CUET Exam is the entrance exam to the various programs offered by central universities across the country. It is an all-India test being conducted by National Testing Agency in 53 central universities for admission in UG, PG, Integrated, Diploma and PhD courses. Conducted across 547 cities in India and 13 cities abroad, the National Testing Agency coordinates the exam. Preparing for CUET or the Common University Entrance Test is quite tough if you have no clue as to how to go about it. This article will help you to understand the syllabus as well as give you a few CUET Preparation Strategy tips for each section.

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CUET Exam Syllabus 

Before you finalise your CUET Preparation Strategy, the first step is to read and understand the CUET entrance exam syllabus and focus on the important topics of each section. Here we provide the syllabus for the common sections of the exam. The questions from the Domain Knowledge section test your basic knowledge in the specialization or course subject you are applying for and hence do not have a set syllabus. The syllabus of the general section A is given below:

SectionTopics Asked
English LanguageReading Comprehension, Synonyms & Antonyms, Fill in the blanks, Para-jumbles, One-word Substitutions, Sentence Correction, Idioms and Phrases, Proverbs and Prepositions, Parts of Speech, Analogy.
General AwarenessGeography, Economics, History, Politics, Current Affairs, Science, Computers, Books and Authors, Awards and Winners, Sports, Technology, Eminent Personalities, Taglines, Mergers, and Acquisitions, etc.
Mathematical Aptitude Number System, Profit and loss, ratio and proportion, Data Interpretation, Time and Work, Simple and Compound Interest, Percentage, Average and Allegation, Functions, Limits and Continuity, Logarithm, Trigonometry, Probability, Permutation and Combination, Binomial Theorem, Calculus, Complex Numbers, Complex Numbers, Coordinate Geometry.
Analytical SkillsAnalogy, Series, DirectionsNon-verbal reasoning, Series, Syllogism, Order and Ranking, Blood relations, Statement and Inference, Clock, Coding and Decoding, Data Sufficiency, Sitting Arrangement, Puzzles, Inequality, etc.

Section-wise CUET Preparation Strategy

There are a few things you can do to prepare yourself for each section of the CUET exam. Given below are tips regarding each section of the exam, that will help you to be maximum productive while preparing for the exam: 

English Language

This is the section in CUET where you can score the most. Revise all grammar concepts you learned in school and keep reading extra books when you have time in order to get acquainted with how the language is used. You can also use the following books:

  • Objective General English by S.P. Bakshi
  • Pearson’s English
  • Arihant General English for all Competitive Examinations by Hari Mohan Prashad
  • English- From Plinth to Paramount by Neetu Singh
  • High School English Grammar & Composition Revised Edition by Wren and Martin
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General Awareness

For this section, make sure that you know what is going on in the world. Read newspapers daily and stay updated on events around the world. You can also subscribe to internet quizzing apps or sites so that you can learn wherever you are, whether you have a book or not. Make use of good studying guides like the following:

  • Manorama Yearbook
  • Pratiyogita Darpan
  • Lucent’s GK
  • Pearson India Yearbook
  • Arihant General Knowledge
  • General Awareness by Manohar Panday
Mathematical Aptitude

In this section, your mathematical ability is analyzed. For this section, you should be thorough with your mathematics from 9th grade to 12th grade. And for higher mathematics, you should be versed with important formulae. This would help you do well in this part of the CUET exam. Following are some of the important CUET preparation books you can use:

  • 10 and 11 NCERT Math textbooks
  • Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal
  • 30 Days Wonder Maths by S Chand
  • Quantitative Aptitude by NK Singh
  • Quantitative Aptitude by Arihant
Analytical Skills

You can focus on the section Analytical Skills last since the only way of preparing for this section is practising continuously, even though this is an easy mark-fetching section. You can come back to it whenever you feel like taking a break from studying other sections since the questions are puzzle-like and would freshen you up a bit. The following are a few books that can be of help:

  • 10 and 11 NCERT Math textbooks
  • Verbal Reasoning Book by RS Agarwal
  • 501 Challenging Logical reasoning Practice Book
  • A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal by B.S. Sijwali and Indu Sijwali
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In addition, make sure to attempt CUET mock tests and check your scores after testing yourself on CUET previous year’s question papers. You can thus analyze which subjects you need to give more attention to. Try to devise a strategy to minimize your negative marks in these sections. Once you’re done, you are all set to write CUET Exam.

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