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Best Books for CUCET Preparation 2022: Must Check

CUCET or CUET 2022 (Central University’s Common Entrance Test) is being introduced in the academic session of 2022-23 for admission into all the undergraduate programmes of all the Central Universities in India. This time students will get a variety of colleges to choose from will help in providing equal opportunities to students from different socio-economic backgrounds. 

Here we have compiled all the books you need for CUCET/CUET 2022 exam preparation. Refer to the list of the Best books for CUCET and ace your test.

The CUCET 2022 has been divided into 3 sections, namely – The language-Based section, the Domain-specific section and third one the general test which includes current affairs/G.K, logical reasoning and quantitative aptitude. 

For each section, you will have to prepare extensively. Although the notice by the Ministry of Education mentions that any student who has prepared well for his/her class XII Board exams well will be able to do good in the exam, you still need to prepare very dedicatedly and in-depth to beat the high competition by students across India. 

To help you in your preparation, InsideDU brings to you a comprehensive list of all the books you can refer to ace your CUCET 2022 and get admission into your dream University. 

The CUCET Preparation Books will be divided into 3 sections according to the exam pattern. Choose one or two books per subject and start studying them. 

Tips for CUCET 2022

  1. Make a timetable and plan in advance: Divide the number of months you have in hand according to the subjects and how much time you think you need per subject. 
  2. Make Micro Goals: Every day make micro or small goals to achieve. This way you will stay motivated to finish the tasks and studies by the evening and then you can give time to other things. When you will add these micro-goals per week you will be covering a good portion of each subject. 
  3. Practise, practise, practise! : I can not emphasise enough on this but practise as many questions and mock tests/previous year papers as you can with a time limit. This will help you prepare according to the actual exam and you will be at ease.
  4. Choose the best CUCET books: Get your hands on the best books for each subject. Since the exam is a little new for undergraduate admissions in some universities, make sure to get the latest editions of all the books. 

You can find the list of all the books down below:

Best books for CUCET Language Section

Book NameAuthors/Publication
English Grammar in UseRaymond Murphy
Competitive English Grammar & CompositionArihant Publications
Brush up Your EnglishS.T. Imam
Class 12 English NCERT Textbook NCERT
High School English Grammar and CompositionWren and Martin
Word Power Made EasyNorman Lewis
English is EasyBSC Publications

Best books for CUCET Domain-based subjects

Book NameSubjectAuthors/Publication
NCERT Class 12 Mathematics Textbook MathsNCERT
Problems in Calculus of One VariableMathsIA Maron
Complete MathematicsMathsLucent’s Publication
Elementary MathsMathsDorofeev, Potapov, Rozon
Higher AlgebraMathsHall and Knight
A Problem Book in Mathematical AnalysisMathsG.N. Berman
Objective Mathematics Volume 1 and Volume 2MathsR.D. Sharma
NCERT Class 12 Economics TextbooksEconomicsNCERT
Indian Economy: Performance & PoliciesEconomicsUma Kapila
International EconomicsEconomicsBo Soderstien and Geoffrey Reed
International EconomicsEconomicsDominick Salvatore
Fundamental Methods of Mathematical EconomicsEconomicsK. Wainwright and Chiang A.C.
EconomicsEconomicsLipsey R. and A Crystal
Basic EconomicsEconomicsD.N. Gujarati
Mathematics For EconomicsEconomicsSydsaester & Hammonds
ABC ChemistryChemistryS.P. Jauhar
Organic ChemistryChemistryArihant Publications
A Textbook of Inorganic ChemistryChemistryO.P. Tandon
A Textbook of Physical ChemistryChemistryR.K. Gupta
A Textbook of Organic ChemistryChemistryO.P. Tandon
Class XII NCERT Biology TextbookBiologyNCERT
Biology @Your FingertipsBiologyRahul Chawla
Class XII Modern ABC of Biology (Part I & II) BiologyA.K. Sabharwal and B.B. Arora 
BotanyBiologyAC Dutta
Objective BiologyBiologyDinesh Publications
Class XII NCERT Textbooks: Accountancy I and II AccountancyNCERT
Handbook of AccountancyAccountancyArihant Publications
Double Entry Book KeepingAccountancyT.S. Grewal
Class XII NCERT Business Studies TextbookBusiness StudiesNCERT
Business StudiesBusiness StudiesSandeep Garg
Business StudiesBusiness StudiesPoonam Gandhi
Class XII NCERT Political Science TextbookPolitical ScienceNCERT
Political IdeologiesPolitical ScienceAndrew Heywood
Political SciencePolitical ScienceND Arora
Objective Indian PolityPolitical ScienceM Laximkanth
History NCERT Textbook Class XIIHistoryNCERT
History, Art & CultureHistoryDisha Experts
AP European HistoryHistoryTest Prep Books
Class XII NCERT Social SciencesHumanities and Social SciencesNCERT
Class XII Psychology NCERT TextbookPsychologyNCERT
Psychology, 5th ed.PsychologyBaron, Girishwar Mishra, Pearson Publications
Administrative ThinkersHumanities and Social SciencesPrasad and Prasad
Class XI and XII NCERT Physics TextbooksPhysicsNCERT
Concept of PhysicsPhysicsH.C. Verma
Mathematical PhysicsPhysicsHK Dass
Class XII NCERT Sociology TextbookSociologyNCERT
Objective SociologySociologyR. Gupta

Best Books for CUCET General Test

Book NameAuthors/Publication
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationR.S. Aggarwal
A Modern Approach to Logical ReasoningR.S. Aggarwal
Test of ArithmeticArihant Publications
Analytical Reasoning and Logical ReasoningArihant Publications
Data interpretationR.S. Aggarwal
Verbal and non-verbal reasoningR.S. Aggarwal
Data interpretationArun Sharma
Shortcuts in Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExamsDisha Experts
Quantitative aptitude for all competitive examAbhijeet Gupta
Quantitative AptitudeArun Sharma 
Magical Book On Quicker MathsM. Tyra

Best Books for CUCET General Awareness Section

Book NameAuthors/Publication
Disha’s Rapid General Knowledge Disha Experts
General KnowledgeArihant Publications
Manorama Year BookManorama Publications
Lucent’s General KnowledgeLucent Publication

Tips for CUCET G.K. and Current Affairs

  1. Read any newspaper like The Hindu/Indian Express for 1 hour daily. Put special emphasis on reading their editorials which will improve your vocabulary and G.K. at the same time. 
  2. Revise and practice questions weekly. Students tend to forget the facts with data real quick so make it a point to revise weekly and practice questions. 
  3. Go through the past year’s G.K. section paper of other undergraduate exams like DUJAT/BBA exams etc. to get an idea of the type of G.K. questions asked. 

Revise, practise, test yourself and revise. You got this!

These are the list of books out of which you can choose one or two books per subject and practise them repeatedly. Remember, for clearing CUCET 2022 you need to have good conceptual knowledge and speed to answer questions. So read, revise and practise questions and then solve mock tests. 

Note: There is not such single best book for CUCET, each book has its pros and cons and will suit different students depending on their needs and where they stands. Some of you may ace exams by just going though 1 or 2 books while others may struggle even though they have completed multiple number of books. It depends on how strong your fundamentals are.

Also remember more books doesn’t imply b better preparation; you can easily get confused and lose your precious time. We would recommend you to go through the book list carefully and choose 1 or 2 book in each section that suits your need.

You should now be ready to study with focus and dedication consistently. Read newspaper editorials side by side to enhance your reading skills, vocabulary and general awareness too.
All the best, and may you get through your dream college!

Frequently Asked Questions

Which book is best for CUCET preparation?

Class XI and Class XII NCERT Textbooks are the best books for CUCET. Complete reading and revising them before moving on to other books

What should I study for CUCET?

Study NCERT textbooks and read one newspaper regularly. Check the list of books in the article to know the books.

How do I clear my CUCET exam?

Choose one or two resources per subject to study from. Read, revise and practice questions from them multiple times instead of hoarding books. Revise one book multiple times instead of reading new books every week. Practice questions, and mock exams and correct your mistakes. Consistency and discipline are what you need to clear CUCET. 

How many hours should I study for the CUCET exam?

Ideally, 2-3 hours every day while covering 2 subjects is a good preparation time. Revise on Sundays every weekend. 

Can I prepare for CUCET in one month?

Yes, with focus and dedication you can prepare for CUCET in one month. Don’t forget weekly revision and practising mock tests. 

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