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Complete syllabus for General Test in CUET Exam

Rahul Sharma
Rahul Sharma
IIM Ahmedabad Alumnus. 100%iler in CAT 2016,2020 and 2021. Appeared twice for IAS interview.

The general test in CUET exam comprises mainly of four broad areas – Maths, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge and English Usage. The level of difficulty of the exam is such that students from different academic backgrounds are able to attempt the General Test paper. This paper is used by most of the universities for some or the other course they offer. Following is a detailed breakdown of the syllabus for each section of the General Test

  1. Quantitative Aptitude (Maths) – The syllabus for this section are topics covered till Class 8th according to the NCERT books. Therefore, a student is expected to focus on topics like – Percentages, Simple Interest, Ratio, Average (Mean, Median, Mode), Powers, Linear Equations, 2 D Mensuration, Time and Work and Basic Number System (HCF, LCM, Divisibility etc). While preparing, the student has to focus on application of concepts, and so the best means to develop expertise is to practice as many questions as possible. Around 20 questions can be expected form this section and time devoted to these questions in the actual exam should not be more than 25 mins.
  2. Logical reasoning – Most of the questions asked in CUET 2022 exam in the General Test from logical reasoning were stand alone questions. So, the important topics to practice here would be coding – decoding, number-based puzzles, visual reasoning, venn diagram, blood relations, cubes, syllogisms and alphabet puzzles. In the actual CUET exam, around 15 – 20 questions can be expected from this section and not more than 20 minutes should be spent in attempting those questions. So, while practicing for the General Test logical reasoning questions it would be prudent to practice short timed tests to develop speed in these questions.
  3. General Knowledge – For exams, General Knowledge is divided into two parts – Static and Current. But the division is not water tight. In the CUET exam there have been questions on static GK which are related to a current affairs. Thus, it is important to have a good reading habit to ace this exam. Reading a newspaper or magazine will go a long way in ensuring good marks in General Test of the CUET exam. Apart from that, static GK related to subjects like biology, physics, chemistry, history and geography should be prepared up till Class 8th. Also keep lists of important days, currencies, capitals, acronyms and sobriquets for regular revision as questions from these topics are highly likely to be asked in the General Test of the CUET exam
  4. English Usage – Most of the questions are vocab based like analogies, synonyms, antonyms, odd one out, alphabetic arrangement and rearrangement based. Though the words asked are generally not very difficult, it would be a good idea to make a word list overtime so that common words do not create confusion in the exam.

A total of about 35 questions can be expected from General Knowledge and English usage in the General Test of the CUET exam. The ideal time to attempt these questions in the actual CUET exam would be around 15 to 20 mins.

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