UPCATET MSc Preparation 2024: Tips, Strategy & Guide

UP Combined Agriculture and Technology Entrance Test 2024 ( UPCATET )

This exam is conducted for courses given below:
Updated on May 23, 2024 12:26 IST

 The UPCATET 2024 exam was conducted on June 11 and 12, 2024. To qualify the UPCATET 2024, candidates have to prepare well and know the exam pattern, marking scheme, and syllabus thoroughly. 

The authorities released the UPCATET admit card 2024 on May 27, 2024

Earlier S.V.P University of Agriculture & Technology, Meerut released the application form on March 17, 2024 and last date to register for the exam was May 17, 2024.

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Plenty of time and dedication are required to ace the exam. Since exam conducting authorities do not provide any official syllabus for the exam hence applicants need to prepare the graduate-level syllabus for PG courses and the 12th standard of UP Board syllabus to appear for UG courses of UPCATET 2024

Also ReadUPCATET 2024 Registration Begins; Check Steps to Apply Online

UPCATET is conducted to provide admission to Uttar Pradesh State domicile candidates in different UG and PG programmes offered at various universities.

Q:   How to prepare for general questions for the exam of UPCATET?


Applicants who want to prepare for the UPCATET exam should first go through UPCATET previous year's Question Papers which will give them an insight as to how to prepare for the exam. Since authorities have not prescribed any official syllabus for the exam for UG and PG courses hence candidates who will appear for UG programmes need to prepare the 12th standard UP Board syllabus. For PG programmes, applicants need to prepare a graduate standard exam syllabus. 

The questions which will be asked in the UPCATET exam will be from there only. 


Q:   Is there different exam pattern for UG and PG programme?


Yes there will be different exam pattern of UG and PG courses in UPCATET exam. The UG courses i.e BSc & BTech and Post graduate courses i.e MBA, MSc have different pattern. The number of courses for UG is 200 while for PG it is 100. The total marks allotted for UG courses is 600, while for PG it is 300. 

Though each question from UG and PG weigh same 3 marks only

Time duration for both UG and PG is also different, UG is of 3 hours and PG is of 2 hours.  


Q:   What is marking scheme of UPCATET exam?


The marking scheme of UPCATET exam is as follows:
- The UPCATET exam consists of multiple-choice questions, where each question carries 4 marks.
- The UPCATET exam has a total of 200 questions, and the maximum marks that can be scored are 800.
- To qualify the UPCATET exam, applicants need to score passing marks. 
The total duration alloted to this UPCATET exam will be 3 hours

While filling the online application form of UPCATET, applicants are given 4 options to choose, which paper they want to appear for the exam. Their paper will be of same combination which they have filled in their application form. 



UPCATET 2024 Highlights



Exam Name

UP Combined Agriculture and Technology Entrance Test

Exam Level


Exam Frequency

Once a year

Exam Mode


Exam Duration

3 hours For UG Courses & 2 hours for PG Courses

Seats Offered

2500 (Tentative)


For UG course - 12th standard syllabus of UP Board and For PG Course - Graduate level exam

Q:   Will open and distance education be considered for educational qualification of UPCATET eligibility?


The exam conducting authority has clearly mentioned in the official broucher that "Open & Distance Education" will be considered for educational qualification eligibility criteria of UPCATET. 

Applicants who have completed their education as full time course will be eligible to fill the form and apply online. Only those students are required to fill the application form who fulfill the eligibility criteria prescribed by the authorities. 


Step Wise UPCATET preparation

Applicants are advised to check the step-wise UPCATET preparation tips given below: 

Step 1: Know the UPCATET syllabus thoroughly.

Step 2: Understand the UPCATET exam pattern and marking scheme and prepare accordingly.

Step 3: Get all the study material for UPCATET such as preparation books and previous years' question papers.

Step 4: Create a monthly timetable on how much material to cover on a daily basis.

Step 5: Solve question papers, sample papers and mock tests.

How to prepare for UPCATET 2024

UPCATET exam is a highly competitive entrance exam and candidates appearing for the exam need to have a strategy and aim to score well and qualify. Aspirants can go through the following prep strategy methods while preparing for UPCATET.

Know the exam pattern for UPCATET

UPCATET exam pattern for BSc and BTech courses is such that the question paper will contain a total of 200 multiple choice questions with 600 marks that candidates need to complete in three hours duration. The question paper will be in both English and Hindi languages.

UPCATET Marking Scheme

  • 1 mark will be awarded for every question answered right.
  • There is a negative marking in the UPCATET entrance exam.
  • No marks will be given for unattempted questions.

For a more detailed structure of the UPCATET 2024 exam pattern and marking scheme, candidates can click here.

UPCATET Syllabus

To perform well in the UPCATET test, candidates have to thoroughly go through the syllabus. Aspirants need to strategise their plans on a monthly, weekly and daily basis. There is no success without hard work and in order to qualify for the entrance exam, candidates can prepare better by knowing which topics to cover in-depth and which require superficial knowledge. The candidate can do so as per the below-mentioned pointers:

  • Make a list of topics, subject wise
  • Segregate the subjects and topics into easy and difficult as per personal experience.
  • Note down topics that carry maximum weightage (as per previous year’s question papers).

Candidates can also check more about the UPCATET syllabus

Go through Prep books

In order to perform well in the UPCATET exam, candidates need to make a list of books which they should study for the entrance exam. Candidates are advised to purchase at least two to three prep books for UPCATET, depending on the course applied for. The books can help aspirants determine which topics to cover and study along with what to expect for the entrance exam. For the programme applied for, candidates need only buy the books according to the course.

Prepare a Time Table

Candidates need to make a timetable on what topics to cover when which subjects require high priority and how much to cover on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Aspirants are advised to create a daily plan and while preparing a timetable, special attention should be given to completing the UPCATET syllabus. Revise the syllabus and content, attempt as many question papers, mock papers and previous years question papers to better help prepare. Through this, a candidate can have a fair idea of what to expect in the entrance exam.

Refer to Past Year’s Question Papers

Candidates appearing for the UPCATET exam are advised to solve the last five years' question papers to help better understand the exam pattern and format of questions that will be asked in the entrance exam. Through the previous questions, candidates can understand which subjects are given high importance and topics which can help the aspirant score better in the exam.

Solve sample papers and Mock tests

The best way for a candidate to know their strengths and weakness is by solving question papers, sample papers and mock tests. Through this, candidates can also figure out the best approach to be followed when they head out to attempt the actual UPCATET question paper. From formulating time management to understanding the format of the paper, solving sample papers can help candidates prepare better for the entrance exam.

Q:   How to prepare for UPCATET exam to qualify in first attempt?


Applicants who want to prepare and qualify UPCATET exam in first attempt must have a concrete plan and then execution becomes important to qualify it. The UPCATET exam is held once in year hence candidates preparing for the exam must complete their syllabus in advance at least 3 months before the commencement of exam.

  • Now devotee last 3 months to practise the previous year question papers. 
  • Candidates need to ensure that they are completing the practise paper less than the given time in examination, which will eventually boost their confidence to attempt the paper within time in the examination hall.  

Books to read for UPCATET Preparation

Candidates must prepare every topic from prep books as it will students clear doubts as well as understand the subjects thoroughly.




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