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Navigating the New Terrain: The 2024 Changes to the CUET( UG )  Exam

The Common University Entrance Test (CUET), a pivotal gateway for students aspiring to enter India's central , State and private universities, has undergone significant modifications for its 2024 iteration. The registration dates are from 27th Feb to 26 March . The exam will be held from 15th May to 31st May.

 These changes, announced by the National Testing Agency (NTA), aim to streamline the examination process and make it more accessible and efficient for students nationwide. This blog post delves into the specifics of these changes, exploring how they are set to reshape the CUET landscape.

# Transition to Pen-and-Paper Mode for High-Registration Subjects

In a notable shift from the exclusively computer-based testing (CBT) format, the CUET 2024 will revert to the traditional pen-and-paper mode for subjects that attract a high number of registrations. This move is designed to accommodate the logistical challenges and digital divide faced by students in various parts of the country. By offering a pen-and-paper mode, the NTA seeks to ensure that all candidates, regardless of their access to computer facilities, have an equitable opportunity to compete. This change acknowledges the diverse socio-economic backgrounds of the student population and aims to mitigate any undue stress associated with the online testing format.

# Consolidation of Test Components to Six

Another significant revision is the reduction in the number of tests a candidate can take, streamlined to six. Earlier the students could choose up to 10 total subjects( including language and general test)   This restructuring is intended to reduce the complexity and duration of the examination process, making it more manageable for students. The six components will include:

1. Three Domain Subjects: Candidates are required to choose three subjects relevant to their desired field of study. This focus on domain-specific knowledge underscores the importance of subject proficiency in higher education.

2. One Mandatory Language: Recognizing the importance of linguistic skills, one language test has been made compulsory. This component aims to assess the candidate's proficiency in comprehension and communication, which are critical for academic success.

3. One Optional Language or Domain Subject: Offering flexibility, this option allows candidates to choose an additional language or another domain subject. This choice enables students to tailor their test to align with their interests and academic goals.

4. General or Aptitude Test: This newly introduced component combines logical reasoning, quantitative reasoning, verbal ability, and general knowledge sections. It is designed to evaluate the candidate's critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and awareness of the world around them. This comprehensive approach seeks to identify well-rounded candidates who possess both subject-specific knowledge and general aptitude.

# Centre Choice 

Choice of Centre Cities will be limited to the State of Permanent Address or State of Present Address only. The candidate can provide up to a maximum of 04 cities as options

The decision to run a CBT / Pen & Paper examination in those cities will lie with the NTA and will be dependent on multiple factors. In case, there are very few candidates from a City, the NTA reserves the right to merge one, two, or more cities.

The Common University Entrance Test (CUET) for 2024 has introduced several significant changes to improve the admission process and make it more convenient for both students and universities. Here's a summary of the key changes:

#Duration of the Examination- The examination will now be concluded within two weeks instead of being conducted over a month. There will be 3 shifts maximum in a day based on the number of candidates for a center and  a particular subject. 

 #Increase in Participating Universities: The number of universities participating in CUET has increased , giving students more options for undergraduate and postgraduate admissions. For CUET 2024, the participating universities are categorized into central, state, deemed, private, and other universities. Here is the breakdown of the types and numbers of universities participating:

  • Central Universities: 46

  • State Universities: 44

  • Deemed Universities: 32

  • Private Universities: 134

  • Other Universities: 3

This brings the total to 259 universities offering admission to undergraduate programs through the CUET UG entrance exam. The addition of universities like Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University and The English and Foreign Languages University to the list highlights the expanding scope of CUET 2024​​. The CUET is going to be the most important exam as the registrations are increasing at a remarkable rate. NTA has recorded a total 16.85 lakh registrations for CUET 2023. Out of these, 13.95 lakh have paid the fees and submitted the application form. There has been an increase of 4 lakh student registration from the debut edition of CUET in 2022, as per NTA.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has introduced two new disciplines to the Common University Entrance Test (CUET-UG) 2024. Tourism and Fashion Studies are two new topics. Candidates who intend to study undergraduate courses in these topics can choose for the same when filling out the application forms.

Resources for CUET preparation:

Verbal and non-verbal reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal

Data interpretation by Arun Sharma.

Analytical Reasoning by M K Pandey

R.S. Aggarwal Books for Science subjects

T.S. Grewal Books for Commerce subjects

NCERT Exemplar for each domain subject

Online YouTube content is freely available for specific subjects

NCERT 10th standard Math book

General Knowledge by Arihant Publication.

Manorama Yearbook.

The Hindu.

The Indian Express.

The Economist.

Don't Miss Out! CUET UG 2024 Correction Window Opens April 2nd

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has announced the dates for the crucial CUET UG 2024 application correction window. This is your chance to rectify any errors made during the initial registration process.

Here's what you need to know:

CUET UG 2024 Correction Window Dates: The window will be open for a limited period, from April 2nd, 2024, to April 3rd, 2024. Ensure you make any necessary changes within this timeframe. What Can Be Corrected: You can edit various details in your application form during this window. These may include:● Personal Information: Any errors in your name, date of birth, or other personal details.● Educational Details: Mistakes in your academic qualifications or board details.● Examination Center Preference: If you wish to change your preferred exam centre (subject to availability).● Uploaded Documents: Rectify any errors in scanned copies of documents like certificates or photographs.

Important Reminders:

Double-Check: Carefully review your application form before submitting corrections.● No Further Changes: This is your final opportunity to make edits. The application form will be locked after the correction window closes.● Official Website: All corrections must be made through the official CUET UG website:

Written by Vikram Soni- Team Jitin Chawla


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