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Juggling between Class 12th board exams and the looming Common University Entrance Test (CUET) might feel like walking on a tightrope with textbooks in one hand and practice papers in the other! But don’t worry, for this blog is your ultimate guide to acing the CUET while keeping your Class 12th preparations on track. Whether you’re an aspiring engineer, a budding accountant, or pursuing any other academic dream, we’ve got your back with tips, tricks, and a perfect roadmap to kickstart your CUET exam preparation without letting the board exams stress you out. So, let’s dive in and unlock the secrets to mastering both your academic challenges like a pro!

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CUET Exam Preparation: When to Start

Ideally, students should start preparing for the CUET UG along with their Class 12th studies. It’s essential to strike a balance between board exam preparation and entrance exam preparation. Starting early, around 6 to 9 months before the CUET UG exam date, will give students sufficient time to cover the entire syllabus without compromising their board exam preparation.

Section-wise Guide to CUET Exam Preparation

The CUET UG syllabus typically consists of four sections: English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, and General Knowledge. 


CUET Domain Subjects 2024

General Test
Section IA  Section IB

Minimum: 2-3 Subjects Maximum: 6 Subjects

Assamese Kashmiri Accountancy Dance General Knowledge
Bengali Bodo Agriculture Kathak Current Affairs
English Dogri Anthropology Bharatnatyam General Mental Ability
Gujarati Maithili Biology/ Biotechnology/ Biochemistry Odissi Logical and Analytical Reasoning
Hindi Manipuri Business Studies Kathakali Numerical Ability
Telugu Santhali Chemistry Kuchipudi Quantitative Reasoning
Punjabi Tibetian Computer Science/ Informatics Practices Manipuri
Kannada Japanese Economics/ Business Economics Drama – Theatre
Malayalam Chinese Engineering Graphics Music General
Marathi French Entrepreneurship Hindustani
Odia Konkani Environmental Studies Carnatic
Tamil Spanish Fine Arts/ Visual Arts Rabindra Sangeet
Urdu German Geography/ Geology Percussion
Nepali History Non-Percussion
Persian Home Science Physical education/ NCC/ Yoga
Italian Knowledge Tradition and Practices of India Physics
Arabic Legal Studies Political Science
Sindhi Mass Media/ Mass Communication Psychology
Russian Mathematics Sanskrit
Sanskrit Performing Arts Sociology
Teaching Aptitude

Here are some insights on how to prepare CUET sections:

English Language

  1. Read regularly: Develop a habit of reading newspapers, magazines, and good quality books to improve your reading comprehension and vocabulary.
  2. Grammar and Vocabulary: Brush up on grammar rules and expand your CUET vocabulary by learning new words and their usage.
  3. Practice Writing: Regularly practise essay writing and letter/precis writing to improve your writing skills.

Books for CUET English Language

  • English Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy
  • CUET (UG) English by Jamboree
  • High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren &Martin

Quantitative Aptitude:

  1. Strengthen Basics: Ensure you have a good understanding of fundamental concepts in mathematics from Class 9th to 12th.
  2. Practice Regularly: Solve a variety of problems from different topics like algebra, geometry, trigonometry, etc.
  3. Time Management: Focus on quick problem-solving techniques to improve your speed and accuracy during the exam.

Books for CUET Quantitative Aptitude

  • CUET Complete Mathematics by Jamboree
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by R.S. Sharma
  • Shortcuts in Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by Disha Experts
  • Test of Arithmetic by Arihant


  1. Understand Concepts: Get familiar with different types of reasoning questions such as verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, logical reasoning, etc.
  2. Practice: Solve a wide range of reasoning problems to improve your analytical and logical thinking abilities.
  3. Identify Patterns: Learn to identify patterns and relationships between elements in a problem.

Books for CUET Reasoning

  • CUET Analytical Reasoning & Logical Reasoning by Jamboree
  • Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey

General Knowledge

  1. Stay Updated: Keep yourself updated with current affairs by reading newspapers, following news websites, and watching news channels.
  2. General Awareness: Cover important topics like history, geography, science, politics, and other relevant subjects.
  3. Solve Practice Papers: Solve previous years’ GK question papers and participate in online quizzes to test your knowledge.

Booklist for General Awareness

  • CUET 2024: Ultimate General Knowledge Guide for DU | BHU | JNU | JMI | AMU by AMU by Jamboree
  • General Knowledge by Arihant

Balancing Class 12th and CUET UG Preparation

  1. Create a Study Schedule: Plan your study schedule in such a way that you allocate sufficient time for both Class 12th subjects and CUET UG preparation.
  2. Prioritise Class 12th: During board exam times or when exams are nearing, give priority to Class 12th preparation to score well in your board exams.
  3. Use Free Time Wisely: Utilise breaks between board exam preparation for quick revisions or solving practice questions for the CUET UG.
  4. Seek Support from Teachers: If you are struggling to manage both, communicate with your teachers and seek their guidance on managing studies effectively.

CUET Exam Preparation: Choosing Domain Subjects

While selecting your Domain Subjects for CUET, your decision should be based on two things –

  1. Consider Future Career Goals: Students should contemplate their long-term career goals and how a specific domain subject aligns with those aspirations. Some professions may require specific subjects or educational backgrounds, so students should keep that in mind when making their choice.
  2. Check University-specific Course Requirements: Every college and program has its own eligibility criteria for CUET Domain Subjects specific to different courses. For example, to study B. Com. (Hons.) in Delhi University students are required to appear in CUET with any of the following subject combinations:

A. Combination I: Any one Language from List A + Mathematics/Applied Mathematics + Any two subjects out of which at least one should be from List B1, Or,

B. Combination II: Any one Language from List A + Accountancy/Book Keeping + Any two subjects out of which at least one should be from List B1.

The merit will be based on the best CUET scores obtained from any of the above-mentioned combinations of subjects. The details about List A, B1 and B2 are in the next section. Remember, consistent efforts and a well-balanced approach are crucial for success in both Class 12th exams and the CUET UG. By starting early and following a disciplined study plan, you can excel in both examinations. If you are struggling with your CUET Prep, click here to book a free CUET Demo class!

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