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PU CET 2018

Last Updated - July 13, 2017

Punjab University Common Entrance Test (PU CET) is a state level entrance exam conducted by Punjab University, Chandigarh for candidates seeking admission to the various undergraduate programs under PU CET UG and Master’s degree programs under PU CET PG as offered by the university.

  • The master’s degree courses include various program under law, journalism, public health, disaster management, technology, engineering, arts, and computer science.
  • The tentative date for PU CET 2018 is the third week of May, 2018.
  • Candidates will have to register online to appear for the exam.
  • The online registration process will start from the 2nd week of April 2018.
  • Candidates need a minimum qualification of 10+2 to appear for PU CET UG 2018.
  • For PU CET PG 2018, the eligibility criteria will vary according to the program the candidate opts for.

The exam offers admission to the following undergraduate courses:

  • B.Pharmacy (Credit Based Semester System)
  • B.Sc (Hons) at the Panjab University Campus
  • BHMS (Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery) at Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh

PUCET 2018 Highlights Table

Candidates will be asked questions from Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Mathematics depending on the course chosen by them.

ExamPunjab University Common Entrance Test (PU CET)
PU CET 2018 Conducting BodyPanjab University, Chandigarh
Mode of PU CET 2018 ApplicationOnline
Mode of PU CET 2018 ExamOffline
Medium of PU CET 2018 ExamEnglish
Duration of PU CET 2018 Exam70 minutes for each section


Candidates who want to appear for PU CET 2018 exam should keep these important dates related to the release of the notification, last date of application, expected date of announcement of results etc in mind.

Candidates must keep a track of the following important dates that are applicable to PU CET 2018:

PU CET Online Applications will be available from3rd week of March 2018
Last date to submit the PU CET Applications3rd week of May 2018
PU CET 2018 admit card will be available from3rd week of May 2018
PU CET 2018 last date for fee paymentLast week of April 2018
PU CET 2018 exam date1st week of June 2018
PU CET 2018 result declaration2nd week of June 2018

Candidates must note that the dates mentioned above are tentative and are subjected to change at the discretion of the exam conducting body. Candidates are advised to visit the official website of the Panjab University on a regular basis to keep a track of the dates and keep themselves updated with the exam process and dates.


Before applying for PU CET 2018, candidates must note the following eligibility criteria:

  • Candidates must have passed or appeared in the 10+2 Examination of the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi or any equivalent exam conducted by a recognized board or university with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English.

Please Note: Candidates who have passed or appeared in 10+2 Examinations of Mahila Gram Vidyapeeth, Allahabad are not in the eligibility criteria to appear in PU CET (BHMS) Entrance Test, as this institution has been derecognised by Punjab University, Chandigarh.  Candidates can get a full list of recognized universities from the official website of PU CET UG.

  • Candidates have to be a citizen of India. Foreign citizens will have the option to apply via NRI quota.
  • Candidates must be of 17 years of age as on 31st December, 2017 to be eligible to apply for PU CET 2018.

PU CET PG 2018 candidates will have a separate set of eligibility criteria, as listed below:

  • The candidate must have passed the qualifying examination (bachelor degree program or equivalent from a recognized university) for a particular course with a minimum of 50%-55% marks (depending upon the course for which he/ she is applying). Candidates in their final year and appearing for the qualifying exam are also eligible to apply for PU CET PG 2018. provided the candidate pass their qualifying exams by the time of admission.

For further details on the eligibility criteria for both PU CET UG 2018 and PU CET PG 2018, candidates can follow the Panjab University official website.

Reservation of seats for Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBC), Persons with Disability (PwD) etc category candidates will be according to the Chandigarh Administration or Panjab University, Chandigarh guidelines.

For Physically Handicapped candidates, the following eligibility criteria will be applicable:

  • 1st preference - Candidates suffering from Locomotor disabilities of Lower Limbs between 50% - 70%.
  • 2nd preference - Candidates suffering from Locomotor Disabilities of Lower Limbs between 40% - 50%

Candidates with blindness (including colour blindness) and those who are deaf and dumb will not be eligible to sit for PU CET 2018.


Candidates have to complete the PU CET application form filling process before the tentative last date as mentioned on the Panjab University website. The candidate has to make sure that the eligibility criteria is fulfilled by him or her based on the course he or she is applying for. The candidate has to fill the PU CET application form online and then take a print out of the form.

Candidates will have to send the following additional documents along with the PU CET 2018 application form to the head office, Chandigarh before the last date:

  • Candidate’s mark sheets of all qualifying exams
  • Candidate’s address proof
  • Candidate’s identity proof
  • Candidate’s photographs (as specified in the application form)

Candidates must note that all the documents have to be self attested. The application will be rejected in case the documents are not attached or the documents are deemed invalid.

Candidates must also note that the details once entered by him or her cannot be altered.

Application fee

  • Candidates from General Category have to pay INR 1760
  • Candidates from reserved categories have to pay INR 880

Candidates can choose to pay the fee online (credit card/ debit card/ net banking) or via offline mode (SBI eChallan).


Candidates will be issued the admit card after they have successfully registered themselves.  Candidates can download the admit card from the respective official websites of PU CET UG 2018 and PU CET PG 2018. Candidates will need their login id and password created at the time of registration to get their admit card for PU CET 2018.

Candidates must the following details relevant to their PU CET 2018 admit card:

  • Candidates will not be allowed to enter the examination hall without the admit card.
  • Candidates must take multiple printouts of the admit card and keep it safely as they will need it for verification purpose at every level of the admission process.
  • Candidates must check that all details given on the admit card are correct or not. Candidates must raise an immediate concern if any detail is found incorrect.

Exam Centers

Candidates must note that PU CET UG 2018 and PU CET PG 2018 are conducted only in the Panjab University campus in Chandigarh.


For PU CET UG, the paper will be divided in the following six sections:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Biotechnology
  • Computer Science

Each section will be of 70 minutes and carry questions of 2 marks each. Negative marking for 0.25 will be applicable to incorrect answers.

SubjectTotal number of QuestionsTotal marksDuration
Paper - I Physics6012070 minutes
Paper - II Chemistry6012070 minutes
Paper - III Biology6012070 minutes
Paper - IV Mathematics6012070 minutes
Paper - V Biotechnology6012070 minutes
Paper - VI Computer Science6012070 minutes

The medium of the paper will strictly be in English. Candidates can follow the table for PU CET 2018 Exam Pattern Highlights:

Number of Sections6
Time for each section70 minutes
Number of questions in each section60
Marks for each question2
Negative marking0.25
Total marks for each section120
Medium of ExamEnglish
Mode of ExamOffline (OMR)


Candidates can go through the tentative syllabus for PU CET UG 2018 as listed below:


  • Sets and Functions
  • Algebra
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Calculus
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Relations and Functions
  • Vectors and Three dimensional Geometry
  • Linear Programming
  • Probability


  • Physical world and measurements
  • Kinematics
  • Laws of motion
  • Work, Energy and Power
  • Motion of system of Particles and rigid body
  • Gravitation
  • properties of bulk matter
  • Thermodynamics
  • Behavior of perfect gas and kinetic theory
  • Oscillation and Waves
  • Electrostatistics
  • Current Electricity
  • Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism
  • Electromagnetic induction and alternating currents
  • Electromagnetic waves
  • Optics
  • Dual nature of matter and radiation
  • Atoms and nuclei
  • Electronic Devices
  • Communication systems


  • Some Basic concepts of chemistry
  • Structure of Atom
  • Classification of Elements and periodicity of properties
  • Chemical bonding and molecular structure
  • States of matter, gases and liquids
  • Thermodynamics
  • Equilibrium
  • Redox Reaction
  • Hydrogen
  • s-Block Elements
  • Group 14 Elements
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Solid State
  • Solutions
  • Electrochemistry
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Surface Chemistry
  • General Principles and processes of isolation of elements
  • p- Block Elements
  • d and f Block Elements
  • Coordination Compounds
  • Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
  • Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers
  • Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids
  • Organic Compounds containing nitrogen
  • Biomolecules
  • Polymers
  • Chemistry in everyday life


  • Diversity in Living World
  • Structural Organization in animals and plants
  • Cell Structure and Function
  • Plant Physiology
  • Human Physiology
  • Reproduction
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Biology and Human Welfare
  • Biotechnology and its application
  • Ecology and its environment


  • Introduction to Biotechnology
  • Biomolecules
  • Cell and Development
  • Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Protein and Gene Manipulation
  • Cell Culture and Genetic Manipulation

Computer Science

  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Introduction to C++
  • Programming Methodology
  • Programming in C++
  • Programming in C++
  • Data Structures
  • Database Management System and SQL
  • Boolean Algebra
  • Networking and Open Source Software

For a detailed description of the syllabus, candidates are advised to follow the official PU CET UG 2018 website.

The syllabus for PU CET PG courses will vary depending on the course chosen by the candidate. The detailed syllabus will be given in the PU CET PG 2018 official website.


The results for PU CET 2018 will be declared tentatively in July 2018. Once the score card is made available online on the official PU CET 2018 website, the candidate can download his or score card from the website. No separate score cards will be mailed to the candidates individually. PU CET score and merit list will strictly be based on the candidate's’ performance in PU CET 2018.

  • Candidates will have to follow the steps listed below to get their score card.
  • Candidates will have to first open the official website
  • Candidates will then have to click on the link for the PU CET result 2018 “Click here to check PU CET (U.G. & BHMS) - 2018 Entrance Test Result”
  • Candidates will then have to select the stream he or she has applied to and check the result for that stream

Answer Key for PU CET 2018

The answer key for PU CET 2018 will be published on the official website after the exam is over. If the students feel there is a disparity in their marking, they must write an official letter to the exam conducting body within 2 days of declaration of the answer key.

PU CET 2018 Seat Reservation

There is reservation of seats for PU CET 2018. The following list gives a detailed idea about the reservation of seats for PU CET 2018:

  • 1 seat is reserved for a student of foreign origin nominated by Government of India.
  • 1 seat is reserved for a student from the States and Union Territories lacking facilities in this field and repatriates from Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka etc.
  • 2 seats are reserved for the students from rural area category
  • 1 seat is reserved for a student from Border Area
  • 2 seats are reserved for single girl children with no male siblings
  • 1 seat is reserved for student suffering from diseases like Cancer/ AIDS/ Thalassemia.
  • Additional seats will be created as required for children of officers who have served during Kargil war

PU CET 2018 Merit List

The merit list for the candidates appearing for PU CET 2018 will be created based on the categories given below:

  • Physics, Chemistry and Biology
  • Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics
  • Physics, Chemistry and Biotechnology
  • Physics, Chemistry and Computer Sciences
  • Mathematics only

For the merit list, the weightage of the written exam is 75% and the 12th board scores is 25%.


PU CET 2018 counselling process will be conducted online. Candidates must fill their preferences online for admission to the various courses. The seats will be allotted based on PU CET 2018 Merit List. Some of the important points related to PU CET counselling are listed below:

  • The counselling schedule will be published on the official Panjab University website. Candidates must keep a check on that for accurate details.
  • The candidate will have to submit the Counselling fee either through online mode (credit card/ debit card/ net banking) or offline at the University.
  • Candidate will get a seat based on the PU CET 2018 merit list and provisional Admission letter.
  • Candidates will have to report to the counselling centre within the stipulated time with all the required documents (10th and 12th Mark Sheet, Aadhar Card etc) and counselling fee.
  • If the candidate fails to report on time or pay the counselling fee, his or her application will be rejected.
  • Seats will be allotted online so Candidates can regularly check University Website
  • Candidates should carefully fill in the preferences and options. No change will be allowed after they have locked in their preference.
  • The admission dates and timing of reporting will be displayed along with the Merit list on the Panjab University website.



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