PUCET Exam 2021

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North India’s Punjab region has always been a hub of educational diversity. Be it for Engineering courses or programs like MBBS, It houses the country’s premier educational universities that are known for their educational excellence. At the same time, the Government of Punjab is committed to strengthening its schools, colleges, and universities and is thus helping meritorious and deserving students by offering Punjab Scholarships. To pursue higher education from coveted academic institutes of Punjab, one has to qualify for university-specific or national level entrance exams. One of these is the PUCET exam which is conducted by the revered Panjab University. This blog will take you through the important information pertaining to PUCET 2021 and its related components. 

Name  PUCET (Panjab University Common Entrance Test)
Conducting Body Panjab University, Chandigarh
Exam Frequency Once a year
Mode of Exam Offline
Exam Variants  PUCET UG and PUCET PG 
Time Duration 70 Minutes for each section in UG exam
90 Minutes for PG Exam 
Mode of Language  English
Questions Type  Objective in UG Exam
Objective and Subjective in PG Exam
Marking Scheme 2 marks for every correct answer 
Negative Marking Deduction of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer

Also Read: Delhi University Entrance Test (DUET) 2021

What is PUCET Exam? 

PUCET is a university level entrance examination organised by Panjab University, Chandigarh. The main aim of the test is to provide admission for Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctorate courses to students across disciplines. Aspirants who wish to seek admission in Bachelor of Science [BSc Hons] and Bachelor of Pharmacy [B. Pharm], the PUCET UG entrance exam is conducted through a proper choice Based credit system. The university also conducts PUCET-PG for those who want to enrol in master-level courses like LLM, MA Economics, MCom, MBA, etc. The other details relevant to the exam have been explained in the following paragraphs. 

PUCET Dates 2021

Since the dates of PUCET entrance examination is in proximity. Students are advised to be familiar with all the vital information pertaining to the examination. Tabulated below are the PUCET dates. 

Category  PUCET – UG  PUCET – PG
Registration Begins 3rd week of April 2021 3rd week of April 2021
Last Date to Apply 3rd week of May 2021 3rd week of May 2021
Admit Card Releases 4th week of May 2021 Last week of May 2021
PUCET 2021 Exam 27th June 2021 12th & 13th June 2021
Answer Key 1st week of June 2021 2nd week of June 2021
Result 2021 2nd week of June 2021 3rd week of June 2021
Counselling Begins From June 2021 June 2021

Course Wise- Important Dates 2021

Subject-wise entrance exam date and timings for the academic year 2021-2022 for PG programmes are given below-

Entrance Date
PU – CET (P.G.) 12-06-2021 & 13-06-2021 (Saturday & Sunday) 
PU – LL.B. (3 Years) 20-06-2021 (Sunday) 
PU-CET (U.G.)  27-06-2021 (Sunday)
PU-B.A./B.Com. LL.B. (Hons.) (5 years) Integrated Course 04-07-2021 (Sunday) 10:00 am – 11:30 am
PUTHAT 04-07-2021 (Sunday) 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. 
PUMEET  11-07-2021 (Sunday) 10:00am – 11:40 am 
PULEET 11-07-2021 (Sunday) 2:00 pm – 3:40 pm
MBA (Executive) for USOL  18-07-2021 (Sunday) 10:00am– 12:00pm Noon 
MPhil. & PhD 22-08-2021 (Sunday)

PU CET Courses

UG Programmes

Panjab University offers admission to certain undergraduate programmes through the entrance exam. Here are all the courses listed below-

B.Pharm. B.Sc. Anthropology B.Sc. (Hons) Biochemistry B.Sc. (Hons) Biophysics
B.Sc.Biotechnology B.Sc. Botany B.Sc. Chemistry B.Sc. Geology
B.Sc. Mathematics  B.Sc. PhysicsBSc Physics with specialisation in electronics B.Sc. Microbiology B.Sc.  Zoology

PG Programmes

PU CET offers admissions to one year and two-year PG programmes in subject areas. Here are some popular programmes offered by the Panjab University through PU CET-

L.L.M  MA Economics/English History/Geography M. Pharma
M.C.A M.E Chemical/Food Technology/Electrical Engineering/Computer Science/Mechanical Engineering MSc in Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics
MA. Journalism and Mass Communication MBA MA Philosophy/Political Science/Psychology/Women Studies
MTech Material Science and Technology/Microelectronics MSc in Biochemistry/Biophysics/Forensic Sciences/Zoology/Botany/Statistics M. Physical Education

In the case of ME./MTech programmes, candidates who qualify for the GATE exams will be given preference over the PU CET PG entrance exam. 

Eligibility Criteria 

In order to appear for the PUCET, it is a prime responsibility for a candidate to adhere to the eligibility criteria guidelines. Not fulfilling the eligibility parameters can lead to the cancellation of the application by managing authority. The below-given information will help you understand the eligibility criteria of PUCET. 

PUCET UG:

Nationality

An application seeking admission in Punjab University, Chandigarh through PUCET has to be of Indian origin. 

Qualification

The basic qualification for applying for PUCET is 10+2 from a recognized board. While the General Category candidates must have scored 50% in 10+2, 45% marks should have been secured by SC, ST, OBC, PWD candidates. Furthermore, an applicant should have passed class 12th in Science stream with Physics, English, and Chemistry and one of the subjects like Mathematics, Biology, Biotechnology. 

Age Limit

Candidates should be 17 years and above as on 31st December at the time of admission formalities. 

PUCET PG:

To appear for the PUCET PG exam, it is important for the candidates to have a UG degree in the required field with minimum required marks. Along, with this candidates must attain the minimum required marks in the exam.

Note: The eligibility criteria for PUCET PG will vary according to the course you want to pursue. It is advised to go through the website to understand the parameters.

PUCET Exam Pattern 

Making a distinctive space in any university is a daunting process altogether. To pass an examination with flying colours, one should be well versed with both, syllabus and exam pattern. The below-mentioned information will take you through vital details pertaining to the PUCET examination pattern including marks distribution.  

PUCET UG:

Before you go on to understand the exam pattern of the PUCET UG exam, here are some important points- 

  • The UG exam will have sections like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, Computer Science, etc out of which candidates are expected to choose a suitable combination as per their subjects in 10+2
  • The  medium of the exam will be English only 
Subject Total Questions Total Marks Duration
Paper – I Physics 60 120 70 minutes
Paper – II Chemistry 60 120 70 minutes
Paper – III Biology 60 120 70 minutes
Paper – IV Mathematics 60 120 70 minutes
Paper – V Biotechnology 60 120 70 minutes
Paper – VI Computer Science 60 120 70 minutes

PUCET PG:

For the PUCET PG exam, the exam pattern as well as the sections of the exam will differ as per the subject you choose. However, below we have mentioned the exam pattern for MCA (Masters of Computer Applications) for the indicative purposes- 

Sections  Total Questions 
Mathematics 40
Computer Science 15
English 10
Reasoning and Aptitude 10 

PUCET Syllabus

You should be accustomed to the essential topics that are important to cover for clearing the PUCET examination. We are listing down the important topics from BiPC subjects and Mathematics, you need to thoroughly practice. 

PUCET UG:

Subjects  Main Topics 
Physics Physical-world and measurement, Kinematics, Law of motions, Work Energy
and Power, Motion of Systems and Particles and rigid body gravitation,
properties of bulk matter, Thermodynamics behaviour of perfect gas and
Kinetic theory and oscillation and Waves, etc. 
Chemistry Structure of Atom, Classifications of Element and Periodicity in Properties,
Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure, Hydrogen, S-blocks elements,
Organic chemistry- some basic principle and techniques, Thermodynamics,
Equilibrium, Redox Reactions, Hydrocarbons, etc.
Biology Diversity in Living World, Structural Organization in Animals and Plants,
Cell Structure and Functions, Plant Physiology, Human Anatomy and
Physiology, etc.
Mathematics Sets, Relation and Functions, Principle of Mathematical Induction,
Binomial Theorem, Sequence and Series, Conic Sections,
Introduction to Three- Dimensional Geometry, Limits and
Derivatives, Mathematical Reasoning, Statics and Probability, etc

PUCET UG:

Candidates must understand that the detailed syllabus of the PUCET exam will vary as per the course you choose, hence, you may refer to the official website to check for it. However, below we have tabulated the PUCET PG syllabus for the common sections-

General Knowledge  Verbal Ability Reasoning
Government and Politics Foreign Words Noun & Pronoun Errors Blood Relations
Business and Economy Reading Comprehension Artificial Language
Awards and Honors Idioms & Phrases Cubes and cuboids
Personalities Etymology & Roots Directions
Science & Technology Subject-Verb Agreement Analogies
Indian History and World History Antonyms-Synonyms Alphanumeric series
Arts & Music Prepositions and Conjunctions Input-Output

How to Apply for PUCET?

  1. Visit the official website for PUCET UG and PUCET PG.
  2. Click on the Register option
  3. Enter the required information – Name, date of birth, contact information.
  4. Login ID and password will be generated.
  5. Login to fill the rest of the application form – Personal & academic details.
  6. Select the course & exam center of your preference
  7. Upload the documents – Photograph, signature & thumb impression
  8. Complete the application form by submitting the application fee.

Application Fee

To complete the application process applicants have to pay a certain amount of required fees.

Category Amount (In INR)
Unreserved Category 2,175
Reserved Category 1,088
  • Online Payment: Applicants can pay through online mode via credit/debit card or internet banking
  • Offline Mode: Applicants can also pay through offline mode via SBI bank challan. Print out the bank slip and pay the application fee at the nearest SBI branch
  • The application fee is non-refundable.
  • For additional courses, applicants have to pay Rs 575.

Latest Updates on Central Universities Common Entrance Test 2021

Reservations

The reservations of seats for each course is as follows-of the seats in each course is given below. Candidates selected via merit seats are not included in the reservation. The university also has additional seats reserved for candidates from categories like wards of Kashmiri displaced people, wards of Kargil warriors, border area students, rural area students etc  

General Category. 53.5%
Reserved Category 46.5%
Scheduled Castes. 15%
Scheduled Tribes 7.5%
Backward Classes 5%
Sports  5%

Documents Required

Candidates may need the below mentioned important documents during the application process and counselling. Stated below is the list for the same-

  • Provisional seat allocation letter
  • PU CET admit card 2020
  • Class X marks sheet
  • Class XII marks sheet
  • Medical examination report
  • Category certificate (if applicable)
  • PwD certificate (if applicable)

Admit Card

Applicants are issued admit cards a few weeks before the entrance examination. Students can download the admit card online. Here is how you can download your PUCET admit card:

  • Login to your account using your Login ID & password.
  • Click on the admit card option.
  • Check all the details on admit card are correct & download it
    • If there are any issues in the details of your admit card, raise a ticket at the concerned authority and resolve it.
    • No applicant is allowed to enter the examination hall with the admit card.
    • Take two printouts of the admit card.

Answer Key

The answer key for the entrance exam is released within days of the exam. Students can check the answer key and calculate their marks based on it. Here is the link for the PU CET Answer Key- link 

Results

The entrance exam results are released in the 3rd week of June 2021 and all candidates can check and download their scorecards from this link-  http://results.puchd.ac.in. After the result is declared, the university releases comprehensive merit lists which determines who all are selected for PU CET counselling.

Merit List for UG and PG Programmes

The Merit List for all the subjects and programmes is released by Panjab University, Chandigarh. Candidates have to check their name on the subject-wise merit list,  candidates whose names appear on the list are eligible for counselling. 

Check the UG Merit List  

Check the PG Merit List

UG and PG Counselling

All candidates whose names appear on the subject-wise merit list released by Panjab University have to attend the counselling session. The entire counselling process is physical and candidates must mark their attendance on the day of counselling to get admission in their desired programme. They have to carry all the required original documents and photocopies for the process. 

Colleges Accepting PU CET

There are a few universities and colleges in Chandigarh that accept PU CET score for certain courses and specialisations. Here is a list of colleges-

  • Panjab University, Chandigarh
  • Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma College, Chandigarh
  • DAV College, Chandigarh
  • Mehr Chand Mahajan Dayanand Anglo Vedic College, [MCMDAV] Chandigarh

PUCET 2019 Cut Off

To help candidates have a better idea about how will be the cut off for the year 2021, we have stated below the cut off for some of the courses of UG and PG level-

B.Sc Mathematics 2019

Category Total Merit Marks CET Percentile Marks
General (Unreserved category) 24.91 11.56
SC 21.75 9.999
ST 21.8 7.5

B.Sc (Biotechnology/ BioPhysics/ Botany/ Zoology/ Biochemistry/ Chemistry/ Microbiology/ Anthropology/ Geology/ Physics/), B.Pharmacy 2019

Category Total merit Marks CET Percentile Marks
General (Unreserved category) 28.56 14.46
SC 19.26 5.91
ST 19.40 4.40

Here is the 2018 cut off for the PUCET PG exam-

Category Cutoff
Unreserved 20% of total marks
(M.A. English and History – 35% of total marks
Masters in Disaster Management – 37.5%)
OBC/SC/ST/PWD 15% of total marks
(M.A. English and History – 30% of total marks)

PUCET Exam Centres

PUCET 2021 will be conducted across 4 test centres in Punjab:

  • Chandigarh
  • Ludhiana
  • Muktsar Rural
  • Hoshiarpur

Things to Keep in Mind

  • Carry admit card & valid identification card to the examination center
  • Do rough work on the allotted area 
  • Applicants should try to attempt the question he/she is confident about, Marks are deducted for every wrong answer.
  • Complete your application form, any information left incomplete, the university won’t accept the application form of that applicant.
  • Applicants of the reserved category must upload their caste certificate to avail concession on the application fee.

How to Prepare for PUCET?

  • Students should attempt mock tests & sample papers. This helps to evaluate their performance, identify strong and weak areas and improve those areas.
  • Consistency is the key, try to be consistent with your PUCET exam preparation, plan your day in a way that at least you spare one-two hours dedicated to the PUCET examination.
  • Don’t just mug up new topics, it is essential to revise the previous topics in order to avoid confusion in topics & also improves your memory of those topics.
  • Make notes of important formulas. Making notes will help in the quick revision of all important topics.
  • A day before your exam don’t over exhaust yourself, it is important to keep your mind calm. On the day before your exam relax and revise in a way that you are done before night and able to sleep properly.

Best Books for PUCET 

There are a variety of books available for reference. They are easily available in local markets or you can order them online. Applicants can also refer to the previous year’s question papers.

  • Panjab CET 12 years solved papers
  • Arihant Organic Chemistry
  • Quantitative Aptitude by Arun Sharma.
  • Physics by H. C Verma. (Vol 1&2)
  • Physics by OP Agarwal (Vol 1 & 2)
  • A Guide to Critical Legal Studies by Mark Kamen.
  • Last 10 years PUCET solved question bank.
  • Mathematics by SL Loni (Plane Geometry)
  • Arihant ISC Chapter-wise Solved Papers Chemistry class 12th

FAQs

Is PUCET conducted online?

No, PUCET is an offline-based examination.

How many marks are deducted for the wrong answer in PUCET?

25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer.

Can we make online payments for PUCET application at any bank?

Applicants can only pay application fees offline at SBI branches.

Is it possible to get a refund for the application fee?

The application fee is non-refundable.

Is there any need to send the application form offline to the conducting authority of PUCET?

There is no requirement for sending the application offline.

What is the minimum age required for PUCET?

An applicant must not be below the age of 17.

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