The Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Exam (UPSEE) or Uttar Pradesh Common Entrance Test (UPCET) is a state-level entrance exam for admission into various undergraduate and postgraduate courses. In all, candidates can choose from more than 100 courses. Conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), three prestigious universities of the state of UP and their institutes take part in these exams:
IMPORTANT: The administration has scrapped the UPSEE/UPCET 2022 Examination for admission into various UG and PG courses. From this year onwards, admissions into undergraduate courses like the B. Arch and B Tech will take place through their respective centralized national examinations. For instance, admission into B. Arch will take place through National Aptitude Test for Architecture (NATA) and for B. Tech through the JEE Mains 2022 Exam.
For a host of other general courses in the UG/PG category, admissions will be finalized through the Central University Entrance Test (CUET) 2022 scheduled for the first week of July 2022.
UPCET or Uttar Pradesh combined entrance test is conducted every year. UPCET was earlier known as UPSEE or Uttar Pradesh State entrance exam. This exam helps students get into the various undergraduate courses in universities. There are many postgraduate courses too for admissions. These universities are-
These exams provide an opportunity for candidates to choose from many courses. However, candidates must remember that these exams do not offer B.Tech and B.Arch courses . Those seats are filled by JEE and NATA respectively. Similarly, MBA seats in institutes affiliated with AKTU are filled by CMAT.
These exams are conducted by the national testing agency or NTA. It was established by the Ministry of Education of the Government of India. This agency was started to make sure that the entrance exams are held freely. As a result, this is a free, self-sustaining, and independent agency. The whole purpose of this body was to conduct fair and proper exams. So that deserving candidates can get admission into good educational institutes.
Prof. M.S Ananth, former director, IIT Madras is the chairperson of the NTA.
UPCET or UPSEE (as known earlier) are held every once a year. Following are basic details that candidates should know about.
The NTA conducts UPCET every year. For 2021, NTA had already declared the exam dates. But due to the pandemic, the dates were later on changed. As the dates for filling forms were changes, all the other dates were postponed too. So, now NTA is conducting UPCET in September.
Following is the detailed date description of UPCET-
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NTA releases exam notifications on the official website. Therefore, candidates must keep themselves updated with all the new announcements. For the year 2021, the NTA made the exam announcement in April. After that, the online registration started. Earlier, NTA has planned exams in June but these were then postponed till September. Therefore, on 1st September, NTA released the admit card for the exams. The date of the result is not yet declared. All the other dates such as counseling dates are also not announced.
NTA announced that they will consider UPCET scores for MBA admissions in the AKTU. NTA changed this admission policy due to the pandemic situation. This change is only for the academic year 2021-22.
For UPCET, students must fulfill few criteria. these are important factors. NTA has divided these into three sections-
To appear in UPCET there is no age limit set. Candidates of all ages can appear and take admission in various professional courses.
UPCET offers various courses. Therefore there are different educational qualification requirements for different courses. Some of those requirements are given here.
Similarly, for various other courses, there are various educational qualifications are required. Candidates can check these in detail on the exam brochure or exam announcement.
Following are rules of domicile for the candidate appearing for UPCET.
There are reservations for different categories of students. These reservations are as per government ruling. These reservations are only for candidates with state domicile. Students who don’t have domiciles will not be able to avail these reservations.
|SC from UP||21%|
|ST from UP||2%|
|OBC from UP||27%|
In these categories, there are subcategories too. These subcategories have a certain percent reservation in every category they belong to.
The registration process for UPCET 2021 was started in April. The online registration process Started on 1ST April and went on till mid-July. The registration process is divided into two parts.
Following are the steps to register for UPCET.
Finish part 1 of the registration. now follow the given steps to fill the form.
There are various courses in which candidates can take admission through UPCET. The entrance exams of these courses have a different syllabus. All the undergraduate courses have a syllabus of intermediate or 12th of up board. These are of respective subjects. Similarly, for post-graduation courses, candidates should study their graduation syllabus
To know more about UPCET syllabus click here
Exam pattern for different courses differs as each has different subjects. Though, the marking scheme and time limit for almost all the exams are similar. The basic exam pattern followed in UPCET is-
|Time limit||B. Pharma-3 hours
All other exams- 2 hours
|Questions||Multiple choice question|
|Language of exam||Undergraduate, MCA (integrated)
MBA (integrated)- English And Hindi
Post Graduate -English
There are few basics of exam patterns in UPCET-
NTA announced the UPCET exams in April. However, there was an increase in covid cases. so, NTA postponed the exams till september. NTA uploads the admit card of candidates on the website. All the candidates can download their admit card from there themselves. For this year, authorities uploaded the admit cards on 1ST September. Following are the details of the admit card that candidates should keep in mind.
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NTA conducts the UPCET exams and announces the result on the official website of the exam. All the candidates can check the result. NTA will also upload all the results and other important dates. You should only check the website for this information.
For the year 2021, NTA postponed the exam from June to September. The UPCET exams were on 5th and 6th September. however, there has been no announcement about the date of the result so far by NTA.
NTA will announce the date of counseling after the result. Once the result is announced, authorities will announce the rest of the dates.
Candidates must remember not to cheat. Any candidate who will misbehave at the center, will not receive their result. NTA will also cancel their application. Candidates should not try to give exams in any other centre. In this case, too, authorities will cancel their application.
NTA has made no announcement for Group discussion or personal interview. Hence, students should check the website for any updates.
To know more about UPCET exam result click here
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A1. In 2021, NTA has renamed UPSEE as UPCET. UPCET is Uttar Pradesh common entrance test.
A2. Admissions in MBA courses in AKTU are usually based on the score of students in CMAT. But this year, due to the pandemic many candidates could not appear for CMAT. So, NTA has allowed AKTU to consider the scores of UPCET for admission in MBA courses. But, there is no announcement about group discussion or personal interviews so far.
A3. NTA manages admission in B.Tech in various institutes under AKTU or MMMTU. In this, candidates get direct admission in the 2nd year of engineering. This is only if they completed a 3-year engineering diploma or have done B.Sc with Math. These admissions are only allowed if there are any vacant seats.
Q4. Candidates of all ages can apply for the UPCET. However, they should have finished their qualifying exams. Also, there is no age limit for UPCET. Candidates of institutes of UP can also apply. Also, if their parents have domicile of the State can apply for these exams. If not, then a candidate can not apply for these exams.
A5.NTA postponed the UPCET exams due to the pandemic. They planned these exams for June 2021. But then the second wave of covid-19 happened. For health and safety reasons, NTA decided to postpone the exams till September. They then conducted UPCET on 5th and 6th September.
Q6. Three major universities of Uttar Pradesh participated in UPCET. AKTU, Lucknow is an affiliating university. It has 176 institutes under it. There are many professional courses under it. AKTU had institutes all over Uttar Pradesh. All these institutes allow candidates to apply with their UPCET scores. MMMTU is a non-affiliating university. UPCET also helps in admission to MMMTU and HBTU every year.
A7. Reservation in UPCET exams is based on government guidelines. There is a reservation for candidates of OBC, SC, and ST categories. Among these categories, there are also reservations for other groups too. Families of defense persons, freedom fighters, and female students also get the reservation.
A8. Like any other exam, students can clear UPCET with good preparation and practice. Therefore, candidates must follow all instructions. They should also listen to their teachers and study every day.
A9. National testing agency or, NTA conducts UPCET. Ministry of Education of India established this agency for proper and transparent exams. NTA also conducts the exams at the international level.
A10. NTA announces UPCET exams on their official website only. There is no announcement on any offline media. Therefore, applicants should keep checking the website for the latest news and details.