Panjab University - PUCET 2020 entrance exam, syllabus, important dates & application process

This article gives complete details about the Panjab University entrance exam for undergraduate and post graduate courses - PU CET 2020. Read this article to get complete understanding of the exam, the syllabus, important dates and some practice papers.


In this article, we will look into the upcoming PU CET exam which is conducted by the Panjab University. This exam is conducted online as well as offline. The online exam is conducted at specific computer centres as approved by the University. The medium of the PU CET exam is English. Each section of the exam is given time duration of 70 minutes. The undergraduate level exam will be conducted on 1st August 2020. It has been delayed due to the current coronavirus concerns and lockdown. This exam is a state-level entrance exam for Panjab University. This means that any student appearing for PU CET is eligible for taking admission to the colleges affiliated to the Panjab University.

Applications to PUCET 2020

Applications for Postgraduate PU CET have been extended up to 7th September 2020. The forms were first released on 24th April 2020 and the exam for undergraduate courses under Panjab University will be conducted on 1st August 2020. Whereas for the postgraduate courses, the exam will be conducted later probably in October 2020. The various Masters' post-graduate-level courses are Law, Public Health, Technology, Computer Science, Engineering, Journalism and Disaster Management. Candidates who would be appearing for undergraduate courses need to give this exam to take admission in Pharmacy, Science, Medical courses like Homeopathy.
The PU CET 2020 exam for undergraduate courses is based on subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics. Until now the exam has been conducted in offline mode. Students had to go to the centres and use paper and pen to complete the exam. But due to the ongoing Coronavirus concerns, the exam may happen online from home as well. The medium of language for this exam is English and the pattern is based on multiple-choice questions. For each subject, there are 60 questions and for every correct answer, 2 marks are given while for every wrong answer 0.5 marks are deducted.

PUCET 2020 Syllabus

The syllabus for the exam is based on the 11th and 12th standard of CBSE. Depending on which course the student wants to choose, the number of papers needed to be given by the student would vary.

  • If a student wants to take admission for Bachelors in Pharmacy, they have to give exams for the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology OR Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics.
  • If the student wants to take admission for Science subject like Botany, Zoology, Anthropology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Physics with specialisation in Electronics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Biophysics then they need to give at least three subjects which are like Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
  • But if the student wants to take admission for Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, then they need to appear only for Math subject.
  • Thus taking all the subjects together like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology, there are a total of 240 questions and each question is given 2 Marks. Thus a total of 480 marks and the total time allotted is 280 minutes, which is almost equal to 4 hours and 40 minutes.

  • Panjab University previous years Question Papers
    Given here is section for Panjab University, previous years Question Papers posted on IndiaStudyChannel website. Here you can find out question papers to practice before your exams.

    Marking Scheme for PU CET 2020

    For each correct answer, 2 marks will be given. But if the answer is incorrect then the half mark will be deducted. But if the answer is not attempted, then for that particular question no marks will be allotted or no marks will be deducted.

    PU CET 2020 Syllabus

    The exam covers 11th and 12th standard syllabus. Here are some of the major heading that needs to be looked into while preparing for PU CET 2020.

    Physics syllabus
  • Physical world and measurement
  • Kinematics
  • Laws of Motion
  • Motion of System of Particle
  • Properties of Bulk Matter
  • Oscillations and Waves
  • Work energy and Power Kinetic Theory
  • Perfect Gas Thermodynamics Behaviour

  • Chemistry syllabus
  • Periodic table
  • The different gases especially Hydrogen
  • Organic Chemistry principles and techniques
  • The different states of matter - Gas, Liquids and Solids
  • Equilibrium
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Thermodynamics
  • Redox reaction

  • Biology syllabus
  • Plant physiology
  • Human Physiology
  • Structure of Human body that is Anatomy
  • Structure of the cells
  • Functions structure of Organisation in Plants and Animals
  • The genus of living world diversity

  • Mathematics syllabus
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Quadratic equations
  • Complex numbers
  • Trigonometry
  • Three-dimensional Geometry
  • Mathematical reasoning
  • Limits and Derivatives
  • Probability

  • Check here to practice for the subjects in PUCET 2020
  • Physics Practice Tests
  • Chemistry Practice Test
  • Biology Practice Tests
  • Mathematics Practice Test

  • Books to refer and prepare for PU CET 2020

    Here are some of the books that one can refer to prepare for the PU CET 2020 exam.
  • For Physics, students can refer to the book named as "29 years Physics chapter-wise solutions for CBSE AIPMT".
  • For Chemistry students can refer to "Chapterwise Solved Paper for Chemistry class 12th".
  • For Biology refer to the book named "Examination Questions in Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Drawing, Geography, Physics, Zoology".
  • For Mathematics referred to the book "Math level 1".
  • The books on Physics and Chemistry are published by Arihant experts, the book on Biology is published by College Entrance Examination Board, whereas the author for Mathematics is Ira K. Wolf.

  • Instructions for PU CET 2020

    The exam solution paper is OMR. That is Optical Mark Recognition. These papers are checked using machine reading, which recognises the marking done by the students. It is therefore very important that the students mark the papers very properly, read all the rules and norms mentioned in the question paper booklet. The candidates should handover their answer booklet to the supervisor before leaving the exam hall. Do not mutilate, do not damage the answer booklet, as then it will be rejected and not recognised by the OMR machine.

    Refer to PU-CET practice papers to have a good understanding of the exam. There are many questions which might be repeated from previous year question papers.

    PU CET 2020 Eligibility Criteria

  • To be eligible for passing or appearing in the exam, the students should have completed their 10 + 2 examination or equivalent. It should be given at the Central Board of Secondary Education of New Delhi or any other recognised state School board. They should have subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and English.
  • Students who are currently appearing for the exam are also eligible provided that they produce their passing certificate at the time of admission. Otherwise, their admission will be nullified and the score will be invalid.
  • Students should be a citizen of India. If the student is a foreign citizen, then they can apply only through the NRI quota.
  • Students should have completed 17 years of age as on 31st December 2020.
  • The students appearing for postgraduate entrance examination have to pass the qualifying exam of the Bachelor's degree with at least 50 to 55% in the final exam.
  • Students going to appear for the final exam can also take part in the entrance exam provided that they produce the passing certificate at the time of admission.
  • Students from reservation categories like SC, ST and OBC, should provide their respective certificate to get relaxation in requirement of eligibility criteria.

  • Application fee for PU CET 2020

    The application fee for the entrance examination is INR 2100 for General category candidates and INR 1050 for reservation category.
    The fees have to be paid using online methods like a credit card, debit card, net banking, UPI. It can be paid at State Bank of India using e-challan.

    Important dates for PU CET 2020

  • The availability of application form for undergraduate courses started from 11th March 2020 whereas for postgraduate courses started from 24th April 2020.
  • The last date for submission of application forms for undergraduate courses was 13th July 2020 whereas for postgraduate courses is 27th September 2020.
  • The last date to deposit fees for the undergraduate exam is 15th July 2020 till 3:59 p.m. and 21st September 2020 for the postgraduate entrance exam.
  • The last date for uploading photographs and signature is 17th July 2020 for undergraduate and 24th September 2020 for postgraduate students.
  • The undergraduate students will receive their admit cards online on 27th July 2020 whereas the postgraduate students will receive on 1st October 2020.
  • The entrance exam for undergraduate students will be 1st of August 2020 whereas the entrance exam for postgraduate students will be 10th and 11th October 2020.
  • The results for undergraduate students will be declared on 14th to 17th August 2020 whereas for postgraduate students it will be announced soon.

  • PU CET snapshot

    What next?

  • After the results are announced, the counselling rounds will initiate counselling for undergraduate students.
  • Students will have to fill their preference of colleges and courses online. These college should be affiliated to the Panjab University only.
  • After the whole process is completed, the students will be allotted a seat based on their merit list and choices.
  • The students will have to pay and submit counselling fees through online mode or offline mode at the University Campus.
  • Based on the merit list, provisional admission letters will be allotted to the student.
  • Using the provisional admission letter the candidates will have to report to the counselling centre with all of their original documents and the counselling fee.
  • If they do not comply their application will be rejected.
  • Once the seats are allotted the same will be announced on the university website.
  • Students should take the utmost care in filling up their preferences and options as no changes will be allowed after the allotment of seats.
  • Students will have to report to the colleges for which appropriate date and time will be informed.

  • Contact details for PU CET 2020

    The complete process for PU CET is completely online. Still in case if you wish to get in touch wiuth any of the authorities, find the contact details below:

  • Panjab University Official website:
  • Contact numbers: +91 98729 14159 - Mr Sandeep Grover Superintendent Exam Branch 1.
  • The university also has a toll free contact number: 1800-180-2065
  • Helpline to students to know about examinations and other details changed due to COVID 19:
  • Email ID to connect with regards to Examinations:

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