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CUET *Common University Entrance Test (UG)

Effective preparation strategies for General Test (Section III) in CUET

The CUET exam has been introduced to help provide a uniform playing field for students across the length and breadth of the country. With so many different boards at state and national level, it becomes difficult to compare students’ marks and set cut offs for colleges. That is where CUET comes in.

With the focus on class XIIth subjects, students can be uniformly evaluated basis specific course requirements. For some courses a third section, General Test has also been introduced. This section comprises of basic maths, logical reasoning and general knowledge to test skills and aptitude required for many undergraduate disciplines. since these topics are not explicitly a part of the class 12th syllabus, following points can help you do well in General Test in CUET exam:

  1. Read – This will take care of the English language paper, English based questions and general knowledge questions in General Test Paper. Reading a newspaper daily is the most useful. Otherwise, novels from good authors can also be picked up. While reading, focus on the vocabulary and general structure of grammar used. Both these things will help in the English questions asked in the General Test paper as there are questions on vocabulary, parts of speech and jumbled sentences apart from Reading comprehension.
  2. Make notes – This is most important for the general knowledge section. As you keep reading and gather more information about various topics, organise that information at one place. So, notes related to science, history, polity, general awareness etc can be made and updated regularly. This helps in regular revision and thus retention. CUET General test paper had multiple questions on basic biology, chemistry, history and static general knowledge.
  3. Focus on basics – For maths and logical reasoning part, it is important to understand the basic concepts and their applications. Questions in the general test paper from quant and logical reasoning generally are based on a single concept and are not very advanced in terms of level of difficulty. So, focus on concepts covered till class 8th in maths namely percentage, ratios, average, basic equations, time speed distance and number systems. For logical reasoning, topics like coding-decoding, series, blood relations and puzzles should be covered thoroughly.
  4. Practice – The general test in CUET is more a test of skill than of knowledge. It tests your problem solving, time management and information organising skills. To develop any skill, practice is paramount. As a thumb rule, for every hour of theory prepared for maths or logical reasoning, at least 3 hours of practice needs to be done for the prepared topic.
  5. Mock tests – Writing mock tests at regular intervals can act as a very good feedback loop to give direction to further course of preparation. Also question that you solve on the mocks add to the practice that you have done apart from providing a clear snapshot of where you are with respect to the competition.

Keeping these points in mind and habitually following them can help you get a good score in General Test of the CUET exam without compromising on your domain subjects.