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CUET Exam Reservation Policy 2024: Equal Opportunities

Author : Akash Kumar Singh

Updated On : November 17, 2023


Overview: Do you want to make the most of your CUET 2024 admissions experience? Dive into the NTA's CUET Reservation Policy, which includes everything from category-specific benefits to intriguing fee structures and a comprehensive seat allocation analysis for India's best universities. Learn about your eligibility and the path to a more accessible higher education in India. 

The CUET 2024 Reservation Policy, as administered by the NTA, will be in effect for the following academic year. Individuals who fall into one of the established categories get specific advantages. This policy has been developed for 2024 by the CUET system, which covers admissions to undergraduate courses at numerous universities. 

The UGC Chairman highlighted that institutions can use CUET scores for both regular and reserved admissions, preserving each university's own reservation criteria. Applicants must be aware of the reservation policies of each central university they are considering. 

Candidates in the reserved category are constantly provided with an advantage over other applicants. With a set of CUET reservation policies 2024, NTA established CUET entrance exam for UG program admissions into Central, State, Deemed, and Private universities. 

Check the reservation policies of the individual colleges before applying for admission to a specific central university. 

NTA CUET Reservation Policy 2024 

Knowing the CUET reservation policy can help you comprehend the benefits, such as application fees, cutoff marks, and course fees, during the CUET admission process. 

NTA has some ground rules and CUET reservation criteria in accordance with the rules established by the Government of India. 

Read more: Central University Admission through CUET

CUET Exam Application Fees 2024 as per Reservation 

The table below details the CUET application fee for each category. If you are an OBC, confirm and verify your status on the NCBC website. The rest fall into the general category. 

Subjects General (UR) OBC (NCL)/EWS SC/ST/PwBD/Third gender International Candidates
Upto 03 Subjects ₹ 750/- ₹ 700/- ₹ 650/- ₹ 3750/-
Upto 07 Subjects ₹ 1500/- ₹ 1400/- ₹ 1300/- ₹ 7500/-
Upto 10 Subjects ₹ 1750/- ₹ 1650/- ₹ 1550/- ₹ 11000/-

Note: The candidate will be accountable for paying the processing fees and GST. 

CUET Reservation Policy 2024 Documents 

NTA does not consider changes to categories or subcategories. Initially, what is mentioned on the application form will be taken into account throughout the admissions process. 

Documents required for each student category for applying for CUET examinations are listed below: 

Failure to provide the documentation will place you in the default category. 

GEN-EWS category / EWS reservation in CUET 

  • The GEN-EWS certificate (Annexure-IA) must be submitted with the CUET 2024 application
  • If the candidate fails to upload, he or she must upload a declaration [Declaration in Lieu of Gen-EWS Certificate at Annexure-IB] to that effect during online registration (Reference: No.F.No.20013/01/2018-BC-II). 

OBC-NCL category / OBC reservation in CUET

  • The OBC-NCL certificate (Annexure-IIA) must be submitted to the CUET UG 2024 application. 
  • If the candidate fails to upload, he or she must submit a declaration [Declaration in Lieu of OBC-NCL Certificate as per Annexure-IIB] to that effect. For the most recent guidelines and updates on the Central List of State-Wide OBCs, visit http://www.ncbc.nic.in. 

SC or ST category 

  • Certificate (Annexure-III) must be uploaded in accordance with the latest Government of India guidelines. 

PwBD category 

  • The notified medical authority's UDID/Annexure-IV (Form-PwBD(II))/Annexure-V (Form-PwBD(III))/AnnexureVI (Form-PwBD(IV)), whichever is relevant, must be uploaded. 
  • Dyslexic candidates must submit Annexure-VII (Form-DYSLEXIC-1) 
  • Annexure-VIII (Form-DYSLEXIC 2) should be used instead of Annexure-IV (FormPwBD(II))/Annexure-V (Form-PwBD(III))/Annexure-VI (Form-PwBD(IV)). 
  • Only patients with Dyslexia who are classified as "severe" may apply under the PwBD category. In such circumstances, Annexure-VII (Form DYSLEXIC-1) and Annexure-VIII (Form DYSLEXIC-2) must be combined and uploaded as a single pdf file. 

Refer: CUET Documents Required

CUET Provisions and Facilities for PwBD Candidates 

In the event of physical disability, the assistance of a Scribe is provided since it is necessary to write the examination under the supervision of the CMO/ Civil Surgeon/ Medical Superintendent of a Government Health Care Institution. 

According to government guidelines, such students are provided with a compensatory time of 15 minutes for 45-minute tests and 20 minutes for one-hour exams. Applicants who are: 

  • Dyslexic or visually impaired  
  • Have a problem with your upper limbs  
  • Have you lost any fingers or hands? 

Can access the facility of the scribe. These services are in accordance with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment's office memorandum. 

Remember to opt the facility when completing the online application form. 

The candidate must present a PwBD certificate or Dyslexic certificates (Forms DYSLEXIC 1 and DYSLEXIC 2). 

Only the National Testing Agency can provide the Scribe. Candidates will be "not" permitted to bring their own scribe. 

Know more: Self Declaration Form For CUET

CUET Reservation Policy 2024 Important Points 

  • Reservations for individuals with specific disabilities require a minimum degree of disability of 40%. 
  • The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment [Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan)] notified the "Guidelines will assess the extent of "specified disability" in a person to assess the extent of specified disability in a person included under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (49 of 2016)" in the Gazette of India on 4 January 2018. 

Read more: CUET Exam Pattern

CUET Seat Reservation for Central Universities 2024 

CUET Reservation Policy 2024 are as follows:  

Categories CUET Reservation Percentage
General Economically Weaker Sections (GEN-EWS) 10%
Scheduled Castes (SC) 15%
Scheduled Tribes (ST) 7.50%
Other Backward Classes (Non-creamy layer) 27%
Persons with Disabilities 5% in each category

The number of seats available in each category differs by college and course. Before enrolling for the CUET exam 2024, go to the official university website for which you are applying. 

Check: CUET Course List

CUET Reservation Policy 2024 and Admission Policy 

  • Simply taking CUET (UG) - 2024 does not ensure admission to the desired university. 
  • Selection and admission are dependent on satisfying the admission criteria, eligibility, merit list, medical fitness, original document verification, and other conditions specified by the University to which you apply. 
  • Admissions for their individual programs are handled at the Central Universities (CUs) level. 
  • Following the announcement of the CUET 2024 result by NTA, each of the Central Universities will announce the counselling/admission schedule and merit list based on the University. 
  • After the CUET UG 2024 results are announced, candidates are recommended to proceed to the applied university's website for all admission-related procedures/questions. 
  • The NTA has no involvement in the preparation of the merit list. 

Read more: CUET Exam Counselling


This CUET Reservation Policy is essential for ensuring that all students, regardless of background, have equal access to educational opportunities.

The CUET Reservation Policy 2024 provides a fair and equitable policy that allows students from varied backgrounds to pursue higher education at India's leading universities. 

Check: CUET University List

Key Takeaways:

  • The CUET 2024 Reservation Policy, administered by NTA, covers undergraduate admissions across various universities.
  • Application fees vary based on category and number of subjects chosen.
  • Specific documents are required for each reservation category.
  • Provisions like scribes and additional time are provided for candidates with physical disabilities.
  • CUET reservations for Central Universities in 2024 are divided among GEN-EWS, SC, ST, OBC, and Persons with Disabilities.
  • Taking the CUET 2024 doesn't guarantee admission; various criteria, including merit lists, play a role.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CUET 2024 Reservation Policy?

Do reserved category candidates have any advantages in the CUET?

What documents do I need to submit for my reserved category during the CUET application process?

What provisions are available for PwBD candidates during the CUET exam?

What's the minimum disability percentage to be eligible for CUET reservations for persons with specified disabilities?

How are CUET seat reservations distributed among different categories for Central Universities in 2024?

Who handles the preparation of the Merit List for CUET admissions?