CUCET 2021: Exam Date, Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus, Books

CUCET 2021 will be held in the 4th week of May. The Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) is the university level exam for admission to UG, PG and Research Programmes (RP) of 14 Central Universities and 04 State Universities of India. The examination is conducted once a year and each year, a different co-ordinating University is nominated to conduct the test. CUCET date, application form are expected to be released by March at the website Read on to know about CUCET 2021 exam date, eligibility, application form, syllabus, exam pattern, preparation tips and more. 

CUCET 2021 Exam Date

Reportedly, around 1 lakh candidates register to appear in the CUCET exam every year. Last year, the coordinating University i.e. The Central University of Rajasthan conducted an offline test for admission to UG and PG courses and an online Computer Based Test for admission to Research Programs. Candidates can check the complete schedule of events as per previous year trends here below. 

CUCET 2021 Expected Date
Official Notification2nd week of Mar 2021
Start of online applications2nd week of Mar 2021
Last date to apply online2nd week of Apr 2021
Admit Card release3rd week of May 2021
CUCET 2021 exam date4th week of May 2021
Answer KeyTo be announced
ResultTo be announced

CUCET 2021 Expected Exam Date

Conventionally, the CUCET exam is conducted in the month of May. The notification usually releases at the official website during late February to early March every year. Last year, the exam was delayed due to the prevailing COVID-19 situations although initially, the exam was scheduled to be held in the 4th week of May. 

CUCET 2021 Expected Exam Date: 4th week of May 2021

Check out CUCET exam dates of the last few years below 

CUCET YearExam Date
202030 & 31 May 2020 (postponed)
18 to 20 Sep 2020
201925 & 26 May 2019
201828 & 29 Apr 2018

From the aforementioned schedule of the exam during the last few years, it is being speculated that the exam is to be held in late May in 2021. 

CUCET 2021 Application Form

Last year, co-ordinating University accepted online applications from eligible candidates for the CUCET exam. The entire application process was conducted online at the official website and it was specifically mentioned that no offline applications are to be accepted for the exam. It is expected that CUCET 2021 Application Form is to be released online at the official website and candidates will be able to apply online as per schedule indicated by the coordinating University. 

How to fill up CUCET 2021 Application Form?

Step 1: Visit the official website i.e. and navigate to the link to apply for CUCET 2021. 

Step 2: Click on the link and select “New User Registration”.

Step 3: Using a valid email ID and mobile number, complete the registration process by filling up the registration form. 

Step 4: After registering, candidates are allotted a registration/application number and password. 

Step 5: Log in to the website using the credentials generated to fill up the application form. 

Step 6: Make the payment of the application fee online. 

Step 7: Verify the information entered on the application form and click on the final “Submit” to complete the application process.

CUCET 2021 Application Fee

Last year, candidates were allowed to choose up to 3 options of Participating Universities to apply for admission. However, there was the option to choose additional options by paying the requisite fee. Candidates can check out the CUCET 2021 Application Fee as per previous year notification below. 

CUCET 2021 CategoryFor UG & PG ProgramsFor Research Programs
GeneralRs 800Rs 1000
OBC/EWSRs 800Rs 1000
SC/ST Rs 350Rs 450

Note: PWD candidates are exempted from the payment of any fee

Programs Offered Through CUCET

A variety of UG/PG and Research Programs are offered by the 14 Central Universities and 4 State Universities that accept CUCET score for admission. Candidates can check out the list of programs in UG/PG and Research Program category by clicking on the direct links provided below. 

UG ProgramsClick Here for list of programs
PG ProgramsClick Here for list of programs
Research ProgramsClick Here for list of programs

CUCET 2021 Eligibility

As per the previous year notification of CUCET exam, candidates were advised to check the eligibility criteria for the program they are applying for as prescribed by the corresponding participating institute. The different participating institutes of CUCET 2021 examination has their own eligibility conditions for admission to UG, PG and Research Programs. Check out the details below. 

  • Candidates must have passed Class 12th exam as per the 10+2 pattern to apply for admission to various UG courses
  • Candidates must have passed Bachelor’s degree course in a corresponding subject/discipline to apply for admission to PG courses
  • Candidates must have passed Master’s degree course in a corresponding subject/discipline to apply for admission to Research Program courses. 

Check the University-wise eligibility criteria as per previous year information from the direct links provided below.

CUCET 2021 Syllabus

CUCET 2021 Syllabus is prescribed differently for different courses. Candidates have to answer the OMR based question paper for admission to UG & PG questions where Part A is based on General Studies. For Research Programs, candidates have to answer the Computer Based Test where Part A is also based on General Studies. Part B of the test for UG, PG and Research Program is based on the domain knowledge of the respective subject/discipline that the candidate is applying for. 

Click Here to program-wise detailed CUCET syllabus as per previous year exam

CUCET 2021 Exam Pattern

As per the previous year information brochure of CUCET exam, the exam is conducted offline for admission to UG & PG courses while a Computer Based Test is conducted for admission to Research Programs. Candidates can check out the details as per the previous year exam below.

Exam Pattern for UG/PG Courses

Exam ModeOffline (OMR Based)
Type of QuestionsMCQs
Sections2 Sections
Duration2 hours
Correct Answer+1 mark
Wrong Answer-0.5 mark

Exam Pattern for Research Programs

Exam ModeOnline (Computer Based Test)
Type of QuestionsMCQs
Sections2 Sections
Duration2 hours
Correct Answer+1 mark
Wrong AnswerNo negative marking

Check out the marks distribution for UG/PG/Research Program exam below

PartSubjectsNumber of Questions
Part ALanguage25 (UG/PG)50 (Research Program)
General Awareness
Mathematical Aptitude
Analytical Skills & Research Methodology
Part BDomain Knowledge (PCM/PCB)75 (UG/PG)50 (Research Program)

How to Prepare For CUCET 2021?

CUCET exam is not very hard to crack if candidates are well prepared in advance. With the details of the exam pattern and syllabus available, candidates can start early preparations by using the following tips and tricks.

Tip #1: Get a clear idea about the CUCET 2021 syllabus and exam pattern before starting preparations. Knowing the syllabus is important to understand what to study.

Tip #2: Solve previous year question papers of CUCET exam and mock tests to get a first-hand understanding of the type and nature of questions asked in the exam.

Tip #3: Get good learning materials such as books, guides, solved papers etc. Refer to these extensively to get acquainted with the most commonly repeated questions in the exam.

Tip #4: Clear out any confusions in basic understanding of domain subject. Make short notes of important facts and figures to learn and memorise them better.

Tip #5: Do not forget to revise on a daily basis. Regular revision is the key to remember what one studies for a long time.

CUCET 2021 Admit Card

CUCET 2021 Admit Card is expected to release at the official website as per schedule before the exam. This is based on the last year trends of the exam when the admit cards were released through the website Candidates are advised to download the admit card from the website by logging in with their personal credentials generated during the application process. 

Some important points to remember about CUCET 2021 Admit card

  • The admit card is not sent by post or any other mode. It is uploaded at the official website only. 
  • Candidates need the registration/application number and password to log in to the CUCET official website and download the admit card. 
  • The CUCET Admit Card contain the details of the date, time and designated exam centre allotted to individual candidates. 
  • Candidates are advised to download the admit card as soon as it is released in order to avoid the last-minute rush. 
  • It must be noted that without a valid admit card, no candidate is allowed to enter the exam hall. 
  • Along with the admit card, candidates must also carry valid photo identification to the exam centre. 

CUCET 2021 Exam Centres

CUCET exam is conducted at the national level in centres across the country. As per the previous year information brochure, the examination is to be conducted in the following centres across the country. 

Exam Centre for UG/PG

Exam centre for Research Program

CUCET 2021 Answer Key

CUCET answer key for both the UG/PG exam and Research Program exam releases at the official website after the exam as per schedule. Last year, the coordinating University provided the format to raise objections against the answer key as per schedule. The University provided a  particular email address where candidates could send their valid objections in the format provided. 

  • The answer key of CUCET 2021 is expected to release at the website as per schedule after the exam in a similar way.
  • Candidates will be able to raise objections against the official answer key as per schedule.
  • The final answer keys are released after the evaluation of the objections. 

CUCET 2021 Result

CUCET result releases at the official website as per schedule after the exam. This is based on the trends of the exam followed by coordinating Universities till the last year. The result releases in the form of Scorecard of candidates indicating their rank in the exam in particular categories. Candidates can download the scorecard by logging in to the website using the login credentials generated during the online registration process. 

CUCET 2021 Counselling

As per the detailed advertisement of previous year CUCET exam, the counselling for admission is conducted after the declaration of the results. However the updates and information about the counselling are conducted by the respective universities and candidates must check the websites of these universities regularly. It may be noted that additional counselling fees are required to be paid to appear in the admission counselling.

CUCET 2021 Participating Institutes

Below is the list of CUCET participating institutes as per the previous year information brochure below. 

Central Universities

State Universities

  • Dr B R Ambedkar School of Economics University
  • Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, Rajouri
  • Khallikote University, Berhampur
  • Sardar Patel University of Police, Security & Criminal Justice, Jodhpur

Click Here for CUCET 2021 Official Website

Click Here to view previous year Advertisement I Notification I FAQs


The CUCET exam is conducted once a year in the months of April-May for admission to various UG, PG and Research programs offered by participating institutions. There are 14 Central Universities and 4 State Universities who accept CUCET score for admission to such programs. Candidates having suitable qualifications and meeting the eligibility criteria prescribed by different Universities can apply online for the exam. Each year, a different coordinating University conducts the exam and the details & updates of the exam are intimated through the official website i.e.

Overview of CUCET Exam

Exam NameCentral Universities Common Admission Test (CUCET)
Courses OfferedUG, PG, Research Programmes (RP)
Participating Institutes14 Central Universities; 04 State Universities
Frequency Once a year
Centres All over India
Exam ModeOffline for UG/PG; Computer Based Test for Research Programmes


Q1. Who can apply for CUCET?

Ans. Candidates fulfilling the eligibility criteria of respective PUs can apply for CUCET. The minimum eligibility criteria is Class 12th pass for UG admission through CUCET.

Q2. What is the minimum qualifying marks for CUCET?

Ans. The minimum qualifying marks is 55% for General and 50% for Reserved categories.

Q3. What should I do after CUCET Result?

Ans. After CUCET result, candidates have to appear in the counselling process for admission.

Q4. How many participating universities take part in CUCET?

Ans. 14 Central Universities and 4 State Universities take part in CUCET.

Q5. Who is the coordinating University of CUCET 2021?

Ans. The coordinating University is to be declared with the official notification.

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