Seven key points of PhD Entrance Test Pattern & Syllabus of CUCET 2017

By Priti Prajna Sahoo, Mumbai: The online application window for applying Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) 2017 has been extended to 19 April 2017. Earlier, the last date for submission of online application was 14 April 207 (today). CUCET 2017 is another pan India test conducted by a consortium of 10 Central Universities, for selecting students in various programmes including UG,PG and PhD in the 10 participating universities. These ten CUs are central universities of Haryana, Jammu, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, South Bihar, Rajasthan and Kerala.

In addition to UG, PG, PG Diploma and other courses, these 10 central universities will also select PhD candidates for the academic session 2017-18 through CUCET 2017-18. CUCET 2017 will be held on 17 & 18 May 2017 in 76 centres across India. The PhD entrance test will he held as per the UGC MPhill/PhD guideline.  Here, the SkillOutlook presents 7 key points of the PhD Entrance Test of CUCET2017.


Two Papers: As per the PhD Programme Important Criteria document uploaded on the official website of CUCET 2017, there will be two sections in the question paper. Part A will consist of 50 questions based on research methodology including English and General Knowledge and Numerical ability. Part B consists of 50 questions from the respective subject domain.

Part-A section:  Part-A will consist of 50 objective questions and will include research methodology, general awareness/knowledge, reasoning, analytical ability and language proficiency.

Part – B section: Part – B segment will consist of 50 objective questions with the subject specialization paper (subject domain).

Duration & Type questions: The PhD entrance exam will be of 2 hours.  All 100 questions will be objective type.  

Marking:  There is negative mark for wrong answer. For every right answer, one mark will be given. For every incorrect answer, ¼ mark will be subtracted.

Cut Off Marks: Cut off marks to become eligible for the PhD interview, students should refer to concerned participating universities (PUs) website. As each PU has their own PhD admission policy and guideline.

Entrance Syllabus: The exam syllabus broadly follows the UGC-NET and CSIR-NET exams subject syllabus.  Hence, candidates preparing to appear CUCET 2017 PhD test should follow the UGC-NET and CSIR-NET syllabus as per their choice of subject.

These above seven points will help PhD aspirants to prepare themselves and crack the CUCET 2017 for admission to doctoral progarmmes in the 10 Central Universities.

Readers can refer our previous stories on CUCET 2017 as given the link:

PhD Admissions at a glance in 10 central universities via CUCET 2017 ! Apply

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