Should a student opt for General Test in the CUET Exam?
The Central University Entrance Test (CUET) which replaces the CUCET from 2022 is now the single-entry point for many central, state and private universities. The structure of the CUET exam ensures that subjects from Class XII syllabus are adequately represented and students get a level playing field.
For the same reason, the CUET exam has been divided into three sections – Section 1 (Language), section2 (Domain Subjects) and section 3 (General Test). Colleges and Universities can decide the combination of subjects they wish to consider for admission to different courses.
Some courses have compulsory domain subject requirements, whereas for others, students can have any combination of subjects which they had in Class XII boards.
Section 3 (General Test) is a paper based on aptitude and general knowledge and, so, is not a part of most of the board exams held in India. As a result, students are in a dilemma about applying for the general test, thinking that it might increase their preparation requirements and compromise their board preparations as well. So, what should be the right thing to do? Read on…
In addition to the domain subjects and language paper, section 3 (General Test) in CUET can be a good option to go for, for the following reasons:
1. Creates more options – For some of the courses, General Test, along with a language paper, is the only combination that the student can opt for. These courses include the integrated Journalism Course in DU, BBA+MBA course in NICAMR etc.
Also, for some courses, General Test is compulsory, in addition to a domain subject and language. For example, for all BBA related courses like BMS, BBA (FIA) and BBE courses in DU, General Test is compulsory.
These courses are offered by Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies among other colleges. Further, general test can help create alternate combinations for some programs.
For example, students applying to B.Com in DU have to select a language, and 3 subjects form section 2 or they can select a language, 1 subject from section 2 and the General Test.
So, a student who has selected the General Test in addition to the domain subjects can choose the combination with a better score and increase his or her chances of selection to the desired college.
2. Choice of attempt – The general test has 75 questions spread over general knowledge, logical reasoning and basic numerical ability. A student has to attempt only 60 questions out of these 75, ensuring enough room for a student to attempt questions in the area they are most comfortable.
Someone who is not very comfortable in Maths can still end up scoring well by preparing for the GK part and vice versa. There is no minimum attempt required for each subtopic amongst general knowledge, logical reasoning and numerical ability.
3. Syllabus till class 8th – To make the paper more inclusive, the level of the paper has been designed such that no specialized knowledge is required for attempting the paper. By revising concepts and practicing from the right kind of material, a student can expect to master the paper with minimum effort. With the right guidance, the output achieved can be substantial.
It therefore makes a lot of sense to apply for the General test with the domain subjects. Regular practice and reading will go a long way in making sure that it becomes a worthwhile investment