Can We Choose Those Subjects in the CUET Which We Don’t Opt for in Class 12?
CUET exam

CUET in Nutshell 

The Common University Entrance Test (CUET) organized by the National Testing Agency is conducted for students who are seeking admission to the University to pursue undergraduate courses. The examination is for everyone who wishes to study programs at the Centre, State, Private, or Deemed level of University. 

CUET serves students with great opportunities who are looking forward to cracking the admission to their dream college. Because it opens the door to admission in 250+ institutions participating by giving just a single-window exam. This greatly reduces the burden for students as they no longer have to take different entrance exams for different colleges.

However, it might be confusing at the same time to choose which subject to out of the plethora of options available. 

But don’t worry. Within this blog, we will be guiding you to know more about the subjects available and what you can opt for. Make sure that you read it till the end so that you don’t miss out on the important information regarding CUET Subject Selection 2024. 

How many subjects are there in the CUET exam? 

Let’s have a meticulous subject breakdown. The NTA has organized CUET

exams which consist of three main sections, viz., 

  1. Language
  2. Domain
  3. General Test

The exam will be MCQ based and the syllabus will be according to the class 12 syllabus. Following is the distinction according to the section as per the CUET : 

  • Section IA: 13 languages
  • Section IB: 20 languages
  • Section ll: 27 Domain-specific Subjects
  • Section lll: General Test 

What are the Subjects in CUET? 

Student’s command of the language will be tested through the language exam in CUET. The test will be curated to know the reading ability through Comprehension and command through Narratives, and other sections that will deal with Grammar, Factuals, Poetry, Authors, etc. Students at least have to choose one language from Section 1A to appear in the exam.

Here is the list of the languages amongst which a student needs to make a choice: 

Section lA: 

  • English, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Assamese, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Odia, and Urdu

Section IB: 

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

Candidates are allowed to choose a maximum of 3 language subjects. It can be chosen from both the sections together. However, possibly it needs to be replaced by one of the domain subjects. 

CUET Domain Subjects

There are a total of 27 domain subjects as per the revised exam pattern of CUET. A candidate can choose a minimum of three subjects and a maximum of subjects. 

Below is the list of domain subjects of CUET: 

  • Legal Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education/ NCC /Yoga
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Teaching Aptitude
  • Agriculture
  • Mass Media/ Mass Communication
  • Anthropology
  • Fine Arts/ Visual Arts (Sculpture/ Painting)/Commercial Arts,

Performing Arts – (i) Dance (Kathak/ Bharatnatyam/ Odissi/ Kathakali/Kuchipudi/ Manipuri (ii) Drama- Theatre (iii) Music General (Hindustani/ Carnatic/ Rabindra Sangeet/ Percussion/ Non-Percussion)

  • Sanskrit
  • Accountancy/Bookkeeping
  • Biology/ Biological Studies/ Biotechnology/Biochemistry
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science/ Informatics Practices
  • Economics/ Business Economics
  • Engineering Graphics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Geography/Geology
  • History
  • Home Science
  • Knowledge Tradition and Practices of India

CUET General Test 

Section lll deals with the General Test which is important for candidates to take according to the intended University they are taking admission in.

Can we choose those subjects in the CUET which we don’t opt for in class 12?

Now, this brings us to the most common question which students often ask. For example, a student from a Science background can still choose entrepreneurship as the domain subject.

This is because the motive of CUET is to open a wide door of opportunities in front of the student. The reason is that switching subjects becomes easy and one doesn’t bind itself to one subject and stream chosen before. So, yes, one can choose subjects which they haven’t opted for when in class 12th.

How many subjects to choose in CUET?

Including all three sections i.e. Language, Domain, and General Test, the candidate can select up to a maximum of 10 subjects. One more thing to note is that the fee varies according to the number of subjects opted. So, one has to be judicious while choosing them.

How to choose subjects for CUET? 

This, again, is a common question that students ask about what subjects to choose and what not. However, there is no direct answer to this question as the basis for choosing subjects varies according to students. Still below are a few points that need to be considered while choosing the subject: 

  1. Going with Personal Interest: The subjects chosen should reflect the personal interest of the candidate. The subject chosen should excite the student reading so that more knowledge can be gained through it.
  2. Choosing according to future goals: Another thing to be kept in mind is that the subjects chosen must align with the professional growth of the person. It should help the candidate with the growth in the career chosen
  3. Going with University Requirements: The best way to sort and choose the subject is to go with the specified rules issued by the university for the interested course. For example: Delhi University has already set the subject combination for students who desire to take a B.Sc in Computer Science: 

Subject Combination: Taking one language, Mathematics, and two other options is a mandate. The cumulative score of all the subjects will be considered for admission.


It’s suggested to choose subjects which align best with your interests. The best opportunity is on hand for all the students who wish to pursue something new by opting for subjects apart from class 12. This opens a path beneficial for long-term objectives. Get on the hand of an expert to solve your queries regarding the subject so that you can prepare for your best.