HPCET 2020: Exam Dates, Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus


HPCET 2020 or Himachal Pradesh Common Entrance Test registration form will release in March 2020. It is a state-level entrance exam and is conducted by Himachal Pradesh Technical University (HPTU) every year. The purpose of the exam is providing admissions into various Engineering courses all over the state of Himachal Pradesh. This year, the exam will be scheduled on 12 May 2020 for admissions in session 2020-21. Brochure for HPCET 2020 Link Below.

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HPCET 2020 Exam Dates

Candidates must note the following dates. These dates are however tentative and official dates are yet to released by the Authorities.

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Dates (Tentative)


Important Exam Update

  1. Updates Regarding JEE Main 2020

Release of application form

05 March 2020


Final date to submit the filled application form

28 April 2020


Availability of HPCET 2020 Admit Card

09 May 2020


HPCET 2020 Examination

12 May 2020


Release of Answer Key

15 May 2020


Declaration of Result

30 May 2020


Start of HPCET 2020 Counselling

06 – 20 June 2020


Round 1 Counselling (JEE Main Based)

01 – 06 July 2020


Round 1 Counselling (HPCET Based)

08 – 12 July 2020


Round 2 Counselling (JEE Main Based)

16 – 20 July 2020


Round 2 Counselling (HPCET Based)

23 – 26 July 2020


Counselling on 12th Marks based

29 – 30 July 2020

Read more updated dates here.

HP CET Application Form 2020

Each candidate aspiring to appear for the HP CET in 2020 needs to submit a filled application form. The form shall be filled online before the last date. The process of filling up the form and applying has been given below. The form can be filled and submitted in both the online as well as offline mode.

Online Method:-

  • Candidates can apply for the HP CET 2020 by logging on to the website of HPTU (www.himtu.ac.in) and thereby looking up for the application form and filling it.
  • Candidates must fill the HP CET online application form carefully providing all the details asked for, like personal details, contact details etc.
  • Post-filling up the form, the application fee needs to be paid by the candidates using debit/credit card or e-challan (offline).

Application Fee

Category Fee for B.Tech Fee for M.Tech
General Rs. 1550/- Rs. 1550/-
SC/ST/BPL Rs. 1400/- Rs. 1400/-

Offline Method:

  • The HPCET 2020 form can also be obtained from the campus of Himachal Pradesh Technical University.
  • The same shall be filled and submitted carefully to the University before the last date.
  • The fee payment shall be done using the e-challan payment method.

HPCET 2020 Eligibility Criteria

  • The eligibility criteria are some necessary condition that is compulsorily required to be followed by the candidate.
  • Aspirants shall assure that they fulfil all conditions set for the exam by the organising body.
  • They shall assure that before applying for the examination, candidates must check that they meet the eligibility norms set by the Authorities.
  • If the candidate is found ineligible, he/she should not apply for the exam and his candidature would stand cancelled.
  • The eligibility criteria for the HPCET 2020 is given below.
  • Candidates must have passed Class 10 or equivalent qualifying examination from a Recognised Board to appear for the examination.
  • Candidates must have passed class 12 or other qualifying exams from a Recognised Board of education with physics, chemistry and mathematics as the compulsory subjects with 45% marks (40% for reserved candidates).
Please check detailed Eligibility Criteria for HP CET Information Brochure here.

HP CET 2020 Admit Card

  • The admit card of HPCET 2020 will be issued and published on the official website of HPTU once the registration process is completed.
  • Also, it is an important document which needs to be carried and presented on the day of the examination, the absence of the same can lead to the students’ candidature standing cancelled.
  • However, the issue of Admit Card commences a few days before the exam and candidates are allowed to download it by entering their Application Number.
  • Moreover, it needs to be carried along with a photo ID proof on the day of the examination.

HPCET 2020 Exam Pattern





Examination Mode




3 hours


Mode of Language




  • Physics – 50 Questions
  • Chemistry – 50 Questions
  • Mathematics – 50 Questions


Total Number of Questions

150 Questions


Marking Scheme

For every correct answer, the candidates will be awarded 2 marks. 0.5 or 1/4th marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

HPCET 2020 Syllabus






  • Laws of Motion
  • Physics and Measurement
  • Motions Rotation
  • Work, Energy and Power
  • Theory of Gases Dynamics
  • Properties of Solids and Liquids
  • Oscillations and Waves
  • Current Power
  • Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation
  • Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current
  • Current and Magnetic Effects of Magnetism
  • Electronic Equipment
  • Electromagnetic Waves
  • Communication Systems
  • Atoms and Nuclei
  • Hands-on Skills



  • States of Matter
  • Atomic Structure
  • Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry
  • Redox Reactions and Electricity
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Chemical Thermodynamics
  • Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure
  • Surface Chemistry
  • Periods of Properties and Classification of Elements
  • Isolation of Principles and Methodology Metals
  • S-Block Elements
  • Co-Ordination Compounds
  • P-Block Elements
  • D-F Block Elements
  • Refined and Depiction of Organic Compounds
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Some Basic Principle of Organic Chemistry
  • Oxygen-Containing Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry of Everyday Life
  • Nitrogen-Rich Organic Compounds
  • Practical Chemistry-Related Related Principles



  • Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equation
  • Set Relations and Functions
  • Sequences & Series
  • Determinants of Matrices
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Mathematical Induction
  • Binomial Theorem and Its Common Applications
  • Differential Equations
  • Integral Calculus
  • Limit, Continuity and Differentiability
  • Three Dimensional Geometry
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Vector Algebra
  • Vector Calculus
  • Numerical Methods
  • Linear Algebra
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Complex Variables
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Probability and Statistics

Important Books For Preparation

Name of the book Author
Problems In Mathematics with Hints and Solutions V. Govorov
Organic & Inorganic Chemistry Butterfly Edufields
Physics at a glance Abhay Kumar


  • A choice is given to the candidates to choose from the centres available where they can sit and give the exam.
  • They need to select the centre most convenient to them during the application process.

Applicants can select the exam centres from the below cities as per preferences:

S.No City Name
1. Bilaspur
2. Paonta Sahib
3. Mandi
4. Hamirpur
5. Shimla
6. Jammu
7. Kullu
8. Solan
9. Chamba
10. Una
11. Dharamshala
12. Palampur
13. Nalagarh
14. Nurpur
15. Nahan
16. Chandigarh

Selection Process

The admission criteria for the B.Tech (Engineering) degree courses, for HP CET 2020 provides that the first 50% seats will be filled considering the merit attained in JEE Main 2020 by the aspirants and the remaining 50% seats will be filled taking a base the merit list created for HPCET entrants. Post this, however, if the seats remain vacant, they filled considering the 10+2 results of the students.

HP CET 2020 Answer Key

  • The answer key of HPCET 2020 has been released on 15 May 2020.
  • Candidates are allowed to forward their written complaints along with supporting documents or solution relating to the question papers or answer keys and shall make sure it reaches the following address:-

 Office of the Controller of Examination

 H.P. Technical University,

Gandhi Chowk,

Hamirpur-177001 (H.P.)

NOTE: The candidates must make sure that the complaint is sent within two days, from the date when the respective examinations are held, by 5.00 PM through e-mail – [email protected] Post that, no complaint will be registered in this regard.

HP CET 2020 Result

  • The Result of HPCET 2020 will be released on 30 May 2020.
  • The result can be obtained by logging into the website using their Name and Roll Number.
  • Seats are allotted to the candidates based on this result.
  • The merit of candidates is prepared to take a base the marks obtained by them in the examination.
  • The merit list will be displayed on the Notice Board of the University as well as the official website.
  • To attain admission, along with the desired merit, candidates must also fulfil the eligibility criteria.

HP CET 2020 Counselling

  • Firstly, two rounds of counselling will be scheduled to be conducted for candidates through JEE MAINS 2020
  • And if seats are still left, HPCET 2020 merit ranks are supposed to be considered.
  • Meanwhile, in the counselling, candidates are supposed to mark their choice of colleges and courses in decreasing order of preference.
  • Once the choice is frozen it cannot be changed later, hence they shall be marked very carefully.
  • Allotment of seats is done based on rank, availability of seats, reservation norms, vacancies, and choices filled.
  • Check details about HP CET Counselling 2020

HP CET Entrance Exam 2020 Highlights

Name of Examination

Himachal Pradesh Common Entrance Test

Commonly Known As

Exam Conducting Body Himachal Pradesh Technical University
Examination level

State Level Exam


UG Entrance

Purpose of Exam

For admissions into the participating engineering colleges of the state.

Mode of Examination


Exam Duration

3 Hours

Total Marks


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