Decoding exam pattern & structure of Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) 2018

Mumbai, By Rudra Narayan Sahoo, 13 March 2018: Nearly one lakh candidates apply for CUCET, Central Universities Common Entrance Test. For getting admission into any Participating Central Universities of CUCET in UG, PG and PhD programmes, candidates have to qualify at the CUCET.

The application window is for CUCET 2018. The closing date for submission of application is 26 March 2018. Here, SkillOutlook presents key points of CUCET 2018 exam pattern and structure. Hence, this will provide an idea to aspirants and students how to crack the examination.


All Question Papers will be MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions). The test will have two papers: (i) Part A & Part B.

Part A: English Language, general awareness, mathematical aptitude and analytical skills – comprising of 25 MCQs.

Part B: Domain Knowledge – comprising of 75 MCQs. This part may consist of one/two/three or more sections. Each section can have 25 or more questions. A candidate is required to answer a set of ‘X’ sections (75 questions) as specified on the front cover of the Test Question Booklet. However, he/she must ensure that he/she fills right circles in the OMR Sheet corresponding to the question numbers attended.

For example, Part B of Entrance Test-Paper (eg. UGQP01) shall consist of four sections i.e. Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology comprising 25 questions each. A candidate shall be required to attempt any three sections with combination of either PCM or PCB. While choosing the combination the candidate must ensure that he/she has appeared in respective subjects at 10+2 or Pre-board or equivalent qualifying exam.

If an Entrance Test-paper contents X number of sections and a candidate is required to answer Y number of section but if a candidate attempt all ‘X’ sections then best of ‘X’ sections as per instructions on the question booklet will be considered for preparation of Merit list.

Admission to some Integrated Programmes/B.Voc./MBA/MCA/LLB or any other general Programme, only one paper comprising of 100 MCQs covering English language, reasoning, data interpretations/ numerical ability, general awareness and analytical skills will be held.

The candidate will have to choose one correct answer and mark on OMR Sheet. However if a candidate marks multiple entries in the OMR Sheet for particular question(s), it will be treated as wrong answer with negative marking.

Duration: Each paper will be only of Two Hours Duration.

Negative Marks:  There will be negative marking in CUCET-2018. Each correct answer will carry 01 mark and for each wrong answer, 0.25 mark will be deducted. Questions not attempted will not be assessed and hence will not be considered for preparing final merit list.

The participating universities and institutes in CUCET 2018 are Central Universities of Haryana, Jammu, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kashmir, Kerala, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Panjab and South Bihar participating in CUCET 2018 along with the Bengaluru Dr. B.R. Ambedkar School of Economics.

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