PU CET Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification

PU CET Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification
October 1, 2021
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Punjab University, Chandigarh conducts Punjab University Common Entrance Test (PU CET) every year. It holds the entrance exam so that it can admit students to various UG and PG courses. This exam is conducted every year to admit students seeking admission to getting a bachelor’s degree of science under a variety of disciplines. The PUCET UG is for students seeking admission to various undergraduate courses. In conclusion, the PUCET PG exams are for students who want admission in getting admission in PG courses.

  • Candidates need to have a 10+2 as the minimum qualification so that they can be eligible for the PUCET UG exam.
  • The eligibility criteria to appear for PUCET depends on the course the candidate is opting for so students need not prepare for subjects that are not relevant to their choice of field.
  • To appear for the exam, candidates need to register to the Punjab University website. After doing so, the candidates can download their admit cards on their release.


Exam Latest News/Update

  • Results of PU CET (PG) 2021 releases on the 25th August 2021.
  • The Answer key of PU CET releases on the 16th Aug 2021.

Table of Contents


About Exam and Exam Conducting Authority

PUCET UG and PUCET PG are two exams for undergraduate and postgraduate students. They are for students who seek admission to Punjab University, Chandigarh. The Punjab University conducts this exam. Hence students apply for the PUCET UG exam for UG courses. On the contrary, PUCET PG is for students seeking admission in PG courses in various streams.


Exam’s Basic Information

  • The Punjab University conducts the PUCET exam every year.
  • The mode of application is online. Students need to register themselves on the Punjab University website. By doing so they can apply for their admit cards. On successful registration, students receive their admit cards in their registered account. They can then download and print it respectively.
  • The exam takes place offline. Hence it is important to know that the location of the exam is Punjab University, Chandigarh. This exam is not conducted anywhere else in India.
  • The exam is in the English language only
  • The exam pattern consists of 7 papers each. Of these 7 papers, each gets  70 minutes duration to complete. Each subject is of 120 marks and consists of 60 questions each


Application Fee For General Category: 2175 Rs Number of Attempts One
  For Reserved Category: 1088 Rs    
Examination Mode OFFLINE Exam Conducting Authority Punjab University, Chandigarh
Frequency of Exam Once every year Courses B. Sc. B. Pharm.


Application FEE for PUCET

The application fee for PUCET are as follows

  • The application fee for PUCET for candidates belonging to the general category is INR 2175/-
  • The fee to apply for PUCET for candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD category is INR 1088/-
  • Candidates of general category, as well as reserved category, have to pay INR 575/- per subject as per rules

The students can choose to pay the exam fees online via debit/credit card. They can also opt for offline mode through SBI Challan.


Following are the courses that Punjab University offers to UG candidates

  • B.Pharmacy
  • B.Sc (Hons)
  • BHMS (Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)


Following are the courses that Punjab University offers to PG candidates

  • Law
  • Journalism,
  • Technology,
  • Disaster management
  •  Public health
  • Engineering
  • Arts
  • Computer science

The number of attempts for PUCET is 1. The exam takes place once a year only.


Exam date

To not miss any deadlines, it is crucial to keep an eye on the important dates related to the PUCET exams. Following are the important dates with the important events respectively. Refer to the table to ensure that you do all tasks on time. To be on the safer side, it is advisable to always do the tasks much before the deadline.


Events Dates (tentative) (UG courses) Dates (Announced) (PG courses)
Application Form Release Date July 19, 2021 April 15, 2021
Last date of Application form submission August 17, 2021 July 3, 2021
Last date to deposit the fee through offline mode (SBI Challan) August 17, 2021 July 6, 2021
Last date for deposit of fee through Online mode To be announced July 30, 2021
Last date for uploading of photograph, signature August 19, 2021 July 10, 2021
Admit Card available online for download September 10, 2021 July 22, 2021
Date of Entrance Test September 19, 2021 August 3 & 4, 2021
Answer Key Releases To be announced August 10, 2021
Last Date to Submit Objections Against Answer Key To be announced August 12, 2021
Result October 6, 2021 August 25, 2021

To check all important dates for the exam, click here


Exam Notification

The PUCET Exam notifications release adequately before the exam is going to take place. Following are important events related to the exam notifications of PUCET

  • The exam forms release tentatively for PUCET UG on July 19, 2021. The exam form for PUCET PG is announced to be released on 15th April 2021.
  • The PUCET UG entrance exam date is 19th September 2021.
  • The entrance exam date for PUCET PG is August 3 & 4, 2021.
  • The results of PUCET UG will be declared on October 6th, 2021 whereas the results of PUCET PG are declared on August 25th, 2021.


Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for the PUCET exam is different for the PUCET UG exam and the PUCET PG exam. Students need to keep in mind that these eligibilities are strict guidelines set by the government. Students may apply for the respective exams only if they are eligible to apply.


  • Anyone applying for PUCET needs to have a 10+12 qualification under the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi or an equivalent degree to be eligible for the PUCET UG exam
  • Candidates must have subjects of Physics, Chemistry, English and Biology in their 10+2 board syllabus to be eligible for the exam
  • Students should be of age 17 as of 31st December 2021 to be eligible to appear in the PUCET UG exam.
  • The nationality of each student applying must be Indian. Students who are NRI can apply through the NRI quota.

NOTE: It is important to note that the Punjab University, Chandigarh, derecognizes students appearing for the Mahila Gram Vidyapeeth, Allahabad 10+2 exam. The students passing from this University are not eligible to appear for PUCET (BHMS) exam. To find the list of universities recognized by Punjab University, visit the official website of PU CET UG.



  • Students must possess a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree. Also, they must pass the degree with an aggregate of 50-55% depending upon the degree for which the student is applying.
  • Students in their final year can also apply for the PUCET PG exam provided they pass their degree exam by the time of admission.

The seats for reserved categories such as Scheduled castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes are allotted based on the Chandigarh administration guidelines as well as Punjab University rules.


For physically handicapped students, the below criteria is followed

  • 1st preference – Candidates suffering from Locomotor disabilities of Lower Limbs. The range of disability eligible is from 50% to 70%.
  • 2nd preference – Candidates suffering from Locomotor Disabilities of Lower Limbs The range for eligibility is from 40% – 50%

Candidates that have the condition leading to blindness, including colour blindness are not eligible to appear for the PUCET exams. Also, candidates who are deaf or dumb cannot appear for the PUCET exams.


Registration Process

The official dates of the release of application forms of PUCET 2021 will be uploaded on the Punjab University official site. The candidates who are eligible to apply for the PUCET exam and fulfil all criteria can register on their official website. Following are the important steps along with the respective documents involved in the registration process.

Step I: Registration Process

  • Visit the official website of Punjab University which is www.puchd.ac.in
  • Enter all the details that appear on the screen. Enter your mobile number and email id correctly and check twice if the entered details are correct or not, especially your phone number and email Id. The University will contact the candidate via their number and email ID.
  • The candidate will receive the login ID and password on their phone via SMS as well as Email. Save these important credentials for future use.


Step II: Application Form

  • On successful registration, students can log in to their account by using the credentials sent to their number as well as email.
  • Now, students must fill in all the details asked correctly. The University does not provide an opportunity to correct mistakes in the application form after submission. Therefore students should check the entered details twice before clicking the submit button.
  • Enter your academic details correctly as well.


Step III: Documents Upload

  • Upload a scanned copy of your photograph, signature as well as thumb impression.
  • Make sure the files are in the mentioned file type (example pdf, jpg) and the size of the files are within the mentioned size range.
  • Save and confirm on correct uploading.


Step IV: Payment

  • After filling out the form, pay the exam fee via SBI Challan.
  • Make sure to print out a bank slip.
  • Candidates have to submit this online generated bank slip in any branch of SBI bank. Candidates can also pay the fees along with submitting the slip within one day after printing the fees slip.
  • The application fee for PU CET 2021 is INR 2100 for General category candidates and 1050 INR for SC/ST/Blind category candidates.
  • The application fee is non-refundable.
  • After the complete filling of the application form, take the printout of the application form and keep it safe.


Exam Syllabus

The syllabus of the PUCET UG exam mainly consists of the 10+1 and 10+2 syllabus of Punjab University. These subjects are solely based on the Science stream. The subjects included are Physics, Chemistry, Biology and/or Mathematics depending on the selection of course by the student. Students are advised to follow prepare for the PUCET UG exam based on the syllabus.


Here is a list of topics from each subject


  • Trigonometric Functions
  • Sets
  • Relations & Functions
  • Complex numbers & Quadratic Equations
  • Principle of Mathematical Induction
  • Linear Inequalities
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Permutations & Combinations
  • Sequence & Series
  • Conic Sections
  • Straight lines
  • Introduction to Three- dimensional Geometry
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Probability
  • Limits & Derivatives
  • Statistics



  • Structure of Atom
  • Some Basic Concept of Chemistry
  • Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties
  • Hydrogen
  • Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure
  • S-Block Elements (Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals)
  • Status of Matter: Gases and Liquids
  • Organic Chemistry- Some Basic Principles and Techniques
  • Thermodynamics
  • Status of Matter: Gases and Liquids
  • Redox Reaction
  • Equilibrium
  • Some p-Block Elements, General introduction to p-Block Elements
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Hydrocarbons



  • Cell structure and functions
  • Diversity in Living World
  • Plant physiology
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Structural Organization in animals & plants



  • Laws of Motion
  • Physical World and Measurement
  • Kinematics
  • The motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body Gravitation
  • Work, Energy and Power
  • Properties of Bulk Matter
  • Oscillations and Waves
  • Thermodynamics Behavior of Perfect Gas and Kinetic Theory


The syllabus for PUCET PG varies greatly based on the choice of course of the student. Hence all students seeking admission to the PUCET PG exam can check out the syllabus for the course they wish to opt for on the official website of Punjab University, Chandigarh. You can also click here to get a detailed yet brief idea about the syllabus.


Exam Pattern

The PUCET exam is objective and is conducted offline. The language of the exam paper is in English and each subject is allotted 70 minutes per subject. Following are the key points about the exam pattern of PUCET

  • The number of questions per subject is 60 questions and the marks allotted per question is120.
  • There is a negative marking for each incorrect answer. For every correct answer, 2 marks are awarded while for every incorrect answer 0.5 marks are deducted.
  • The number of subjects for each candidate varies based on the course they have chosen. Therefore, the total marks also vary. For example, a student opting for Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics would be scored against 360 marks whereas a student opting for Biology, Physics Chemistry and Mathematics would be scored against 480 marks.


Exam Admit Card

The admit card is released few weeks before the exam date.

  •  Students are required to keep themselves updated on important dates such as the release of admit cards.
  • Admit card of PUCET needs to be downloaded.
  •  The student must take multiple printouts of the admit card and keep them safe.
  • The Admit card contains important information about the candidate such as roll number, name, gender, subjects opted for etc
  • Students need to carry their admit card along with one valid photo ID proof such as an Adhaar card, Driver’s License, Pancard etc to the examination centre to appear for the PUCET exam


Exam Result

  • The results for PUCET would be declared tentatively in September.
  • Students can download their scorecard from the official website on the results being released.
  • Note that the results will not be individually mailed to students in their email ID. The scorecard needs to be downloaded from the official website only.
  • The answer key to the PUCET question paper is declared few weeks after the exam. In case the student finds any disparity in the marks they are given and the answer key, they can mail their grievances to the Punjab University authority within 2 days of the results being declared.


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Q1.Does the PUCET exam have negative markings?

A. Yes. The PUCET exam has a negative marking system. For each incorrect answer, 25% of the marks allotted for the correct answer is deducted. The penalty for wrong answers is 0.5 marks


Q2.How can I prepare for the PUCET exam?

A. Firstly, understand the exam pattern and study the syllabus thoroughly. After doing so, refer to the previous year question papers to practice and understand the paper pattern even better. The next important step after that is, practice, practice and practice.


Q3.Is the PUCET exam easy?

A. The PUCET exam is highly reputed. The difficulty level however compared to other exams is easy to medium. However, students must study regularly to get their preferred course in the first or second round itself.


Q4.How many attempts are there for the PUCET exam?

A. There is only one attempt allowed per student for the PUCET exam. Once the student appears for the exam, he or she cannot reappear again.


Q5.How many times does Punjab University conduct the PUCET exams?

A. The PUCET exam has only one batch. Therefore it only conducts exams once every year. Usually, In India, most universities conduct their entrance exams only once a year.


Q6.Is Punjab University a good University?

A. The Punjab University holds the rank of #577 in global universities. Universities can be ranked on several parameters such as curriculum, quality of education, etc.


Q7.How much time do students need to prepare for the PUCET exam?

A. There is no fixed time frame. However the time it takes you to finish the syllabus of the exam is the needed time frame for your preparation.


Q8.Is Punjab University a private or government university?

A. Punjab University is run by Central Government and so it is a government University.


Q9.How much percentage does Punjab University accept for admission?

A. Students require 50% in their bachelor’s degree so that they can appear for PUCET PG.


Q10.Can I get direct admission to Punjab University?

A. Students who have done their graduation from Punjab University need not appear for the entrance exam. They can easily get admission directly through some standard procedures.


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