Delhi University Entrance Test (DUET)

Delhi University Entrance Test (DUET) is an online entrance examination for admission to Delhi University. This examination is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The Delhi University Entrance Examination is conducted to give admission to students in Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Ph.D. and M.Phil courses. DUET exam is held once every year in the month of June or July. It is a computer-based online exam which is usually conducted in three to four shifts all over India. It has 101 centers in over 18 cities in India. Students have to apply online to be eligible to appear in the examination. Over 45 colleges under Delhi University accept scores of the DUET exam for admission.

For a long time, Delhi University never followed an entrance examination criteria, most courses were offered on the basis of board examination marks in the XII grade. The students with domicile criteria in Delhi used to get preference in admission to the Delhi University. All this changed with DUET. Now students have equal opportunities to apply for various courses in the University irrespective of the Board Examination marks. This has created a more level playing ground for students and a relief from the anxiety of only board examination as the criteria for admission. Although there are still many colleges and courses offered through the board examination marks, DUET, JAT and CET are exams which also opens up many other avenues for students to apply to courses offered in the University.

DUET | Examination Pattern

The duration of the DUET examination is for 2 hours. The number of questions and the total marks in the examination paper depends on the course preferred by the candidate.

CourseTimeQuestion Total MarksNegative Marks
UG120 mins50200-1
PG120 mins50-100200-400-1
Ph.D.120 mins50200-1

The admission test for UG courses has around 50 questions of a total of 400 marks. The PG course entrance exam has approximately 50 – 100 questions of 200 – 400 marks. Admission entrance test for Ph.D. and M.Phil has 50 questions of 200 marks. All the questions are multiple-choice question types. For a particular question 4 options are given out of which only 1 is correct. Students have to select the option having the correct answer. There is a negative marking of -1. In case of wrong answers, 1 mark is deducted for every incorrect entry. For every correct answer, 4 marks are awarded to the candidate.

DUET  | Exam Sections

The exam pattern and syllabus depend on the subject and course selected by the students. For Humanities and Social Science, UG course questions are categorized under 4 sections. The 4 sections are General knowledge, English language, Logical Reasoning, and Numerical Ability.

Multimedia and Mass communication UG course entrance exam has questions from Current affairs, Media Awareness, English Language and Grammar, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative aptitude.

The entrance test of the B.Tech course in IT and Mathematical innovation has questions from Mathematics, Reasoning, and analytical skills.

Registration – How To apply for DUET?

The application form for the DUET exam is released every year in the month of June or July. The application forms are to be filled and submitted online through the official website of NTA. Students have to fill their name, email-id, mobile number, address, education details, and date of birth. Applicants can register for multiple courses. The application fee will have to be paid for each selected course. In case of any course being offered by several colleges, students will be asked to give course – college preference. However, for the comfort of the students, they will be allotted the same DUET exam center or nearby center in case of multiple course entrance tests. One must be very careful while filling out the details in the application form. The details in the form cannot be edited or changed once the form is submitted online.

The steps to be followed for successful DUET exam form online submission are:

Who can apply for the DUET exam?

To apply and write the DUET exam there are a set of eligibility criteria that must be fulfilled by every candidate. In case of a candidate not qualifying any of the mentioned minimum eligibility of the particular course, he/she will be exempted from writing the exam. The minimum eligibility criteria for UG and PG courses are:

Eligibility criteria for UG courses

Eligibility criteria for PG courses

DUET | Result Announcement

The result is declared on the admission portal of Delhi University. The result consists of the list of students with their rankings. The ranking is prepared on the basis of marks of class 12th and scores of the DUET exam. The marks scored in the entrance test have 65% weightage whereas the marks of class 12th have 35% weightage. No two candidates can have the same rank. In case of a tie between the candidates, the tie-breaker rule shall be followed by the university.

The tie-breaker rules are:

Colleges accepting DUET scores

Over 45 colleges under Delhi University accept DUET scores for admission to UG, PG, Ph.D. and M.Phil courses. After the declaration of result, the portal for the course and college option is reopened for the students. The students are asked to analyze college fee and course before finalizing for the admission. After this one cannot change his college – course preference. The admission of the seats is done centrally and displayed on the admission portal. Only students qualifying minimum eligibility criteria will be allotted college seats. Once the college and course are allotted candidates are required to confirm their allotment. This can be done from the dashboard of the admission portal. The confirmation must be done within the time period given by the Delhi University.

DUET | Exam Syllabus

The syllabus of the DUET exam depends on the course. The syllabus and topics are different for different courses. Departments release the syllabus on the Delhi University website. Students can check the syllabus of a particular course from the link given in the Delhi university website. The syllabus helps the students to get an idea about the exam and prepare well.

General awareness: Science, Politics, Social Science, Law amendments, Indian Economy, Global Advancement, International Relations, and Latest Developments.

Logical Reasoning: Syllogisms, Alphabet and Eligibility Test, Number Sequence, Blood Relations, Analogy and Data Sufficiency, Ranking and Time Sequence, Coded-inequality, and Input-Output.

Mathematics: Statistics and Probability, Geometry and Topology, Calculus, Algebra, Linear Programming, Profit and Loss, Distance and Speed, and Trigonometry.

On the exam day of DUET

The candidates are advised to reach the exam center 1 hour before the reporting time. Any student reaching the exam center after the reporting time shall not be granted permission to enter. The applicant must also check the exam venue one day before the DUET exam if possible.

Candidate must carry the below mentioned required documents to the exam center:

Admission to courses based on DUET exam scores

The entrance test is conducted to offer admission to qualifying students in the undergraduate, postgraduate, and M.Phil courses.

The UG courses are:

The PG courses are:

Combined or Integrated Degree Courses

Note: The admission to all the Ph.D. and M.Phil courses are based on DUET marks.

National Testing Agency (NTA)

The National Testing Agency (NTA) is a leading body which is autonomous, and self-sustained testing organization to conduct admission/fellowship entrance exams in higher education institutions. It assesses applicant competence for admissions and recruiting has always been a challenge in terms of balancing international standards, efficacy, consistency, and error-free implementation with research-based criteria. The National Testing Agency is entrusted with the task of addressing all such issues using the best in every field, from test preparation, delivery testing, and marking testing.

NTA conduct effective, straightforward, and international quality assessments to determine candidates’ competence for admission and recruitment purposes. It also conducts work on educational, technical, and testing systems to identify and take action to address gaps in the information systems. NTA identifies experts and institutions when formulating exam questions.


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  1. Sir i got 45 marks out of 200 in duet for mphill english.Do i have any chance of getting admission in delhi university for mphill course

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