CUET History Syllabus 2024: Check Topics, Exam Pattern & PDF Download

Central University Entrance Test 2024 ( CUET )

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Have you passed or appeared for the Board Exams of Class 12? Then you must be preparing for CUET 2024. This article of Shiksha brings the complete History syllabus for CUET along with the best books and preparation strategy.

CUET UG 2024 History Syllabus

National Testing Agency will release CUET UG 2024 application form tentatively in first week of February 2024. The last date to submit the application form will be notified. Before starting the preparation for the History courses, candidates must go through the CUET History syllabus 2024. CUET History syllabus includes the chapters and topics of Class 12, which is the Board exam syllabus. Hence, students preparing for the CUET 2024 exam should prepare thoroughly for the History syllabus, which is taught in Class 12 of their school. To gather more insights for the CUET UG exam, candidates should refer to the previous years’ question papers to know the chapter-wise weightage, topics, and question types.

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CUET UG offers 27 domain subjects. This page brings the complete syllabus for CUET History. The CUET 2024 History syllabus is expected to remain the same as last year. The subject-wise CUET UG syllabus will be announced along with the CUET 2024 information brochure.

CUET History Syllabus

Below is the entire CUET History syllabus, which consists of 15 units. Each unit carries one chapter with an overview. Take a look at the complete syllabus here.

Unit I: The Story of the First Cities Harappan Archaeology

Broad overview: Early urban centres.
Story of discovery: Harappan civilization.
Excerpt: Archaeological report on a major site. Discussion: how it has been utilized by archaeologists/historians

Unit II: Political and Economic History: How Inscriptions tell a story

Broad overview: Political and economic history from the Mauryan to the Gupta period.
Story of discovery: Inscriptions and the decipherment of the script. Shifts in the understanding of political and economic history.
Excerpt: Asokan inscription and Gupta period land grant.
Discussion: Interpretation of inscriptions by historians.

Unit III: Social Histories using the Mahabharata

Broad overview: Issues in social history, including caste,class, kinship and gender.
Story of discovery: Transmission and publications of the Mahabharata.
Excerpt: From the Mahabharata, illustrating how it has been used by historians.

Unit IV: A History of Buddhism: Sanchi Stupa

Broad overview:
(a) A brief review of religious histories of Vedic religion, Jainism, Vaisnavism, Saivism.
(b) Focus on Buddhism.
Story of discovery: Sanchi stupa.
Excerpt: Reproduction of sculptures from Sanchi. Discussion: Ways in which sculpture has been interpreted by historians, other sources for reconstructing the history of Buddhism.

Unit V: Medieval society through Travellers’ Accounts

Broad Overview: Outline of social and cultural life as they appear in travellers’ accounts.
Story of their writings: A discussion of where they travelled, why they travelled, what they wrote, and For whom they wrote.
Excerpts: from Alberuni, Ibn Battuta, Bernier.
Discussion: What these travel accounts can tell us and how they have been interpreted by historians.

Unit VI: Religious Histories: The Bhakti-Sufi Tradition

Broad Overview:
(a) Outline of religious developments during this period.
(b) Ideas and practices of the Bhakti-Sufi saints.
Story of Transmission: How Bhakti-Sufi compositions have been preserved.
Excerpt: Extracts from selected Bhakti Sufi works.
Discussion: Ways in which these have been interpreted by historians.

Unit VII: New Architecture: Hampi 

Broad Overview:
(a)Outline of new buildings during the Vijayanagar period — temples, forts, irrigation facilities.
(b)Relationship between architecture and the political system.
Story of Discovery: Account of how Hampi was found.
Excerpt: Visuals of buildings at Hampi.
 Discussion: Ways in which historians have analysed and interpreted these structures.

Unit VIII: Agrarian Relations: The Ain-i-Akbari

Broad overview:
(a) Structure of agrarian relations in the 16th and 17th centuries.
(b) Patterns of change over the period.
 Story of Discovery: Account of the compilation and translation of Ain-i-Akbari.
 Excerpt: From the Ain-i-Akbari
 Discussion: Ways in which historians have used the text to reconstruct history.

Unit IX: The Mughal Court: Reconstructing Histories through Chronicles

Broad Overview:
(a) Outline of political history c. 15th-17th centuries.
(b) Discussion of the Mughal court and politics.
 Story of Discovery: Account of the production of court chronicles, and their subsequent translation and transmission.
 Excerpts: from the Akbarnama and Padshahnama.
 Discussion: Ways in which historians have used the texts to reconstruct political histories.

Unit X: Colonialism and Rural Society: Evidence from Official Reports

Broad overview:
(a) Life of zamindars, peasants and artisans in the late 18 century.
(b) East India Company, revenue settlements and surveys.
(c) Changes over the nineteenth century.
Story of official records: An account of why official investigations into rural societies were undertaken and the types of records and reports produced.
Excerpts: From Firminger’s Fifth Report, Accounts of Francis Buchanan-Hamilton, and Deccan Riots Report.
Discussion: What the official records tell and do not tell, and how they have been used by historians.

Unit XI: Representations of 1857

Broad Overview:
(a) The events of 1857-58.
(b) How these events were recorded and narrated.
 Focus: Lucknow.
 Excerpts: Pictures of 1857. Extracts from contemporary accounts.
 Discussion: How the pictures of 1857 shaped British opinion of what had happened.

Unit XII: Colonialism and Indian Towns: Town Plans and Municipal Reports

Broad Overview: The growth of Mumbai, Chennai, hill stations, and cantonments in the 18th and 19th century.
Excerpts: Photographs and paintings. Plans of cities. Extract from town plan reports. Focus on Kolkata town planning.
Discussion: How the above sources can be used to reconstruct the history of towns. What these sources do not reveal.

Unit XIII: Mahatma Gandhi through Contemporary Eyes

Broad Overview:
(a) The nationalist movement 1918-48,
(b) The nature of Gandhian politics and leadership.
Focus: Mahatma Gandhi in 1931.
Excerpts: Reports from English and Indian language newspapers and other contemporary writings.
Discussion: How newspapers can be a source of history.

Unit XIV: Partition through Oral Sources

Broad Overview:
(a) The history of the 1940s;
(b) Nationalism, Communalism and Partition.
Focus: Punjab and Bengal.
Excerpts: Oral testimonies of those who experienced partition.
Discussion: Ways in which these have been analysed to construct the history of the event.

Unit XV: The Making of the Constitution

Broad Overview: (a) Independence and the new nation-state. (b) The making of the Constitution.
Focus: The Constitutional Assembly debates.
Excerpts: From the debates.
Discussion: What such debates reveal and how they can be analysed.

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CUET History Syllabus PDF Download

NTA releases the CUET History syllabus link online at Refer the link below to download the CUET History PDF:

CUET History Syllabus PDF (English) CUET History Syllabus PDF (Hindi)

Download CUET Section/Domain Wise Question Paper and Syllabus

Candidates preparing for CUET can download the CUET 2024 syllabus and CUET previous year question paper for the following subjects mentioned in the table below:

Download CUET Syllabus and CUET Question Paper PDF
Subjects CUET Syllabus PDFs CUET Question Paper PDFs
English CUET English Syllabus PDF (Awaited) CUET English Question Paper PDF
Biology CUET Biology Syllabus PDF CUET Biology Question Paper PDF
Accountancy/ Book Keeping CUET Accountancy Syllabus PDF CUET Accountancy Question Paper PDF
Business Studies CUET Business Studies Syllabus PDF CUET Business Studies Question Paper PDF
Chemistry CUET Chemistry Syllabus PDF CUET Chemistry Question Paper PDF
Computer Science/ Informatics Practices CUET Computer Science Syllabus PDF CUET Computer Science Question Paper PDF
Economics/ Business Economics CUET Economics Syllabus PDF CUET Economics Question Paper PDF
Engineering Graphics CUET Engineering Graphics Syllabus PDF (Awaited) CUET Engineering Graphics Question Paper PDF
Entrepreneurship CUET Entrepreneurship Syllabus PDF CUET Entrepreneurship Question Paper PDF
Geography/Geology CUET Geography Syllabus PDF CUET Geography Question Paper PDF
Home Science CUET Home Science Syllabus PDF CUET Home Science Question Paper PDF
Knowledge Tradition and Practices of India CUET Knowledge Tradition and Practices of India Syllabus PDF (Awaited) CUET Knowledge Tradition and Practices of India Question Paper PDF (Awaited)
Legal Studies CUET Legal Studies Syllabus PDF CUET Legal Studies Question Paper PDF
Environmental Science CUET Environmental Science Syllabus PDF (Awaited) CUET Environmental Science Question Paper PDF (Awaited)
Mathematics CUET Mathematics Syllabus PDF CUET Mathematics Question Paper PDF
Physical Education/ NCC /Yoga CUET Physical Education Syllabus PDF CUET Physical Education Paper PDF
Physics CUET Physics Syllabus PDF CUET Physics Question Paper PDF
Political Science CUET Political Science Syllabus PDF CUET Political Science Question Paper PDF
Psychology CUET Psychology Syllabus PDF CUET Psychology Question Paper PDF
Sociology CUET Sociology Syllabus PDF CUET Sociology Question Paper PDF
Teaching Aptitude CUET Teaching Aptitude Syllabus PDF CUET Teaching Aptitude Question Paper PDF (Awaited)
Agriculture CUET Agriculture Syllabus PDF CUET Agriculture Question Paper PDF
Mass Media/ Mass Communication CUET Mass Media/ Mass Communication Syllabus PDF CUET Mass Media/ Mass Communication Question Paper PDF (Awaited)
Anthropology CUET Anthropology Syllabus PDF CUET Anthropology Question Paper PDF
Fine Arts/ Visual Arts (Sculpture/ Painting)/Commercial Arts CUET Fine Arts Syllabus PDF CUET Fine Arts Question Paper PDF (Awaited)
Performing Arts CUET Performing Arts Syllabus PDF CUET Performing Arts Question Paper PDF (Awaited)
Sanskrit CUET Sanskrit Syllabus PDF (Awaited) CUET Sanskrit Question Paper PDF (Awaited)
History CUET History Syllabus PDF CUET History Question Paper PDF
General Test CUET General Test Syllabus PDF (Awaited) CUET General Test Question Paper PDF

CUET 2024 Exam Pattern

According to NTA, section II or the domain-subject section carries 50 questions, out of which candidates will have to attempt 40 questions. The duration for this section is 45 minutes. In case a test taker attempts more than 40 questions, no marks would be awarded or deducted. The following table brings the complete structure of the CUET exam pattern.



Status of CUET History Syllabus


CUET Exam Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Medium of Exam

13 languages - English, Hindi, Urdu, Assamese, Bengali, Odia, Punjabi, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam

Number of questions

40 out of 50 questions to be attempted

Type of questions

Multiple Choice Questions

Marking Scheme

+5 for each correct answer

-1 for each incorrect answer

CUET History Mapping for Courses

  • B.A Hons. In History
  • Four Year Integrated Teacher Education Programme (ITEP) B.A. B.Ed.
  • B.A. (Hons.) Public Administration
  • B.A. (Hons.) Psychology
  • B.A. (Hons.) Geography
  • B.A. (Hons.) Political Science

Top Books for CUET History

NTA has already suggested NCERT books for different subjects of the CUET 2024 examination. NCERT books ideally are used for the preparation of CUET 2024 because they are exclusive of all the possible topics that might be asked in the CUET 2024 examination. The list of appropriate books, including NCERT books as well as other types of books and/or materials has been given below:

  • NCERT Themes in Indian History – I
  • NCERT Themes in Indian History – II
  • NCERT Themes in Indian History – III

The CUET 2024 exam will be conducted in computer-based mode over a window of 10 days, in two slots each day, from May 21 to May 31. The date and slot of the exam will be determined based on the programme or paper opted for by candidates. 

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