Geography as a subject explores various physical properties of the Earth’s surface and the pattern of human settlement across it. To score well in CUET and secure a seat in the top-rank universities, thorough preparation is needed. Going through the syllabus and devising a proper strategy is very important for this. The Geography syllabus for CUET is covered by two main topics,
- Fundamentals of Human Geography.
- India: People and Economy
Both the topics include 5 units each with their respective sub-units. A detailed syllabus is discussed in the table below:
Fundamentals of Human Geography
|SL. No. ||UNIT ||SUB-UNIT |
|1. ||Human Geography: Nature and Scope |
|2. ||People ||Population change-spatial patterns and structure; determinants of population change; |
Age-sex ratio; rural-urban composition;
Human development – concept; selected indicators, international comparisons.
|3. ||Human Activities ||Primary activities – concept and changing trends; gathering, pastoral, mining, subsistence agriculture, modern agriculture; people engaged in agriculture and allied activities – some examples from selected countries; |
Secondary activities – concept; manufacturing: agro-processing, household, small scale, large scale; people engaged in secondary activities – some examples from selected countries;
Tertiary activities – concept; trade, transport, and communication; services; people engaged in tertiary activities – some examples from selected countries;
Quaternary activities – concept; knowledge-based industries; people engaged in quaternary activities – some examples from selected countries.
|4. ||Transport, Communication, and Trade ||Land transport – roads, railways – rail network; trans-continental railways; |
Water transport- inland waterways; major ocean routes;
Air transport – Intercontinental air routes;
Oil and gas pipelines;
Satellite communication and cyberspace;
International trade – Basis and changing patterns; ports as gateways of international trade, the role of WTO in International trade.
|5. ||Human Settlements ||Settlement types – rural and urban; morphology of cities (case study); distribution of megacities; problems of human settlements in developing countries. |
India: People and Economy
|SL. No. ||UNIT ||SUB-UNIT |
|1. ||People ||Population: distribution, density, and growth; composition of the population - linguistic, religious; sex, rural-urban and occupational - regional variations in the growth of population; |
Migration: international, national – causes and consequences;
Human development – selected indicators and regional patterns;
Population, environment, and development.
|2. ||Human Settlements ||Rural settlements – types and distribution; |
Urban settlements – types, distribution, and functional classification.
|3. ||Resources and Development (Periods 30) ||Land resources – general land use; agricultural land use – major crops; agricultural development, & problems, common property resources; |
Water resources: availability and utilization; irrigation, domestic, industrial, and other uses; 1 case study related with participatory watershed management to be introduced.
Mineral and energy resources – metallic and non-metallic minerals and their distribution; conventional and non-conventional energy sources;
Industries – types and distribution; industrial location and clustering; changing pattern of selected industries – iron and steel, cotton textiles, sugar, petrochemicals, and knowledge-based industries; the impact of liberalisation, privatisation, and globalisation on industrial location;
Planning in India – target area planning (case study); the idea of sustainable development (case study).
|4. ||Transport, Communication, and International Trade ||Transport and communication - roads, railways, waterways, and airways; oil and gas pipelines; national electric grids; communication networkings – radio, television, satellite, and internet; |
International trade — a changing pattern of India’s foreign trade; seaports and their hinterland and airports.
|5. ||Geographical Perspective on Selected Issues and Problems ||Environmental pollution; urban-waste disposal; |
Urbanisation-rural-urban migration; the problem of slums;