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Christ University Entrance Test (CUET) For Master’s In Psychology

Prerna Singh and Ishita Wadhwani

Christ University Entrance Test (CUET) for Master’s in Psychology

CUET for Master's in Psychology: Selection Process, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Preparation tips

Christ (Deemed to be University) is one of the best universities in the city of Bangalore. The Department of Psychology is considered as one of the largest departments and the most competitive of all. If you are looking forward to applying to Christ, this blog will help prepare for Christ University Entrance Test (CUET).

What is CUET?

Christ University Entrance Test (CUET) is the University's annual examination to select the most deserving candidates for MSc programs. In Psychology, CUET is held for the following programs offered by the Department of Psychology:

  • Master of Science (MSc) in Educational Psychology
  • MSc Psychology (HRDM) with an MA in Business and Organizational Psychology [A collaborative program with Steinbeis University, Germany]
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Psychology (Clinical)
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Counselling Psychology
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Psychology (HRDM)
 

Related Post: Masters in Psychology in India 

 

CUET is held in three to four different sessions, and it begins in April. Candidates are expected to select the preferred date from the list when filling the application form. Change in the selected date is not entertained once the application form is submitted.

 

Selection Procedure

The selection procedure at Christ consists of the following:

  • Entrance Test- Held for all the papers mentioned above.
  • Pattern: MCQ Based questions are asked, with four options provided for each question.
  • Number of questions asked: 120
  • Total Marks: 120, i.e., each question carries one mark.
  • Negative Marking: 0.25 is deducted for each incorrect response.
  • Duration: 2 hours
 
  • Personal Interview (PI)- Held for all the papers mentioned above.
  • Questions regarding one's strengths and weaknesses, career goals, research projects carried-out in UG, and Internships done during UG, will be the focus of the interview.
  • Basic questions related to the subjects that have been selected shall be asked.
 
  • Micro-presentation- Held for MSc in Psychology (Clinical).
  • At the time of the personal interview, the interviewer shall give a topic on the spot related to Mental Health and Psychology. The candidate is expected to speak on that topic for a specified period (in CUET 2020, the candidate had to speak for 1 minute).
 
  • Skill Assessment- Held for all the papers mentioned above, except for MSc in Psychology (Clinical).
  • The skill assessment will consist of a test to assess the written skills, communication skills, and logical reasoning.
 

Related Post: MSc in Clinical Psychology from Christ University, Bangalore

 

Syllabus for CUET for Different PG Programs in Psychology

Syllabus for CUET for admission into MSc in Psychology (Clinical)

Areas of focus

Number of questions asked from that area

General Psychology

20

Biological Psychology/ Physiological Psychology

20

Personality /Social Psychology

20

Abnormal Psychology

20

Research -Basic Techniques

20

Cognitive Psychology

20

 

Syllabus for CUET for admission into MSc in Counseling Psychology and MSc in Educational Psychology

Areas of focus

Number of questions asked from that area

General Aptitude

15

Basic Psychology

30

General Knowledge

15

Research Aptitude

15

Ethical Concerns

15

Counselling Psychology- basic skills, techniques and therapies

30

 

Syllabus for CUET for admission into MSc in Psychology (HRDM) and MSc Psychology (HRDM) with MA in Business and Organizational Psychology

Areas of focus

Number of questions asked from that area

General Aptitude

15

Basic Psychology

30

General Knowledge

15

Research Aptitude

15

Ethical Concerns

15

Human Resource Management

15

Industrial / Organizational Psychology

15

 

Books Recommendation for CUET Preparation

 

Reference Books to brush up the basics:

 
  • Psychology- Robert A. Baron and Girishwar Misra
  • Research Methodology: Methods and Techniques- C.R. Kothari and Gaurav Garg
  • Theories of Counselling and Psychotherapy- Seligman and Reichenberg
  • Advanced Educational Psychology- SK. Mangal
  • Tests, Measurements and Research: Methods in Behavioral Science- A.K. Singh
  • Synopsis of Psychiatry- Kaplan, and Sadock
  • Organizational Behavior- Stephen P. Robbins, Timothy A. Judge, and Neharika Vohra  
 

Books to practice MCQs:

 
  • Objective Psychology- R. Gupta
  • Question Bank Psychology- Ila Verma, Madhumita M. Pattera, and Dr. Bhibudutta Baral.
  • Psychology for All Competitive/Entrance Examinations- IIMS Publication, by Dr. MD Intekhabur Rahman
 

Related Post: Psychology Books

 

CUET is a computer-based exam and is held across the country for Christ campuses in Bangalore and Delhi NCR. Christ does not have a specific number of intakes; hence, one's admission is solely based on how they perform in the entrance exam.

 

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With lakhs of students appearing for CUET, the competition has become challenging. Unfortunately, there is no access to the previous year's question papers, so each aspiring candidate must thoroughly examine UG's foundational concepts. 

 

Tips to crack the exam are: revise the basics in Psychology and practice question banks available. One is good to go if they diligently prepare for the exam! 


 

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