The Central University of Gujarat is established by an Act of Parliament of India, No. 25 of 2009 called Central Universities Act (2009). Currently, the university has 11 Schools with 22 Centres along with one independent Centre and 66 programs of studies. CUG has been ranked 60th in India and 2nd top most University in Gujarat according to NIRF 2016 rankings and as per the latest NIRF 2020 Rankings of the Universities all over India, Central University is among the top 50.

The university offers 2 UG courses, 18 PG courses, and 12 doctoral courses. Admission to these courses is done by online applications. The candidates are selected through the Common Entrance Test (CUCET) conducted by the university.

Central University of Gujarat Highlights

Established | Institute Type 2009 | Government
Set by Act of Parliament
Recognized by UGC and AIU
Accredited by NAAC
Monitored by MHRD
Entrance Exam Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET)
Courses Offered 2 Courses for UG, 4 Courses for PG in 18 Streams & Ph.D. (Research) in 24 streams
Popular Courses Ph.D. and M.Sc.
Application Mode Online and Offline
Admission Criteria Entrance Test and Merit-Based
Counseling Yes
Facilities Available Laboratories, Gym, Cafeteria, Sports, Hostel, Library
Area 100 acres
Official Website

Central University of Gujarat Ranking/Awards/Achievement

The Central University of Gujarat has been among the top 50 universities in India as per the NIRF Ranking and the latest 2020 rank is 44th among all the Universities in the country.

Central University of Gujarat Course

The University offers a plethora of courses to its students at all levels i.e., Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and Research & Ph.D. There are 11 schools under the mentorship of CUG like the School of Chemical Science, School of Economics, School of International Studies, etc. in 22 different centers and 1 independent center. 

There is a total no. of 66 programs of studies offered by the University. The School of Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies offers a diverse range of courses in Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, German and English languages making the student population rich and diverse in culture and language.

Here are the details of some of the major courses offered by CUG:

Course Details
B.A. (Hons) Specializations: German and Chinese
Duration: 3 Years
Eligibility: Candidate must have passed 10+2 with 50% marks (5% relaxation for SC/ST & OBC Candidates)
Selection Criteria: Entrance exam (CUCET)
Intake: 33 each
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M.A. Specializations: Economics, Sociology, Social Work, Political Science, Politics and International Relations, Hindi, Gujarati, English, Chinese, German Studies, and Defence and Strategic Studies.
Duration: 2 Years
Eligibility: Candidate must be a Graduate in any discipline. For German - B.A. in German OR Graduation in any Discipline + Advanced Diploma/ B2.2 level with 50% marks (5% relaxation for SC, ST & OBC candidates).
Selection Criteria: Entrance exam (CUCET)
Intake: 33 each
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M.Sc Specializations: Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Sciences, Life Sciences, Environmental Science, and Nanotechnology
Duration: 2 Years
Eligibility: Bachelor’s Degree in Science
Selection Criteria: Entrance exam (CUCET)
Intake: 33 each
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M.Phil. Specialization: Economics, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, International Politics, Security Studies, Diaspora Studies, Comparative Literature, Hindi, and English.
Duration: 2 Years
Eligibility: Master’s Degree in any discipline with 55% marks (5% relaxation for SC/ ST/ OBC (non-creamy layer)/ differently-abled candidates.
Selection Criteria: 70% Entrance exam (CUCET) & 30% Interview/Viva
Intake: 33 each
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M.Phil + Ph.D Specializations: Diaspora Studies, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, International Politics, Hindi, Gandhian Thought and Peace Studies, Life Science, and Environment and Sustainable Development
Duration: 5 Years
Eligibility: Candidate must have a Master’s Degree in any discipline with 55% Marks (5% relaxation for SC, ST, OBC (non-creamy layer) and differently-abled candidates
Selection Criteria: 70% Entrance exam (CUCET) & 30% Interview/Viva
Intake: 7
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Ph.D Specializations: Education, Society And Development, and Chemical Sciences
Duration: 2 Years
Eligibility: Candidate must have a Master’s Degree in any discipline with 55% Marks (5% relaxation for SC, ST, OBC (non-creamy layer) and differently-abled candidates
Selection Criteria: 70% Entrance exam (CUCET) & 30% Interview/Viva
Intake: 78 (Total)
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Central University of Gujarat Admissions

Admission into the University subjected to pass the entrance exam as CUG has decided that CUCET will be mandatory for all the candidates and there will be no exemption to UGC-NET (including JRF)/ UGC-CSIR NET (including JRF)/ SLET/ GATE/ teacher fellowship holder.

How to Apply?

  • The admission into Central University of Gujarat can only be done via the entrance exam Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) available at
  • The aspiring candidate needs to register himself on the CUCET website for appearing in the entrance exam.
  • Applicants are required to fill in a form with all the details regarding the program applied for, choice of University (up to 3), personal information, education, and qualification details and scanned photograph along with a signature.
  • The applicant needs to select the exam center online as the examination will be held online only.
  • An application fee of INR 800 (UG & PG) or INR 1000 (RP) needs to be paid online through net-banking/ UPI/ debit-credit card for completing the registration process (INR 350 and INR 450 respectively for SC/ ST applicants and Nil for PWD).
  • A confirmation SMS will be received by the candidate and the official website will announce the date of examination.
  • After the merit list is released by CUCET, the selected candidates are required to visit the University with prescribed documents for counseling which will be paid.
  • The final list of selected students will be announced by the University based on the counseling and the applicant will be called upon for the admission and verification of documents.

The Central University of Gujarat strictly follows the UGC, MHRD guidelines, and Government of India policies regarding reservations in admissions and can be amended from time to time by the authorities. A travel concession for SC/ ST and PWD candidates will be provided for interviews for admissions to various programs by the University.

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Central University of Gujarat Scholarship

The University offers Non-NET fellowship to its students which are governed by the relevant provisions of UGC and amendments therein from time-to-time. It is provided to the M.Phil/ Ph.D. students for 18 months and 4 years respectively. Students are awarded INR 5000 per month with a contingency of INR 10000 per annum for Science subjects and INR 8000 per annum for Humanities and Social Science subjects. The post-metric scholarship is also available for the Scheduled Tribe students at the University.

Central University of Gujarat Facilities

  • Hostel: As the campus is in transit to be shifted to the new campus on Vadodara, there are limited seats available for the hostel. The facility is available for both girls and boys as CUG has hired buildings in the Gandhinagar area to be served as the purpose of Hostels for the students enrolled. Also, no separate rooms are available for foreign students and the same will be allotted based on availability.
  • Library: The Central Library of the University is fully-equipped with the requirements of students and the faculty members as there are 3000+ printed books and 8000+ e-journals available. The Library has KOHA software and computerized library facilities too. As the University is Wi-Fi enabled the students can utilize the facility inside the Library equipped with over 23 Pentium workstations.
  • Other Facilities: Games and sports, cultural activities, canteen, transport facility, health facility.

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Central University of Gujarat Faculty

Being a part of the vast program bundle that the Central University of Gujarat offers, the faculty in the University is well qualified and experienced in the area of teaching. Including all the 11 Schools here is a summary of teachers holding a Doctorate degree:

  • Teachers: 101
  • Ph.D. Holders: 84

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Central University of Gujarat FAQs

Ques. When will the CUG be shifted to the Vadodara facility?

Ans. The building is still in progress and as soon as the construction is completed, the CUG will be shifted to the new 100-acre premises.

Ques. What is the Earn While You Learn Scheme?

Ans. The EWYL is a unique scheme provided to the students at PG or UG level who do not receive fellowships. The main objective of the scheme is to support the students from economically weaker sections of the society and are assigned the duties in University Cyber Library after the classroom hours.

Ques. How is the Conference Facility of the University?

Ans. The University has well-equipped facilities for conferences, workshops, and seminars with seating capacity ranging from 45 to 170 persons.

Ques. Where is the Central University of Gujarat currently located?

Ans. It is located in Sector 29, Gandhinagar, Gujarat 382030.

Ques. What are the fees and intake capacity of the course M.Phil Economics?

Ans. The fee for the M.Phil course is INR 12,175 per annum and intake is 08 students.