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CUET Syllabus 2024 – Subject-Wise, Exam Pattern, Books & More

08 August, 2023 By Artika Shah, IMS India

CUET, or Common University Entrance Test, is one of India’s most popular national-level entrance examinations. The students who clear CUET can enrol in 250+ of the 14 central universities and state universities nationwide for UG and PG programs. The National Testing Agency(NTA), an autonomous body established by the Ministry of Education under the Department of Higher Education, will release the CUET syllabus on the portal for all subjects. 


The NTA conducts CUET to attract highly qualified applicants to premier higher education institutions’ undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The CUET exam will be held separately and will be a compulsory test for admission into various UG courses at central universities, BHU, JNU, Delhi University, etc. 

CUET Syllabus 2024 – Overview

The Common University Entrance test (CUET) consists of three main sections: domain-subject, language, and general. Aspirants for UG admission will be tested on their knowledge and understanding of their chosen subjects through an online MCQ-based paper.

Below is the sectional division for CUET 2024: 

Section IA 13 languages

Section IB– 20 languages

Section II- 27 domain-specific subjects

Section III- General Test 


CUET Exam Pattern 


The CUET UG Syllabus 2024 will be the same as the one for NCERT class 12.

Sections Subjects/ Tests No. of Questions To be Marked Duration of the Test
Section IA 13 Languages 50 40 in each language 45 minutes for each language
Section IB 20 Languages
Section II 27 Domain-specific subject 50 40 60 minutes for [Accountancy, Economics, Physics, Computer Science/Informatics Practices, Mathematics (Applied & Core), and Chemistry]

45 minutes for rest other subjects

Section III General Test 60 50 60 minutes

Note: Candidates can select a maximum of 10 subjects from the above (all three sections combined).

The candidates should follow the below pointers for CUET 2024 Exam pattern: 

  • Exam mode: Computer-based Test (CBT) 
  • Question Type: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  • Language: 13 languages for the UG programme 
  • Time duration: Exams will be conducted on multiple days in three slots per day

Key points:

  1. The exam will be held on multiple days in three shifts, depending on the number of candidates and subjects chosen.
  2. Candidates can choose a minimum of three and ten subjects from three sections.

CUET Syllabus 2024

National Testing Agency has officially announced that the CUET UG syllabus will include the entire NCERT class 12 syllabus. The CUET 2024 syllabus is anticipated to remain the same. 


CUET Syllabus for the Language Test 

Students’ fluency in the language will be tested through reading comprehension questions based on various passages, including facts, literary, poems, narratives, grammar, and books & authors.


The following are the languages covered in Sections IA and IB, respectively.


Section IA
Hindi, English, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Assamese, Telugu, Tamil, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, and Urdu. 


Section IB 

German, Chinese, Arabic, French, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Nepali, Tibetan, Spanish, Bodo, Dogri, Konkani, Kashmiri, Manipuri, Maithili, Sindhi, and Santhali. 


CUET Syllabus for Domain Subjects 

The CUET exam syllabus for domain-specific subjects will be the same as the NCERT syllabus for Class XII. It is best to prepare for domain-specific exams using NCERT books. 


Below is a brief overview of the syllabus for the domain-specific paper:


  1. CUET Biology Exam Syllabus:

The CUET biology exam syllabus covers physical anthropology, prehistoric archaeology, social anthropology, material culture and economic anthropology, social anthropology, ecology, and ethnography. 


  1. CUET Physics Exam Syllabus: 

The CUET  physics exam syllabus includes current electricity, electrostatics, magnetic effect of recent and magnetism, electromagnetic induction and alternating current, optics, atoms and nuclei, electromagnetic waves, communication systems and the dual nature of matter and radiation.


3 . CUET Chemistry Exam Syllabus: 

The CUET Chemistry exam syllabus comprises topics including solid state, polymers, chemical kinetics, coordination compounds, surface chemistry, Haloalkanes and Haloarenes, p-block elements, general processes and principles of isolation of elements, d and f-block elements, phenols and ethers, Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic acids, organic compounds comprising biomolecules, nitrogen, electrochemistry and chemistry in everyday life. 


4. CUET Computer Science exam Syllabus:

The CUET Computer Science exam syllabus includes topics like database concepts, SQL, exception and file handling in Python, stack, computer networks, sorting, queue, understanding data, database query using SQL, data handling using Pandas- 1, data handling using Pandas-II, societal impacts, plotting data using Matpolotlib, data communication, and security aspects. 


5. CUET History Syllabus: 


CUET History syllabus comprises topics including world history, ancient civilizations, modern history, the story of the first cities of Harappan archaeology, social histories using the Mahabharata, political and economic history, History of Buddhism: Sanchi Stupa, Agrarian relations The Ain-i-Akbari, The Mughal Court: Reconstructing histories through Chronicles, Religious Histories: The Bhakti-Sufi tradition, Medival Society through Travellers’ Accounts, Colonialism and Rural Society: Evidence from Official Reports, Representations of 1857, Partition through Oral Sources, Mahatma Gandhi through Contemporary Eyes, Colonialism and Indian Towns: Town Plans and Municipal Reports and The Making of the Constitution. 

6. CUET Political Science Syllabus:

The CUET political science syllabus includes topics like international relations, political theory, comparative politics, politics in India since independence, and contemporary world politics. 


7. CUET Geography Syllabus: 

The syllabus comprises human geography: Nature and Scope, People, Human Activities, Communication and Trade, Transport, Human Settlements, and India: People and Economy. 


8. CUET Sociology Syllabus: 

The CUET Sociology Syllabus covers social institutions: social inequality and exclusion, continuity and change, the challenges of unity in diversity, social change and polity, the process of social change in India, social change and the economy, arenas of social change and social movements. 


9. CUET Psychology Syllabus: 

This section of the CUET Psychology syllabus includes variations in personality and self, psychological attributes, meeting life challenges, psychological disorders, therapeutic approaches, attitude, and social cognition, developing psychological skills, psychology, and life and social influence and group processes. 


10. CUET Business Studies Syllabus: 

The business studies syllabus consists of various areas of business management and organizational behaviour, such as the nature and importance of management, principles of management, business environment, organizing, planning, staffing, directing, controlling, business finance, marketing, financial markets, consumer protection, and entrepreneurship development. 


11. CUET Accountancy Syllabus: 

The CUET Accountancy Syllabus comprises topics like accounting not-for-profit organizations, accounting for partnerships, dissolution of partnership firms, reconstitution of partnerships, accounting for share and debenture capital, analysis of financial statements, statement of changes in financial position, overview of computerized accounting system, using computerized accounting system, accounting using database management system (DBMS) and accounting applications of electronics spreadsheet. 


12. CUET English Syllabus:


The CUET English syllabus 2024 comprises reading comprehension of different types of passages, including vocabulary, factual, literary and narrative, literary aptitude, verbal ability, reading comprehension, rearranging the parts, choosing the correct word, synonyms and antonyms. 


13. CUET Physical Education Syllabus: 

The CUET physical education syllabus comprises topics like exercise physiology, sports science, training methods, fitness training, sociological aspects of physical education, health education, and health problems, career aspects in physical education, sports injuries and first aid, biomechanics and sports, test, and measurement in sports, and psychology and sport. 


 14. CUET Mathematics Syllabus: 

The CUET Mathematics Syllabus includes topics like algebra, relations and functions, calculus, probability, vector and three-dimensional geometry, linear programming, qualification, numerical applications, numbers, time-based data and index numbers, financial mathematics, and linear programming.


15. CUET Economics Syllabus: 

The CUET Economics Syllabus comprises topics like introduction, consumer behaviour and demand, forms of market and price determination, determination of income and employment, simple applications of tools of demand and supply curves, money and banking, introductory macroeconomics, the balance of payments and government budget and the economy. 


16. CUET Legal Studies Syllabus:

This section comprises topics like laws, judiciary, tribunal adjunction, arbitration, human rights in India, alternative dispute resolution, legal services, legal maxims, the legal profession in India and the international context.


17. CUET Entrepreneurship Syllabus:

The CUET Entrepreneurship syllabus comprises entrepreneurial planning, entrepreneurial opportunity, entrepreneurial marketing, resource mobilization, enterprise, growth and strategies, and business arithmetic. 


Below is the list of subjects in section II classified as domain subjects and additional subjects:


Domain Subjects: 

Accountancy, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Economics, Geography, History, Home Science, Legal Studies, Maths, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology.

Additional Subjects: 

Physical Education, Engineering graphics, Fine arts, Knowledge & Tradition – Practices in India, Entrepreneurship, Teaching aptitude, Mass media, and Agriculture.

CUET  Syllabus for General Test 

The General Aptitude Test (GT) is the third section of the CUET exam and will include the following topics:

  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs 
  • Numerical Ability 
  • General Mental Ability 
  • Quantitative Reasoning 
  • Logical and Analytical Reasoning 


Best books for CUET syllabus 2024

Below are the books that candidates appearing for CUET can use it to prepare for their exams effectively:

  1. High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin 
  2. English Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy 
  3. Disha’s Rapid General Knowledge by Disha Experts 
  4. General Knowledge by Arihant 
  5. NCERT Biology 
  6. NCERT Physics 
  7. NCERT Chemistry. 


FAQs for CUET Syllabus 


1. What is the CUET 2024 Syllabus?

The CUET 2024 syllabus is comprehensive and comprises all key topics asked in the exam. These topics are divided into undergraduate and postgraduate papers. Papers for the CUET exam are further divided into technical and non-technical. Technical papers consist of science and mathematics sections, while non-technical papers have literature, commerce, and others.


2. What is the expected release date for the CUET Application Form 2024? 

The CUET application form will be released by the 2nd week of February 2024.


3. What will be the final date for submission of the CUET application form? 

The last date for submitting the application form is 30th March 2024.


4. Can candidates who apply for the 12th exam in 2024 apply for UG courses?

Candidates applying for the 12th-grade exam can also apply for CUET 2024. 


5. What type of questions will be included in CUET 2024 exam?

CUET 2024 exams will comprise Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) only.


6. Does the CUET syllabus remain the same for both UG and PG exams?

The syllabus of CUET is different for undergraduate and postgraduate exams. The aspirants for the UG exams will get senior secondary-level questions. The topics and questions in the PG paper will be undergraduate-level. Topics and questions will be based on the syllabus.


7. What is the marking scheme for CUET 2024 examination? 

One mark will be awarded for every correct answer, and ¼ will be deducted for each wrong answer.


8. How can I prepare for the CUET syllabus in 5 months? 

Anyone with a good understanding of the subject can complete CUET’s syllabus in less than five months. It is also recommended that aspirants review the syllabus a few times. Also, dedicate time to your CUET preparation.


9. How can I download the CUET 2024 Syllabus pdf? 

The applicants can download the CUET syllabus PDF of CUET from the official website. There is a separate syllabus PDF for both UG and PG exams. Candidates should keep a copy of the syllabus PDF handy so they can access it anytime. 


10. Why should the applicant check the CUET Syllabus? 

Preparing for the CUET exam with the right approach requires knowledge of the CUET 2024 Syllabus. Without knowledge of the syllabus, aspirants may prepare incorrectly, resulting in no questions on that subject. After reviewing the detailed syllabus, students should prepare a study plan.


11.  What is the difference between the CUET and IPMAT syllabuses? 

The CUET syllabus includes general awareness, English, aptitude, current affairs, reasoning, and other subjects. Meanwhile, the IPMAT syllabus focuses on reasoning, quantitative aptitude, reasoning, and English. CUET and IPMAT syllabuses use different approaches and strategies to prepare students for the exam.


12.  When will the CUET PG 2024 application form be released? 

The CUET PG 2024 application form will be released by the second week of February 2024.