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More often than not, the writers at PracBee are at the receiving end of questions from students enquiring about the role that CUET Exam can play in their career and how it may or may not be a viable alternative to their NEET dream.
So in this blog post we’ll try to clear out a few basics about the CUET and how PracBee might actually be able to help you out.
I’d like to keep this article divided into sections and sub-sections to make it more legible.

• What is CUET ?
Central University Entrance Test (CUET) is an all-India level entrance exam conducted by NTA for admission in UG courses offered in all the participating institutions.The exam is conducted once a year in over 500 cities in India and abroad. The exam is conducted in a computer-based mode for two hours.Till last year, the full name of the exam was Central Universities Common Entrance Test or CUCET.

• About CUET 2022
CUET 2022 will be conducted in 13 languages.
The question paper of CUET 2022 will include a compulsory language test, two domain-specific tests, and a general test.
CUET 2022 scores will be accepted by 53 Central Universities and Private Universities instead of 12 Central Universities.

• Outline of the CUET Exam.

Exam Name: Central University Entrance Test

Conducting Body: National Testing Agency (NTA)

Exam Level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Exam Frequency: Once a year

Exam Mode: Online (Computer-Based Mode)

Total No. of Test Takers: 97,416 (2021)

Courses Offered Through CUET: BSc, MSc, PhD,

Exam Fees: INR 650 (General)
INR 550 (SC, ST, PwD and Transgender)
INR 3,000 (International centres)

Exam Duration :Slot I – 195 minutes
Slot II – 225 minutes

Total Marks :Slot I – 700
Slot II – 400

Total Number of Questions :Slot I – 175 (140 to be attempted)

Slot II – 100 (80 to be attempted)
Marking Scheme: +4 for each correct answer

-1 for each incorrect answer

Language of Exam :English

Exam Centre Cities: 547 cities in India and 13 cities abroad

Accepting Colleges: 53 Central, Private and Deemed to be Universities

Official Website:

• What is the CUET eligibility criteria for Undergraduates ?Students will need to have passed Class 12 from a recognised board in Science stream to take admission to bachelor’s degree programmes in the Central Universities. For the General category, the candidate needs to secure a minimum of 50 per cent in Class 12, for SC/ST, candidates need to have secured a minimum of 45 per cent in Class 12 in order to be eligible for the CUET 2022. For BTech programmes, the minimum aggregate for the General category candidates is 45 per cent and that of the reserved category candidates is 40 per cent.
• CUET Exam Pattern :
Since CUET is conducted in a computer-based mode, candidates will not get hold of the CUET question papers on the day of the exam. However, NTA will release the question papers online on its official website along with the answer keys. Candidates will also be able to download their response sheets. The CUET question papers will carry 100 multiple-choice questions (MCQs). 

• Conclusion :
As evident from the information above appearing for the CUET can be a decent alternative or a plan B for most NEET aspirants because of the similarity in the paper and syllabus. It gives the NEET aspirants a much needed cushion and a one stop Alternate exam on the basis of results of which the candidate can opt for admission into a plethora of prestigious institutions across India.
However, as time and again we’ve been asked, CUET is not another route to get into a medical school in India.
The cources offered are exclusive of MBBS or para-medical professions.
• Role of Pracbee in your CUET preparations: Pracbee offers online based 1on1 student: teacher mentorship and guide for preparing for CUET Aptitude & NEET alike.The in-depth subject knowledge and the vast experience of the teachers here is unparalleled and is likely to catapult students into their dream colleges. 

Keep following PracBee for more information and updates.

Utkarsh Singh
Utkasrh Singh is a final year student at Rajiv Gandhi University of health and science.
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