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CUET-UG Mathematics 2023-24 Entrance Exam Preparation Notes, MCQ Books, Practice Paper Sets & Other Study Materials by Target Publications

Discover the best resources to gear up for the CUET (UG) Mathematics section at Target Publications. From CUET notes to practice papers, you will find a range of materials to help you prepare for the Central University Entrance Test (UG) here—starting with a detailed overview of what to anticipate in the exam.

Overview of the CUET Maths 2023–2024 Exam

1. CUET Maths Mode of Examination

The CUET (UG) Maths exam is conducted in CBT (Computer Based Test) mode.

2. CUET Maths Paper Pattern

  • Mathematics/Applied Mathematics (Code: 319) are Domain subjects under Section - II A and B2 of the CUET (UG) exam.
  • The format of questions is multiple-choice questions (MCQs).
  • There will be one question paper containing two Sections: Section A and Section B (B1 and B2).
  • Section A will have 15 questions from both Mathematics and Applied Mathematics that will be compulsory for all candidates.
  • Section B1 will have 35 questions from Mathematics out of which 25 questions need to be attempted.
  • Section B2 will have 35 questions purely from Applied Mathematics out of which 25 questions should be attempted.

3. CUET Maths Syllabus

The syllabus for CUET (UG) Maths is based on Class 12 Maths. The latest syllabus for CUET (UG) Maths on the official website is as follows:


Unit Topic
  1. Matrices and types of Matrices
  2. Equality of Matrices, transpose of a Matrix, Symmetric and Skew Symmetric Matrix
  3. Algebra of Matrices
  4. Determinants
  5. Inverse of a Matrix
  6. Solving of simultaneous equations using Matrix Method
  1. Higher order derivatives
  2. Tangents and Normals
  3. Increasing and Decreasing Functions
  4. Maxima and Minima
Integration and its Applications
  1. Indefinite integrals of simple functions
  2. Evaluation of indefinite integrals
  3. Definite Integrals
  4. Application of Integration as area under the curve
Differential Equations
  1. Order and degree of differential equations
  2. Formulating and solving of differential equations with variable separable
Probability Distributions
  1. Random variables and its probability distribution
  2. Expected value of a random variable
  3. Variance and Standard Deviation of a random variable
  4. Binomial Distribution
Linear Programming
  1. Mathematical formulation of Linear Programming Problem
  2. Graphical method of solution for problems in two variables
  3. Feasible and infeasible regions
  4. Optimal feasible solution
Relations and Functions

1. Relations and Functions

Types of relations: Reflexive, symmetric, transitive and equivalence relations. One-to-one and onto functions, composite functions, inverse of a function. Binary operations.

2. Inverse Trigonometric Functions

Definition, range, domain, principal value branches. Graphs of inverse trigonometric functions. Elementary properties of inverse trigonometric functions.


1. Matrices

Concept, notation, order, equality, types of matrices, zero matrix, transpose of a matrix, symmetric and skew-symmetric matrices. Addition, multiplication and scalar multiplication of matrices, simple properties of addition, multiplication and scalar multiplication. Non-commutativity of multiplication of matrices and existence of non-zero matrices whose product is the zero matrix (restrict to square matrices of order 2). Concept of elementary row and column operations. Invertible matrices and proof of the uniqueness of inverse, if it exists; (Here all matrices will have real entries).

2. Determinants

Determinant of a square matrix (up to 3 × 3 matrices), properties of determinants, minors, cofactors and applications of determinants in finding the area of a triangle. Adjoint and inverse of a square matrix. Consistency, inconsistency and number of solutions of system of linear equations by examples, solving system of linear equations in two or three variables (having unique solution) using inverse of a matrix.


1. Continuity and Differentiability

Continuity and differentiability, derivative of composite functions, chain rule, derivatives of inverse trigonometric functions, derivative of implicit function. Concepts of exponential, logarithmic functions. Derivatives of log x and ex. Logarithmic differentiation. Derivative of functions expressed in parametric forms. Second-order derivatives. Rolle’s and Lagrange’s Mean Value Theorems (without proof) and their geometric interpretations.

2. Applications of Derivatives

Applications of derivatives: Rate of change, increasing/decreasing functions, tangents and normals, approximation, maxima and minima (first derivative test motivated geometrically and second derivative test given as a provable tool). Simple problems (that illustrate basic principles and understanding of the subject as well as real-life situations). Tangent and Normal.

3. Integrals

Integration as inverse process of differentiation. Integration of a variety of functions by substitution, by partial fractions and by parts, only simple integrals of the type—

to be evaluated.

Definite integrals as a limit of a sum. Fundamental Theorem of Calculus (without proof). Basic properties of definite integrals and evaluation of definite integrals.

4. Applications of the Integrals

Applications in finding the area under simple curves, especially lines, arcs of circles/parabolas/ellipses (in standard form only), area between the two above said curves (the region should be clearly identifiable).

5. Differential Equations

Definition, order and degree, general and particular solutions of a differential equation. Formation of differential equation whose general solution is given. Solution of differential equations by method of separation of variables, homogeneous differential equations of first order and first degree. Solutions of linear differential equation of the type:

Vectors and Three-Dimensional Geometry

1. Vectors

Vectors and scalars, magnitude and direction of a vector. Direction cosines/ratios of vectors. Types of vectors (equal, unit, zero, parallel and collinear vectors), position vector of a point, negative of a vector, components of a vector, addition of vectors, multiplication of a vector by a scalar, position vector of a point dividing a line segment in a given ratio. Scalar (dot) product of vectors, projection of a vector on a line. Vector (cross) product of vectors, scalar triple product.

2. Three-dimensional Geometry

Direction cosines/ratios of a line joining two points. Cartesian and vector equation of a line, coplanar and skew lines, shortest distance between two lines. Cartesian and vector equation of a plane. Angle between (i) two lines, (ii) two planes, (iii) a line and a plane. Distance of a point from a plane.

Linear Programming Introduction, related terminology such as constraints, objective function, optimization, different types of linear programming (L.P.) problems, mathematical formulation of L.P. problems, graphical method of solution for problems in two variables, feasible and infeasible regions, feasible and infeasible solutions, optimal feasible solutions (up to three non-trivial constraints).
Probability Multiplications theorem on probability. Conditional probability, independent events, total probability, Baye’s theorem. Random variable and its probability distribution, mean and variance of haphazard variable. Repeated independent (Bernoulli) trials and Binomial distribution.
Numbers, Quantification and Numerical Applications

A. Modulo Arithmetic

  1. Define modulus of an integer
  2. Apply arithmetic operations using modular arithmetic rules

B. Congruence Modulo

  1. Define congruence modulo
  2. Apply the definition in various problems

C. Allegation and Mixture

  1. Understand the rule of allegation to produce a mixture at a given price
  2. Determine the mean price of a mixture
  3. Apply rule of allegation

D. Numerical Problems

  1. Solve real-life problems mathematically

E. Boats and Streams

  1. Distinguish between upstream and downstream
  2. Express the problem in the form of an equation

F. Pipes and Cisterns

  1. Determine the time taken by two or more pipes to fill or

G. Races and Games

  1. Compare the performance of two players w.r.t. time,
  2. distance taken/distance covered/Work done from the given data

H. Partnership

  1. Differentiate between active partner and sleeping partner
  2. Determine the gain or loss to be divided among the partners in the ratio of their investment with due
  3. consideration of the time volume/ surface area for solid formed using two or more shapes

I. Numerical Inequalities

  1. Describe the basic concepts of numerical inequalities
  2. Understand and write numerical inequalities

A. Matrices and types of matrices

  1. Define matrix
  2. Identify different kinds of matrices

B. Equality of matrices, Transpose of a matrix, Symmetric and Skew symmetric matrix

  1. Determine equality of two matrices
  2. Write transpose of given matrix
  3. Define symmetric and skew-symmetric matrix

A. Higher Order Derivatives

  1. Determine second and higher-order derivatives
  2. Understand the differentiation of parametric functions and implicit functions Identify dependent and independent variables

B. Marginal Cost and Marginal Revenue using derivatives

  1. Define marginal cost and marginal revenue
  2. Find marginal cost and marginal revenue

C. Maxima and Minima

  1. Determine critical points of the function
  2. Find the point(s) of local maxima and local minima and corresponding local maximum and local minimum values
  3. Find the absolute maximum and absolute minimum value of a function
Probability Distributions

A. Probability Distribution

  1. Understand the concept of Random Variables and its Probability Distributions
  2. Find probability distribution of discrete random variable

B. Mathematical Expectation

  1. Apply arithmetic mean of frequency distribution to find the expected value of a random variable

C. Variance

  1. Calculate the Variance and S.D. of a random variable
Index Numbers and Time-Based Data

A. Index Numbers

  1. Define Index numbers as a special type of average

B. Construction of Index numbers

  1. Construct different types of index numbers

C. Test of Adequacy of Index Numbers

  1. Apply time reversal test
Index Numbers and Time-Based Data

A. Population and Sample

  1. Define Population and Sample
  2. Differentiate between population and sample
  3. Define a representative sample from a population

B. Parameter and Statistics and Statistical Interferences

  1. Define Parameter with reference to Population
  2. Define Statistics with reference to Sample
  3. Explain the relation between Parameter and Statistic
  4. Explain the limitation of Statistic to generalize the estimation for the population
  5. Interpret the concept of Statistical Significance and Statistical Inferences
  6. State Central Limit Theorem
  7. Explain the relation between Population-Sampling Distribution-Sample
Index Numbers And Time-Based Data

A. Time Series

  1. Identify time series as chronological data

B. Components of Time Series

  1. Distinguish between different components of time series

C. Time Series Analysis for Univariate Data

  1. Solve practical problems based on statistical data and Interpret
Financial Mathematics

A. Perpetuity, Sinking Funds

  1. Explain the concept of perpetuity and sinking fund
  2. Calculate perpetuity
  3. Differentiate between sinking funds and savings account

B. Valuation of Bonds

  1. Define the concept of valuation of bonds and related terms
  2. Calculate value of bond using present value approach

C. Calculation of EMI

  1. Explain the concept of EMI
  2. Calculate EMI using various methods

D. Linear method of Depreciation

  1. Define the concept of linear method of Depreciation
  2. Interpret cost, residual value and useful life of an asset from the given information
  3. Calculate depreciation
Linear Programming

A. Introduction and related terminology

  1. Familiarize with terms related to Linear Programming Problem

B. Mathematical formulation of Linear Programming Problem

  1. Formulate Linear Programming Problem

C. Different types of Linear Programming Problems

  1. Identify and formulate different types of LPP

D. Graphical Method of Solution for problems in two Variables

  1. Draw the Graph for a system of linear inequalities involving two variables and to find its solution graphically

E. Feasible and Infeasible Regions

  1. Identify feasible, infeasible and bounded regions

F. Feasible and infeasible solutions, optimal feasible solution

  1. Understand feasible and infeasible solutions
  2. Find optimal feasible solution


4. Degree of Competition

In 2022, 9.68 lakh candidates appeared for the CUET (UG) exam. That number increased to 19.2 lakhs in 2023. As more illustrious institutes incorporate CUET (UG) scores in their admission process, this competition is only going to get more intense. As a CUET (UG) 2024 candidate, you will require the absolute best CUET Maths books to prepare for the upcoming examination.

Target Publications: Your Companion for CUET (UG) Preparation

Over the course of 17 years, we, at Target, have built a far-reaching network of industry professionals as well as experienced educators. This very network is what allows us to consistently create the best entrance exam preparation books for MHT-CET, NEET-UG, JEE-Main and CUET-UG. And the 10 lakh+ students who place their trust our books every year are a testament to that.


To do well in the Maths section of the CUET (UG) exam, thorough understanding of mathematical concepts and practice are key. Hence, we offer the CUET Maths books: CUET (UG) Mathematics Notes, CUET (UG) Mathematics 10 Practice Paper Set and CUET (UG) Applied Mathematics 10 Practice Paper Set.

CUET (UG) Mathematics Notes by Target Publications

Target's CUET (UG) Mathematics Notes comprises quick revision notes, subtopic-wise CUET Maths questions with answer keys, tips, tricks and topic tests. We have also included CUET Maths previous year’s question paper (2022). In addition, you will find CUET Maths PYQs tagged throughout the book.

CUET (UG) 10 Practice Paper Sets by Target Publications

Master your problem-solving skills with the CUET (UG) Mathematics 10 Practice Paper Set and CUET (UG) Applied Mathematics 10 Practice Paper Set. They have 10 CUET sample papers each prepared according to the latest CUET (UG) entrance exam. These CUET Maths practice handbooks also come with the solved 2022 CUET (UG) exam paper, answer keys and smart keys.

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FAQs About CUET Mathematics 2023-2024

To view all the topics included in the CUET Mathematics entrance exam, refer to the syllabus section of this page or visit the official website.

The CUET Mathematics entrance test is a computer-based test (CBT) consisting of 85 multiple-choice questions (MCQs). The exam is divided into two sections:

Section A is compulsory for all candidates and contains 15 questions from both Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Section B contains two parts: Section B1 contains 35 questions from Mathematics, out of which candidates must attempt 25 questions. Section B2 contains 35 questions from Applied Mathematics, out of which candidates must attempt 25 questions.

Each question carries 5 marks, and there is a negative marking of 1 mark for each incorrect answer.

Visit for the detailed syllabus of the CUET Mathematics 2023–24 exam.

Yes, there are a number of reference books that can be helpful for CUET Mathematics preparation. But one of the most popular books is Target Publications’ CUET (UG) Mathematics Notes. It covers the entire CUET Mathematics syllabus in a comprehensive and systematic manner. It also includes a variety of practice questions, tips and tricks to help you test your understanding of the concepts.

First, understand the syllabus and exam format. Then go through previous years’ question papers to understand important topics and the nature of questions asked in the exam. Once you have these insights, prepare a study strategy accordingly focusing on the most important CUET topics. Use good quality reference materials like the ones mentioned above. Focus on understanding the concepts, not just memorizing formulas. Lastly, practice regularly. Take as many mock tests and solve as many CUET PYQs as possible.