How to Prepare for NTA CUET 2023 along with the Board Exams?

Preparing for the board examination along with CUET can be quite cumbersome for the students but it is the absolute need of the hour. The CUET 2023 exams will be conducted a few days after your board exams, therefore gearing up your CUET 2023 exam preparation along with your boards, you will get an added advantage. CUET (UG) – 2023 will be based on the Class XII syllabus and hence you need not prepare for it separately. A good knowledge of the CUET 2023 examination pattern, syllabus, and the subjects you read in Class 12 will definitely make your task easier.

In this article, we’ll discuss how you should prepare for both CUET and board exams simultaneously to achieve your dreams.

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Understand the CUET Examination Pattern

A good beginning almost assures success. Begin with understanding the examination pattern for the CUET 2023 exam.  Getting familiar with the pattern and having an overview of the syllabus for the CUET UG 2023 examination will help you design an effective plan of action to prepare for the examination.

CUET (UG) examination shall consist of the following 4 Sections:
  • Section IA – 13 Languages
  • Section IB – 20 Languages
  • Section II – 27 Domain-specific Subjects
  • Section III – General Test
Candidates will have the option to choose any Language/Domain Specific Subject/ General Test or a combination thereof as may be required for admission to specified course/s of the desired University/ies while applying from the above sections.
The following table would help you understand the exam pattern better:
Sections Subjects/Tests Questions to be attempted Question Type Duration
Section IA -Languages 13 languages available 40 questions to be attempted out of 50 in each language Reading Comprehension (based on different types of passages– Factual, Literary, and Narrative, [Literary Aptitude and Vocabulary] 45 Minutes for each language
Section IB - Languages There are 20 Languages. Any of these languages may be chosen.
Section II - Domain 27 Domains specific Subjects offered. A maximum of Six (06) Domains as desired by the applicable University/ Universities can be chosen 35/40 Questions to be attempted out of 45/50. • Input text can be used for MCQ Based Questions
• MCQs based on the syllabus given on the NTA website
45 Minutes for each Domain Specific Subject.
Section III - General Test For any such undergraduate programme/ programmes being offered by Universities where a General Test is being used for admission. 50 Questions to be attempted out of 60 • Input text can be used for MCQ Based Questions
• General Knowledge, Current Affairs, General Mental Ability, Numerical Ability, Quantitative Reasoning (Simple application of basic mathematical concepts arithmetic/ algebra geometry/ menstruation /stat taught till Grade 8), Logical and Analytical Reasoning
60 Minutes

Comprehend the Syllabus

Before preparing a study schedule, you must go through the syllabus for the board exams and NTA CUET 2023 syllabus. You'll find that in both exams, the weightage of a lot of topics is common. This common part of these exams must be marked and studied thoroughly to ace both- CUET 2023 and board exams. After comprehending the syllabus, the next step would be to create a proper schedule. While giving proper time to each subject, you'll be able to clear your basics and understand topics deeply. Prepare a timetable for study and follow it religiously. Give extra time to difficult subjects as this will increase your knowledge and understanding.

Click here to download NTA CUET Syllabus.

Make a Proper Study Schedule

Cracking a competitive entrance exam not only requires knowledge but also consistency, regularity & effective time management. To balance your board exam preparation with CUET, you must make a proper study plan, where you are able to give an adequate amount of time to both exams. The study plan should be realistic enough so that you can stick to it throughout your preparation. Since the board exams would be conducted earlier so you’ll have to prioritize things accordingly.

  • Identify the important topics for both Boards and CUET exams and prioritize including those topics in your study plan.
  • The CUET (UG) exam would be based on the Class XII syllabus only. Hence, you can directly refer to the NCERT study material to prepare for your CUET exam.
  • Initially, you can give 1-2 hours for the CUET exam preparation and the rest for the board exams. Once the board exams get over, you can devote the complete time to the important subjects of the NTA CUET 2023 exam preparation.
  • The study sessions should include a good mix of theory, problem-solving, attempting mock tests, and analyzing them as well.
  • Prepare the schedule in a way that you’re able to attempt 2-3 CUET mock tests (full-length) weekly and 1 CUET quiz on a daily basis.

Create short notes during the preparation

While preparing the chapters for your boards, making short notes of the important topics that are important for boards as well as the CUET exam would be extremely helpful and time-saving during your revision
  • Prepare short notes on the important topics, short tricks, and formulae that can come in handy during your revision for the CUET examinations.
  • Make a list of the topics that troubled you during your board exam preparation and consider them as your weak areas, and practice them individually for the CUET exam.
  • Do not write down everything in your notes. Too much information would make your revision a cumbersome task. Just include the key points that you struggle to remember.
  • Revision is the key! Make sure you dedicate enough revision time to the topics at the end of every study session to retain the concepts you study and boost your preparation further.


Be Flexible to perform as per the requirement of the Exam

You have to be flexible between writing long theoretical answers for the board exams as well as solving the problems swiftly. Since the board exams have a step-wise marking scheme, you need to write in points, and also use diagrams as per the requirement of the answers. While for CUET, you would require the shortest possible approach to get an answer to a question in the minimum time.

Therefore, to familiarise yourself with the CUET examination pattern and develop the necessary skills such as speed, accuracy, and time management for competition, make sure you attempt CUET mock test regularly. Do not forget to analyze your performance in each CUET mock test after attempting it. Through a detailed analysis of your attempted mock test, determine the areas where you need to work hard to boost your score.

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Practice Regularly using CUET 2023 mock tests

Just the theoretical knowledge of the subjects is not enough for the CUET exams. Your board exams and CUET might be very similar in terms of the syllabus. But it is crucial to understand that board exams are subjective, while CUET is an objective test. Competitive exams like CUET are less process-oriented and more result oriented. Therefore, the theoretical part for both would be the same but the preparation part would still differ.

CUET test series 2023 by Smartkeeda is based on the latest pattern prescribed by NTA and is a simulation of the actual exam, therefore, practicing a CUET mock test daily will give you a good idea of the CUET 2023 exam and help you wisely decide the topics you should focus on to maximize your score in the exam.
According to the CUET 2022 toppers, the following are the key benefits of regularly attempting mock tests before the CUET exam:
  • As you know that the examination pattern of your boards and the CUET exam is completely different, NTA CUET mock test will help you in understanding the examination pattern better.
  • With a better understanding of the examination pattern, you can easily score well in CUET 2023 exam while preparing for your boards.
  • CUET Mock test are based on the NTA pattern and hence will familiarize you with the actual examination scenario and assist you in handling the examination pressure better.
  • Practicing through CUET mock test will help you manage your time better in the CUET exam. It will allow you to devise better techniques to solve questions within the stipulated time and manage your time better. 
  • Attempting CUET mock test on a regular basis will allow you to analyze your mistakes and make required changes to your study plan to avoid repeating those mistakes in the CUET exam.
  • You can try different strategies while taking CUET mock test, like which questions you should attempt first, how much time should be allotted to a particular question, and discover what works best for you.
  • CUET Mock test also helps you to discover your strengths and weaknesses. The detailed analysis report at the end of each CUET mock test will give you a clear idea of your positives and negatives.
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Get your practice material at your fingertips

With the help of CUET by Smartkeeda mobile application, you can practice for your CUET exams beyond the boundaries of time and space. The free CUET app allows you to practice CUET mock test subject-wise as per your requirement.

The CUET test series at the CUET app by Smartkeeda contains  80+ subject-wise full-length CUET mock test, including cuet geography test series, cuet psychology mock test, cuet accountancy mock test, cuet English mock test, cuet mock test for economics, cuet business studies mock test, cuet political science mock test, cuet general test mock test. The best in the market CUET online tests series by Smartkeeda offers 300+ subject-specific short quizzes for cuet 2023 exams in English as well as Hindi in each section curated by highly qualified subject matter experts to give a boost to your CUET 2023 exam preparation. Moreover, after each test, you are provided with a performance analysis report in a graphical format supplemented with detailed high-quality solutions that would prepare you for the exam with minimum effort.

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Final words

Dear students, preparing for the CUET exam along with boards is indeed possible. All you need to do is make a realistic study schedule and stick to it till the end. Developing a roadmap as per the above-mentioned techniques will surely help you to bring home the bacon and ace both exams with flying colours.
If you have any doubts/queries regarding the preparation strategy for CUET or Boards, you can get in touch with the guidance experts at CUET by Smartkeeda who can help you with career counseling and answer all your questions.
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