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UPCET – Dates, Eligibility, Admission Process, Syllabus & More

UPCET Exam Date Announced: UPCET 2021 will be held on 18 May 2021. The last date to submit UPCET online admission forms is 30th April 2021 (11:59 pm). 

From this year on, the Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Exam (UPSEE) will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). It has been renamed as Uttar Pradesh Combined Entrance Test (UPCET). This year, UPCET exam will be conducted on 16 May 2021. Furthermore, from this year, no entrance examination will be conducted by AKTU.

Candidates shortlisted from this exam can apply for admission to the first-year undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and lateral entry to second year UG programmes to professional courses at government, government-aided institutions, and private-unaided institutions affiliated to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU), Madan Mohan Malaviya University of Technology (MMMUT) and other state universities based in Uttar Pradesh via the exam.

Important Update

  • National Test Agency (NTA) has now released an official notification announcing the new exam date and schedule. The exam will now be conducted on 18th May instead of 16 May, as per the notice.
  • UPCET 2021 will be conducted on 16th May 2021.
  • UPCET registration process 2021 has started from 26th March 2021
  • The last date for submission of UPCET online admission forms is 25th April 2021.

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow, established by the government of Uttar Pradesh state, is a public collegiate university. Around 800 colleges are affiliated to the university. AKTU has its centre and regional offices in Noida as well, which is retained by the Mahamaya Technical University. Earlier, AKTU was situated in the IET campus, Lucknow, which has been recently moved into Jankipuram campus, Lucknow. 

UPCET 2021 – Highlights

It is essential for candidates who have registered/ will be registering for the UPCET exam to prepare for the exam with the right strategy. Here are a few key points that they should keep in mind:

  1. The UPCET exam 2021 will be held at 57 centres across the country
  2. This exam will be conducted as a computer-based test (CBT)
  3. The question paper will consist of objective-type multiple-choice questions
  4. The question papers for postgraduate level exams will be in English only
  5. The question papers of undergraduate courses and MBA (integrated) and MCA (integrated) courses will be bi-lingual in nature– English and Hindi
  6. This state level exam is conducted once every year
  7. Aspirants can register themselves in online mode by paying INR 1300 as the application fee
  8. After the declaration of result, the counselling and seat allotment process is conducted in offline mode

UPCET Key Highlights

Name of Examination Uttar Pradesh Combined Entrance Test (UPCET) 2021 (Formerly known as UPSEE)
Exam Conducting body National Testing Agency (NTA)
IBPS SO Recruitment Official Website https://upcet.nta.nic.in/

http://www.nta.ac.in/

Mode of Exam Online (computer-based test)
Programs offered UG – BBA, B.Pharm, B.Des, BHMCT, B.Voc, BFA, BFAD, Integrated MCA, Integrated MBA

PG – MCA, MBA, M.Sc, M.Tech

Lateral Entry – B.Tech, B.Pharm

Credentials required to download UPCET Admit Card Application Number

Password

Duration of UPCET Exam 2021 Paper 1, 2, 3: 180 minutes (3 hours)

Paper 5: 90 minutes (1.5 hours)

UPCET – Important Dates

As discussed above, the UPCET exam for the year 2021 will now be conducted on 16th May 2021. NTA will soon be announcing the dates for the online release of the UPCET admit cards. Meanwhile, the candidates can go through the exam schedule of 2021 to check the confirmed and tentative dates. 

UPCET Exam Dates 2021

UPCET Events UPCET Dates
Application process begins 26th March 2021
Last date to submit the application form 30th April 2021
Availability of correction window To be Announced
Availability of admit card To be Announced
UPCET 2021 exam 18th May 2021
Release of answer key To be Announced
Objection window availability for answer key To be Announced
Declaration of result To be Announced

Courses offered through UPCET 2021

Candidates must note that UPCET will not be conducted for direct admission to BTech courses either. Admission to BTech program will be granted on the basis of JEE Main scores obtained by the candidates. Candidates will find the list of all the UG, PG, Lateral Entry and Integrated courses offered through UPCET 2021 in the table below:

Level Course Duration University
UG B.Pharma 4 years AKTU, MMMUT, other state universities
UG BBA 3 years MMMUT
UG B.Des 4 years AKTU and other state universities
UG BHMCT 4 years AKTU and other state universities
UG BFA 4 years AKTU and other state universities
UG BFAD 4 years AKTU and other state universities
UG B.Voc 3 years AKTU and other state universities
Integrated MCA 5 years AKTU and other state universities
Integrated MBA 5 years AKTU and other state universities
PG MCA 2 years AKTU, MMMUT, other state universities
PG MBA 2 years MMMUT
PG M.Sc (Physics/ Chemistry/ Mathematics) 2 years MMMUT
Lateral Entry (LE) B.Pharm AKTU and other state universities

UPCET Courses 2021

Aspirants qualifying the UPCET exam will be eligible for admissions into the following courses-

Program Type Programs offered at AKTU &
some other UP State Universities
Programs offered at MMMUT
UG Programs B.Pharm (4 years)
B.Des (4 years)
BHMCT (4 years)
B.Voc (3 years)
BFA (4 years)
BFAD (4 years)
Integrated MCA (5 years)
Integrated MBA (5 years)
BBA (3 years)
B.Pharm (4 years)
Lateral Entry Programs B.Tech – for Diploma holders
B.Tech – for B.Sc graduates
B.Pharm
B.Tech – for Diploma holders
B.Tech – for B.Sc graduates
PG Programs MCA (2 years) MCA (2 years)
MBA (2 years)
M.Sc in Maths / Physics / Chemistry
M.Tech (CE, ECE, CS, ME, EE)

UPCET – Eligibility Criteria

Before filling in the application forms the candidates must ensure that they satisfy the eligibility criteria defined by the conducting body. In case any candidate is found ineligible, the university holds all the rights to cancel the candidature of the candidates at any given point of time. The candidates will be required to satisfy the eligibility criteria for both entrance process and admission process. All the participating institutes will be having their certain eligibility guidelines, which are to be fulfilled during the time of admission. Below we have given the UPCET 2021 eligibility criteria for the aspirants who wish to apply for the UPCET exam.

As per the UPCET Eligibility Criteria 2021 –

  • Age Limit – The exam conducting authorities have not set any age limit for candidates to appear for UPCET 2021
  • Nationality – As per UPCET eligibility criteria, a candidate should either be Indian nationals, NRIs, FNs and PIOs are eligible to apply.
  • The candidates applying must have qualified their class 10, class 12, bachelor’s degree (for post graduate courses), and diploma degree (for lateral entry aspirants) from any recognized board or institute.
  • Aspirants must have qualified with Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Technical Vocational studies, and Engineering Drawing subjects with minimum required aggregate.
  • Also, the aspirants must have qualified the above mentioned exams individually as well with the minimum aggregate marks required, and not with grace marks.

UPCET Application Process 2021

Below we have given the detailed application process for the reference of the candidates looking to get admissions on the basis of their UPCET scores.

  1. The candidates needs to visit the official UPCET website – www.upcet.nta.nic.in
  2. After clicking in on the link, the aspirants will be required to fill in the requisite details in order to register them for the process.
  3. Candidates will also get the chance to change or edit the details provided by them after submitting the details required.
  4. Once the changes are made, and final registration is done, a unique application number and password will be generated which will be then communicated to the candidates via mail.
  5. To fill in the application form, the candidates will be required to log in the registration portal using the credentials created.
  6. The candidates will now require to fill in all the required personal and academic details, fill in exam centres choices, and upload the scanned images of the required documents in predefined format.
  7. The photograph must be less than 100 KB displaying the entire face taken on a white background while the signature must be less than 30 KB.
  8. After the payment of the application fee, the application process will be considered complete. The aspirants will be able to pay the fee using online mode of payment, i.e. via credit card, debit card, and net banking.
  9. Once the payment is made, the candidates will be redirected to a confirmation page window. After checking in the dialog box the candidates will confirm the submission of their application forms.
  10. It is advisable to all the aspirants to download their application form and keep it safe with them until the end of the admission process.

UPCET 2021 – Application Fee

Category Gender Amount
OBC, General Male, Transgender Rs. 1300
OBC, SC, General, ST (PwD quota) Male, Female, Transgender Rs. 650

UPCET 2021 – Admit card

Until now, the exact dates for the release of the UPCET admit card has not been announced. Once the dates are finalised, NTA would publish it on their official website. Upon the availability, candidates can collect/download their respective admit cards by logging into https://upcet.nta.nic.in/.

After the UPCET admit card download link is made active, candidates have to follow the below-mentioned steps to download their admit cards:

  1. Visit the official website of UPCET – https://upcet.nta.nic.in/
  2. Click on the direct link given to download the hall ticket.
  3. Log into the online portal using your application number and date of birth.
  4. The UPCET admit card is displayed on the screen.
  5. The aspirants can then download and save their admit cards

Note: For any error in the UPCET admit card (incorrect information, spelling mistake, etc.), candidates must contact the given helpline numbers 011-4075-9000 or write at upcet@nta.ac.in.

UPCET – Exam Centres

While filling in the application forms, the candidates get the chance to fill in their preferred exam centres, and on the basis of the availability of the seats the exam centres are allotted to the candidates. Below we have given the detailed list of UPCET 2021 exam centres for the reference of the aspirants for the exam this year. 

UPCET 2021 Exam Centres

Within Uttar Pradesh
Agra Barabanki Sitapur
Firozabad Faizabad Bulandshahr
Mathura Sultanpur Gautam Buddha Nagar (Noida/Greater Noida)
Aligarh Deoria Ghaziabad
Allahabad Gorakhpur Meerut
Azamgarh Kushinagar Mirzapur
Ballia Jalaun (Orai) Bijnaur
Mau Jhansi Moradabad
Bareilly Etawah Muzaffarnagar
Shahjahanpur Kanpur Nagar Saharanpur
Basti Kanpur Dehat Ghazipur
Banda Lakhimpur Kheri Jaunpur
Gonda Lucknow Varanasi
Ambedkar Nagar Raebareli
Outside Uttar Pradesh
Kolkata Mumbai
Bhopal Chandigarh
Dehradun Chennai
Jaipur Rohtak
Guwahati Patna
Guwahati Hyderabad
Delhi Jammu
Bangalore Ranchi

UPCET 2021 – Exam Pattern

Before proceeding with the preparations, the candidates must get familiar with the exam pattern and syllabus for the exam as defined by the conducting body. Now that the exam has been postponed, the aspirants have more time to prepare for the UPCET 2021 exam. Below we have given the detailed course wise exam pattern and syllabus for UPCET exam for the reference of the aspiring candidates.

UPCET Exam Pattern 2021

Exam Structure Details
Mode of exam Online
Duration of exam Paper 1, 2, 3: 180 minutes (3 hours)

Paper 5: 90 minutes (1.5 hours)

Number of sections & subjects Paper 1: 3 (Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics)

Paper 2: 3 (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology)

Paper 3: 3 (AG-I, AG-II, and AG-III)

Type of questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Number of questions Paper 1, 2, 3: 150 questions

Paper 5: 100 questions

UPCET Marking Scheme for BTech Courses

Particulars Details
Correct Answer +4
Incorrect Answer 0 (There is no negative marking in the exam, however, NTA will keep a record of incorrect answers by each candidate separately)
Un-attempted Question 0
Marks per section Paper 1, 2, 3: 50 questions X 4 marks = 200 marks per section

UPCET Lateral Entry Exam Pattern 2021

Particulars Details
Examination Mode Online (Computer Based test)
Duration of examination 2 Hours
Type of Questions Multiple choice questions (MCQ)
Total Number of questions 100 Questions
Total marks of question paper 400 marks
Marching scheme Candidates will be awarded 4 or 5 marks for each correct answer.

There is no negative marking for wrong answers.

UPCET Lateral Entry Syllabus Engineering Mechanics

Engineering Graphics

Basic Electrical Engineering

Basic Electronics Engineering

Elements of computer science

Elementary Biology

Basic Workshop Practice

Physics/Chemistry/Maths of Diploma standard.

UPCET 2021 – Syllabus

UPCET 2021 is conducted to shortlist the candidates for admission into various UG and PG level courses. The UPCET syllabus 2021 will vary for each course and the candidates are recommended to prepare as per the defined syllabus. Keeping abreast with the UPCET syllabus 2021 will help the candidates prepare strategically in sync with the course they have applied for.

The detailed UPCET syllabus 2021 is available in the Appendix A of the information brochure of  UPCET 2021. With the help of official brochure, the candidates can directly access the information brochure and refer to the syllabus for top-level preparation of UPCET 2021.

UPCET Syllabus for BTech (Papers 1, 2, and 3)

Paper Sections
Paper 1 Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics
Paper 2 Physics, Chemistry, and Biology
Paper 3 AG-I, AG-II, and AG-III

UPCET 2021 – Guidelines for Exam Day

Candidates must follow the online test instructions and guidelines set by NTA authority. The test instructions will help the candidates to attempt the computer-based exam without any hassles. Given below is a list of online test instructions set by the NTA panel that candidates need to abide by:

  1. The candidate/s must report at the examination centre at least an hour before the allotted exam time.
  2. Candidates reporting after the reporting time mentioned in the hall ticket, will not be allowed to enter the examination hall.
  3. The candidate/s must compulsorily bring the admit card (hard copy). The test centre officials will verify it and then allow the candidate to sit for the examination.
  4. Bring along a valid photo identity (ID of College, Passport, Driving License, Aadhaar Card, Pan Card, Voters ID Card).
  5. Bring blue/black ballpoint pen and clipboard.
  6. Do not bring xeroxed admit cards as examination authority will scan the admit card through the barcode present in the original admit card.
  7. Duplicate UPCET admit cards would not be issued at the examination centres if the original admit card is torn or lost by a candidate.
  8. Admit cards must be in good condition. Dismantled, disfigured or mutilated admit cards compromising the details of the candidate will not be accepted.
  9. A seat with Roll Number will be allotted to each candidate. They should find and sit on their allocated seats only.
  10. No baggage is allowed inside the examination hall.

UPCET Cut off

The minimum marks required by the candidates to be eligible for admissions are the cut off marks. Aspirants looking to get admissions on the basis of their UPCET marks will be required to satisfy the cut off marks as defined by the conducting body. Below we have given the UPCET cut off for the reference of the candidates.

UPCET Cut off Criteria:

Category of the candidate Minimum Qualifying Marks
Scheduled Caste 20%
Scheduled Tribe 20%
General 25%
OBC 25%

UPCET Result 2021

The schedule for UPCET result is announced after the exams are conducted successfully. Once the notification for the results is out, candidates can check their results online by using their roll number and date of birth.
Candidates must download a copy of their result and verify the details highlighted below:

  1. UPCET roll number
  2. Name of candidates
  3. Gender
  4. Category
  5. UPCET Paper
  6. Obtained marks
  7. Course
  8. Rank

UPCET Tie Breaking Policy

In case, two or more candidates secure the same marks, the university will follow a tie breaking protocol to ensure higher rank to one of them. The university will follow the below mentioned tie breaking policy. Firstly, the university will take in consideration the percentage of incorrect answers; candidates having less wrong answers percentage will be given preference. If the tie still persists, the university will follow different protocols for different courses as mentioned below-

For B.Tech, B.Tech (Bio-Tech), MCA (Integrated), and M Tech (Integrated) course:

  1. University will consider the marks obtained by the candidates in Mathematics and Physics section of Paper 1 respectively.
  2. If the tie remains unbreakable, the candidate older in age will be given preference.

For B.Pharma and B.Tech (Bio-Tech) courses:

  1. University will consider the marks obtained by the candidates in Biology and Chemistry section of Paper 2 respectively.
  2. If the tie remains unbreakable, the candidate older in age will be given preference.

For B.Arch courses:

  1. University will consider the marks obtained by the candidates in Drawing Aptitude, Mathematics and Aesthetics sensitivity section of Paper 3 respectively.
  2. If the tie remains unbreakable, the candidate older in age will be given preference.

For B.Des, BHMCT, BFAD, BFA, B.Voc, MBA, MBA (Integrated), MCA, and Lateral entry courses:

  1. The candidate older in age will be given preference.

After considering the above mentioned protocol, if the tie still persists, the university will give preference to the candidate having lower number of application forms.

UPCET 2021 – Counselling and Seat Allotment Process

Soon after the declaration of the UPCET result, the qualifying candidates will be then called for counselling and seat allotment process. The university will notify the short listed candidates about the counselling and seat allotment schedule via mail. Schedule for counselling for UPCET 2021 will also be updated on the official website of the university.

As soon as the schedule is announced, NTA will announce the same on the official website. Based on the availability of the seats, merit list, and cut off scores the counselling and seat allotment process will be concluded. Other than the factors mentioned, the university will also keep in consideration the reservation criteria during the seat allotment rounds. The reservation criteria (as defined by the University) is given below for the reference of the candidates –

Category wise Vertical Reservation:

Category Percentage of Reservation
Scheduled Tribe from UP 2%
Other Backward Classes from UP 7%
Scheduled Caste from UP 21%

Sub-Category wise Horizontal Reservation:

Sub-Category Maximum Percentage of Total Seats
Dependents of Freedom Fighters from UP 2%
Divyang from UP 3%
Sons or Daughters of defense personnel of UP either retired,
killed, or disabled in action or
Defense personnel posted in UP or defense personnel domicile of UP and posted outside UP
5%
Female from UP 20%

UPCET Application Process 2021

Below we have given the detailed application process for the reference of the candidates looking to get admissions on the basis of their UPCET scores.

  1. The candidates needs to visit the official UPCET website – www.upcet.nta.nic.in
  2. After clicking in on the link, the aspirants will be required to fill in the requisite details in order to register them for the process.
  3. Candidates will also get the chance to change or edit the details provided by them after submitting the details required.
  4. Once the changes are made, and final registration is done, a unique application number and password will be generated which will be then communicated to the candidates via mail.
  5. To fill in the application form, the candidates will be required to log in the registration portal using the credentials created.
  6. The candidates will now require to fill in all the required personal and academic details, fill in exam centres choices, and upload the scanned images of the required documents in predefined format.
  7. The photograph must be less than 100 KB displaying the entire face taken on a white background while the signature must be less than 30 KB.
  8. After the payment of the application fee, the application process will be considered complete. The aspirants will be able to pay the fee using online mode of payment, i.e. via credit card, debit card, and net banking.
  9. Once the payment is made, the candidates will be redirected to a confirmation page window. After checking in the dialog box the candidates will confirm the submission of their application forms.
  10. It is advisable to all the aspirants to download their application form and keep it safe with them until the end of the admission process.

UPCET – FAQ

Q. Who will conduct the UPCET exam 2021?

UPCET exam 2021 will be conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency).

Q. When is the UPCET 2021 exam scheduled to be conducted?

The UPCET exam 2021 will be conducted on 16th May 2021.

Q. What is the mode of application for the UPCET exam 2021?

The application forms were made available by NTA from 26th March 2021 and the window will remain open till 25th April 2021. The application form is available online in the official website of NTA and UPCET. Rs. 1300 is the application fee for general category candidates and Rs. 650 for the reserved category candidates.

Q. What is the minimum eligibility criteria required to apply for the UPCET exam 2021?

The candidates must have passed their qualifying exam with Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Technical Vocational studies, and Engineering Drawing subjects (the subjects will vary as per their course preference) with minimum required aggregate.

Q. How will the conducting body determine the result for the UPCET 2021 exam?

On the basis of the scores secured by the candidates in the UPCET, NTA will determine the result for the year. Also, after the declaration of the result, the exam conducting body will also release the merit list mentioning the names of the shortlisted candidates.

Stay tuned to Buddy4Study to get the latest updates and news on UPCET 2021.

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