UPCATET 2021 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Syllabus

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UPCATET is state level exam conducted on a rotational basis by four agricultural universities in Uttar Pradesh. This Year Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture & Technology, Kanpur, will be organising the exam for candidates seeking admission in UG, PG and research programs in agricultural courses. UPCATET 2021 will be held tentatively in May 2021 in offline mode.

  • The question paper will be available in both English and Hindi language
  • The question paper comprises 200 multiple choice questions of 600 marks.
  • For every correct answer, candidates will be awarded 3 marks and every incorrect response 1 mark will be deducted.
  • The exam will be conducted for a duration of  3 hours.
  • UPCATET Syllabus is different for different courses, set by the conducting body. Check UPCATET Syllabus

UPCATET 2021 Pattern Highlights

Candidates can check below the table to know the basic highlights of UPCATET Exam Pattern

Exam Mode Offline
Number of Papers 1
Number of Section Vary according to the programme
Question Paper Type Multiple-choice questions
Total Marks 600 marks
Exam Duration 3 hours
Exam Language English and Hindi

UPCATET 2021 Exam Pattern

UPCATET 2021 Exam Pattern

UPCATET examination pattern is different for various undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Undergraduate Programs

  • The question paper comprises 200 multiple choice questions complete in three hours duration.
  • There are four groups of paper: PCB, PCM, PAG, and PHS
  • Students appearing in the PCB Group can take admission in subjects such as Agriculture, Fisheries, Horticulture, Home Science, Forestry and Veterinary Science.
  • Candidates applying for PCM group can secure admission in Agriculture, Horticulture, Home Science and B.Tech programs.
  • PAG Group comprises Agriculture, Fisheries, Horticulture, Home Science, Forestry, and B.Tech in Agriculture Engineering and Biotechnology subjects.
  • The PHS Group in UPCATET is only meant for candidates seeking admission in B.Sc Home Science subject.

The table below depicts the four groups of question paper along with their pattern:

Group of Papers Subject Number of Questions Marks Group of Question
(Physics, Chemistry, Biology)
General Studies 20 60 A
Physics 50 150 B
Chemistry 50 150 C
Biology 80 240 C
Total 200 600
(Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics)
General Studies 20 60 A
Physics 50 150 B
Chemistry 50 150 C
Mathematics 80 240 D
Total 200 600

(Agriculture Stream)

General Studies 20 60 A
Agriculture Physics 25 50 B
Agriculture Chemistry 25
Agriculture Zoology 25 150 C
Agriculture Botany 25
Agronomy 25 240 D
Animal Husbandry & Dairying 10
Horticulture 15
Agriculture Engineering 10
Agriculture Statistics & Mathematics 20
 Total 200 600
(Art Stream with Home Science)
General Studies 20 60 A
English 25 150 B
Hindi 25
Sociology 20 150 C
Economics 15
Geography 15
Home Science 80 240 D
Total 200 600

Note: Students who have studied PCMB Subjects i.e. (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology) in XII standard can either opt. for PCB or PCM paper

Postgraduate Programs

  • The pattern for postgraduate programs is based on the syllabus prescribed in the graduation of the respective disciplines.
  • Duration of pg courses exam is 3 hours excepted MBA.
  • It consists of 200 multiple choice questions

Candidates can check below for all the respective programs.

Programme Exam Abbreviations Subject No. of questions Group of Question
M.Sc. (Home Science) MHS 1. General Studies 25 A
2. Food and Nutrition 35 B
3. Home Management 35
4. Child Development 34
5. Home Science Extension Education 34 C
6. Clothing & Textiles 32
7. Statistics 05
Total 200 A
M.Sc. (Ag.)/M.Sc. (Hort.) MAG 1.General Studies 25 B
2.Agronomy & Agrometeorology 15
3.Horticulture 25
4.Soil Science 09
5.Agril. Engg. 09
6.Animal Husbandry & Dairying 09
7.Agril. Biochemistry 09
8.Genetics & Plant Breeding 11
9.Extension Education 09
10.Entomology 09
11.Plant Pathology & Nematology 09
12.Agril. Economics 09
13.Seed Technology 06
14.Soil Conservation 07 C
15.Statistics 14
16.Biotechnology 15
17.Forestry 10
Total 200 A
M.V.Sc. MVS 1. General Studies, 25 B
2. Vet. Microbiology 10
3. L.P.M. 15
4. Surgery & Radiology 10
5. Animal Genetics & Breeding 10
6. Animal Nutrition 10
7. Physiology and Biochemistry 20
8. Pharmacology & Toxicology 15
9. Parasitology 10
10. Pathology 10 C
11. Epidemiology & Public Health 10
12. Gynaecology 10
13. Medicine 15
14. Extension 10
15. Veterinary Anatomy 10
16. Livestock Products Technology 10
Total 200
M.Tech. Agricultural Engineering/ Process
and Food Engineering/irrigation and
Drainage Engineering/ Farm Machinery
and Power Engineering
MTA 1. General Studies 25 A
2. Milling of Agril. Produce 26 B
3. Storage Engg. 26
4. Engineering Properties of Bio-material 26
5. Heat and Mass Transfer 22
6. Dairy and Food Engg. 26
7. Farm Machinery and Power 22 C
8. Soil and Water conservation and Irrigation Engg. 27
Total 200
M.Tech. (Mechanical Engg.) MTM 1. General Studies 25 A
2. Thermodynamics, I.C. Engine 24 B
3. Power Plant Engg. 24
4. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 24
5. Heat and Mass Transfer 25
6. Fluid Mechanics 25
7. Machine Design 26 C
8. Production Engg. Industrial Engg. 27
Total 200
M.Tech./M.Sc. (Biotechnology) MTB 1. General Studies 25 A
2. Molecular Biology & Genetic Engg. 23 B
3. Cell Biology 23
4. Pathology & Microbiology 23
5. Immunology / Animal Biotechnology 23
6. Biochemistry & Physiology 23 C
7. Commercial Biotechnology 23
8. Recombinant DNA Technology 23
9. Bioinformatics 14
Total 200
MBA (Agri-Business) MBA 1.General Knowledge, reasoning and aptitude 70
2.General English of High School Standard 30
Total 100
M.F.Sc. (Master of Fisheries Science) MFS 1. General Studies 25 A
2. Aquaculture 38 B
3. Fisheries Resource Management 36
4. Aquatic Environment Management 33
5. Aquatic Animal Healh Management 28
6. Fish Processing Technology 20 C
7. Fisheries Enginerring 10
8. Fisheries Extension, Economics and Statistcs 10
Total 200
M.Sc. forestry MAF 1. General Studies 25 A
2. Principles of Silviculture 20 B
3. Silvicultural Systems 20
4. Forest Mensuration 20
5. Wood Science & Technology 15
6. Fundamentals of Forest Protection 20
7. Agroforestry 20 C
8. Social Forestry 20
9. Forest Ecology and Management 20
10. Forest Nursery and Afforestation Techniques 20
Total 200

UPCATET Exam Pattern for MBA (Agriculture Business)

  • Students have to appear for the screening test which consists of 100 Multiple Choice Questions
  • Time duration to complete the test is 2 hours
  • Those students who have qualified the exam will be shortlisted on the basis of merit list for Group Discussion and Personal Interview
  • Group Discussion and Personal Interview shall carry 50 and 150 marks.

PhD Programs

  • The time duration to complete the PhD test is 2 hours.
  • The paper consist of 100 multiple choice questions carrying 300 marks
  • The paper is divided into three sections i.e. A, B and C.
Programme Abbreviations of the Exam Subject No. of questions Group of Questions
PhD (Agriculture) PDA General Studies 20 A
Statistics 20 B
Concerned Subject 60 C
Total 100
PhD (Horticulture) PDH General Studies 20 A
Statistics 20 B
Concerned Subject 60 C
Total 100
PhD (Home Science) PDHS General Studies 20 A
Statistics 20 B
Concerned Subject 60 C
Total 100
PhD (Veterinary Science) PDV General Studies 20 A
Statistics 20 B
Concerned Subject 60 C
Total 100
PhD (Agril. Engg.) PDT General Studies 20 A
Statistics 20 B
Concerned Subject 60 C
Total 100
PhD Agroforestry PDAF General Studies 20 A
Statistics 20 B
Concerned Subject 60 C
Total 100

Marking Scheme

  • For every correct answer, 3 marks are awarded to the students.
  • Candidates are advised to read the questions carefully because for every wrong answer 1 mark will be deducted from the total marks.
  • No marks are deducted for the unattempted questions.

UPCATET 2021 Syllabus

UPCATET Syllabus is based on the high school standard Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology. Candidates can check below the basic syllabus for all the programs in the test.

Undergraduate Program: Syllabus prescribed by UP Board for Intermediate Examination in the concerned subject

Master Program: Syllabus of Undergraduate course in the concerned subject

PhD Program: Syllabus of Master Programme of the concerned subject

Statistics for PhD programme

  • Measures of central tendency and dispersion
  • Skewness and kurtosis
  • Probability
  • Normal distribution (properties only)
  • Test of significance (t, Z, f and X2 – test)
  • Regression and correlation (including partial and multiple correlations with their test of significance)
  • Sampling theory with reference to crop estimation survey (random, stratified and multistage sampling).
  • Analysis of variance
  • Principles of experimental designs
  • Completely Randomized Design
  • Randomized Block Design
  • Latin Square Design
  • Factorial Experiments (23 factorial experiments)
  • Split Plot design
  • Analysis of Covariance
  • Missing plot Technique ( in R.B.D. and L.S.D. with one value missing)
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MBA (Agri. Business) Program

  • General Knowledge
  • Reasoning & Aptitude
  • General English of High School Standard

UPCATET 2021 Exam Instructions

UPCATET 2021 Exam Day Instructions

All the candidates appearing for the test are required to adhere to the instructions mentioned below to avoid any inconvenience on the day of UPCATET:

  • Students are advised to download UPCATET 2021 Admit Card from the official website before the exam.
  • Candidates should carry the admit card along with relevant identity proof at the allocated exam centers.
  • Without admit card, students are not allowed to appear for the exam.
  • Any kind of electronic gadget such as log tables, electronic watches, mobile phones, pagers, calculators, etc. is prohibited inside the exam.
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  • Students must reach the examination centre on or before time.
  • In case of any discrepancy in information on the admit card or if the photograph is not clear, contact the authorities to make the necessary changes.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.


rinni singh
Kya 2021 m upcatet up board ka reduced syllabus aiga ??
abdul nazir

Yes teh exam pattern will be based on updated syllabus for intermediate as per the criteria of UP Boards. owing to COVID 19, there has been reduction in 12th syllabus which will be applicable for UPCATET exam as well. For different course, owever syllabus will vary so check the details before applying.

bhanu pratap singh
Sir, mai 12th bio group se hu to kya agriculture se paper de skta hu?
abdul nazir

Yes you can apply for B.Sc Horticulture Honors with PCB group at 12th level. For different course, eligibility criteria might vary, so before applying ensure to check the details carefully. Also one must secure a minimum of 60% aggregate to be eligible.

sakshi shukla
Msc Master degree
abdul nazir

Hi Sakshi, Yes you can take admisison in multiple streams under M.Sc by qualifying UPCATET entrance test. There will be 200 questions of 600 marks total  with 1 mark for wrong answer and 3 for right one. To be eligible you need to have a B.Sc or equivalent degree in relevant stream. To find more details visit UPCATET 2021.

nitya gaur
I want to prepare for Mtech agriculture and food engineering from which book should I study for upcatet pg exam?

Hi Nitya, 

To know about the detailed information on upcatet exam, visit: Mtech in agriculture and food engineering. 

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bhau dhakad se
What is the syllabus of M. Sc. Ag. 2020
shobhna chaturvedi
Hello, generally, the entrance exam consists of questions from previous academic degree and the subject to which you have applied. However, you can check the syllabus for the entrance exam in detail from the official website of the university.
aman jasrotia
What is the syllabus of upcatet ug 2019 pcb group?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Aman, kindly visit the official website of the exam authorities for desired information.
ashuman yadav
sir, mai veterinary science se b.sc krna chahta hu...upcatet entrance exam k liye kon se subject pr zada focus kre.
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Ashuman Yadav, kindly go through the above article to know the exam pattern. Focus on the subject you think you are weak in.