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CUET Exam Pattern 2024: Check Exam Structure (Slot 1 & Slot 2), Marking Scheme

The CUET exam pattern is released by the National Testing Agency on the official website. The exam pattern along with the CUET syllabus is released with the notification. The CUET 2024 exam is scheduled to be conducted from May 15-31, 2024.
CUET UG Exam Pattern 2024

CUET UG Exam Pattern 2024

CUET Exam Pattern 2024: The National Testing Agency (NTA) releases the CUET exam pattern on its official website. The Common University Entrance Test (CUET) is conducted in online mode also known as the Computer-Based Test (CBT) mode. Aspiring students who are preparing for the exam must know the latest exam pattern of the CUET 2024 exam. Understanding the exam pattern in detail helps students enhance their CUET preparation.

The exam pattern is released by NTA along with the official notification. Besides releasing exam pattern, NTA also releases the CUET syllabus along with the notification. Aspiring candidates must know both the exam pattern and syllabus thoroughly in order to ace the exam. The CUET exam pattern consists of 4 sections namely: Section 1A, Section 1B, Section II, and Section III. Section 1A & 1B consists of language papers. Both sections include 13 and 20 languages, respectively. Also Read: CUET Syllabus 2024

The CUET question paper consists of objective-type questions. The paper can be attempted in 13 languages: Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Odia, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, English, and Urdu. According to the CUET marking scheme, there is also negative marking in the paper. 

Also Read: CUET 2024 Exam

CUET Exam Pattern: Highlights



Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Exam Mode

Computer Based Test (CBT)

Exam Medium

13 languages

Number of Sections

4 (Section 1A, Section 1B, Section II, Section III)

Question Type

Multiple Choice Questions

Negative Marking


CUET Revised Exam Pattern 2024

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has brought few changes in the CUET exam pattern. Below are the details of the latest exam pattern:

  • The CUET 2024 exam is conducted in online mode.
  • It has four sections: Section 1A, Section 1B, Section II, Section III. 
  1. Section 1A: 13 Languages (As a medium of exam paper and language paper as well)
  2. Section 1B: 20 Languages
  3. Section II: 27 Domain-Specific Subjects
  4. Section III: General Test
  • An aspirant can take a maximum of 9 tests. These 9 tests can be taken in the following manner:
  1. 2 Languages, 6 Domain Specific Subjects, 1 General Test
  2. 3 Languages, 5 Domain Specific Subjects, 1 General Test
  • The CUET exam is conducted in two slots (Morning Session & Afternoon Session). The duration of both slots is 3 hrs 15 minutes & 3 hrs 45 minutes, respectively.
  • As per the CUET Marking Scheme, for incorrect answers, 1 mark will be deducted. For unanswered questions, candidates will be awarded 0 marks for them.

CUET Exam Structure & Duration

Aspirants who are appearing for the CUET 2024 exam must know the exam structure and time assigned for each section. The table below describes the structure of the exam along with the duration given to candidates to attempt the paper.


Questions to be Attempted

Marks Per Question


Section IA - Languages

40 questions out of 50 (Per Language)

5 Marks

45 Minutes (Per Language)

Section IB - Languages

Section II - Domain

40 questions out of 50 (Per Subject)

5 Marks

45 Minutes (Per Subject)

Section III- General Test 

60 questions out of 75

5 Marks

60 Minutes

CUET Exam Structure: Slot 1 (Morning Session)


Total Questions

No. of questions to be attempted


Language (any one of the 13 languages opted in Section IA)



45 minutes for each language

Domain-Specific Subjects (Max 2 Subjects)



45 minutes for each subject

General Test



60 minutes

CUET Exam Structure: Slot 2 (Afternoon Session)


Total Questions

No. of questions to be attempted


Language (any one of the 13 languages opted in Section IA)



45 minutes per language

Domain-Specific Subjects (Maximum 4 subjects)



45 minutes per subject 

CUET Marking Scheme

Candidates preparing for the CUET exam can check the marking scheme in the table below:


Marks per question



Domain Specific Subjects 


General Test


Note: For each incorrect answer, 1 mark will be deducted.

CUET Syllabus 2024

The CUET syllabus is highly comprehensive and must be followed thoroughly by aspirants. Here is a brief overview of the CUET syllabus:

Section 1A & Section 1B

Section 1A & Section 1B assess the language efficiency of aspirants. Aspirants can choose a maximum of 3 languages from Section 1A & Section 1B. There are a total of 13 and 20 languages in Section 1A & Section 1B, respectively. Language efficiency is tested through reading comprehension, vocabulary, and Literary aptitude.

Section II (Domain-Specific Subjects)

There are 27 domain-specific subjects, and candidates can choose a maximum of six. The question paper will include questions based on the 10+2 syllabus.

Section III (General Tests)

The general test is included for every undergraduate programme offered by universities that uses a general test for entrance. General knowledge, current events, general mental ability, numerical ability, quantitative reasoning, and logical and analytical reasoning are the subjects covered in these sections.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is there a negative marking for CUET 2024?

Negative marking will indeed be used in the CUET 2024. One mark will be subtracted for each incorrect answer. Unanswered questions won't result in a deduction of marks.

Which mode will the CUET 2024 be conducted in?

The exam will be taken as a computer-based test in accordance with the CUET Exam Pattern 2024. Candidates will be given 45 minutes for each language and subject that is specific to a certain area. The General Section will receive 60 minutes of time.

How many languages are there in CUET Section 1A?

There are 13 languages in Section 1A namely: 

  • Telugu
  • Kannada
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Urdu
  • Tamil
  • Malayalam
  • Marathi
  • Gujarati
  • Odia
  • Bengali
  • Assamese
  • Punjabi

How many languages are there in CUET Section 1B?

There are 20 languages in Section 1B namely: 

  • Sindhi
  • Sanskrit
  • Kashmiri
  • Konkani
  • Bodo
  • French
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Santhali
  • Tibetan
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Nepali
  • Persian
  • Italian
  • Arabic
  • Dogri
  • Maithili
  • Manipuri
  • Chinese

How many questions will be asked in Section III of the CUET exam?

The General Section will consist of a total of 75 questions, however, applicants will only be needed to attempt 60 of them.