Central University Common Entrance Test (CUCET) is one of the most popular entrance exams for pursuing higher education across all over India. The exam is conducted every year, under the National Testing Agency, or NTA. The exam is for seeking admissions in various Central Universities of India, for courses except Medicine and Engineering.

In all the previous years the NTA has conducted CUCET Exams for the 14 young Central Universities in India, which were established in 2009. All the other central Universities, including DU, BHU, and so on had their own entrance exam process, for completing their admission procedure. But now, after 2021, the agency is planning to merge entrance exams for all central Universities under one umbrella (that is one CUCET exam for all the central universities) this is considered as the best change made by the agency, to simplify the admission process for UG and PG courses.


Separate entrance exams: why opposed?


In the previous years, all central universities, (except the 14 in CUCET) had their own entrance process. These exams were entirely different from each other, in almost all aspects like syllabus, cut-off, and admission criteria and so on. This system was really a headache for the students, who are proposed to attend more than one entrance test. This is the main reason to put forward the idea of one single platform for all the entrances.


CUCET 2022: important details

  • All the central universities – 14 universities in CUCET, DU, and BHU etc. – will have one single entrance exam.
  • The CUCET will be conducted only for UG Courses.
  • Merit list will be based on both entrance score and 12th marks, combined.
  • UG – eligibility: 12th should be passed with minimum 50%. (SC/ ST have relaxation for 5%)
  • PG – eligibility: graduation should be passed with minimum 50% (5% relaxation SC/ ST)
  • Exam will be conducted in online method, in various exam centers all over the country
  • There will be negative marking for each wrong answer.


CUCET up to 2020


CUCET after 2021
For 14 central universities For 54 central universities (expected)


Organized by central universities collectively


Conducted by NTA
For UG and PG courses UG  courses only


Also include engineering and medical programs


not include medicine and engineering
Offline exam Online exam


Merit list – based on entrance score only Merit list – based on both entrance score and 12th standard marks

UG and PG courses in CUCET 2022: expecting syllabus


Course / subject




Cultural and social change; growth and development; intelligence, current affairs, important personalities
M. Ed (PG)


LLM (PG) Constitution; laws on human rights; labor law; law of evidence
Chemistry (For UG) Solid state & petroleum; electro chemistry; periodic table; general organic chemistry; catalysis; redox reaction
Physics (For UG) Magnetic effect of current; current electricity; motion in one dimension and two dimension; power & energy; heat & thermodynamics; waves
Mathematics (For UG) Algebra; probability; dynamics & static; trigonometry; vector; co-ordinate geometry


scorers got chances. Now, like all the other central Universities, Delhi also plans to establish entrance exams for admissions in Under Graduate courses. As a part of this planning, the officials of the university met on 17th December, and approved the entrance based admission process from 2022 onwards.

From 2022, admission to Delhi University will be entrance-based, either in Delhi University Common Entrance Test (DUCET) or Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET). DUCET will be exclusive entrance exam for the DU, whereas CUCET is a collective one for all central universities in India. The officials further states that DUCET will also decide the admission for UG, PG, MPhil, as well as for PhD courses.

Here are some differences between CUCET and DUCET-



Ø  National Testing Agency (NTA) is the exam conducting agency

Ø  Online exam

Ø  Multi Choice Questions (MCQ) pattern

Ø  Duration 2 hours (100 questions)

Ø  Right answer – 4 marks, wrong answer – minus one

Ø  Subjects – English, General knowledge, Quantitative ability, analyzing ability, reasoning

Ø  Recommended under National Education Policy (NEP) 2020

Ø  Not started this pattern till date

Ø  Entrance for UG Courses

Ø  Building aptitude is more concentrated than academics

Ø  Subjects – math to science, history to civics, general knowledge, logical reasoning


The officials of DU states that the admission will be on 50:50 weightage, if it is conducting under CUCET. That is, 50% for entrance marks, and 50% for 12th standard marks.


However, the entrance method for admission was proposed in 2021 itself, to merge DU admission with CUCET, which was conducting every year. The process had a lag mainly because of the COVID-19 outbreak, whereas the record in DU’s admission was set for 100% cut off for some courses.