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CUET 2022 Performing Arts Syllabus: Check Topics, Pattern, Download PDF

Samiksha Rautela
Samiksha RautelaUpdated On: September 15, 2022 11:12 am IST | CUET

CUET 2022 Performing Arts Syllabus has been made available by NTA. Get your hands on the official PDF, exam pattern, preparation tips & other details about CUET Performing Arts Syllabus 2022 here!

CUET 2022 Performing Arts Syllabus: Check Topics, Pattern, Download PDF

CUET Performing Arts syllabus 2022 has been released by NTA. It is made available on the official website of the Common University Entrance Test. The PDF of the CUET 2022 Performing Arts Syllabus is provided on this page as well. Candidates just have to scroll down and click on the link mentioned below.

Also Check:CUET Result 2022

CUET 2022 is a common entrance exam that provides admission to numerous CUET participating colleges. The performing Arts exam conducted by CUET 2022 has 3 sections. Section A is Dance, Section B is Drama-Theatre and Section C is Music. Candidates will be provided with the freedom to choose any desired section. Read on to find out everything about CUET Performing Arts Syllabus 2022 including important topics, exam pattern, preparation tips etc.

CUET 2022 Overview

CUET 2022 exam will be held in CBT mode in morning and afternoon slots. The exam will have Section IA & Section IB as language tests and Section II as a domain-specific test (for example: Performing Arts, History, Archeology etc.). Section III will be a General Test. A total of 50 questions will be asked in the entrance test and candidates will have to attempt only 40 questions out of them.

The performing arts exam will have sections A, B & C as Dance, Drama-Theatre and Music respectively. Candidates can choose to attempt any of the aforementioned parts. Section A and Section C have various sub-parts and only one of them needs to be attempted.  Over 1 lakh aspirants are expected to sit for CUET 2022. The entrance test will be held across numerous exam centres located in India and outside the country too.

CUET 2022 Performing Arts Syllabus: Download PDF

The official CUET 2022 Performing Arts Syllabus PDF is provided below. Aspirants can just click on the link to download or view it.

Overview of CUET 2022 Performing Arts Syllabus

Before going through the overview of the CUET Performing Arts Syllabus, it is crucial to understand the CUET structure. Section A (Dance) and Section B (Music) are subdivided into sections. Aspirants need to attempt any one of the following:

Section A (Dance)

A1: Kathak

A2: Bharatnatyam

A3: Odissi

A4: Kuchipudi

A5: Manipuri

A6: Kathakali

Section B (Drama-Theatre)

Section C (Music)




Rabindra Sangeet

The outline of the CUET Performing Arts Syllabus is as follows:

Section A1 (Kathak Dance)

A brief history of other dance styles of India

Ability to notate a Tukraa/Toda and Paran

Knowledge of the various Kathak terms

Rasa: definition and explanation of nine rasas.

Section A2 (Bharatnatyam Dance)

Acquaintance with traditional costumes 

Acquaintance with the contents of the Abhinaya Darpana

Knowledge of the various Bharatnatyam terms

Acquaintance with the life history of the chief exponents & contributors of the past Dance form. 

Section A3 (Kuchipudi Dance)

Knowledge of the various Kuchipudi terms

A brief history and acquaintance with some traditional dance forms

Section A4 (Odissi Dance)

A Basic understanding of the term Abhinaya

Brief notes on the contributions and lives of the three Gurus

Knowledge of the various Odissi terms

Folk Dances of Odisha

Section A5 (Manipuri Dance)

Acquaintance with the make-up & traditional costumes

Acquaintance with the contents of Abhinaya Darpana

Knowledge of the various Manipuri terms

Acquaintance with the life history of chief exponents past & present of the danceform.

Section A6 (Kathakali Dance)

Knowledge of Kathakali music (percussion & vocal)

Acquaintance with the life history of the masters of the dance

Knowledge of the various Kathakali terms

Acquaintance with the make-up & traditional costumes

Section B (Drama Theatre)

Modern and Contemporary Indian Theatre

Theatre Production – Theatre Architectures and Production Design 

Developing and Documenting the Research Project

Survey of Acting Theory and Practice

Theatre Production – Management and Performance

Modern and Western Theatre

Section C1 (Hindustani)

Hindustani Melodic

Hindustani Vocal

Section C2 (Carnatic)

Carnatic Music (Melodic Instrumental)

Carnatic Music (Vocal)

Section C3 (Rabindra Sangeet)

Rabindra Sangeet

Other Types of Music

Section C4 (Percussion)

Hindustani Percussion

Layakari and its varieties

Brief history of Medieval & Modern period of Hindustani Music

Gharanas of Tabla or Pakhawaj 

History of Tabla or Pakhawaj

Writing notation of the prescribed compositions and Talas

Also Read: How will Admissions to DU Change after Implementation of CUET 2022

CUET 2022 Exam Pattern

CUET exam pattern 2022 has been released by NTA along with the CUET syllabus 2022. It contains intricate information about the structure and format of the entrance test. Given below are all the important details about CUET 2022 exam pattern including the total marks, total questions, type of questions, medium of instructions, marking scheme etc.



Medium of Instruction

English & the medium opted by the candidates (one of the 13 languages mentioned above)

Total Questions Asked in Performing Arts Exam


Total Questions to be Attempted in Performing Arts Exam


Total Marks in Performing Arts Exam


Question Type

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Exam Duration of Performing Arts

45 minutes

Frequency of Exam

Once a year

Negative Marking


Marking Scheme

Marks per correct answer: +5

Marks per incorrect answer: -1

Marks per unanswered question or marked for review question: 0

Captured below are the section-wise key highlights of the CUET 2022 exam:


Subjects/ Tests

Exam Duration

Total Questions Asked

Total Questions Attempted

Total Marks

Section IA: Languages

Thirteen languages

45 minutes for each language

50 questions

40 questions

200 marks

Section IB: Languages

Twenty languages

45 minutes for each language

50 questions

40 questions

200 marks

Section II: Domain-specific

Twenty seven domain-specific subjects

45 minutes for each subject

50 questions

40 questions

200 marks

Section III: General test

General test

60 minutes

75 questions

60 questions

300 marks

Also Read:List of Universities Accepting CUET 2022 Score

CUET 2022 Performing Arts Preparation Tips

Here are a few important tips to prepare for CUET 2022 Performing Arts:

Go through the syllabus

The syllabus of Performing Arts has been made available by the conducting body itself. Candidates should carefully go through the entire CUET performing arts syllabus and cover all the topics without leaving any concepts untouched.

Curate a time-table

Aspirants must create a timetable keeping in mind their strengths and weaknesses. They should curate a study plan that is achievable and easy to follow. A personalised timetable will provide a rough idea about tasks that need to be accomplished and the time left to complete them.

Find out the exam pattern

Check out the detailed CUET exam pattern of the Performing Arts exam before starting the preparation. It will provide an idea about the format of the entrance test, type of questions and marking scheme.

Practice regularly

The importance of practising through sample papers cannot be stressed enough. Aspirants should solve as many sample papers, sample problems, mock tests and previous year’s question papers as possible. It will increase the speed and accuracy of the candidate.

Revision is important

Revision is extremely crucial after completing the preparation for the exam. It will not only provide an insight into the areas that need improvement but also helps in recalling the concepts and theories that have already been studied. Candidates should keep atleast 2-3 weeks aside purely for revision.

CUET 2022 Syllabus for All the Papers

The syllabus for all the papers of CUET 2022 is provided in the table below. 

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