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HPCET 2018 Exam Pattern

Last Updated - June 13, 2017

HPCET 2018 Exam Pattern will give an insight about the syllabus, duration, language medium and marks distribution. The pattern will be decided by Himachal Pradesh Technical University.

  • The syllabus for HPCET 2018 for undergraduate level will comprise of the 10+2 level of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
  • For post-graduate level, the syllabus will cover the subjects according to the stream candidates have applied for.
  • The exam is conducted in offline mode.
  • The questions will be objective only in OMR sheet format that has to filled by candidate at the time of exam.
  • The exam will be conducted in the month of May.
  • Duration for the exam- 3 hours
  • Total number of questions- for Bachelors’ courses-150 (50 from each section), for Master’s courses- 100, For MBA and MCA- 100

Himachal Pradesh Common Entrance Test (HPCET) is a national level entrance exam offering admissions to undergraduate and post graduate engineering courses. The applicants can opt to choose from various streams like B.Tech, B.Pharmacy, M.Tech,, MCA in universities and affiliated colleges across Himachal Pradesh.

HPCET 2018 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for HPCET 2018 are-

Exam modeOffline
Number of papersB.Tech, B.Pharmacy, M.Tech(3); MBA (4)
Number of questions100
Question paper typeMultiple choice questions
Exam duration3 hours
 B.TechM.TechMBA /MCA
Exam modeofflineofflineOffline
Number f papers111
Number of sections333
Question paper typeobjectiveobjectiveobjective

HPCET 2018 Exam Pattern in Detail

The exam will be conducted in offline mode where candidates will be provided with OMR sheets. There will be multiple answer questions in the exam. There will be three sections in the paper that will be based upon the stream and level candidate has applied for. The duration of the exam is 3 hours.

The exam pattern is different for each stream. Candidate will be awarded 2 marks for each correct answer and ½ marks will be deducted for each wrong response selected by candidate.

B.Tech/ B.Pharmacy

The test for the bachelors contains 150 objective questions that are to be solved in the duration of three hours. The questions are multiple answer type with four options for each question.

SubjectNumber of questionsMarks


The exam will be of 300 marks where candidate has to answer 100 objective questions in the duration of 3 hours.

SubjectNumber of questionsMarks
Civil/Electrical/ Computer Science/ Mechanical60120
Engineering Mathematics2550
Aptitude test1530


The test will consist of 100 questions for two hundred marks that have to be completed in the duration of 2 hours.

SubjectNumber of questionsMarks
Verbal ability2550
Quantitative ability2550
Data interpretation and reasoning2550
General knowledge and computer awareness2550


The entrance test will consist of 100 multiple choice based questions. Candidates will be given duration of 3 hours for test.

SubjectNumber of questionsMarks
Pharmaceutical sciences60120
Bio chemistry/ microbiology2550
Aptitude test1530

Marking Scheme for HPCET 2018

In the marking scheme for HPCET 2018, there is negative marking for each wrong answer selected by candidate. Multiple responses selected by candidate will be counted as an incorrect response and the marks will be deducted accordingly. Though the unattended questions will not be marked negatively or marked at all.

Each right answer will fetch two marks for candidate. Whereas, with each wrong response ½ marks out of the total marks scored by candidate will be deducted.

Marking scheme2 marks for each correct answer
Negative markingHalf (1/2 or 0.5) of the marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer

HPCET 2018 Syllabus


The syllabus contains two Sections – A and B. Section – A pertains to the Theory Part having 80% weightage, while Section – B contains Practical Component (Experimental Skills) having 20% weightage.

Physics and measurement
Laws of motion
Work, energy and power
Rotational motion
Properties of solids and liquids
Kinetic theory of gases
Oscillations and wave motion 2- wave motion
Electrostatics: 1- electric c electric field
Current electricity
Magnetic effect magnetism alternating currents
Electromagnetic waves
Dual nature of matter and radiation
Atoms and nuclei
Electronic devices
Communication systems
Experimental skills


Sets, relations and functions
Complex numbers and quadratic equations
Matrices and determinants
Permutations and combinations
Binomial theorem and its simple applications
Sequences and series
Limit, continuity and differentiability
Integral calculus
Differential equations
Co-ordinate geometry
Vector algebra
Statistics and probability
Mathematical reasoning


Some basic concepts in chemistry
States of matter
Atomic structure
Chemic structure
Chemical thermodynamics
Redox reactions and electrochemistry
Chemical kinetics
Surface chemistry
Section b inorganic chemistry
C periodicity in properties
General principles and process isolation of metals
s- Alkaline earth metals)
p- Block elements
d-and f – blocks elements
Co-ordination compounds
Environmental chemistry
Section c organic chemistry
Purification and characterization of organic compounds
Hydrocarbons halogens
Organic compounds containing oxygen nitrogen
Chemistry in everyday life


Section AVerbal AbilityVocabulary Based, English Usage or Grammar, Sentence Correction, Fill in the blanks, Close Passage, Analogies or Reverse Analogies, Jumbled Paragraph, Meaning-Usage Match, Summary Questions, Verbal Reasoning, Facts/Inferences/Judgments, Reading Comprehension
Section BQuantitative AbilityGeometry, Ratios and Proportion, Percentages, In-equations- Quadratic and linear equations, Algebra, Profit & Loss Averages, Accounts, Time-Speed-Distance, Work and time, Number system, HCF &LCM, Geometric Progression, Arithmetic progression, Arithmetic mean, Geometric mean, Harmonic mean, Median, Mode, Number Base System, BODMAS, Menstruation, Allegation & Mixtures, Work, Pipes and Cisterns, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Set Theory, Venn diagram, Installment Payments, Clocks, Probability, Permutations Combinations, Trigonometry, Vectors, Binomial Expansion, Co-ordinate geometry, Logarithm, Calendar, Maxima & Minima Progression, Surds & Indices, Complex numbers
Section CReasoningData Interpretation and Reasoning, Graphs, Reasoning
Section DBusiness Awareness (Only for MBA)Current Affairs, General Knowledge, Business, Punch line of companies, Top officials of big companies, Major corporate events, Famous award and prizes, World Records, Books and authors, Science, History, Geography, International organizations, Important quotations, Social issues, Sports, Finance, Automobiles, Entertainment, Politics etc.
Section DComputer Awareness (Only for MCA)Current Affairs, General Knowledge, Elements of computers, Number systems, Basic electronic gates, Boolean algebra, Flip-Flops. Systems, Programming and Operating System, Fundamentals of “C” language

Important Instructions

There are few guidelines that must be followed by candidate to avoid exemption/delay/debarring from the exam:

  • HPCET 2018 will be conducted in the offline mode only. An OMR sheet will be given to candidates for marking the answers.
  • The total time duration of the exam will be three hours and two hours for the MBA/MCA exams. Candidates must try to reach the examination hall on time.
  • Candidates must remember to carry the original as well as the photocopy of their admit card and an ID proof to enter the exam hall.
  • For marking the responses, only blue or black ball point pen must be used. The circles must be completely filled as per the instructions provided in the OMR sheet.
  • The questions will be given in English language only. Any alternate language mode or question paper will not be provided for the exam.
  • Un-attempted questions will not be marked.
  • Multiple responses to the same question will be regarded as incorrect and hence, will be subject to half a mark deduction.



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