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Allahabad University CRET

Allahbad University Combined Research Entrance Test

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  • Application Fee:₹ 1,600
  • Number Of Attempts:1
  • Examination Modes:Pen & Paper Mode
  • Exam Conducting Body:Allahabad University (AU)
  • Courses:PhD
  • Streams:Engineering

Allahabad University CRET 2023: Application Form, Eligibility, Dates

Updated On - February 01 2023 by Abhinandan Singh

Allahabad University CRET 2023 or Allahabad University Combined Research Entrance Test is organised once a year at the National level to enrol the candidates into the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) course. The candidates must fill out the online application form from the official website. However, the applicants have to read the eligibility criteria before applying online. The exam is held in two levels i.e Level 1 is the written test (offline mode) and Level 2 is Interview / G.D. / Presentations. Read the complete article to know more about Allahabad University Phd Entrance Exam 2023.

AU CRET 2023 Exam Status

Candidates can check the current exam status of Allahabad University CRET from the table given below:

CRET 2023 Admission Dates
Exam notificationApril 2023
Exam datejune 2023
Application form April 2023
Brochure PdfYet to Release

Allahabad University CRET 2023 Dates

The candidates can check in the below table dates for University of Allahabad CRET 2023:

CRET 2023 Schedule(Tentative)
Start date of registration and submission-
Last date of fee & Registrationmay 16, 2023
Downloading of Admit Cards Online onlymay 21, 2023
Date of Entrance Test to be notified
Result dateto be notified

What is Allahabad University CRET ?

The Allahabad University Combined Research Entrance Test (CRET) is an entrance examination conducted by the Allahabad University for admission in its various Post Graduate courses like M.A., M.Sc., M.Com., MPEd etc. The exam is usually held during the month of June and July every year.

Allahabad University CRET 2023 Application Form

The candidates must fill the CRET 2023 form with all care. The information provided in his/her form shall not be changed or altered in any case and the University will not entertain such requests under any circumstance. The University shall not be liable for any mistake. 

  • The candidates can fill & submit the form online on the official website of the university only.
  • The online registration will be accessible only for the specified period as per the schedule.
  • Each candidate will also have to mention his / her Sub i.e. UR, SC, ST, OBC and EWS.
  • Applicants must keep ready his/her scanned copy of colour photograph & signature, to be uploaded.
  • Once should have valid email id & contact number to get all the relevant details either via SMS or mail.
  • The candidate must not submit more than one form as all the forms will be rejected.
  • There is no provision for the withdrawal of a form once submitted.
  • Aspirants must get the printout of the filled form for all future references.

Allahabad University CRET 2023 Application Fee

The candidates can check fee details for CRET 2023 below:

CRET 2023 Online Registration Fees
Category Fees
Unreserved/OBCRs 1600/-
SC / ST/PHRs 800/-

Fee once deposited will not be refunded by the authority in any circumstances.

Mode of Payment
  • Online via debit card/credit card/net banking.

Allahabad University CRET 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should read the Allahabad University CRET 2023 eligibility criteria before filling the application form.

  • A candidate must have passed the postgraduate exam with a minimum score of 55% or equivalent examination for all UR candidates & 50% marks for all OBC/SC/ST/PH candidates.
  • A minimum average score in the entire academic career of 54% marks (or the Grade/Grade Point) for General/OBC candidates; or 49% marks in the case of SC / ST / PH candidates. 
  • A candidate with III division or equivalent letter Grade/Grade Point ) at the graduate & PG level will not be able to apply.

CRET 2023 Exemptions to Apply

The following candidates will not be able to apply for University of Allahabad CRET 2023 Level 1 test:

  • Teacher of the university of Constituent Colleges candidates for PhD.
  • Those who have qualified Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) conducted by UGC/CSIR.
  • Serving Army, Navy and Air force Officers with not less than 15 years of service and with the rank of Colonel in the Army, or equivalent rank in the Air Force/Navy, who are applying for PhD in the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies are exempted from Level 1 and be separately assessed at level 2 against a specified number of vacancies.

Allahabad University CRET 2023 Reservation Policy

Reservation in PhD Programme shall be implemented, as per the MHRD/UGC guidelines.

CategoriesReservation percentage
Scheduled caste15
Scheduled tribe7.5
OBC candidates27

A horizontal reservation of 5% shall be extended, across the reserved & UR categories for Physically handicapped aspirants as per the relevant provisions in this regard.

Allahabad University CRET 2023 Exam Pattern

The candidates can get a summary of CRET 2023 exam scheme from the below table: 

  • CRET is divided into 02 parts : Part 1 & Part 2.
Level 1 
CRET 2023 Question Pattern Scheme
Paper 1
Duration30 Minutes
Questions TypeMultiple Choice Questions
Number of questions50
Total Marks100
Sections2 (50% from Research Methodology & 50% from specific subject)
Marking SchemeThere will be no negative marking & + 2 marks will be awarded for each correct response
Paper 2
Duration120 Minutes
Questions TypeSubjective type
Number of questions 03
Total Marks 200

The Level 2 Test shall entail an interview and may include Presentations, group discussions or other modes of appraisal & shall be administered by the Doctoral Programme Committee of the Department /Institute/Centre concerned.

Allahabad University CRET 2023 Syllabus

The detailed syllabus can be checked from Prospectus provided above. A summary is given below:

  • Agricultural Chemistry
    • Elements in soil and plants
    • Elements used as fertilizers
    • Theoretical aspects of analytical chemistry
    • Phytochemistry
    • Soil microbiology
    • Environmental chemistry of soils
  • Atmospheric & Ocean Sciences
    • Mathematical modelling
    • Probability density function
    • Radiation Laws
    • Density
    • Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations
  • Anthropology
    • Social-Cultural Anthropology
    • Physical/ Biological Anthropology
    • Archaeological Anthropology
    • Indian Anthropology and Development Anthropology
    • Growth of Anthropology in India
  • Behavioural & Cognitive Sciences
    • General Issues and Foundations of Cognitive Science
    • Research Methods
    • Computing
    • Cognitive Neuroscience
    • Computational Models of Cognition
    • Psycholinguistics
    • Decision Making
  • Zoology
    • Principles of taxonomy
    • Principles & application of light phase contrast, fluorescence, scanning & transmission electron
    • Principles and applications of gel-filtration, ion-exchange & affinity chromatography
    • Principles and techniques of nucleic acid hybridization and Cot curves
    • Principles of biophysical methods used for the analysis of biopolymer structure X-ray diffraction, fluorescence, UV
  • Ancient History
    • Ancient India (from earliest times to A. D. 1200)
    • Age of Political Fragmentation C. 200 BC-AD 300
    • Age of the Imperial Guptas
    • (Socio-Economic History) Earliest times to 1200 AD
  • Arabic

Allahabad University CRET 2023 Admit Card

Those who have applied or seeking to apply can go through the below details to know all about CRET 2023 Admit card:

  • The authority will issue the hall ticket to only those candidates who will submit the form successfully.
  • Allahabad University will release the admit card on the official website.
  • Applicants will have to download the hall ticket from the portal by entering the login id & password.
  • The admit card will not be sent via post to any individual.
  • It is must carry the exam call letter in the examination hall as without it entry will not be given.
  • All candidates are required to retain the admission card to produce at Level 2 (Interview) before the concerned DPC and final admission to the PhD, a programme of the University.

Allahabad University CRET 2023 Result

The conducting body releases the CRET 2021 result on the official website.

  • It is provided in the form of an eligible candidate list. The list is based on merit in level 1 and level 2.
  • In the written test examinees must secure 50% for unreserved category candidates & 45% marks for all OBC/SC/ST/ PH candidates to qualify.
  • All candidates seeking admission to the PhD Programme of the University of Allahabad for the
    session 2021-22, shall have to qualify the exam.
  • Then, eligible candidates are called for admission as per the vacancies in any Department / Institute / Centre/universities as intimated by the respective Head of the Department / Director / Coordinator concerned.
NOTE - A candidate who will not score minimum qualifying marks in the respective categories will not be eligible for level II.

Allahabad University CRET 2023 Interview

Candidates found eligible for Level 2 (including JRFs /CSIR qualified candidates) should contact the concerned departments/centre/institute. They shall fill the form prescribed by the University for admission to its PhD programme. The admission will be confirmed based on the availability of seats & supervisors.

Applicants desirous of pursuing inter-disciplinary research shall be permitted to apply for CRET 2021 in any one of the allied subjects for whom the Certificate of Eligibility shall have to be submitted in original.

Allahabad University CRET 2023 Highlights

The candidates can check a few basic details about Allahabad University CRET 2023 below in the given table:

Albd Uni CRET 2023 Basic Details
Exam nameCRET 2023 or Combined Research Entrance Test 
Conducting bodyAllahabad University
LevelNational level
FrequencyOnce a year
CRET official website
Purposeto offer admission into PhD programmes

About Allahabad University

The University of Allahabad is a public central university located in the city of Allahabad (Prayagraj), India. It has been accredited 'A' grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. Established on 23 September 1887, it is the fourth oldest modern university in India.  It consists of major 5 faculties namely Science, Arts, commerce, law, management Faculties with the arts faculty housing the Administrative Block to Chatham Lines. It has numerous residential hostels for students.

The following colleges are constituent to Allahabad University:

  • Allahabad Degree College
  • Arya Kanya Degree College
  • Chaudhary Mahadeo Prasad Post Graduate College
  • Ewing Christian College (Autonomous Minority College)
  • Govind Ballabh Pant Social Science Institute
  • Hamidia Girls' Degree College
  • Ishwar Saran Degree College
  • Jagat Taran Girls' Degree College
  • K.P Training College
  • Rajarshi Tandon Girls' Degree College
  • S.S. Khanna Girls Degree College
  • S.P.M. Govt. Degree College

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Form Date01 Oct - 20 Oct 2022 (Tentative)
Exam Date16 Nov 2022 (Tentative)

Allahbad University Combined Research Entrance Test Exam Pattern

Paper 1
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1 hours 48 minutes

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :

Multiple Choice Questions

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