CUET 2022 – Eligibility, Paper Pattern and Syllabus


The National Testing Agency (NTA) has released its official notification for the conduct of Common University Entrance Test (CUET) 2022 for admissions to undergraduate courses in various universities across the nation. Prominent universities like the University of Delhi, JNU, BHU and Jamia Milia Islamia will be admitting students based on their performance in CUET 2022.

It must be noted that no weightage will be given to the marks scored by students in 12th board examination for admission in these colleges. The admission will be based solely on the score obtained by the student in CUET 2022.

Link to official notification –

The students will be able to register themselves for the examination from 2 April 2022 to 30 April 2022 on the official website –


All the students appearing for the upcoming 12th board examination 2022 will be eligible to apply and appear for CUET 2022. A student who had appeared in 12th boards last year, i.e., 2021, can appear in CUET 2022 only if his desired university allows for the same.

The eligibility of the student for admission to various courses in various universities is peculiar to the university. Students are advised to check the official websites and eligibility criteria for their desired course of their desired university/college.


The student will be required to appear for a maximum number of 9 tests divided into 4 sections. The student may choose his/her tests in accordance with the requirements demanded by his/her desired university.

CUET 2022 will be conducted on multiple days in two shifts, depending on the number of Candidates and Languages/Tests taken by them.

The paper will be conducted in 13 languages viz. Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujarati, Odiya, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi, English, Hindi and Urdu.

Section 1A and 1B – Languages

  • Mode of Examination – CBT (Computer Based Test)
  • Type of questions – MCOs
  • Attempt any 40 questions out of 50 in section 1A and 1B.
  • Time Duration – 45 minutes

It will comprise of language tests, where the student has to choose 1 out of 13 languages in section 1A and 1 out of 20 languages in section 1B. Language will be tested through Reading Comprehension (based on different types of passages–Factual, Literary and Narrative, [Literary Aptitude and Vocabulary].

It is not necessary for the students to appear and attempt both the sections. He/she may make choice according to the requirements of his/her desired course and university.

Languages for section 1A – Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujarati, Odiya, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi, English, Hindi and Urdu.

Languages for section 1B – French, Spanish, German, Nepali, Persian, Italian, Arabic, Sindhi, Sanskrit, Kashmiri, Konkani, Bodo, Dogri, Maithili, Manipuri, Santhali, Tibetan, Japanese, Russian, Chinese.

For example – The desired university may require his student to appear for both English and French if he wishes to pursue French honours. The student needs to appear for both section 1A and 1B in this case. Where the requirement of a specific language is not made compulsory by the desired university, the student may choose to not attempt that section of language. 

SECTION 2 – Domain

  • Mode of examination – CBT (Computer based test)
  • Type of Questions – MCQs based on NCERTs ONLY.
  • Attempt 40 out of 50 questions.  
  • Time duration – 45 minutes for each domain specific subject.

The student will be required to select a maximum of 6 domains out of the 27 offered under this section. The selected domains must be in consonance with the students’ desired course and its eligibility criteria in his desired university.

The questions will be based on NCERT syllabus of 12th standard ONLY. Input texts can be used to form MCQ questions. The student will be able to do well if acquainted with his 12th syllabus.

Domains offered under this section –

1.Accountancy/ Book Keeping

2.Biology/ Biological Studies/ Biotechnology/Biochemistry

3.Business Studies


5.Computer Science/ Informatics Practices

6.Economics/ Business Economics

7.Engineering Graphics




11.Home Science

12.Knowledge Tradition and Practices of India

13.Legal Studies

14.Environmental Science


16.Physical Education/ NCC /Yoga


18.Political Science



21.Teaching Aptitude


23. Mass Media/ Mass Communication


25.Fine Arts/ Visual Arts (Sculpture/ Painting)/Commercial Arts,

26. Performing Arts – (i) Dance (Kathak/ Bharatnatyam/ Oddisi/ Kathakali/Kuchipudi/ Manipuri (ii) Drama- Theatre (iii) Music General (Hindustani/ Carnatic/ Rabindra Sangeet/ Percussion/ Non-Percussion),

27. Sanskrit

NOTE: A Candidate can choose a maximum of any 3 languages from Section 1A and Section 1B taken together. However, the third language chosen needs to be in lieu of 6th domain specific Subject chosen by the candidate – as applicable (so the maximum number of tests to be taken remains 9 only i.e., 2 Languages+6 Domain Specific Subjects+1 General Test OR 3 Languages+5 Domain Specific Subjects+1 General Test: flexibility being provided to help a candidate apply for many Universities depending on their eligibility conditions).

SECTION 3 – General Test

  • Mode of examination – CBT (Computer based test)
  • Type of Questions – MCQs
  • Attempt 60 out of 75 questions. 
  • Time duration – 60 minutes

This section comprises of General Knowledge, Current Affairs, General Mental Ability, Numerical Ability, Quantitative Reasoning, Logical and Analytical Reasoning. The level of questions will be of simple mathematics taught till grade 8 comprising of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and mensuration.  

This is only for any such undergraduate programme/ programmes being offered by universities where a General Test is being used for admission.

No official confirmation on the month of conduct of CUET 2022 has been notified by NTA. Students are advised to keep an eye on the official website of NTA for further information.

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