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

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

In CUET exam, why has the general test section been introduced?

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 12th subjects through CUET exam, students can be uniformly evaluated basis specific course requirements. For some courses a third section, General Test has also been introduced.

It is very important for students to understand the syllabus, pattern and question types that are likely to come in the general test section, which is also known as section C.

This section comprises of basic maths, logical reasoning and general knowledge to test skills and aptitude required for many undergraduate disciplines.

How to prepare for the general test section of CUET?

Since the topics tested in CUET general test section, are not explicitly a part of the class 12th syllabus, following points can help you do well in General Test in CUET exam:

Read as much as possible

This activity 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 thing you can do while preparing for CUET General Test section.

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.

Make notes wherever you feel there is need of it

Making notes is most important for the general knowledge section. The CUET general knowledge has two broad areas: static general knowledge and current affairs.

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.

While revising the different topics of general test section, you cannot go through all the questions again. Notes can come to your rescue at such times and in such cases.

Focus on basics right from the start of your preparation

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.

Practice as much as you can

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. The questions that you practice must have variety and should be of varied difficulty. This will help you remember concept and apply them effectively.

Write sectional tests and mock tests

While preparing for CUET exam, writing mock tests at regular intervals can act as a very good feedback loop to give direction to further course of preparation.

Also, questions 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. But you should not make the mistake of writing mocks too early or too late.

If you start too early, you might make too many mistakes and get demotivated or become complacent because you performed better than you had expected. On the other hand, if you start too late, you may not get enough practice to maximize your score and work on your weak areas.

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.

To boost your CUET preparation, we have designed questions and videos, with good number of practice questions, sectional tests, and mock tests. You may try our CUET general test course and English language course here.

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