HPCET 2020 Eligibility - Qualification, Age, Percentage

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    Himachal Pradesh Common Entrance Test (HPCET) 2020 is a state-level entrance exam conducted by Himachal Pradesh Technical University for admissions into various undergraduate and post-graduate courses. Candidates seeking admission in technical and professional institutes of Himachal Pradesh can apply for the exam in the first week of March 2020. However, before starting the HPCET 2020 Application Process, it is important for the applicants to check the HPCET 2020 Eligibility Criteria and ensure that they satisfy it.

    In case an applicant is found to be ineligible for the exam, his application may be liable for rejection at any stage of the Admission procedure. Therefore, it is strongly advised to refer to the detailed HPCET 2020 Eligibility Criteria for the specific programme that the candidate wishes to apply for and ascertain that he is eligible for it. 

    Certain seats will be reserved for candidates belonging to a minority group or special category. In case a candidate believes he is eligible for such reservation, he must check the official website for the complete process to claim it.  Details about the eligibility and reservation of HPCET 2020 discussed below.


    Eligibility Criteria for HPCET 2020

    The HPCET 2020 Eligibility Criteria for different programmes vary and hence, candidates will need to check specific particulars for the course they want to apply for. The HPCET 2020 Eligibility Criteria for engineering courses is provided below:

    ProgrammeMinimum Eligibility
    B. Tech (Direct Entry)10+2 or it's equivalent from a recognized Board · Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with Chemistry / Biotechnology / Biology / Technical Vocational subject, 45% marks (40% for reserved category) in the above subjects taken together.
    B. Tech (Lateral Entry)Diploma from an AICTE approved institution with minimum 45% marks (40% for reserved category) in appropriate branch of Engineering / Technology. , B.Sc. Degree from a recognized University with at least 45% marks (40% for reserved category) and passed 10+2 standard with mathematics as a subject. , Students with B.Sc. degree required to clear the subjects of Engineering Graphics / Engineering Drawing and Engineering Mechanics of the first year Engineering Program along with the second year subjects. , Students from B.Sc. Stream to be considered only after filling the supernumerary seats in this category with students belonging to the Diploma stream.
    M. Tech· Recognized Bachelor‘s degree or equivalent in the relevant field · 50% marks (45% marks for reserved category) in the Bachelor’s Degree

    It is also possible for the candidates to join the second year of some engineering degree programmes directly, provided that they pursued the first year diploma course elsewhere.

    In case the candidate possesses a diploma and wishes to gain lateral entry for an engineering course, he must refer to the list of diploma courses that are valid for the purpose of lateral entry through HPCET 2020. This information is summarised in a table below.

    Diploma courseCorresponding Degree Programme
    Civil EngineeringCivil Engineering
    Electrical / Electronics and Communications / Electrical and Electronics EngineeringElectrical / Electronics and Communications / Electrical and Electronics Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering / Tool and Die Technology (CTR Ludhiana)Mechanical Engineering
    Automobile / Production EngineeringMechanical / Automobile Engineering
    Computer / Information Technology / Computer Science and EngineeringComputer Science and Engineering / Information Technology
    Instrumentation EngineeringMechanical / Electronics and Communications / Electrical and Electronics Engineering
    Textile Technology / Textile Chemistry / Textile Design / Textile Printing / Knitting TechnologyTextile Engineering

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    Eligibility criteria for the courses other than engineering are tabulated below:

    CourseEligibility
    B.PharmacyCandidate must have passed 10+2 with Physics and Chemistry as compulsory subjects along with one of the Mathematics/Biotechnology/Biology/Technical Vocational subject securing at least 45% marks (40% reserved category) in the above subjects taken together. Minimum age limit is 17 years
    B. Pharmacy (Ayurveda)10+2 passed candidates with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as compulsory subjects securing at least 45% marks (40% for reserved category) in the above subjects taken together.
    BBACandidates who have passed 10+2 examination in any stream are eligible to apply. Further, the candidate should have obtained at least 45% marks (40% in case of candidate belonging to SC/ST category) in the qualifying examination.
    BCACandidates who have passed 10+2 examination in any stream from a Board recognized or established by Central/State Government through legislation shall be eligible to apply. Candidate should have obtained at least 45% marks (40% in case of candidate belonging to SC/ST category) in the qualifying examination.
    BHMCT/ B.Sc. (HM& CT)Candidates must have passed 10+2 examination in any stream from a recognised board are eligible to apply. Further, the candidate should have obtained at least 50% marks (45% in case of candidate belonging to SC/ST category) in the qualifying examination.
    M.Sc. PhysicsAll those candidates who have passed bachelor degree in science with at least 50% marks (45% in case of reserved categories)in aggregate in the three years of degree or honours in the subject concerned i.e. Physics.
    M. PharmacyCandidates must have passed bachelor degree in Pharmacy or equivalent from recognized University securing at least 50% marks (45% for reserved category) at the qualifying examination.
    MBA/ MBA (T & HM)Candidates must have passed bachelor’s degree from recognized University with minimum three years duration securing at least 50% marks (45% for reserved category) at the qualifying examination.

    HPCET 2020 Eligibility for Foreign Candidates / NRI

    Candidates belonging to foreign nationalities or those candidates who are Non-Resident Indians (NRI) can also apply for HPCET 2020. They must check the eligibility criteria of different institutes in this regard and ensure that they satisfy them.

    It may be noted that the NRIs and Foreign Students need not appear for HPCET 2020Examination to be considered for admission. A merit list based on the marks obtained by them in the qualifying examination will be used to provide admission.

    • The minimum HPCET 2020eligibility criteria for such NRI and Foreign students for admission into HPTU courses are the same as those for Indian students for each program.
    • An applicant will be categorised as Non-Resident Indian (NRI) if he fulfils the definition provided by the Income Tax Law of India.
    • On the other hand, a foreign candidate will only be considered as such, if he holds a valid foreign passport.
    • In addition, he/she must possess a valid visa issued by a competent authority of the Indian Government, clarifying the reason to stay.

    HPCET 2020 Reservation

    Out of all available seats for admission through HPCET 2020, some are set aside under various quotas and for different categories. The candidates must have complete knowledge regarding the HPCET 2020Reservation scheme before they apply for the exam.

    The first category is the All India Quota (AIQ) and seats under this AIQ are filled by candidates belonging to any State or Union Territory (UT) including Himachal Pradesh.

    The next category is HP State Quota and these seats are filled by students who have a valid Himachali Bona Fide.

    Seats are also reserved for NRI candidates and foreign nationals. Apart from this, there are also management seats in private institutions. Supernumerary and lateral entry seats are also available. The detailed break-up of reservation under various categories is provided below.

    CategoryAllotment of seats
    All India Quota (AIQ) Seats15% of total sanctioned seats
    HP State Quota (HPSQ) Seats65% of total sanctioned intake (including one seat under Beti Hai Anmol Scheme of single girl child of Himachali domicile only in each Institution within the sanctioned intake)
    Seats for Non-Resident Indian(s)5% of the total sanctioned intake subject
    Management Seats in Private Institutions only15% of total sanctioned intake in under-graduate courses only
    Supernumerary Seats · Tuition Fee Waiver Seats · Foreign National / Persons of Indian Origins (PIO) / Children of Indian Workers in Gulf Countries · Kashmiri Migrant5% of the sanctioned intake per course, subject to fulfilment of AICTE norms 15% of the sanctioned intake per course in each institution, subject to fulfilment of AICTE norms 2 seats in each institution
    Lateral Entry Seats20% over and above the sanctioned intake

    HPCET 2020 HP State Quota Seats


    The seats available under Himachal Pradesh State Quota(HPSQ) are further divided according to vertical reservation criteria and horizontal reservation criteria. These divisions are based on minority categories and other special categories.

    The HPSQ has 65% of total sanctioned seats and this also includes one seat under Beti Hai Anmol Scheme. This scheme is for female candidates who are single child of their parents and have a valid Himachal Pradesh state domicile. Under this scheme, one seat is reserved for such eligible candidates in each institution.

    The detailed breakup of seats under HP State Quota is given below.

    Vertical Reservation Percentage Criteria
    CategoryDescriptionNumber of Seats
    MainGeneral55%
    Scheduled Caste (SC)22%
    Scheduled Tribe (ST)5%
    Other Backward Classes (OBC)18%
    Horizontal Reservation Percentage Criteria
    CategoryDescriptionNumber of Seats
    Sub-ReservedDefence / Ward of ex-servicemen15%
    Freedom Fighters2%
    Physically Challenged3%
    IRDP/ BPL / Antodya / Orphans15%
    Sports2%
    Backward Area4%

    It may be noted that if any seats under these categories remain unfilled, then they will be filled in the spot round of counselling under General Category.


    *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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