Central Universities Common Entrance Test [ CUCET ]

By Srushti Pargat Last Updated: December 05th, 2020

The Central Universities Common Entrance Test is a country-wide exam conducted for admission to various Integrated or Undergraduate, Postgraduate and also Research Programmes in different Central and State Universities of India. From its inception in year 2010, the CUCET has been coordinated by the Central University of Rajasthan. 

Exam CUCET - Central Universities Common Entrance Test 
Mode Pen and paper-based 
Organising Body Central University of Rajasthan 
Purpose Entry to undergraduate, postgraduate, M.Phil and PhD courses 
Duration of exam 2 hours 
Frequency Once a year 
Level All India level 
Languages offered English, Hindi 

CUCET 2021 - Important Updates 

The CUCET 2021 will be held in the third week of May 2021. It will be organised by the 14 Central Universities of India. 

Given below are the essential dates to be noted for the same. 

Events Tentative Dates 
Registration Form release Second week of March 2021 
Submission of registration form Third week of April 2021 
Last date for paying registration fee Fourth week of April 2021 
Admit card release Second week of May 2021 
CUCET 2021 Exam Third week of May 2021 
Answer Key download Fourth week of May 2021 
Raising objection in answer key First week of June 2021 
Result declaration Third week of June 2021 

CUCET 2021 - Application

To register, candidates to have to fill the CUCET 2021 Application Form. All aspiring entrants have to fill out and submit applications form before the specified deadline. Students can complete and submit the Application Form in the online mode. No other mode will be entertained to receive the Application Form.

  • Applicants can fill the CUCET 2021 Application Form from the second week of March 2021.
  • CUCET 2021 Application Form can be filled the last submission of application until the second week of April 2021.
  • There is no correction facility that will be made available in the online Application Form later on. So, please fill the details carefully before submitting it.
  • Students who have applied have to upload the scanned images of photograph and signature in the JPEG/JPG format (Size: 10KB to 50 KB).
  • At the time of completing the form, applicants can fill a maximum of three Participating Universities (PU) with three courses in each.
  • Applicants must keep copies of the filled Application Form with them for the future.

In the following section, students can get to know the stepwise procedure to fill the registration form.

1) Registration

  • Visit the official CUCET website link.
  • Click the 'Apply' tab on the main menu.
  • This will give you access to the UG, PG, and RP link for registration.

2) Select a branch

  • Read the items you need to have ready before filling the registration form.
  • Click on any of the links given for the various courses depending on your preference.

3) Confirm the Registration

  • A registration page according to the selected course will open.
  • Supply the details such as the name of the candidate, the date of birth, the e-mail address, the mobile number and make the password.
  • Click on the 'Save and Continue' button.
  • After successfully registering, the student will receive an e-mail and a message on their registered e-mail and contact number.

4) Registration Information

  • Complete the registration details.
  • Here, candidates must complete their personal information, details of the qualifying exam (10 + 2), details of their year of study if already at a university, their correspondence address, and the test centre.
  • After completing all the required information, applicants must read the statement given below it.
  • Mark 'I agree' and enter the verification code
  • Click on the 'Save and continue' button.

5) Upload the Images

  • Students are required to upload their signature and photograph.
  • Choose the file by clicking on the 'Choose File' button.
  • Upload the scanned photograph and signature of size ranging between 10 KB and 50 KB.
  • The dimensions of the uploads should be 200 x 230 pixels (Photograph) and 140 x 60 pixels (signature).
  • Enter the verification code sent to you and click on the 'Upload images and Proceed' button.

6) University and Course

  • Applicants must select the university and course as per their preference.
  • Applicants can select up to three universities with the courses of theirs.
  • Enter the university code and course.
  • Click on the 'Save and Proceed' button.

7) Edit the Registration Form

  • Students are allowed to edit their filled-in application form.
  • Verify all details you have provided in each step given above for correctness.
  • If you want to change any details, then click on the 'Edit Application' button. If not, click on the 'Submit and Make Payment' button.

8) Payment of registration fee

  • Click on 'Send and Pay' to pay the registration fee.
  • Select one of the options for payment, enter the verification code, and click on the 'Make a payment' button.

9) View the Registration Form

  • In this section, applicants can view their application form and can verify the payment status.
  • After successfully sending all the details, take the printed copy of the form.
  • You should take extra photocopies and keep them available until you enter a university.

CUCET 2021 - Application Fee 

Applicants must pay the registration fee according to their respective categories. The payment can be made through online mode. Offline and online application fees are different so kindly verify the same carefully. 

  • The online registration fee can be made through Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking. 
  • To pay the registration fee through the offline mode, candidates can submit the SBI Bank Challan. 
Categories Registration fee for online mode Registration fee for offline mode 
General/OBC ₹ 800/- for 3 PUs ₹ 850/- 
SC/ST ₹ 350/- for 3 PUs ₹ 400/- 
PWD Exempted to pay the Registration fee Exempted to pay the Registration fee 

CUCET 2021 – Eligibility Criteria (University-wise) 

The university-wise eligibility criteria are presented in the tabular columns below. 

Central University of Haryana 

Courses Eligibility Criteria 
Postgraduate Programmes Must have a Bachelors degree 
M.Phil Programme Masters degree with at least 55% marks (50% for ST/SC/PWD) 
PhD Programs M.Phil degree- Qualified the UGC/CSIR-JRF/NET or SLET (An equivalent to NET/JRF as per UGC norms)/Holder of Teacher Fellowship/Teacher in a constituent/affiliated department/college of the university and research experience for at least two years/Is an in-service candidate with three years’ experience and has a Masters degree with at least 55% of aggregate marks (50% for ST/SC/PWD) in the subjects relevant. 

Central University of Jammu 

Courses Eligibility Criteria 
Postgraduate Programmes Bachelors Degree with 50% marks (45% for SC/ST categories) 
M.Phil/ PhD Programs Masters degree 50% marks (45% for SC/ST categories) 
Integrated Programs 10 +2 or an equivalent examination 

Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi 

Courses Eligibility Criteria 
Postgraduate Programmes Students must have a Bachelors Degree 
PhD Programs Masters degree is necessary for any stream 

Central University of Karnataka 

Courses Eligibility Criteria 
Integrated Courses Cleared 10+2 or an equivalent examination 
Postgraduate Programmes Should hold a Bachelors Degree 

Central University of Kashmir 

Courses Eligibility Criteria 
Integrated Programs Clear their 10 +2 or an equivalent examination 
Postgraduate Programmes Must possess a Bachelors Degree 
M.Phil/ PhD Programs Should hold a Masters degree 

Central University of Kerala 

Courses Eligibility Criteria 
UG Programmes Cleared 10 +2 examination/an equivalent Limit: The Students should not be above 19 years of age as considered on 1 July 2021 
Postgraduate Programmes Bachelors Degree Age Limit: Students should not be above 25 years of age as on 1 July 2021 

Central University of Punjab 

Postgraduate Programmes (M.Sc/M.Pharm/M.A/M.Tech) Must hold a Bachelors Degree 
M.Phil Programmes Should possess a Masters degree 
Postgraduate Diploma Programmes Bachelors Degree/ Masters degree 

Central University of Rajasthan 

Courses Eligibility Criteria 
Integrated Programs 10 +2 or an equivalent examination 
Postgraduate Programmes Bachelors Degree 
PhD Programs Masters degree 

Central University of Tamil Nadu 

Courses Eligibility Criteria 
Integrated Programs 10 +2 or an equivalent examination 
Postgraduate Programmes Bachelors Degree 
PhD Programs Masters degree 

Central University of South Bihar 

Courses Eligibility Criteria 
Integrated Programme Class XII or an equivalent exam from any recognised board 
Postgraduate Programme Bachelors Degree 

BASE or The Bengaluru Dr B R Ambedkar School of Economics 

Courses Eligibility Criteria 
Integrated MA in Economics Pass 10+2 in any Stream or an equivalent of any recognised board in India. 

CUCET 2021 – Exam Pattern 

The exam pattern of the CUCET 2021 is designed as mentioned below. 

Particular Detail 
Date of examination The offline examination will be held in the last week of April 2021. 
Mode of examination The examination will be organised in the offline mode. 
Form of Questions Asked The questions will be Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ). 
Language The questions will be presented in the English language. 
Duration of examination 2 hours 
Marking Scheme Every correct response will be given one mark. 
Negative Marking For every wrong response, 0.25 marks will be deducted. 

Integrated B.Tech, M.Tech, Integrated M.Sc, BA, BBA etc. (UGQP01) 

Parts: The review will contain two parts, Part A and B. Every section will consist of 25 or more questions. A student is required to answer a set of X sections (75 questions). 

  • Part A: 25 MCQ questions, including English, analytical skills, general knowledge, numerical interpretation of skills/data, reasoning, general aptitude. 
  • Part B: Examinees must answer sections I Physics and II Chemistry. From Section III along with Section IV, only one of the sections will be asked, that is either Mathematics- Section III or Biology -Section IV should be attempted. In the event that a candidate answers both the math and biology sections, the best three of the four sections, that is, sections I, II, and III or IV will be evaluated and taken into consideration for the test results. 

Integrated Master, B.VOC, MA, BPA, Diploma (UGQP02) 

  • There will a single test for this section. 
  • Number of questions: The document of questions will include 100 QCM from the following disciplines: English, analytical skills, numerical interpretation of skills/data, general knowledge, reasoning, general aptitude. 

For B.VOC (Interior design) (UGQP03) 

The test consists of a questionnaire of a maximum of 100 points comprised of two parts: 

  • Part A: 25 points; 30 minutes 
  • This document will contain objective questions according to the following chart. 
Type Number of Questions 
Basic Mathematics (Mensuration, Geometry, percentage calculations, etc.) 10 
General awareness (about interiors as seen in homes as well a surroundings) 
Spatial Intelligence (Shapes, paper folding, etc.) 10 
  • Part B: 75 Marks; 150 minutes 
  • This section contains questions to test sense of aesthetics, basic drawing skills, lateral thinking, and the ability to articulate ideas. 

Examinees must choose a correct answer and mark on the OMR sheet. If a student marks several entries for the same question on the OMR sheet, it will be considered under an incorrect response and will receive negative marks. 

CUCET 2021 - Syllabus 

B.Tech. Computer Science and Engineering 

Syllabus Syllabus 
Compiler Design Digital Logic 
Computer Architecture Engineering Mathematics 
Computer Network Operating System 
Data structure and Algorithms Programming in C 
Database Theory of Computation 

M.Tech Mathematics/ M.Sc. Mathematics 

Syllabus Syllabus Syllabus 
Algebra Complex Analysis Linear programming problem 
Calculus Differential Equations Real Analysis 
Co-ordinate Geometry for three dimensions Dynamic Vector Calculus 

M.Sc. Computer Science [MSCS] / M.Sc. Information Technology 

Syllabus Syllabus Syllabus 
Computer Architecture Database Management System Foundations of Programming 
Computer Networks Discrete Mathematics Operation system 
Computer organisation Electronics Physics 

M.Sc. Physics 

Syllabus Syllabus Syllabus 
Atomic Physics Molecular spectroscopy Solid-state physics 
Electromagnetic theory Nuclear Physics Statistical mechanics 
Electronics Optics Thermodynamics 
Mechanics Quantum mechanics X- rays 

B.Sc. Chemistry 

Syllabus Syllabus 
Analytical Chemistry Electrochemistry 
Atomic Structure Inorganic Chemistry 
Chemical and phase equilibria Organic Chemistry 
Chemical kinetics Physical Chemistry 
Chemical thermodynamics Quantum Chemistry 
 Theory of gases 

CUCET 2021 - Preparation Tips

  • Follow a regular time table.
  • Be aware of the syllabus.
  • Start your test preparation in advance.
  • Revise what you learn.
  • Work on strengthening your basic concepts.

CUCET 2021 - FAQs

Q. When will the CUCET 2021 result be released?

A. The CUCET 2021 result will be announced in the online mode in the third week of June.

Q. When will the admission list of the CUCET 2021 be made available?

A. The CUCET 2021 admission list will be released after the counselling registration process is over by the participating institutes.

Q. What is the cut off expected for CUCET 2021?

A. Each institution will release its own cut off list for entry into various courses. Students have to qualify the minimum cut off criteria to gain admission.

Q. Does the CUCET involve rounds of interview for all programs?

A. No. Interview rounds are held only for selected courses in the CUCET (MSc/MA in Digital Society course). The total weightage given to the interview round is 25 percentage.


Best wishes to all the CUCET 2021 aspirants from the CollegeMarg team!

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