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AP PGECET 2018 Exam Pattern

Updated On - December 29th 2017

AP PGECET 2018 Exam Pattern- AP PGECET 2018 consists of 120 multiple choice objective type questions within the duration of 2 hours. As per the previous trends, it is expected that there will be no negative marking for the incorrect responses in AP PGECET 2018. The topics covered in the exam are Mathematics, Aptitude and qualifying degree major. The break of the questions among the sections are as follows

  • Mathematics (For engineering):10-15
  • Aptitude: 5-10
  • Qualifying Degree Major: 90-100 questions

For appearing in the exam, candidates should have obtained Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the relevant field with at least 50% marks (45% in case of reserved category candidates) from an AICTE/UGC approved institution recognized by the Government of Andhra Pradesh as equivalent for admission into the relevant M.E./ M.Tech./ M.Pharmacy courses.

Andhra Pradesh Post Graduate Engineering Common Entrance Test (AP PGECET) Exam is conducted in May by JNTU Kakinada on the behalf of A.P. State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE). It is the State level common entrance exam for admission into regular PG courses in Engineering, Technology, Pharmacy (M.E/M.Tech/ M.Pharm), Graduate level pharm-D. The pattern is designed to identify meritorious and motivated candidates for admission to Post Graduate programmes in Engineering, Technology, Pharmacy and Graduate level Pharm-D(PB).

AP PGECET 2018 Exam Pattern Highlights

Details on the type of exam, duration, medium, number of questions and total marks have been tabulated here:

Type of ExamMCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)
Total Time120 Minutes
Total no. of Questions120
Mode of ExamOnline
Negative MarkingNo
Total Marks120

AP PGECET 2018 Marking Scheme

The exam is conducted for a duration of 120 minutes. Total number of questions to be solved is 120 giving each question an average of 1 minute to be solved. Candidates are however advised to cover the easy section at first to save time for complex and hard problems.

Maximum marks that can be obtained in AP PGECET 2018 is 120 with each question holding exactly 1 mark. Unlike GATE and other major post graduate entrance, AP PGECET does not entertain negative marking in its paper and thus candidates can attempt as many questions as they want in the exam.

AP PGECET 2018 will also be conducted for admission to pharmacy streams. In AP PGECET Pharmacy, total of 120 questions are from the graduation subjects with varying weightage.

Total Marks120
Marking1 mark
Negative MarkingNone
Sectional WeightageMathematicsAptitudeQualifying Degree

AP PGECET 2018 Exam Pattern for Mathematics

Mathematics is one of the most important section in AP PGECET exam. Test makers at TSCHE (Telangana State Council of Higher Education) devise question paper for AP PGECET to test candidates’ aptitude at engineering mathematics.

The salient feature of the section are listed below:

  • Total Questions asked: 10-20
  • Total Marks Allotted: 10-20
  • Negative Marking: No
  • Difficulty Level: Graduate
  • Duration: Inclusive (5-10 minutes advisable)
  • The higher education commission of Telangana does not disclose its exam pattern and topic wise break up for the section. Thus candidates are advised to cover all the basic concepts and numerical to score decent in the section.

Syllabus for Engineering Mathematics

Minor Topics

Linear Algebra: Vector algebra, Matrix algebra, systems of linear equations, rank of a matrix, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

Calculus: Functions of single variable, limits, continuity and differentiability, mean value theorem, chain rule, partial derivatives, maxima and minima, gradient, divergence and curl, directional derivatives. Integration, Line, surface and volume integrals. Theorems of Stokes, Gauss and Green.

Differential Equations: First order linear and nonlinear differential equations, higher order linear ODEs with constant coefficients. Partial differential equations and separation of variables methods.

Major Topics:

Fourier Series, Laplace Transforms, Numerical methods for linear and nonlinear algebraic equations, Numerical integration and differentiation.

Recommended Books for Engineering Mathematics

  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics by Erwin Kreyszig
  • Higher Engineering mathematics by B.V. Ramana
  • Higher Engineering mathematics by B.S. Grewal

AP PGECET 2018 Exam Pattern for Aptitude

Aptitude is considered to be the most basic need to study engineering and continue higher studies in it. AP PGECET exam tests candidates’ logical aptitude and their approach to check their engineer antenna and their proficiency in solving logical problems in minimum time possible. Here’s a little detailed analysis of Aptitude section asked in AP PGECET exam.

  • Total questions asked: 5-10
  • Total marks allotted: 5-10
  • Negative Marking: No
  • Difficulty Level: Secondary
  • Suggested time: Advisable to be solved within 5 minutes

Syllabus for Aptitude

Verbal Ability: English grammar, sentence completion, verbal analogies, word groups, instructions, critical reasoning and verbal deduction.

Numerical Ability: Numerical computation, numerical estimation, numerical reasoning and data interpretation.

Recommended Books for Aptitude

  1. Objective Arithematic by Rajesh Verma
  2. Quantitative Aptitude by RS Agarwal
  3. Quantum CAT by Arun Sharma

AP PGECET 2018 Exam Pattern for Qualifying Degree

This breakup, difficulty level and cutoff of the section varies with each subject. However, the total questions in the section remain same for all the papers. 90-105 questions are asked form this section.

There are in total 13 qualifying papers in AP PGECET 2018. Candidates are required to qualify from a particular stream to be able to appear for this section. The eligible qualifying degrees are as follows.

Name of the DisciplinePaper CodeDifficulty LevelRecommended Books
Aerospace EngineeringASGraduationFundamentals of Aerodynamics
Bio-TechnologyBTGraduationBiotechnology Fundamentals by S. N Mukhopadhyay
Chemical EngineeringCHGraduationChemical Engineering by Ram Prassad
Civil EngineeringCEGraduationStrength of Materials by BC Punmia
Computer Science and Information TechnologyCSGraduationTheory of Computation by Ullman
Electrical EngineeringEEGraduationBasic Electrical Engineering by nagrath and kOHLI
Electronics and Communication EngineeringECGraduationCommunication System K Sam
Food TechnologyFTGraduationFood Technology by Neil Morris
Geo-Engineering and Geo-InformaticsGGGraduationGeotechnical Engineering by TN
Instrumentation EngineeringEIGraduationHandbook on Instrumentation
Mechanical EngineeringMEGraduationPrevious Year Papers
MetallurgyMTGraduationEngineering Materials and Metallurgy by Er. Amandeep
Nano TechnologyNTGraduationForbidden Gates Thomas Horn

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College



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