HPCET 2020 Exam Pattern; Mode, Total Questions, Marking Scheme

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    HPCET 2020 Exam Pattern will give an insight into the syllabus, duration, language medium and marks distribution. The pattern will be decided by Himachal Pradesh Technical University. The syllabus for HPCET 2020 for an 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 fill by the candidate at the time of the 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

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    HPCET 2020 Exam Pattern 

    Exam modeOffline
    Number of papersB.Tech, B.Pharmacy, M.Tech(3); MBA (4)
    Number of questions100
    Question paper typeMultiple-choice questions
    Exam duration3 hours
    FeatureB.Tech/ M.Tech/ MBA/ MCA
    Exam modeoffline
    Number f papers1
    Number of sections3
    Question paper typeobjective

    HPCET 2020 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. The candidate will be awarded 2 marks for each correct answer and ½ marks will be deducted for each wrong response selected by the 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


    Candidates aspiring for BBA degree have to appear in a 2-hour test, the number of questions and marks for the same is given below:

    SubjectNumber of questionsMarks
    Quantitative Aptitude & Numerical Ability2525
    Logical Ability & Reasoning2525
    General Knowledge and Business awareness2525


    SubjectNumber of questionsMarks
    Section A- English2525
    Section B- Logical Ability & Reasoning2525
    Computer Awareness2525

    BHMCT/ B.Sc. (HM & CT)

    SubjectNumber of questionsMarks
    General English2525
    General Knowledge2525
    Data Interpretation2525


    The exam will be of 300 marks where the 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

    M. Sc. Physics

    SubjectNumber of questionsMarks
    Mathematical methods, classical Mechanics, General Properties of matter2525
    Optics, Electricity and magnetism2525
    Modern Physics, Nuclear and Particle Physics2525
    Atomic and Molecular, Kinetic Theory of Gases and Thermodynamics, Solid State Physics and Electronics2525


    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
    Biochemistry/ microbiology2550
    Aptitude test1530

    Marking Scheme for HPCET 2020

    In the marking scheme for HPCET 2020, there is negative marking for each wrong answer selected by the candidate. Multiple responses selected by the 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 the candidate. Whereas, with each wrong response ½ marks out of the total marks scored by candidate will be deducted.

    • Marking scheme: 2 marks for each correct answer
    • Negative marking: Half (1/2 or 0.5) of the marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer

    HPCET 2020 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.

    PhysicsPhysics and measurement, Kinematics, Laws of motion, Work, energy and power, Rotational motion, Gravitation, Properties of solids and liquids, Thermodynamics, 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, Optics, Dual nature of matter and radiation, Atoms and nuclei, Electronic devices, Communication systems, Experimental skills
    MathmeticsSets, 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, Trigonometry, Mathematical reasoning
    ChemistrySome basic concepts in chemistry, States of matter, Atomic structure, Chemic structure, Chemical thermodynamics, Solutions, Equilibrium, Redox reactions and electrochemistry, Chemical kinetics, Surface chemistry, Section b inorganic chemistry, C periodicity in properties, General principles and process isolation of metals, Hydrogen, 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, Bimolecular, 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 the candidate to avoid exemption/delay/debarring from the exam:

    • HPCET 2020 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 ID proof to enter the exam hall.
    • For marking the responses, only blue or black ballpoint 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.

    *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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