The CUET 2022 is going to be held between the first-second week of July. The National Testing Agency/NTA has published the syllabus for the Central University Entrance Test (CUET). Therefore, it’s time for those who have filled out the CUET application forms to familiarise themselves with the CUET 2022 syllabus. The CUET Political Science syllabus consists of 19 units divided into two halves. There are ten units dedicated to Indian politics since independence and nine to contemporary world politics. The CUET Political Science all 19 units are supposed to be equally weighted. Therefore, applicants should pay equal attention to both sections for exam success.
Political Science Syllabus for CUET 2022
The table below represents the CUET Political Science Syllabus unit division between Politics in India Since Independence and Contemporary World Politics.
|Politics in India Since Independence
|Contemporary World Politics
|The era of One-Party Dominance
|Cold War Era in World Politics
|Nation-Building and Its Problems
|The disintegration of ‘Second World’ and the Collapse of Bipolarity
|Politics of Planned Development
|US Dominance in World Politics
|India’s External Relations
|Alternative Centres of Economic and Political Power
|Challenge to and Restoration of Congress System
|South Asia in the Post-Cold War Era
|Crisis of the Constitutional Order
|International Organisations in a Unipolar World
|Regional Aspirations and Conflicts
|Security in Contemporary World
|Rise of New Social Movements
|Environment and Natural Resources in Global Politics
|Democratic Upsurge and Coalition Politics
|Globalisation and Its Critics
|Recent Issues and Challenges
Politics in India Since Independence
- The era of One-Party Dominance
First three general elections, Congress dominance at the national level, Uneven dominance at the state level, coalitional nature of Congress. Major opposition parties. The nature of Congress’s dominance.
- Nation-Building and Its Problems
The challenge of ‘refugee’ resettlement, Organisation and reorganisation of states, the Legacy of partition, Political conflicts over language, Nehru’s approach to nation-building, and the Kashmir problem.
- Politics of Planned Development
Green revolution and its political fallouts; Famine and suspension of five-year plans; Suspension of five-year plans.
- India’s External Relations
Sino-Indian war of 1962, Peace and conflict with China, Nehru’s foreign policy. India’s nuclear policy, Indo-Pak war of 1965 and 1971.
- Challenge to and Restoration of Congress System
Non-Congressism and electoral upset of 1967, Congress’ victory in 1971 elections, ‘garibi hatao’ politics. Political succession after Nehru. Congress split and reconstituted.
- Constitutional Order Crisis
Constitutional and extra-constitutional dimensions, Navnirman movement in Gujarat and the Bihar movement, Formation of the Janata Party. Search for ‘committed’ bureaucracy and judiciary, Emergency: context & resistance.
- Regional Aspirations and Conflicts
North East; Challenges and responses, Rise of regional parties, Punjab crisis and the anti-Sikh riots of 1984, The Kashmir situation.
- Rise of New Social Movements
Environment, development-affected people’s movements, Farmers’ movements, Women’s movements, Implementation of Mandal Commission report and its aftermath.
- Democratic Upsurge and Coalition Politics
The Rise of the JD and the BJP, UF and NDA governments, The increasing role of regional parties and coalition politics Elections 2004 and UPA government, and the Participatory upsurge in the 1990s.
- Recent Issues and Challenges
Challenge of and Responses to Globalisation: – New economic policy and opposition; Political Rise of Other Backward Classes: Rise of OBCs in North Indian politics, ‘Mandal’ implemented, Political fallout- Dalit politics in the electoral and non-electoral arena; Communalism, Secularism, Democracy, Ayodhya dispute, Demolition and after, Gujarat riots. Challenge of and Responses to Globalisation: – New economic policy and opposition; Political Rise of Other Backward Classes: Rise of OBCs in North Indian politics, ‘Mandal’ implemented, Political fallout- Dalit politics in the electoral and non-electoral arena; Communalism, Secularism, Democracy, Ayodhya dispute, Demolition and after Gujarat riots.
Contemporary World Politics
- Cold War Era in World Politics
Arenas of the cold war. Challenges to Bipolarity: Non-Aligned Movement, the quest for new international economic order. India and the cold war, The emergence of two power blocs after the second world war.
- Disintegration of the ‘2nd World’ and the Collapse of Bipolarity
Introduction and end of Bipolarity, The Soviet system, Soviet disintegration and its consequences, India’s relations with Russia and other post-communist countries,
- US Dominance in World Politics
Dominance and challenge to world politics, Afghanistan, the first Gulf War, response to 9/11 and the attack on Iraq, India’s renegotiation of its relationship with the USA, and Hegemony.
- Alternative Centres of Economic and Political Power
Creation, and expansion of the European Union, Rise of China as an economic power in post- Mao era, ASEAN. India’s changing relations with China.
- South Asia in the Post-Cold War Era
India’s relations with its neighbours, Democratisation and its reversals in Pakistan and Nepal, Impact of economic globalisation on the region, Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka, Peace and Cooperation.
- International Organisations in a Unipolar World
India’s position in the restructured UN, How democratic and accountable are the new institutions of global governance? Restructuring and the future of the United Nations, Rise of new international actors: new international economic organisations, NGOs.
- Security in Contemporary World
Issues of human rights and migration, Non-traditional or human security: global poverty, health, and education, Traditional concerns of security and politics of disarmament.
- Environment and Natural Resources in the Global Politics
Rights of indigenous people, Environment movement and evolution of global environmental norms, Conflicts over traditional and common property resources, India’s stand-in global environmental debates
- Globalisation and Its Critics
Anti-globalization movements, Debates on the nature of consequences of globalisation, India is an arena of globalisation and struggles against its economic, cultural and political manifestations.
The CUET test will be conducted in two slots, and the exam mode will be CBT. The first slot will be 45-195 minutes long, whereas the duration of the second slot is 45-225 minutes. These slots have four parts: Section IA, Section A B, Section II and Section III. Division I A has 13 languages, IB has 19 optional languages, Section II has 27 specific-domain subjects, and section III has a General test paper. Students can choose a maximum of three language papers from sections I, A and B and in section II maximum of 6 papers can be selected. Either student can choose one language paper from sections 1 A and B and four domain-specific subjects or Two languages from Section IA and Section I B and three domain-specific subjects. Students will also have a General Test paper in Section III. Five marks will be awarded for correct answers, and one mark will be deducted for wrong ones. If none of the options is correct, a question is incorrect, or a question is dropped, all candidates who attempted the dropped question will receive five marks. The table below summaries the CUET exam slot 1&2 exam pattern.
|No. of questions to be attempted
|Duration of Exam
|Language (One of the 13 languages opted in Section IA)
|40 out of 50
|45 minutes per language
|Domain-Specific Subjects (Max. 2 subjects)
|40 out of 50
|45 minutes per subject
|60 out of 75
|No. of questions to be attempted
|Duration of exam
|Language – any one of the remaining 12 languages chosen in Section IA (if one already taken in slot 1) and one from Section IB – as applicable)
|40 out of 50
|45 minutes per language
|Domain-Specific Subjects (Max. 4 subjects)
|40 out of 50
|45 minutes per language
Preparation Strategy for Political Science CUET 2022 Exam
Know Your Syllabus
The first step in CUET preparation is to familiarize yourself with the test’s syllabus. Mastering the entire course of study is the key to success. All applicants are strongly advised to thoroughly review the course materials so that no stone remains unturned on the exam day.
Make a Study Plan
Students must create a study schedule or plan of action to qualify for CUET. Creating a comprehensive study plan that includes revision and a practice test is essential for preparing. So what are you waiting for? Create an effective plan today and stick to it until exam day.
Set Time-Bound Goals
Setting and achieving time-bound goals is critical for anyone who wants to succeed. Every student works hard for the exam, but some achieve their objectives while others do not. If you are a candidate who did not achieve your desired goals, you should consider setting short-term and time-bound goals. Dividing your days or hours, for example, into days or hours to accomplish smaller goals (such as learning and revising specific chapters, units, or concepts) will help you to turn it into a bigger picture or, say, ace the exam.
Another critical aspect of preparation is revising. Candidates who have studied all of the material should consider re-examination. They can benefit from revision because it improves their ability to recall what they have learned and answer efficiently and quickly. As a result, they perform better than their peers.
Sample papers, mock test papers, and previous year’s question papers are essential tools for exam preparation. Practice with these papers can reveal a candidate’s strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, aspirants are encouraged to take as many mock tests as possible to improve their accuracy, speed, time management, and overall performance.
1. Why is it crucial for me to know the CUET Syllabus?
It is essential that students fully grasp and understand the CUET syllabus to avoid missing any portions and maintain a consistent pattern. After receiving the syllabus in its entirety, a comprehensive study plan can be devised. A well-organised syllabus also assists candidates in determining which topics to cover first and which to skip for later.
2. How to stay motivated throughout CUET exam preparation?
With enough motivation, any obstacle, including an entrance exam, can be overcome. Be optimistic because success in your entrance will help you achieve your long-term goals and aspirations—Google how others found their dream college through CUET and their strategies. Think about how bright your future can be once you clear the exam. Discuss the positive aspects of the exam with peers, such as what you learned while preparing for CUET, which you did not know earlier. Remember, even if you become unsuccessful due to any unwanted reason, you will still learn a lot (such as time management, dedication, note-making, etc.) that would be helpful for your upcoming future. Lastly, seek professional assistance if necessary.
3. What is covered by CUET Section III, i.e. the General test paper? Is it difficult to score well in it?
The CUET General test paper covers the following areas:
1. General Knowledge
2. Current Affairs
3. Numerical Ability
4. Arithmetic/algebra geometry/mensuration/stat taught till Grade 8
5. Quantitative Reasoning
6. Logical and Analytical Reasoning
7. General Mental Ability
Although many students find this Section challenging to score, you can do it by staying updated with proper strategy and practice.
4. What does the CUET Political Science paper consist of?
The two significant sections of the CUET Political Science paper contain a total of 19 units. There are ten units dedicated to Indian politics since independence and nine to contemporary world politics. All 19 of these units are expected to carry equal weightage on the CUET exam for Political Science. Since both are equally important for exam success, students should pay equal attention to them.
5. Can I prepare for my XII boards and CUET simultaneously?
Yes, you can! Students do not need to prepare entirely different strategies for both exams. Since the CUET (UG) 2022 syllabus is based on Class XII, the strategy and hard work required to do well in CUET will benefit candidates preparing for the board exams.
6. How many sections are there in the CUET exam?
The CUET exam pattern consists of three sections in the exam Section I (IA and IB) assesses a candidate’s knowledge of the core subjects they wish to study at the undergraduate level, whereas Section II evaluates their general knowledge. Finally, Section III examines their overall knowledge regarding current affairs, logical and critical thinking ability, etc.
You might have become aware that political science has 19 units to cover. Developing a winning strategy is difficult, even with a test as complex as the CUET. While the value of hard work, the demands of the school curriculum, and so on can be debated, it also takes perseverance and determination and the right resources and mentorship. However, a clear plan for preparing for CUET” is unquestionably required. By targeting the specific topics and the right strategy (as mentioned in this article), you can perform outstandingly in the exam and get into your dream college.