SET Exam 2024: Exam Dates, Application Form, Syllabus, Cutoff, Pattern, Question Papers

Symbiosis Entrance Test 2024 ( SET )

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SET application form 2024 will likely be released in the second week of January 2024. The SET exam 2024 will tentatively be conducted in the second week of May 2024. The SET application form will be released online and the SET 2024 exam will be conducted in the computer-based test mode. The SET application process will be completely online. 

What is SET?

Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) is conducted by Symbiosis International (Deemed University) for admission to Symbiosis institutes. The SET exam is a gateway for admissions to undergraduate courses such as Management, Law, Engineering, Economics, Mass Communication, Computer Studies and Liberal Arts. Earlier, the exam was also conducted for B.Sc Culinary Arts but this exam was scrapped in the year 2021 for this course. The SET exam 2024 application form, admit card and results will be available online only and there will be no provision for an offline application process. 

SET 2024 Exam Dates & Schedule

Take a look at the table below for the complete schedule of SET 2024 exam

DatesUpcoming Exam Dates

Jan '24

SET 2024 registrations


Apr '24

SET 2024: Last date of Registration and fee payment


Apr '24

SET 2024 admit card availability


May '24

SET 2024


May '24

SET result 2024


SET Exam 2024: Highlights

Check out the important highlights and features of the SET exam in the table below to get an overview of the SET 2024 exam. 

Features Details
Exam name Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET)
Conducting body Symbiosis International (Deemed University)
Exam level National Level
Exam frequency Once a year
Exam mode Online
Duration One hour
Syllabus General English, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Skills and General Awareness
Exam pattern Multiple Choice Questions with no negative marking
Language English
Application fees INR 1,950
Number of Seats 760 seats
Exam purpose Admission into 10 colleges
Courses offered BBA, BCA, BA Mass Communication, BA/BSC Liberal Arts, BSc Eco/Eco(H)
No. of test cities 80 test cities
Exam date and time

Second week of May 2024

Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 AM

Helpdesk No. 040-23417875
Official website

SET Exam Eligibility 2024

The following is the SET eligibility criteria 2024: 

  • The aspirant must have cleared Class 12 or equivalent examinations in the relevant streams from a recognised board or university with a minimum 50% aggregate ( 45% for SC/ST category students).
  • Candidates in Class 12 or awaiting their Class 12 results are also eligible to apply but they will have to submit a passing certificate.
  • A candidate who has completed Class 12 or equivalent examination from any Foreign Board must obtain an equivalence certificate from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

Also Read: Detailed SET eligibility criteria

Reservation Criteria 

The following are the reservation rules that are followed while admitting Indian students:

Category Reservation percentage
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5%
Differently-abled students 3%
Armed Forces Dependants (Wards of Serving or Retired) 5%
Kashmiri Migrants 2 seats over and above the sanctioned intake.

Please note: 25% of seats are reserved for candidates of Nagpur domicile.

SET Preparation 2024

Candidates planning to appear for the SET 2024 exam must start the preparation at least six months before the test date so that they get enough time to cover all the aspects of SET preparation. Knowing the SET syllabus and exam pattern is important. They must also devise a preparation plan which should include:

  • Covering SET syllabus
  • Practicing mock tests and sample papers
  • Revision of important topics in the last few days before the exam

Also Read: Best books to read for SET 2024 

SET Exam 2024 Application Process

SET 2024 application is an online process. The SET application forms 2024 will be available online on the official website of SET ( Students who wish to appear for the SET 2024 exam will be able to fill out the online application form. The SET exam application process includes the following steps:

  • Creating a new user profile by filling out the SET exam registration form with details such as name, date of birth, gender, email ID and phone number, etc.
  • Uploading the required documents in the prescribed format.
  • Confirming the registration via one-time password (OTP).
  • Payment of the application fee via credit/debit card, internet banking or UPI.
  • Filling out the SET application form with the necessary details such as category, test centres, institutions, etc.
  • Paying the institute fee and taking a printout of the complete application form and payment receipt.

Check out: Complete SET 2024 application process

SET application process

SET application process

Q:   What is the application fee for the SET exam?

The application fee for the SET exam is INR 1950 for one session and if the candidate is planning to appear for both sessions, then, he/she needs to pay INR 3950. Candidates also need to pay the institution fee when during the application process. The fee per institute is INR 1000. Students can choose upto five institutes.

Q:   Can I pay the SET application fee offline?

Yes, the SET application fee can be paid offline and online as well. Candidates can pay offline through a Demand Draft. The DD should be drawn in the favour of the Symbiosis Test Secretariat payable at Pune. Candidates can also pay the fee online through credit card, debit card, net banking or UPI using the following gateways, Billdesk Payment Gateway, Easebuzz Payment Gateway, Indian Bank Payment Gateway.

SET 2024 Exam Pattern and Syllabus

As mentioned above, SET is an online exam that has four sections- General English, Quantitative, General Awareness and Analytical and Logical Reasoning. There will be a total of 60 questions in the SET 2024 exam. Each question will carry one mark. Check the table below, for highlights of the SET syllabus and exam pattern:

SET Exam Pattern and Syllabus Highlights
Number of sections


  • General English
  • Quantitative
  • General Awareness
  • Analytical and Logical Reasoning
Number of questions


Marking scheme

+1 for correct answers

No negative marking

Total marks

60 marks




60 minutes

Type of questions

Objective-type question with four options each

SET Admission Process 2024

SET exam 2024 is a three-step process that includes application submission, SET 2024 exam and Personal Interview/Written Ability Test.

SET Admission Process

SET 2024 Admission Process

STEP 1: Fill the SET application form

The candidates have to apply for the SET exam by filling SET 2024 application form which will be available online on the official website. They need to register on the SET website as new users. On successful registration, the candidates will get access to the application form. Payment of the application fee of INR 1,950 has to be made online only through net banking or by credit/debit card.

STEP 2: Download SET admit card 

SET admit cards will only be issued to registered students. Admit cards for SET will be available on the official website. The candidates can download their respective admit cards from the official website.

STEP 3: Appear for SET exam 2024

SET exam 2024 will be held on the scheduled dates in computer-based test (CBT) mode in various test centres across the country. The candidates will be required to sit for the exam along with the admit cards and one identity proof (Driving license, Aadhar Card, Voter ID, Passport). Due to the prevailing coronavirus situation in the country, exam patterns and mode of examination may change.

STEP 4: Check SET result 2024

SET result 2024 will be announced on the official website. Selected candidates will be called for WAT/PI round. Each institute released its own cut-off post the announcement of the SET 2024 result. The candidates are advised to check individual websites.

STEP 5: Appear for SET WAT/PI

The candidate must carry all the relevant documents (original and photocopy) to the WAT/PI round. Admission will be granted on the basis of a candidate’s overall performance in SET and WAT/PI. Last year WAT was conducted on SET exam day. Candidates were provided 30 minutes for WAT.

SET Exam Admit Card 2024

SET 2024 admit cards will be released on the official website for candidates to download the same online. Candidates who have registered successfully were able to download the SET admit card. Given below is the process to download the SET exam admit card 2024:

  • Visit the official website of SET (
  • Click on the 'Download SET admit card' link on the homepage
  • Login using user ID and password.
  • Click on the 'Print admit card' link.
  • Read the instructions, click on the check box and take a printout of the SET admit card 2024.

SET Exam Centres 2024

SET 2024 will be held in as many as 80 test cities. The SET test centre allotted to candidates for the exam was mentioned in their admit cards. Check the list of cities for the SET exam:

Test cities for SET 2024 exam






Kochi / Ernakulam




























Navi Mumbai

Chandigarh / Mohali

Noida/G Noida/Ghaziabad










Port Blair









Gangtok / Bardang


























SET Exam Day Instructions

SET will be conducted in the computer-based test mode. Candidates appearing for the exam must not only be prepared for the exam but also for the exam day. Mentioned below are some of the exam-day instructions that the candidates must follow:

  • Do not forget to carry the coloured printout of the SET admit card. Digital or soft copies of the admit cards will not be accepted.
  • Reach the exam centre at least an hour before the commencement of the exam.
  • Do not carry electronic gadgets or articles which are prohibited in the exam hall.
  • Carry a valid ID proof issued by the Government of India such as an Aadhar Card, Driving License, PAN Card, Voter ID or Passport.
  • Always wear a mask and follow the COVID-19 protocols.

Also Read: SET preparation and exam day tips

SET 2024 Results

SET 2024 results will likley be announced in the last week of May 2024. Candidates who appeared for the exam can download their scorecards online using their login credentials. Given below are the steps to know how to download the SET result 2024:

  • Visit the official website of SET
  • Click on the 'Download scorecard' button on the homepage
  • Enter SET UserID and Password
  • SET scorecards will appear on the screen. Check the scores and download the SET scorecard

SET Exam 2023 Analysis

The SET 2023 was conducted on May 6 and May 14 in the computer-based test mode across various centres. The exam was conducted for one hour. The students who appeared for the exam said that the exam was easy to moderate. Some students found the Quantitative Aptitude the most difficult of all. The General English section was the easiest. The other sections of the SET 2023 question paper, i.e. Logical Reasoning and General Knowledge were easy to moderate. The question paper had no negative marking. Each question carried one mark and the total number of questions was 60. 

Also Read: All about SET exam 2023

Check the video below for SET 2023 students' reactions and reviews of the SET exam (test 02):

 Check the video below for SET 2023 students' reactions and reviews of the SET (01) exam:

Q:   What is the difficulty level of SET (Symbiosis Entrance Test)?

SET is a national-level entrance exam conducted for admission to various undergraduate courses. SET 2023 was conducted in the computer-based test mode. The exam was conducted on two days. The difficulty level of the examination is usually easy to moderate. But, a few questions might trick your mind and can be time-consuming. General Knowledge and Analytical and Logical Reasoning are easier than the Quantitative Aptitude section. In 2023, according to the students who appeared for the SET session 1 exam, the SET exam was easy to moderate. The General English section was the easiest of all the four sections. The Quantitative Aptitude section was the toughest and the other two sections were moderate. The overall difficulty level of the SET question paper was moderate. Students who appeared for the SET 2023 session 2 exam said that the overall difficulty level was easy. Again, the General English section was the easiest. In this session, the Analytical and Logical Reasoning section was also easy. The Quant section was difficult and the General Knowledge section was moderate.
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Q:   How should I prepare for the SET exam?

Cracking an exam is not a cakewalk, and it is not easy to grab a seat in one of the most prestigious private varsities, such as Symbiosis. You need to have a really strong strategy to crack this exam. Be versed with your syllabus Knowing the syllabus for the entrance exam is the first step towards SET preparation. Dividing the time for your exam is only possible if you are thorough with the syllabus. Therefore, you can analyse the area of your strength and then allocate the time required for each section. Understand the exam pattern Going through the previous year question papers and sample papers helps you figure out the exam pattern. Once you become familiar with the type of questions, you will take lesser time to solve questions. There will be clarity in your mind regarding how to crack the SET exam. Time management You have limited time to attempt 4 sections and 60 questions overall. You don't get the time to ponder which section you will attempt or the questions you want to opt-out or attempt last. Therefore knowing the exam pattern adds to your skill of solving the exam faster. Prepare Short Notes Remembering and revising before the exam is crucial for students to perform well. This can be done by preparing short notes. Going through them just a day before the exam will ensure that you remember all that you have prepared, which will boost your confidence in attempting the exam. Practice No exam can be cleared sans practice. Its the most important key for qualifying any exam you want. All the hard work you have put in during months for SET is futile, lest you have practiced sufficiently and are confident about making it to your chosen college and the course.
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SET 2024 Selection Process

The counselling process through SET will likely begin in the month of May 2024 in various colleges accepting SET scores. Candidates who appear for SET 2024 will be required to apply to various SET accepting colleges during the application process. The counselling rounds of the SET exam 2024 will include a Written Ability Test and a Personal Interview. Candidates will be required to fill out the registration form for the participating Symbiosis Institutes after the announcement of results and cut-off marks.

  • Selection of students: Students will be selected and called for further admission process on the basis of the scores obtained by them in the SET exam. Students will be intimidated about the SET cutoff and they will be able to check if they met the cutoff criteria. 
  • Written Ability Test and Personal Interview: The WAT and PI schedule will be announced by the individual institutes. Students can appear for the WAT/PI at the allotted venue and they will be judged on various criteria such as general awareness, extracurricular activities, academics and candidate-specific fields of interest, communication skills and overall personality.
  • Final selection: Each candidate will be evaluated on the basis of their SET 2024 score, WAT/PI performance, academic history and other parameters for preparing the final merit list. Selected applicants will be called to complete the admission formalities.

Q:   Will there be GD/PI round for admission to SIU institutes or the SET exam score is the only criteria for admission?

Yes, after SET results are announced, a Personal Interview round will be conducted by the SIU institutes which accept SET scores for admission to the undergraduate courses offered by them. The counseling schedule will be available on the official website of each institute. In 2021, the What round was conducted on the SET exam day. Candidates were given 30 minutes for What.

Colleges Accepting SET Exam 2024 Score

SET 2023 Contact Information

Symbiosis Centre for International Education (SCIE)

Office Address: Senapati Bapat Road, Pune – 411004, Maharashtra, India


Tel.: +91 20 25671905

Fax.: +91 20 25659209


SET 2023 applications open - Apply Now

FAQs Related to SET Exam

Check below some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on SET exam:

Q:   Who can apply for SET exam?

Candidates who have completed their Class 12 or equivalent exam from a recognised board with at least 50 per cent aggregate are eligible to apply for SET exam. There is no age limit to appear for the exam. Candidates in the Class 12 or are awaiting the Class 12 results can also apply provisionally and present the marksheet at the time of admission. The candidate who has completed class 12 or equivalent from a foreign board and must have obtained an equivalence certificate from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) is eligible.

Q:   What is the purpose of SET BBA exam?

SET exam is conducted for admission to the eight prestigious colleges of Symbiosis International University. Candidates can choose their preferred institutes during the SET application process. The exam is a gateway to undergraduate programmes offered at these institutes. The SET programme framework allows options to pursue single major, double majors, minors, opportunity to pursue multidisciplinary, Ability and Skill enhancement courses.

Q:   How many times is SET conducted in a year?

Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) is a national-level entrance exam which is conducted only once a year. The exam is usually conducted in the computer-based test mode in about 80 test cities across the country. This year, the SET exam will be conducted on two days, I. e. May 6 and May 14. The students who wish to appear for SET exam can apply online by filling the SET application form.

Q:   Is there any marks relaxation for the reserved category student in the SET exam?

Yes, candidates belonging to reserved categories (SC/ST/PwD) will get a 5 per cent relaxation of the total criteria. They will be required to have scored 45% aggregate in Class 12. The eligibility criteria for the General and NC-OBC category is that they must have secured at least 50 per cent aggregate in Class 12th.

Q:   What is the syllabus & exam pattern of the SET ? What should my preparation strategy be?

The SET BBA question paper is divided into four sections, I. e. General English Quantitative Aptitude Logical Reasoning and General Awareness. SET exam is conducted in the computer-based test mode and the duration of the exam is one hour. Each section has multiple-choice questions. Every question carries one mark and there is no negative marking. The total number of questions is 60. The Analytical and Logical Reasoning section has 12 questions and the rest of the sections have 16 questions each. For the Logical and Analytical Reasoning section, practice is the only way to score well in this section. Going through the previous years' papers will give you an idea about what to expect and an insight into the difficulty level of the exam. To prepare for the General English section, read and practice a lot of comprehension passages, and work on vocabulary and grammar. For the General Awareness section, read newspapers and magazines to stay updated with Current Affairs the latest trends, history, and geography. You can also refer to reference books for static GK. For SET preparation, go through at least the previous five years' question papers to get used to the exam pattern and understand the difficulty level. The next step would be to capitalise on your strengths and work on your weaknesses. While giving the exam, focus on the sections that you are best prepared for.
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Q:   Can I appear for more than one course through Symbiosis Entrance Test?

Yes, you can appear in the SET exam for more than one course but you will be required to apply for each course separately. This means that you will have to fill two separate SET application forms and pay the application fee separately. Also, you need to pay INR 1000 per institute that you wish to take admission in.

Q:   How many sections does the SET BBA exam have?

The SET question paper is divided into four sections, I. e, Analytical and Logical Reasoning, General English Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness. All the sections carry multiple-choice questions and each question carries one mark. There is no negative marking in the SET exam but the students have to complete the exam within one hour. Given below is the number of questions in each section: General English- 16 Quantitative Aptitude- 16 General Knowledge- 16 Analytical and Logical Reasoning- 12 There is a total of 60 questions in the SET question paper which are divided across these four sections.
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Q:   Is SET an online exam or an offline exam?

SET exam will be conducted in computer-based test mode this year. In 2021, the exam was conducted in the internet-based test mode because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier, the exam was conducted in the paper-based test mode but that changed to online mode only.

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The SET exam is conducted by the Symbiosis International (Deemed-to-be) University (SIU). SIU is responsible for organizing the exam, setting the exam pattern, conducting the test, and releasing the results. They are also involved in coordinating the admission process based on the SET scores for var


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SET application form will be available on the official website - The SET application form will likely be released in the month of January 2024. Candidates can fill the SET form and pay the application fee online by creating a log ID. The application process for SET exam 2024 will contin


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Answered 6 days ago

Yes, you can fill the SET application form 2024 on one day and pay the fee on another day as it is not mandatory to register for SET exam and fill the application form or pay the fee in one go. The registration and application window will remain open for the candidate who has registered for the exam


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Answered a week ago

Every candidate must carry a blue/black ball point pen and a two copies of their passport size photo to the exam centre. They must not carry any stationary item other than the pen. Ever since the COVID-19 outbreak, SET candidates are required to carry drinking water, hand sanitizer, face mask and gl


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Answered a week ago

On the SET exam day, candidates have to follow certain guidelines which include reaching on time, cooperating with the exam centre staff, following instructions of the test invigilator and following the test navigation for solving the SET questions. There are some key dos and don'ts that candidates


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Answered a week ago

It is unlikely that you will be allowed to download a copy of the SET admit card after the exam is over. The SET admit card download link is live only from the day of its release till the exam day. After the SET exam, the admit card download link is removed from the official website.

The admit card m


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Answered a week ago

Candidates will know their allotted SET exam centre only from the admit card. There is no way to know the test centre before the release of the SET admit card. The examination authority allots a test centre to aspirants in the city of their first preference as mentioned in the city. So, candidates c


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Answered a week ago

The SET admit card will be available online on the official website. Students who have successfully submitted the SET application form before the deadline can download their SET admit cards. But, if the candidate has not paid the SET application fee, then they will not be eligible to download the SE


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Answered a week ago

The admit card of SET will mention the following details:

  • Candidate’s name
  • Admission Category
  • SET ID
  • Exam Date and Venue
  • Venue Address
  • Seat Number
  • Candidate's date of birth
  • Exam Day Instructions

The test takers are advised to take two printouts of the SET admit card and preserve at least one copy of the same


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Answered a week ago

Preparing for the QA section of the SET exam requires a strategic approach. Begin the preparation by understanding the pattern adn syllabus of the exam. To build a strong foundation revisit fundamental mathematical concepts. Regular practice is the cornerstone of success in the QA section. Solve a w


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