PAU CET 2020


Punjab Agricultural University Common Entrance Test

Pen & Paper Mode

PAU CET Basic Information

  • Application Fee:₹ 5,640
  • Examination Modes:Pen & Paper Mode
  • Exam Conducting Body:Punjab Agricultural University (PAU)
  • Courses:M.Tech, MCA, MBA , MSc, MJMC
  • Streams:Engineering, Management, Science, Computer Application, Mass Communication

PAU CET 2023: Application Form, Eligibility, Fees, Exam Date, Question Paper

Updated On - February 20 2023 by Divyansh K

PAU CET 2023 or Punjab Agricultural University Common Entrance Test will be conducted in June tentatively by the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. It is conducted at the state level annually. University conducts the entrance exam for admission in different UG/PGcourses. PAU CET is conducted annually and admission is offered in their Undergraduate courses such as B.Sc (Hons.) Agriculture, B.Sc (Hons.) Horticulture, B.Tech (Agricultural Engineering), etc are only for candidates belonging to either the State of Punjab or Chandigarh Union Territory. The candidates can get more details regarding the PAU CET 2023, Application form, eligibility, etc on this page. 

PAU CET 2023 Exam Status

PAU CET 2023 exam dateYet to announce

PAU CET 2023 Important Dates

Following are the important dates regarding PAU CET 2023:

PAU CET 2023 Schedule(Tentative)
Events Dates 
Application start date24 May 2023
Application last dateJune 2023
Admit card release dateJune 2023
Exam dateJune 2023
Result dateJuly 2023

PAU CET 2023 Application Form

Application Form of PAU entrance exam 2023 will be available online as well as offline mode. The applicant can decide whether they wish to apply via online or offline mode.

Online mode
  • Applicants need to pay an amount of Rs. 5640/- for each Entrance Test that includes the cost of downloaded form/Prospectus.
  • A valid unique email ID is necessary to apply for the examination.
  • A recent passport size coloured photograph with size up to 50 KB in JPG/JPEG format and scanned copy of signature (black/blue) with size up to 50 KB needs to be uploaded while filling the online application form.
  • A verification link will be sent to the applicant’s email ID. The candidate has to click on the verification link to complete the submission process of the application.
  • After verification, the candidate has to login using his email ID and Date of Birth to download th form and fees.
  • To pay fees, the applicants get two different modes and can pay according to their convenience:
  • Online payment (Credit card/Debit card/Net Banking)
  • Challan mode (Offline)
  • After successful payment, the candidate must print the payment receipt. The candidate must immediately send the fee Receipt along with a computer-generated printout of the Application Form duly signed by the candidate and his/her parents/guardian to:

The Registrar,

Punjab Agricultural University,

Ludhiana-141 004

Offline mode
  • Applicants need to pay Rs. 4200/- for the Entrance Test in addition to the cost of the Prospectus (Rs. 2120/- (at the Counter) or Rs. 2260/- (by Post))
  • Prospectus and PAU CET Application form 2021 can be obtained from the following address - The Additional Director of Communication, Communication Centre, PAU, Ludhiana–141 004 (near University Gate Number 1) personally on payment of Rs. 2120/- in cash at the counter or by post by sending bank Demand Draft of Rs. 2260/- in favour of - Additional Director of Communication, payable at Ludhiana.
  • The name of the Programme for which the form is required must be mentioned in the request and also at the back of the bank Demand draft.
  • All columns in the Application form must be filled and written carefully and correctly by the candidate in his/her handwriting.
  • An incomplete Application form becomes liable to be rejected without owing any explanation to the applicant.
  • The candidate must paste one latest passport size photograph on the Application form and attach another passport size photograph (similar to the one pasted on the application form) with the Application form.
  • The candidate must also keep two identical photographs with him/her for pasting it on the Admit Card and the other on the white Application form to be filled at the time of Counselling.
  • The Entrance examination fee must be deposited in HDFC Bank, using Challan Form, available in the PAU Prospectus. The bank will return two parts of the Challan Form duly stamped with the journal number. The candidate must retain the candidate’s copy of the Challan Form and send the University copy of the Challan Form along with the printout of the duly filled Application Form to The Registrar, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana–141004

PAU CET 2023 Eligibility Criteria

The applicants can check the eligibility of PAU Entrance Exam 2023 for different courses from the table given in the space below: 

CoursesEligibility CriteriaDuration
BSc (Hons.) Agriculture

10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics/Biology/Agriculture with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate/Two-year Diploma in Agriculture.

4 years
BTech (Biotechnology)

10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics/Biology/Agriculture with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate.

4 years
BTech (Food Technology)

10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics/Biology/Agriculture with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate/ Certificate course in Food Processing and Preservation from SLIET, Longowal.

4 years
BSc (Hons.) Horticulture

10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics/Biology/Agriculture with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate.

4 years
Integrated M.Sc. (Hons.) Programmes (Biochemistry/Botany/Zoology/Chemistry/Microbiology)

10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics/Biology/Agriculture with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate.

5 Years
BSc (Hons.) Community Science

10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics/Biology/Agriculture/Home Science with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate.

4 years
BSc (Hons.) Nutrition & Dietetics

10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics/Biology/Agriculture/Home Science with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate.

4 years

Candidates can keep visiting this page for the latest updates in eligibility criteria of PAU CET 2021 as notifies by the officials. 

PAU CET 2023 Exam Pattern

The candidates can check the Exam Pattern of PAU CET 2023. The table contains detailed information related to the duration, mode, several questions asked, nature of questions etc.  

PAU CET 2023 Question Paper Format
Mode of Examination

Offline (Pen & paper)

Duration of Examination

180 minutes (3 hours)

No. of Questions asked

200 Questions

Type of Questions

MCQ (Objective)

Marking Scheme

+4 for Correct and -1 for Incorrect (1/Fourth negative)

Medium of examination


Total Marks


264 Marks for Section I

264 Marks for Section II

272 Marks for Section III


3: I, II & III

 Section-wise division of questions and marks:
Number of Questions
Total Marks









Biology/Agriculture/Home Science









200 questions OR 166 questions
800 marks

PAU CET 2023 Syllabus

Punjab Agricultural University entrance exam syllabus 2023 is given below:

  • Applicants must follow it to score well in the examination.
  • The PAU CET syllabus will be the same as the syllabus of the 10+2 level of the Punjab School Education Board (both years i.e., +1 and +2).

PAU CET 2023 Preparation Tips

There are certain preparation tips that a candidate should keep in mind before appearing for the PAU CET 2023 examination. The candidates can refer to the space below t get an idea of the important tips:

  • Students must prepare how to go on with each subject which includes the time distribution, management of resources, and various other important factors.
  • Daily revision is an important aspect.
  • An ample amount of sleep must.
  • Solving questions will give an idea of the exam pattern.

PAU CET 2023 Admit Card

Admit Card of PAU entrance exam 2023 will be available on the official website tentatively by June. The candidates should keep certain points in mind which they should cross-check post checking the admit card: 

  • Date of Birth and Unique ID - for online applicants (UID will appear on the top of the application form) for online applicants.
  • Date of Birth and Prospectus Number for offline applicants.
  • Offline applicants are required to paste the same photograph and sign it on the Admit card as they must have pasted it on the application form and get the same attested from the Principal/Gazetted Officer.
  • All applicants must bring a photo ID proof which could be any of the ones mentioned below:
  • Aadhaar ID
  • Driving License
  • PAN Card
  • Voter ID
  • Passport in original

*NO photocopy or scanned copy along with downloaded admit card on the examination day, otherwise, he/she will not be allowed to appear in the entrance examination.

  • In case any applicant is facing any sort of trouble (discrepancy/mistakes/confusion) regarding his/her Admit card, he/she may contact the office of The Registrar, Thapar Hall, PAU, Ludhiana, two days before the date of entrance examination (after which nothing would be entertained) along with a copy of application form and original receipt of Bank Challan Form (issued by the bank) and two passport size photographs.
  • No enquiries regarding the admit card will be entertained on the day of the entrance examination and any found discrepancy will lead to debarring from appearing for the examination.

PAU CET 2023 Result

The vital information regarding PAU CET Result 2023 is given below:

  • The result of PAU CET 2023 will be announced by the first week of July.
  • The result will be followed by counselling for which students must download their scorecard and bring along other documents for verification and admission process.
  • The result would be notified by the Registrar and displayed on the notice board in the Thapar Hall and also on the university website.

PAU CET 2023 Counselling

PAU CET 2023 Counselling will commence after the result declaration i.e. the last week of July – The second week of August.

  • Students who are absent during the Counselling will be considered ineligible for admission and their seats would be made available in the General pool quota for which other eligible candidates with scorecards can apply.
  • Candidates called for Counselling should reach the venue on the scheduled date and time as per the Counselling schedule is given in the prospectus or uploaded on the University Website along with the result of the entrance test.

There are various colleges under Punjab Agricultural University which are listed below along with the departments:

College of Agriculture, Ludhiana
Institute of Agriculture, Bathinda and Institute of Agriculture, Gurdaspur
  • Agronomy
  • Entomology
  • Extension Education
  • Food Science & Technology
  • Plant Breeding & Genetics
  • Plant Pathology
  • Soil Science
  • School of Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Climate Change & Agricultural Meteorology
  • School of Organic Farming
College of Horticulture & Forestry, Ludhiana
  • Fruit Science
  • Vegetable Science
  • Floriculture and Landscaping
  • Forestry and Natural Resources
College of Agricultural Engineering & Technology, Ludhiana
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering & Information Technology
  • Farm Machinery & Power Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Processing & Food Engineering
  • Renewable Energy Engineering
  • Soil & Water Engineering
College of Basic Sciences & Humanities, Ludhiana
  • Agricultural Journalism, Languages & Culture
  • Biochemistry
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Economics & Sociology
  • Mathematics, Statistics & Physics
  • Microbiology
  • Zoology
  • School of Business Studies
College of Home Science, Ludhiana
  • Apparel & Textile Science
  • Family Resource Management
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Extension Education and Communication Management
  • Human Development and Family Studies

All these above-mentioned colleges participate in the Counselling as well as the admission process and follow the norms stated by the PAU, Ludhiana.

PAU CET 2023 Highlights

The candidates can check the PAU CET 2023 summary below in the given table:

Exam Name

Punjab Agricultural University Common Entrance Test (PAU CET 2023)

Conducting Body

Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana


State Level


Undergraduate and Postgraduate Courses in Agriculture

PAU CET Official website

Application Form
To be activated
Exam Mode

Offline (Pen & Paper)

Exam Purpose

To offer admission in various Undergraduate and Postgraduate Agricultural Courses Offered by the University

About Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) was established in  1962 and is the nation's third-oldest agricultural university. It is located in Ludhiana, Punjab. The university offers five bachelor's degrees, 51 master's degree and 42 doctorate programmes in 50 departments of five constituent colleges. Also, it offers a Bachelor of Education program and five Diploma programs in its four constituent colleges:
  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Home Science
  • College of Basic Sciences and Humanities
  • College of Horticulture and Forestry
  • College of Agricultural Engineering & Technology

In 1988 the university switched from the trimester to semester system and in 1993 it switched from the letter grade system to a 10.00 credit point average system.

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PAU CET Important Dates

PAU CET 2023 Form Date01 May - 30 Jun 2023 (Tentative)
PAU CET 2023 Exam Date23 Jul - 30 Jul 2023 (Tentative)
PAU CET 2023 Result20 Aug 2023 (Tentative)

Punjab Agricultural University Common Entrance Test Exam Pattern

Paper 1
Exam Duration:

3 hours

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :

Multiple Choice Questions

Negative Marking:



Frequently Asked Questions




What is the date and time of CET and BSET entrance papers?

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Pls tell me how many marks are required in plus 2 for join bsc. Agriculture in PAU

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pau have entrance exam if u pass that exam u can get admission in pau they don't need ur +2 marks

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01 May 2023

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