CUET Exam 2025 | Common University Entrance Test

CUET 2025:The registration date of CUET 2025 has been extended by the NTA and the last date to apply for CUET 2025 is  April 5, 2025 (upto 9:50 PM). Candidates can fill out the application form on the official website cuetug.ntaonline.in. The correction window will open from 6 April 2025 for candidates. In this article we will cover every area which is important for CUET 2025. NTA has increased the number of CUET domain subjects to 29 and reduced the number of subjects choice for CUET 2025 from 10 to 6 to facilitate smooth conduct of examination and evaluation. 
What is CUET?
Common University Entrance Test (CUET) is the national level exam conducted for admission to Central Universities,  Deemed and Private Universities. CUET 2025 is a single exam for all the programs in Universities across India. CUET  covers all graduate programs in Humanities, Commerce, Science and even Engineering. 
CUET exam is conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency). The first CUET exam was conducted by NTA in 2022. CUET exam is a standardized exam that gives a fair chance to every candidate from different educational backgrounds. In 2023, 250+ Universities participated in this exam for their admission to various courses and in 2025 this number is likely to go up to 500+ in 2025 which includes distinguished universities like Delhi University (DU), Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)
With a vision of “One Nation, One Entrance Exam”, CUET will become mandatory for almost all graduate courses in India in the future. The CUET will be required for all students finishing their +2 to get into any University, regardless of their field of study. In the future this test might become the first step in exams like the JEE and NEET, making it a stepping stone to clearing these prestigious exams.
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CUET Highlights
Particulars
Details
Exam Name
CUET UG
CUET (UG) Full Form
Common University Entrance Test (Undergraduate)
CUET Conducting Body
National Testing Agency (NTA)
Exam Frequency
Once a year
Exam Mode
Hybrid Mode ( CBT/Pen-Paper)
Note: It will depend on the candidate count after the registration is completed.
Number of Candidates
More than 19 lakh Candidates (2025)
Total Subjects
 63 (33 Languages, 29 Domain-Specific, and 01 General Test)
Language of Exam
13 languages - English, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Odia, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Urdu
Test Pattern 
Objective Type with Multiple Choice Questions
CUET Exam Duration (Tentative)
Slot I - 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Slot II - 12:30 pm to 2 pm
Slot III - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
CUET Marking Scheme
  • 5 for each correct response
  • -1 for each incorrect response
  • If multiple options are correct: 5 marks for marking any correct option.
  • If all options are correct: 5 marks for all who attempted.
  • If no option is correct or the question is wrong: 5 marks for all who attempted.
Exam Centre Cities
354 Cities Across India and 26 Cities Outside India
Official Website
https://cuetug.ntaonline.in
CUET 2025 Exam Dates (tentative)
Events
Dates
CUET 2025 Registration Start Date
Feb 2025
CUET UG 2025 Registration End Date
April 2025
Application Correction Window
April 2025
CUET Admit Card Release
Second week of May 2025
CUET 2025 (UG) Exam
May 2025
CUET 2025 Answer Key Release Date (Tentative)
Fourth week of June 2025
CUET 2025 Result Date (Tentative)
Jun 2025
Counselling Session (Tentative)
Last week of July 2025 onwards
Announcement of City of CUET UG 2025 exam
30 April  2025 onwards
CUET 2025 Eligibility Criteria
Age Limit: No age limit for candidates.
Qualification: Must have passed or be appearing in Class 12/equivalent examination in 2025
Reservations: Indian nationals of certain categories (OBC-NCL, Gen-EWS, SC, ST) have seats reserved as per Government of India rules, subject to the reservation policy of the respective Central University
Persons with Disability (PwD)
  • Provisions include the use of a scribe (if necessary) and compensatory time during exams.
  • For one hour exam, an extra 20 minutes will be given to the candidates
  • A minimum disability of 40% is required for reservation benefits.
CUET 2025 Exam Pattern
Section
Description
Questions to be attempted
Paper-I Language
For the first section of the CUET exam, the majority of students of CBSE schools will opt for English language. In this section,  the questions will be asked from topics such as Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Grammar etc.
Out of the 50 questions, students can attempt any 40 questions
Paper- II Domain (Subjects in Class 12)
In this section, there are 29 subjects from the  +2 covering only the NCERT syllabus. The students can choose a minimum of two and a maximum of six subjects as per their choice.  In this paper, a student has to choose two to six subjects from the list of subjects mentioned in the table below.
Out of the 50 questions, students can attempt any 40 questions
Paper- III General Test
This paper consists of questions from Basic Mathematics, Basic Reasoning and Mental Ability, and Basic General Knowledge. This section is mandatory for a few selective courses, the details of which can be found on the official websites of participating colleges.
Out of the 60 questions, students can attempt any 50 questions
Note:
  1. From the above Subjects/Languages, the candidate can choose a maximum of 06 (six) subjects from all three sections.
  2. 40 out of 50 questions for all test papers and 50 out of 60 for the General Test (An overall choice of 10 questions will be provided for all 63 subjects).
  3. It is advisable for candidates to select at least one Language and the General Test.
Structure of CUET 2025 Exam
  1. Total subjects: 63 (33 languages, 29 domain-specific, and 01 General Test)
  2. Medium of the Test: 13 languages (Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Odia, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu) 
  3. Total Questions: 40 out of 50 questions for all test papers and 50 out of 60 for the General Test (choice of 10 questions). Duration for all test papers would be 45 minutes except for Mathematics/Applied Mathematics, Accountancy, Physics, Chemistry, Economics, Computer Science/Informatics Practices, and General Tests which would be 60 minutes.
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CUET 2025 Syllabus
Section I (IA & IB)
The language section of the CUET exam evaluates candidates on their reading comprehension skills based on different types of passages, including factual, literary and narrative ones, Verbal Ability, Rearranging the Parts, Choosing the Correct Word, Synonyms,  Antonyms and Vocabulary. This Language section is divided into two sub-sections 1A and 1B, consisting of 13 and 20 languages respectively. Please refer to the list below to know which languages are offered in the CUET exam.
Section 1A Languages (Compulsory)
Section 1B Languages
Malayalam, Marathi, Urdu, Telugu, Kannada, Gujarati, Odia, Assamese, Punjabi, Bengali, English, Hindi and Tamil
Santhali, Tibetan, Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Dogri, Maithili, Manipuri, Nepali, Persian, Italian, Arabic, Sindhi, Kashmiri, Konkani, Bodo, Russian and Chinese
Section II (Domain-Specific Subject)
In the Domain Specific Subject section, a total of 29 subjects are offered by NTA for CUET. Two new subjects were added to the CUET which are Fashion Studies and Tourism.  The syllabus for Domain Subjects is based on the syllabus of class 12th. Below is the list of subjects offered:
Section III (General Test)
Candidates can check General Test Syllabus for their CUET 2025 preparation in the list given below
  • General Knowledge
  • Current Affairs,
  • General Mental Ability
  • Numerical Ability
  • Quantitative Reasoning (Simple application of basic Mathematical
  • concepts Arithmetic/Algebra, Geometry/Mensuration/Stat)
  • Logical and Analytical Reasoning.
CUET 2025 Study Material
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For more information, candidates can refer to Hitbullseye’s CUET Study Material.
CUET 2025 Application Process
Step 1: Registration
Register for the online application and note the system-generated Application Number.
Provide Personal Details: Supply necessary details and select a password, along with a security question and answer.
This application number is crucial for completing the application and for future correspondence.
Step 2: Completing the Application Form
Use the system-generated application number and your password for log In
Fill out Details which include personal information, educational qualifications, University/program selection and examination cities 
  • Upload Documents
  • Photograph:Color or black and white, 80% face visible, against a white background. Size: 10 kb to 200 kb.
  • Signature: In JPG/JPEG format, size between 4 kb to 30 kb.
  • PwD Certificate (if applicable).
Step 3: Fee Payment
Pay the exam fee online via Net Banking, Credit Card, Debit Card or UPI. Processing charges and GST will apply.
Confirmation Page: Generated post-successful fee payment. If not generated, contact the concerned Bank/Payment Gateway.
Application Confirmation: The application is considered successful only after fee payment confirmation.
Right Information: Ensure all details entered are correct. Changes are not permitted after submission. Provide a valid and personal email address and mobile number for receiving updates from NTA.
Single Application: Submit only one application per candidate (except for twins).
Documentation: No need to send any documents to NTA post-application.
Note: Incomplete applications (without successful fee payment) will be rejected.
CUET 2025 Admit Card
The admit card for CUET 2025 will be released from the 2nd  week of May 2025 onwards at exams.nta.ac.in/CUET-UG/. 
  • Registered candidates will be able to download the admit card when it is released. 
  • Candidates are required to download the admit card from the website of CUET cuetug.ntaonline.in. 
  • Before the release of the admit card for CUET 2025 NTA will release the exam city intimation slip. 
  • To download the admit card, candidates will need to enter their application number and password or date of birth.
  • It is important to note that candidates must appear at the examination center on the date and time allotted to them. They will not be permitted to appear at any other time.
CUET 2025 Answer Key
The National Testing Agency (NTA) will publish the answer key for CUET 2025 on the official website- ceutug.ntaonline.in. The tentative release date is the last week of June 2025. 
  • Candidates can use the CUET UG answer key and response sheet to estimate their probable CUET 2025 score before the results are declared. Candidates can challenge CUET 2025 answer key if necessary on or before the prescribed date. 
  • Candidates must provide evidence for the challenged question. On the basis of challenges received by the NTA, they will publish the final CUET 2025 answer key one day before the results are declared. 
  • The final answer key will determine the CUET 2025 result. 
  • CUET 2025 exam is expectd to be condcuted in May , 2025.
CUET 2025 Cutoff
CUET 2025 Cut Off is expected to be released in the last week of July 2025. After the release the institutions will publish their Cut Off on their official website. Only candidates who meet the minimum CUET Cut Off criteria will be eligible for admission into various UG courses. The CUET Cut Off is determined based on various factors, such as the number of applicants, the number of seats and CUET UG 2025 scores. CUET scores are accepted by 45 Central and other Universities, some of the Universities are given below
CUET Accepting Colleges and Universities
University/College
State
City
Aligarh Muslim University
Uttar Pradesh
Aligarh
Assam University
Assam
Silchar
Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University
Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow
Banaras Hindu University
Uttar Pradesh
Varanasi
Central Agricultural University
Manipur
Imphal
Central Sanskrit University
Delhi
New Delhi
Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh
Vizianagaram
Central University of Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh
Anantapur
Central University of Gujarat
Gujarat
Gandhinagar
Central University of Haryana
Haryana
Mahendragarh
Central University of Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh
Dharamsala
Central University of Jammu
Jammu and Kashmir
Jammu
Central University of Jharkhand
Jharkhand
Ranchi
Central University of Karnataka
Karnataka
Kalaburagi
Central University of Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir
Srinagar
Central University of Kerala
Kerala
Kasaragod
Central University of Odisha
Odisha
Koraput
Central University of Punjab
Punjab
Bathinda
Central University of Rajasthan
Rajasthan
Ajmer
Central University of South Bihar
Bihar
Gaya
Central University of Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
Tiruvarur
Delhi University
Delhi
New Delhi
Dr Hari Singh Gour University
Madhya Pradesh
Sagar
Dr Rajendra Prasad Central Agriculture University
Bihar
Samastipur
English and Foreign Languages University
Telangana
Hyderabad
Guru GhasidasVishwavidyalaya
Chhattisgarh
Bilaspur
Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University
Uttarakhand
Srinagar
Indian Maritime University
Tamil Nadu
Chennai
Indira Gandhi National Open University
Delhi
New Delhi
Indira Gandhi National Tribal University
Madhya Pradesh
Amarkantak
Jamia Millia Islamia
Delhi
New Delhi
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Delhi
New Delhi
Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya
Maharashtra
Wardha
Mahatma Gandhi Central University
Bihar
Motihari
Manipur University
Manipur
Imphal
Maulana Azad National Urdu University
Telangana
Hyderabad
Mizoram University
Mizoram
Aizawl
Nagaland University
Nagaland
Lumami
Nalanda University
Bihar
Rajgir, Nalanda
National Sanskrit University
Andhra Pradesh
Tirupati
National Sports University
Manipur
Imphal
North-Eastern Hill University
Meghalaya
Shillong
Pondicherry University
Puducherry
Pondicherry
Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University
Uttar Pradesh
Raebareli
Rajiv Gandhi University
Arunachal Pradesh
Itanagar
Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University
Uttar Pradesh
Jhansi
Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri National Sanskrit University
Delhi
New Delhi
Sikkim University
Sikkim
Gangtok
South Asian University
Delhi
New Delhi
Tezpur University
Assam
Tezpur
Tripura University
Tripura
Agartala
University of Allahabad
Uttar Pradesh
Prayagraj
University of Hyderabad
Telangana
Hyderabad
Visva-Bharati University
West Bengal
Santiniketan
CUET 2025 Result
The result for CUET 2025 is expected to be announced by June 30 2025 via cuetug.ntaonline.in. Candidates who have appeared for the CUET 2025 exam will be able to access the result by logging in with their credentials. To download the CUET NTA scorecard 2025 applicants need to enter their login details, including their application number and date of birth or password. The CUET 2025 cut-off will be released by participating colleges and Universities soon after the announcement of results.
For more information about candidates can refer to the CUET 2025 Analysis
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CUET 2025 Counselling
The Counselling process is to be conducted by the respective Universities. The Universities will be preparing their respective Merit Lists for the offered programmes and may follow the same practice as in earlier years to fill the seats that fall vacant due to dropouts. Candidates who wish to get admission to CUET counselling must first register and then participate in the online counselling process. Typically, there are three rounds of counselling, although the number of rounds may vary depending on the number of available seats. To accept an admission offer, candidates need to come to the institution once the seat allocation result is announced and have to verify their documents.
CUET 2025 Mock Test
CUET  mock tests help candidates evaluate their performance by providing a clear picture of their strengths and weaknesses. NTA also provides sample papers for practice. The CUET exam is conducted by NTA every year and candidates can take the mock test on the official website. 
CUET mock tests play an important role in CUET'24 preparation. They help students understand the pattern and requirements of the examination enabling them to enhance their performance. Candidates who want to take the CUET exam in 2025 should take as many mock tests as possible to evaluate their preparation and improve their outcomes
For more information candidates can refer to the CUET Mock Test.
CUET 2025 Previous Year Question Paper 
Its recommended that students solve the previous years question papers. Solving previous years papers helps candidates assess their preparation level and understand the CUET exam pattern. It will also give them an idea of the type of questions that can be expected in the CUET 2025.  Furthermore solving these previous year papers can help candidates manage their time better during the CUET exam. The CUET 2025 aspirants can download the previous year question papers along with the answer key from official website to get a clear understanding of the exam format.
For more details about candidates can refer to the CUET Previous Year Question Papers
CUET 2025 Preparation Tips
  • Work on solving more and more questions because solving questions helps in improving the speed and accuracy
  • Analyze your weak areas and work on them to boost your overall performance
  • Try to cover each section because each sections hold its own significance in the exam
  • Learn to manage your time effectively so that in the time of CUET exam you can maintain a positive attitude toward your CUET preparation
  • For better performance seek guidance from your teachers and CUET Online Coaching
  • Keep yourself updated about any changes in the CUET Exam pattern and syllabus.
FAQs Regarding CUET Exam
How is CUET (UG)  2025 going to be helpful to a student?
  • Reduces stress of scoring over 95% in Class 12 Boards for University admission.
  • Standardizes marks across different Boards by having a common exam.
  • Offers objective evaluation with Multiple Choice Questions, eliminating subjectivity.
  • Conducted in Hybrid Mode (Computer-Based Test/Pen & Paper), making it more accessible.
How will The Common University Entrance Test CUET (UG) – 2025 address the diversity of students across the country? 
CUET (UG) 2025 will offer a common platform and equal chances for all students across India, including those from rural and urban areas, and from the CBSE, ICSE, and NIOS boards
How will I prepare for both CUET (UG) – 2025 and the Board Examinations? 
The syllabus for the subject/domain tests of CUET (UG) – 2025 will be based on Class 12 so that there is no pressure on the candidates to prepare for both the exams
What does the National Education Policy Say? 
The National Education Policy has clearly explained that the entrance to Higher Education should be through Common Entrance Test at the national level so that there is a uniform standard of benchmarking of candidates.
How does CUET (UG) – 2025 provide more flexibility and options for me to choose from?
In CUET (UG) - 2025, a candidate may take a maximum of 06 subjects from 63 Subjects/Languages. Two new subjects Fashion Studies and Tourism have also been added. 
What is the role of NTA in CUET (UG) - 2025? 
NTA has been entrusted with the responsibility of conducting the CUET (UG) – 2025.
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How is CUET different from Class XII boards?
This table summarizes the differences between the CBSE Board exams and CUET in terms of question types, focus areas, and strategies for success. 
Aspect
CBSE Board Exams
CUET
Question Type
Mix of subjective & objective questions
Only multiple-choice questions (MCQs)
Skills Tested
Theoretical understanding and application skills
Conceptual clarity and application of Concepts
English Test 
Literature, Grammar, Writing.
Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Synonyms & Antonyms, Jumbled words, etc
General Test 
Not applicable
Numerical Ability, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge, and Current Affairs
 Marking scheme
 Variable marking scheme
 Uniform marking scheme: +5 for every correct answer & -1 for every incorrect answer
What is the basic eligibility to take the CUET Exam?
To appear for the CUET exam, a student must secure a minimum of 50% marks in the +2 examination for the General category and 45% marks for the SC/ST/OBC-NCL category.
Can students from Boards other than CBSE also give CUET?
Any student who has appeared in the Class XII Board Exam from CBSE/ICSE/any State Board is eligible to take the CUET exam.
Is there any age limit to take the CUET Exam?
There is no minimum age requirement to take the CUET exam.
Can students choose subjects in CUET that they have not studied in Grade 12th?  Is the same situation applicable to Delhi University?
 Yes, students can select any subject from the list of domain subjects. For example, even if a student who did not study Economics in the 12th grade, can still appear in the CUET Economics Test and pursue his desired course. However,it is not applicable in the case of  Delhi University. For admission to all undergraduate programs at the University of Delhi, candidates must compulsorily appear in those papers in CUET (UG) - 2025 in which s/he have passed Class XII board exams.
Can a student who wishes to pursue engineering take the CUET exam?
Yes, if a student wants to study engineering, they can take the CUET exam. Many colleges that offer engineering courses accept CUET scores. For example, Banaras Hindu University offers B.Tech. in some streams through CUET. Private universities like Bennett University and Galgotia University accept CUET scores for admission to engineering programs
How will the counselling process take place after the CUET exam?
After the CUET exam, students will apply to their chosen universities. Each University has its own process of admitting students. They will ask students to list their preferred courses. Then, the universities will give out seats based on what the students chose as their top preference based on the cutoff for the course. There will be multiple counselling rounds before the final admissions. During this process, students can decide whether to accept the seat (freeze it) or forget it.
What is the counselling process for admission into the University of Delhi through the CUET exam?
After the CUET exam, students who want to get into Delhi University go through a process called the Common Seat Allocation System (CSAS). In this process students are allocated seats in the colleges affiliated with Delhi University based on the cutoffs decided by the colleges. The seat allocation is dependent upon the selected course combination and seat availability.
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