University Grants Commission, aka UGC, recently introduced an entrance examination for the students who want to gain admission into government institutions in India after school studies. It is denoted as Common University Entrance Test (CUET). Also, this exam is going to be the first-ever common examination for getting admission into Undergraduate programs in central universities.
As the CUET 2022 is coming up soon, the biggest question among students is, “Is a month enough to prepare for the exam?” Like any other entrance examination, CUET needs maximum preparation and well-executed learning techniques to score decent marks. Therefore, this article will talk about the tips and strategies that one should follow in order to secure maximum marks in the CUET exam in just a month.
One-month preparation timetable for CUET 2022
A study plan is a must; it does not matter if it’s a 3-month or just a 1-month study plan. Without proper planning, it is not easy to cover the syllabus. NTA (National Testing Agency) has announced the exam pattern, and here is what the students need to focus on:
- Analytical skills
- General awareness
- Mathematical aptitude
- Domain-specific syllabus
Furthermore, the below-provided is the overall everyday study plan to kickstart the preparation for the CUET exam:
|Article reading||30 minutes|
|Logical reasoning||2 hours|
|Domain-specific subjects||2 hours|
|Languages (mainly English)||45 minutes|
|General knowledge (current affairs)||45 minutes|
It is essential to allocate at least 8 hours a day for studying since there is not much time left. The students need to make sure they cover every aspect of the exam and prepare accordingly. Let us further see strategies that will be applicable for each section.
Preparing for CUET Quantitative section in one month
To clear this section, the students must be thorough with elementary-level mathematics. It is advised that they spend 2 hours daily going through the basic mathematical concepts. While doing so, they should focus on the following concepts:
- Number system
- Profit & loss
- Quadratic equations
- Time, speed, and distance concepts
These are very basic concepts that the students might have studied in their primary and secondary schooling, so revising them will not be that big of an issue.
A reference book the students can use is the ‘Quantitative aptitude by R.S Aggarwal’. The concepts are explained in a simple manner. Therefore, the students should utilise this book for the quantitative section of the CUET examination.
Furthermore, regular practice is a must because it will always help the students acquire the concepts quickly. So, the students are advised to practice as many problems as possible in order for them to enhance their time management and problem-solving skills. It will also help them boost their confidence level.
Preparing for CUET English section in one month
According to the pattern set by the NTA, the students can expect 7 or 8 questions from the English section. Since it is a language subject, preparing in under a month will not be a problem. However, the students should consider it equally to other sections and start working on it. Following are some of the things they need to keep in mind:
- The students can start by reading daily newspapers or magazines, which will help them improve their English comprehension skills. They can do it for 20-30 minutes in the morning.
- To prepare for the English section, the students can use ‘English is Easy’ by BSC Publications. It is one of the most recommended books.
- They should try to learn 20 new words every day and write them in a separate notebook. It will be highly helpful in improving vocabulary.
- Grammar and comprehensive reading skills are essential to score good marks in this section.
- The students can also attempt previous years’ question papers. Doing that will help them get used to the exam and understand what questions will be asked.
Therefore, the students can take around 2 hours to prepare for the English section in the CUET examination. It will be useful for them at the time of the exam.
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Preparing for CUET Logical Reasoning section in one month
There are two parts to logical reasoning. They are:
- Critical reasoning
- Analytical reasoning
A typical syllabus of logical reasoning would include number series, syllogisms, seating arrangements, blood relations, etc. It is easy for anyone to master logical reasoning through practice. So, the students should spend at least 2 hours a day preparing for this section, especially in the last month of preparation.
Furthermore, after completing the syllabus, the students can do online mock tests and solve past years’ question papers to understand the section’s complexity. After doing all that, the student can allot the last 10 days to analyse their performance and start revising accordingly. They should put more effort into the areas that require more concentration. They can correct all their mistakes and be ready to attempt the exam, which will be coming soon.
Preparing for CUET Domain-specific section in one month
In this section, questions from various domains are asked. Let us see what these domains are:
- Business Studies
- Accountancy/ Book-Keeping
- Biology/ Biological Studies
- Computer Science/ Informatics Practices
- Economics/ Business Economics
- Home Science
- Engineering Graphics
- Geography/ Geology
- Knowledge Tradition and Practices of India
- Legal Studies
- Political Science
- Environmental Science
- Physical Education/ NCC/ Yoga
- Teaching Aptitude
- Fine Arts/ Visual Arts (Sculpture/ Painting) /Commercial Arts
- Mass Media/ Mass Communication
- Performing Arts
- Dance (Odissi/ Kathakali/ Kathak/ Bharatnatyam/ Kuchipudi/ Manipuri)
- Drama – Theatre
- Music General (Hindustani/ Carnatic/ Percussion/ Non-Percussion/ Rabindra/ Sangeet)
- Sanskrit [For all Shastri (Shastri 3 years/ 4 years Honours) Equivalent to B.A./B.A. Honours courses, i.e. Dharmashastra, Prachin Vyakarana, Shastri in Veda, Paurohitya (Karmakand), Navya Vyakarana, Vastushastra, Sahitya, Phalit Jyotish, Siddhant Jyotish, Puranetihas, Prakrit Bhasha, Jain Darshan, Mimansa, Prachin Nyaya Vaisheshika, Sankhya Yoga, Advaita Vedanta, Vishishtadvaita Vedanta, Sarva Darshan, a candidate may choose Sanskrit as the Domain]
The students can pick any six domains based on their interests. They should spend at least 2 hours a day preparing for this section.
Preparing for CUET Current Affairs/GK section in one month
This section tests the common general knowledge of the students. It cannot be obtained in a day or two. So, the students have to prepare for this section every day for at least 30 minutes. They can read the newspaper or buy specific GK books to enhance their knowledge of various subjects.
In addition to that, the students can use online platforms and websites to read about current scenarios and understand what is happening in the world. It is essential to be up-to-date with current affairs in order to score more marks in this section.
To kickstart the preparation, the students should know what they need to study beforehand. Also, they have to ensure that they cover at least the past two years of current affairs in order to strengthen their knowledge. They can refer to monthly or weekly magazines and major newspapers, which will be more than enough.
After doing all that, the next thing the students need to do is attempt online mock tests. It will help them identify their mistakes and understand where they need improvement.
Useful tips for preparing CUET exam
Apart from all that, there are some common exam tips that one should follow, which will help their preparation journey go smoothly. Listed below are some of the most common pieces of advice for the students:
1. Prepare a timetable
Before preparing for the CUET exam, the first thing you should do is create a timetable using the syllabus. Go through the syllabus once and figure out the important topics for each section. Note them down in a separate notebook in any order of your choice. Most commonly, it is advisable to list the topics based on the level of importance. They should also note down the time limit for each topic and ensure they do not cross that.
2. Practice the concepts
To secure maximum marks in any examination, be it science, biology, or economics, practice is necessary. The mantra for success is practice, as it helps the students score more marks. The students can practice in many forms. They can download past years’ question papers from various educational websites or do mock tests. The students should consider attempting full-length tests once or twice a week.
3. Take care of health
It is essential to follow a healthy meal plan. Consuming healthy foods will have significant effects on the students’ health. The students should eat a considerable amount of vegetables and fruits in order for their bodies to acquire much-needed vitamins and minerals. Therefore, being health-conscious is a must.
Moreover, eating junk foods and fast foods should be avoided because they can create digestive problems and may cause various other issues such as stomach aches. Hence, following a healthy diet plan is equally important.
4. Do meditation and yoga
Meditation is beneficial in various aspects. A 20-minute daily morning meditation enhances memory power and helps the students maintain focus. Data have shown that meditation improves the students’ memory by 20 to 25 %.
Apart from meditation, yoga is another very efficient method to boost the concentration of the students during the preparation phase. It helps them stay calm and collected, especially while encountering rough times. The students can allot some time for yoga during their preparation phase.
There are many ADHD students in the world. For them, it won’t be easy to concentrate consistently. Hence, yoga and meditation will greatly help them improve their concentration levels.
5. Sleep well
Since the students are preparing 8 hours a day for the CUET 2022 exam, it is equally important to take enough time to rest. Many students study late at night, which is not very efficient. So, they should avoid doing that and instead try sleeping early at night and waking up early to study. Moreover, studying in the early morning is twice as effective and productive as studying at night.
1. Do I need private tutoring for the CUET exam?
It all depends on you. If you think you need more understanding of the topics, you can opt for private classes. However, if you think your basics are strong and don’t want any help from others, you can simply just prepare by yourself.
2. How to warm my brain up before the CUET exam?
Use these tips to warm up your brain before you appear for the exam:
1. Drink plenty of water
2. Get a good night’s sleep
3. Think positive
4. Move your body to warm it up
5. Eat healthily
6. Do meditation in the morning before your exam
While preparing for the CUET 2022 exam in under a month, the students need to keep in mind that they should not stress out or have negative thoughts. It is important to stay focused during the whole preparation period. Whenever it gets stressful, the students can take a break and perform their favourite activity to obtain the motivation back.
The students can consider this blog as their short guide and follow the points mentioned in it in order to obtain marks in the CUET 2022 examination.