Various universities, including the University of Delhi, have confirmed the conduct of Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) from the academic year 2022-23, for under graduate programs. According to the New Education Policy (NEP), this entrance will be conducted across the country for admissions into about 54 central universities. Each university used to have its own procedure for admissions under graduate programs which varied from merit-based admissions to independent entrance exams. The process has now been combined and unified for the central universities of the nation by declaring the conduct of a common entrance test.

We will discuss the proposed paper pattern, syllabus and general information about CUCET in this particular blog.

What is CUCET?

Central universities common entrance test (CUCET) is an entrance examination conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) for undergraduate admissions to various central universities. Till 2021, it was being conducted for admissions to 12 central universities and 4 state universities across the nation. However, prominent universities of the nation like DU, JNU, etc. along with 54 central universities will be accepting CUCET scores for admissions to undergraduate programs from the academic year 2022-23.

Important Dates

The official notification from NTA is awaited and expected in March 2022. Students will be able to register and apply for the examination till May 2022. The examination is expected to be held in offline mode in June 2022.

CUCET Paper Pattern and Syllabus

[Note: No official information regarding the paper pattern and syllabus has been released as of now (24.01.2022). The information provided here is in consonance with the trends of CUCET till 2021.]

  • It is an objective, computer-based test, consisting of 100 MCQs.
  • The test is conducted in physical, offline mode.
  • Each question carries 1 mark. There is a negative marking of (-0.25) for incorrect answers.
  • Total time allotted is 2 hours.
  • The paper pattern is different for science (UGQP01) and non-science (UGQP02) courses.

Paper pattern for Science Courses

  • Total marks = 100.
  • Each question carries one mark. Negative marking of 0.25 is applicable for incorrect answers.
  • The question paper consists of 2 parts – A (25 marks) and B (75 marks).
  • Part A tests the candidates’ proficiency in the following subjects – English, Numerical Aptitude/Data interpretation, Analytical skills, Reasoning and general awareness.
  • Part B consists of 4 sections, which are domain specific. Section 1 (Physics) and section 2 (Chemistry), each comprising of 25 marks, are compulsory to attempt.
  • Only one section out of section 3 (mathematics) and section 4 (Biology), comprising of 25 marks, is to be attempted by the candidate.
  • If the candidate attempts both section 3 and 4, the best of the two will be considered for final merit.

Syllabus of Part B – Section 1 (Physics)

Measurement, Motion in one dimension, Laws of Motion, Motion in two dimensions, Work, Power and Energy, Linear Momentum & collisions, Rotation of a rigid body about a fixed axis, Gravitation, Oscillatory motion, Mechanics of solids and fluids, heat and thermodynamics, Wave, Electrostatics, Current Electricity, Magnetic Effect of Current, Electromagnetic induction, Ray Optics and optical instruments, Wave Optics, Modern Physics.

Section 2 (Chemistry)

Atomic Structure, Chemical Bonding, Redox Reactions, Equilibrium and Kinetics, Acid-Base Concepts, Acid-Base Concepts, Catalysis, Electrochemistry, Colloids, Colligative Properties of Solution, Periodic Table, Thermochemistry, General Organic Chemistry, Reaction intermediates, Isomerism, Polymers, Carbohydrates, Solid State, Petroleum

Section 3 (Mathematics)

Algebra, Probability, Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry, Calculus, Vectors, Dynamics, Statics.

Section 4 (Biology)

  • Zoology: Origin of Life, Organic Evolution, Mechanism of Organic Evolution, Human Genetics and Eugenics, Applied Biology, Mammalian Anatomy, Animal Physiology
  • Botany: Plant Cell, Protoplasm, Ecology, Ecosystem, Genetics, Seeds in angiosperm plants, Fruits, Cell differentiation Plant Tissue, Anatomy of Root, stem and leaf, Important phyla, Soil, Photosynthesis.

Paper pattern for non-science courses

  • Total marks = 100.
  • Each question carries 1 mark. Negative marking of 0.25 will be applicable for incorrect answers.
  • The question paper consists only of one part containing 100 marks.
  • The question paper will comprise of 100 questions (MCQs) from the following disciplines:
    • English
    • Numerical Aptitude/ Data interpretation
    • Analytical Skills
    • Reasoning
    • General Aptitude
    • General Knowledge

However, the official notification regarding detailed syllabus for CUCET 2022 is awaited. You are advised to regularly check the official website for all updates regarding CUCET.

The University of Delhi too, will be accepting CUCET scores from this year for admissions. Refer to out previous blog to check out the best commerce colleges –

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