative marking is implemented, with 1 mark deducted for every incorrect answer. Each section is allotted 200 marks. The four sections include Section IA, which comprises 13 languages as a medium and “Language,” Section IB, which consists of 20 languages, Section II that has 27 domain-specific subjects, and Section III that evaluates the candidate’s general test. The selection of sections is not mandatory, and candidates can choose options based on their preferred universities’ requirements. Candidates can check the official websites of universities and go through the subject requirements of undergraduate programs that interest them. The language test will not be bilingual, and the question paper for the language test will only be in the chosen language.

List of Languages for CUET 2023

The languages offered under Section IA of CUET are Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi, Assamese, Odia, Bengali, Punjabi, Gujarati, English, Hindi and Urdu. For Section IB, the languages include Spanish, French, German, Persian, Nepali, Italian, Sindhi, Arabic, Kashmiri, Konkani, Dogri, Bodo, Maithili, Santhali, Manipuri, Tibetan, Japanese, Russian, and Chinese. 

CUET Exam Pattern 2023 – Key Points

The examination for CUET 2023 will be divided into three slots, each held on a different day and based on the subjects selected by the candidates. Slot 1 will be conducted in the morning shift and candidates can take up to four tests, which include one language from Section IA, a maximum of two domain-specific subjects from Section II, and one General Test from Section III. In Slot 2, held in the afternoon, candidates are allowed to take a maximum of five tests. They can either choose one language from Section IA & IB and a maximum of four domain-specific subjects from Section II or two languages from Section IA & IB and a maximum of three domain-specific subjects from Section II.

CUET Marking Scheme 2023

It is important to note that the marking scheme for both slots of the CUET 2023 examination is the same. Therefore, it is crucial for candidates to familiarise themselves with the marking scheme. By understanding the CUET marking scheme, candidates can improve their chances of success in the examination. For example, being aware of the negative marking system can help candidates prepare accordingly and be cautious while attempting the exam to avoid negative marks.

CUET 2023 Marking Scheme

Correct Answer 5 marks will be awarded 
Incorrect Answer One mark will be deducted
No Answer 0 marks will be awarded

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Is the CUET exam conducted in pen and paper mode?
  2. No, the CUET exam is conducted in computer-based or online mode. 
  3. How many sections are there in the CUET UG question paper?
  4. The CUET UG question paper consists of three sections – Language, General Knowledge, and Domain Knowledge. The number of questions for each section will vary.
  5. Can candidates select more than one answer option in the CUET exam?
  6. No, since CUET 2023 is a computer-based test, candidates will not be allowed to select more than one answer option.
  7. What is the duration of the CUET 2023 exam?

A. The duration of the CUET 2023 exam varies depending on the papers or subjects selected by candidates. However, the total duration is typically three hours. If a candidate has not opted for the General Test, the exam may be shorter than those who choose to take it. The specific slot-wise duration for CUET 2023 has not yet been released by NTA and will be announced at a later date along with the admit card.

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