CUCET Exam Pattern 2021 - Marking Scheme, Negative Marking, Total Marks

Exam Date

Jul 25, 2021

Result Date

Aug 10, 2021

May 12, 2021 | Arts, Design


CUCET 2021 exam has two parts that will be conducted in 2 days. The CUCET 2021 paper is divided into two sections. The first part is general and common for all the candidates. Part-B shall contain subject-specific questions to test the candidate's knowledge in their specific domain. It is important for all the aspirants seeking admission into any of the Central Universities through CUCET to familiarize themselves with the CUCET 2021 exam pattern.
Candidates must also familiarize themselves with the CUCET 2021 Syllabus to know what types of questions each of the sections in the two parts will contain.

CUCET Exam Pattern 2021 Highlights

Exam pattern is very important for any aspiring candidate to know before while applying for the CUCET exam. Specifications of CUCET exam pattern 2021 are highlighted below.

CUCET Exam Pattern 2021 for Science

Those candidates who are planning to pursue a UG, PG, or Integrated program in the Science stream should refer to the specifications related to the CUCET 2021 exam pattern given below:

CUCET 2021 Exam Pattern for Science Stream
CUCET Exam Date 2021 Jul 25, 2021
CUCET Exam Duration 120 Minutes / 2 Hours for each paper
Total Number of Questions 100 (Part A: 25 Questions, Part B: 75 Questions)
Maximum Marks 100
Negative Marking Applicable
Sectional Details

Part A: Common for all Aspirants

Part B: Subject-Specific Questions

Mode of Exam Offline
Medium of Exam English
  • Paper Pattern: CUCET 2021 exam for Science Stream will consist of two parts i.e. Part A and Part B. In both parts of the exam, there will be Multiple Choice Questions. Part A is common for all courses and consists of 25 questions, whereas, Part B carries 75 questions based on the candidate's domain knowledge.
Description Number of questions Marks
CUCET 2021 Exam Pattern
A English Language, General Awareness, Mathematical Aptitude and Analytical Skills 25 25


Domain-Specific Knowledge






  • Domain Knowledge: In Part B, which is the domain-specific paper, there will be a total of 75 MCQs. This section consists of questions based on Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology. Each subject comprises 25 questions. The candidate will have to attempt only three sections, which is either a PCM order or PCB order. If a candidate attempts all sections in the exam, then the best of three sections will be considered while preparing the merit list.

Note: In Part B, it is mandatory for candidates to attempt all the questions from Section I and II.

CUCET Exam Pattern 2021 for Arts Stream

For any general program or Integrated Program/ B.Voc. /MBA /MCA /LLB, the candidates will only have to attempt one question paper. The CUCET 2021 exam pattern for Arts Stream is discussed below:

  • The candidates will have to attempt only one paper.
  • Subjects: English Language, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Numerical Ability, General Awareness, Analytical Skills
  • Total No. of Questions: The candidates will have to attempt 100 multiple-choice questions. Each question shall carry 1 mark.
  • Negative marking is applicable.

CUCET 2021 Exam Pattern for Research Programmes

The CUCET exam pattern 2021 for those candidates who aspire to pursue PhD will be similar to that of UGC NET and CSIR NET.

  • The CUCET 2021 Question Paper will be divided into two parts.
  • Part A will have 50 questions from Research Aptitude, English Language, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, General Awareness, and Analytical Skills.
  • Part B will have 50 questions based on the candidate's subject domain.

CUCET Exam Pattern 2021 for B.Ed.

The candidates who aspire to do B.Ed. from any of the Central Universities should acquaint oneself with the exam pattern for B.Ed. discussed below:

  • The question paper will have 100 multiple-choice questions.
  • Subjects: General Knowledge (25 Questions), Teaching Aptitude (35 Questions), Candidate's subject domain (40 Questions).

The candidates will have to choose and attempt one from the given subject domains:

  • Social Science
  • Language
  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Science and Mathematics

CUCET Exam Pattern 2021: Marking Scheme

There will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer. For every correct answer, the candidate will be given 01 marks. Questions not attempted will not be assessed or considered. Thus, the total for both the papers combined will have 100 marks as the maximum score and -25 as the least score.

The Marking Scheme of CUCET exam pattern 2021 is given below:

Total Number of Questions 100
Marks Per Question 1 mark for every correct answer
Negative Marking -0.25 for every incorrect answer
Maximum Marks 100
Minimum Marks -25

CUCET 2021 Instructions for Exam Day

The candidates must remember the following points when they go to appear for their CUCET 2021 exam.

  • Candidates should only attempt the questions from those subjects which they had studied in school. For example, a student who had PCB should attempt questions from Biology, and not Mathematics.
  • The section in which they score the best will be considered during the evaluation of CUCET 2021 result.
  • The candidates should only select one option out of the four provided for each question. Multiple answers for one question on the OMR sheet would result in negative marking.

CUCET 2021 Syllabus

The syllabus for the CUCET 2021 will be released on the official website along with the official notification by the conducting authority. The syllabus for CUCET 2021 is diverse. The candidates have to prepare for their own specific subjects, as well as Paper A, which has 25 questions to test their Language skills and Reasoning ability.

For the preparation of Paper A, the candidates can find an array of reference books online. These books cover Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, and Analytical Abilities. The candidates must develop a habit of reading the newspapers as they would not only hone their General Knowledge, but also enhance their persisting Language Skills.

For Paper B, candidates must refer to their textbooks of 10+2 if they are applying for UG in Science stream. They have to attempt questions from any one the following combinations:

  • Physics, Chemistry, and Biology
  • Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics

If the candidates are planning to apply for PG courses or Research Programmes, they should focus on revising their UG and PG syllabus (if applicable).


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