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Cochin University of Science and Technology Common Admission Test (CUSAT CAT) Details

CUSAT Common Admission Test 2015

CUSAT CAT 2014 Date: 27th April, 2014 (Sunday)

Cochin University of Science and Technology Common Admission Test 2014


Applications are invited from eligible candidates for admission to the various academic programmes of the University for the year 2014-15. Admission to various courses are based on Common Admission Test (CAT)/Departmental Admission Test (DAT)/Test for Lateral Entry (LET) and C-MAT score for MBA.

For First Degree Programmes (B.Tech. and 5 year Integrated M.Sc. in Photonics), the CAT will be conducted on All-India basis with test centres in New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Jamshedpur, Allahabad, Lucknow, Ranchi, Varanasi, Kota, Dubai and in all the district head quarters of Kerala. For all other programmes except 3 year LLB/Lateral entry programmes, the test will be conducted at specified district head quarters within the state of Kerala only.

For 3 year LLB and Lateral entry programmes, the admission tests will be conducted at Ernakulam center only.

The DATs are conducted in the University campus by the individual Departments/ Schools/Centres of the University. The dates of these tests will be announced separately by the individual departments.


Date of Notification for CAT, LET & DAT15.01.2014
Date of commencement of online registration for CAT, LET and PG Programmes including M.Tech and MBA Programmes (C-MAT score required for MBA)20.01.2014 to 20.02.2014
Online Submission of CMAT score for MBA candidates/GATE score for MTech candidates15.03.2014 to 21.04.2014
Online registration for International students20.01.2014 to 21.04.2014
Downloading the Admit Card from the University website10.04.2014 to 27.04.2014

CAT 2013 Test Schedule

11.05.2013 (Saturday)TEST CODETEST SUBJECTS
09.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m101Test for BTech Programmes
09.30 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.616Test for MA Applied Economics
02.00 p.m - 04.00 p.m 201Aptitude Test for B.B.A., L.L.B. (Hons) / B.Com., LL.B (Hons.)
301Test for MA Hindi
02.00 p.m - 05.00 p.m620Aptitude Test for MIP., Ph.D & LL.M., Ph.D
9.30.a.m. - 11.30.a.m.601-615, 617-618Test for Post-Graduate programmes
12.00 p.m. - 02.00 p.m 501Aptitude Test for M.C.A
03.00 p.m. - 05.00 p.m.619Aptitude Test for 3 year LL.B. Course (Test Centre only at Ernakulam/Kochi)
10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.102Test for Lateral Entry to B.Tech ( Test Centre Only at Ernakulam/Kochi)
Centre of ExaminationAs indicated in the downloaded Admit Card
CounsellingDates will be announced later on the University website iraaa.cusat.ac.in

1. The schedule for Group Discussion and / or Interview to MBA will be published in the website after 20th April 2013.

2. For PhD, M.Phil., M.A. (Translation German/Russian), Diploma / Certificate programmes Please contact departments concerned for details.

3. MTech Candidates may contact the respective departments after 30 April 2013 for the details about DAT examiantion and Admission Procedure.

Admission Tests:

Test for First Degree Programmes in Engineering & Technology (Test 101)

The test comprises of 250 objective type multiple choice questions based on + syllabus. Of this, 125 questions will be from Mathematics and 125 questions will be from Physics and Chemistry with physics to chemistry ratio maintained at 3:2.. The duration of the test wil be three hours. The admission to following courses is based on the score in this test.

i. 5-year Integrated M.Sc. in Photonics

ii. B. Tech. course in Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engg., Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Information Technology, Marine Engineering, Mechanical Engg., Safety & Fire Engg.

iii. B. Tech. course in Instrumentation Technology

iv. B. Tech. Naval Architecture & Ship Building

v. B. Tech. Polymer Science & Engineering

Candidates appearing for this test should have scored a minimum of ten marks each from the maths part and physics-chemistry part of the question paper to be eligible to figure in the respective rank list. This requirement of minimum marks, however, will not be applicable for candidates coming under SC/ST communities.

Test for Lateral Entry to III Semester B.Tech Programme (102):

The Lateral Entry Test (LET) for admission to III Semester of the B.Tech course comprises 200 objective type questions designed to test the proficiency in English (20 questions), Mathematics (50 questions), Engineering Mechanics (40 questions), Engineering Graphics (40 questions) and General Engineering (50 questions). The test shall be of 3 hours duration and the maximum marks will be 600.

Aptitude Test for B.B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) (Test 201):

The Test for B.B.A. LL.B.(Hons.) comprises 150 objective type questions designed to test the proficiency in General English (50 questions) ability in reasoning and logical thinking (50 questions) proficiency in General Knowledge and Current affairs (25 questions) and in law related matters (25 questions). The maximum marks will be 450. Applicants for B.B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) irrespective of whether or not they are applicants for any other programme, have to necessarily take the Test 201.

Test for LL.M.:

The Test for LL.M. (Test 610) comprises two parts:

Part I – Proficiency in English, Analytical & other abilities and General Knowledge
Part II – Proficiency in the related subjects.

Aptitude Test for Management Programme MBA (Full Time)/(Part Time), MBA (International Business) & M.B.A. (Travel & Tourism) (Test 401):

The aptitude Test for MBA (F.T.) / (P.T.), MBA (International Business) & M.B.A. (Travel & Tourism) comprises 150 objective type questions designed to test proficiency in English Language, Tenth level mathematics, reasoning ability and general awareness in the area of Business/ Economics/ Commerce. Applicants for any of the above programmes, irrespective of whether or not they are applicants for any other programme, have to necessarily take the Test 401.

Group Discussion and Interview: Applicants will be short-listed on the basis of their performance at the CAT and will be required to attend Group Discussion and / or Interview.

CAT Rank Lists: Rank lists are prepared on the combined basis of the CAT score, performance at Group Discussion and / or Interview as indicated below;

CAT Score - 70%
Group Discussion - 15%
Interview - 15%
Total - 100%

Aptitude Test for MCA (Test 501):

The aptitude Test for MCA comprises 150 objective type questions designed to test the aptitude and capability of an applicant for pursuing the M.C.A programme. About 50% of the questions will be from Mathematics covering areas of Engineering Mathematics / B.Sc. subsidiary level Mathematics while the remaining questions will be to test the ability of the candidate in logical reasoning based on pictures, geometrical figures, patterns of words, Number Sequence, Set Theory, Logic decoding etc. Applicants for MCA, irrespective of whether or not they are applicants for any other programme, have to necessarily take the Test 501.


Applicants for all Certificate/Diploma programmes, MA Translation(German/Russian), all M.Tech., M.Phil. and Ph.D programmes will be required to appear for the Departmental Admission Test (DAT) conducted in the respective Department / School of CUSAT on dates to be announced later and to be intimated individually to the applicants.

The application for these courses (except M. Tech) is to be obtained from the respective Departments by remitting requried Application Fee as DD drawn in favour of "Registrar, CUSAT", payable at Cochin. For M. Tech courses, the application is to be submitted online.

Marks and Scoring: The CAT score will be calculated as per the formula, S = 3R - 1W, where S is the CAT score, R is the number of right answers and W is the number of wrong answers. Negative marks will be given for each wrong answer.


a) Non-Professional Programmes:

Sl No. CategoryReservation (%)
2SEBC (Socially and Educationally Backward Communities)20
3Reservation for Economically Backward Class among Forward Caste (BGN)(7.5)*

* Supernumerary

b) Professional Programmes:

Sl No. CategoryReservation (%)
3Ezhava/ Thiyya / Billava9
6Latin Catholic other than Anglo Indian (LCC)2
7Other Backward Christian1

“SC/ST candidates are eligible for admission, if they have minimum pass marks in the qualifying examination except for Marine Engineering”. They must opt for payment category also and are not required to make any payments (except their common fee payable) once they get admission under this category. They will have to produce original Community Certificate in the prescribed format issued by the competent revenue authorities at the time of Group Discussion and / or Interview / Counseling / Admission, whichever is held earlier as the case may be.

Community Certificate and Annual family Income Certificate are to be issued by the Village Officer concerned for ‘SEBC’ candidates belonging to the state of Kerala and by the Tahsildar concerned for KSC/KST candidates belonging to State of Kerala for claiming admission under respective “Reservation” category. Candidates belonging to states other than Kerala are not eligible for communal reservation.

Candidates under SEBC category, whose family income is more than Rs. 4,50,000/- are not eligible for free/payment seats under the respective community quota.

Academic Certificates:

For admission to undergraduate courses, the following certificates in original are to be produced at the time of counselling:

i. Plus 2 Mark list and Pass certificate,
ii. Xth Mark list and Pass certificate
iii. Conduct certificate
iv. Transfer certificate

For PG courese, apart from all the above, the qualifying degree mark list and pass certificate are to be produced in original.

Eligibility Criteria:

B.Tech (CSE, EEE, ECE, IT, Mech, Civil, Safety & Fire Engg): Pass in the Plus Two Examination of the State of Kerala with Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry as optional subjects or any other examination accepted as equivalent thereto securing a minimum of 50% marks in Mathematics and 50% marks in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry put together.

Law: School of Legal Studies, Faculty of Law

a. 5 Year B.B.A. - LL.B. (Hons.): i) Pass in Plus 2 examination with 60% marks in Science / Commerce group or 55% marks in Arts / Humanities. ii)Should not have completed 20 years of age on July 1st of the year of admission. 22 years in the case of SC / ST and OBC candidates.

b. LL. M.: Bachelor’s degree in Law with at least 45% marks.


i. M.B.A. (Full-time): Bachelor’s degree in any subject with 50% marks in aggregate.
ii. M.B.A. (Part-time): (a) Bachelors degree in any subject with 50% marks in aggregate. (b) 50% of the seats are reserved for candidates having 3 years of supervisory/executive experience after taking the degree. (c) In the absence of such candidates as mentioned in (ii) vacancies will be offered to any other candidates satisfying eligibility as per (a).
iii. M.B.A (International Business): Bachelor’s degree in any discipline recognized by the University with 50% marks in aggregate.
iv. M.B.A (Travel & Tourism): Bachelor’s degree in any subject with 50% marks in aggregate.

MCA: Any graduate with Mathematics as one of the main or subsidiary subjects or graduate in Electronics/ Computer Science / Computer Applications / Engineering/ Technology with aggregate 55% marks in all subjects other than languages and humanities.

Seat Distribution:

Of the total seats for B.Tech. (Self-financing) 50% are free seats, 40% payment and 10% are NRI payment seats. The free seats are reserved only for Keralite students. For B.Tech in Naval Architecture and Ship Building, Instrumentation, Polymer Science Engineering, 10% of the seats are earmarked for students on All India basis (All India quota) and the remaining seats for the Keralites.

For all regular PG programmes including subsidised PG programmes like, M.C.A, M.B.A (International Business), M.B.A. (Travel & Tourism) and 5 year Integrated M.Sc in Photonics 10% of seats are set apart for students on All India basis and the remaining for Keralites.

For P.G. programmes under self financing sector 50% of the seats are given for Keralites, 10% for NRIs and the remaining 40% open to all

CUSAT CAT 2013 Test Centres:


The University reserves the right to cancel any of the above test centers for administrative reasons or to shift /merge any test centre if there are not sufficient applicants in a particular test centre. All disputes related to CAT-2013 shall be subject to the jurisdiction of courts at Kochi only.

NRI Students:

Any applicant is eligible for consideration under this quota subject to the rules of the University in force. (Sponsorship Certificates / Relationship Certificates are not required for applying under NRI quota). Person of Indian Origin, living abroad, who have foreign passports and are holders of PIO cards of the Government of India are also eligible to admit their children against the seats reserved for children of Non Resident Indians.

Candidates applying under this quota are required to remit Rs. 5000/- in addition to the application fee of Rs. 850 /=.. All applicants under the N.R.I. quota will have to appear for Common Admission Test conducted by CUSAT. The fee payable is what is applicable for payement category seats. However, the candidate will have to remitt a one time non-refundable deposit of US$ 5000 or Rs 2,50,000/- (Rupees two lakh fifty thousand only).

How to Apply:

Who Can Apply

All academic admissions are based on the merit of the applicants as determined through an admission test conducted for the purpose subject to satisfying other prescribed eligibility criteria. Foreign nationals are exempted from the above requirement of writing the admission test. Students who have passed the qualifying examination shall be eligible to apply for the CAT. All UGC specified Degrees, Diplomas etc. awarded by the UGC approved statutory Universities are recognized by the University for admission to courses. However, distance education courses will be considered as recognized only if they are further approved by the Distance Education Council, New Delhi, also. However, students who have passed all the courses except those prescribed for the final year / semester of the qualifying degree / diploma / certificate may be considered for admission if they have appeared or are appearing for all the examinations in the courses of the final year / semester of the qualifying degree / diploma / certificate. (This provision is not applicable to the students appearing for compartmental / improvement examinations.) Such candidates have to produce at the time of Group Discussion / Interview / Counselling, whichever is held earlier, the original mark lists of all relevant and previous, (including the penultimate) examinations, the Transfer Certificate and a Certificate from the Head of the Institution last attended that they have completed the programme of study and have appeared or are appearing for all the examinations in the courses of the final year / semester of the qualifying degree / diploma / certificate and that their results are awaited, failing which they will not be permitted to attend the Group Discussion / Interview / Counselling as the case may be. If such students admitted to a programme of study (except B.Tech) in the University fail to attain the prescribed eligibility for admission before the date of registration for the regular first semester examination of the programme to which they were granted admission, they shall not be permitted to continue the programme and shall be summarily removed from the rolls of the University. These concessions shall not be applicable to students who have failed in their qualifying examination or who have failed to acquire the required percentage of marks and subsequently have appeared for supplementary / improvement examination(s).

However, for admissions to all B.Tech., 5 year Integrated M.Sc. in Photonics, and 5 year B.B.A. LL.B (Hons.) programmes, the mark list obtained in the qualifying examination has to be produced invariably at the time of admission. Those who fail to produce mark list shall not be considered for admission.

Admission to the B.Tech programmes of the University for those, who pass the Plus Two or equivalent qualifying examination in subsequent chances in the same year, shall be governed by the current rules prescribed in the matter by the Government of Kerala.

Online Application:

Please keep ready the following : 1) scanned image of your colour passport size (3.5 cm x 4.5 cm ) photo (file size less than 150 kb). The photo should have name printed on the front side without blocking the face. 2) scanned image of your signature singed with black ink (file size les than 100 kb) 3) a preferred password. .(To prepare a signature image: please sign on a white paper with black ball-point pen within a box of about 2 inch x 1.5 inch (file size less than 100 kb).Take a photo of this portion ( or prepare a scanned image ) and crop along the box boundary. Save as JPEG image. Use these images for uploading.)

User Name will be generatred by the system and will be mailed to you. The numerals that comes after the alphabet in the User Name will be your Rregistration Number (Please do not loose this as it would be required every time you login and also for checking the status of your application). When you are ready with it you can start filling the online form. After the first section, re-login using the your user name and password. Continue to fill up other fields carefully.

For reservation candidates, indicate the correct reservation category. Once the application is formally approved, these data can not be changed. For communal reservation only one can be selected. For special reservation, multiple categories can be selected. Be sure to select the correct income band and the actual income. No need to send any certificate or its copy to the University. Originals of these are to be produced at the time of counselling.

In case the registration process is not finished in one go, you can re- login later on using your User Name and Password to complete the process. Press "FINAL SUBMISSION" menu before taking a print out of the application. Keep it for your record.

Application Fee:

Sl No.CourseApplication Fee (Rupees)*
GeneralNRISC/ STForeign Students (US $)
B.Tech/LET/MSc/MA, MCA, MBA, LLB, LLM, M.Tech, M.Phil, Ph.D950**5950425100

*The fee has to be remitted at SBI or SBT branches by cash or by online payment using credit/ debit cards. For M. Phil., and Ph.D., Diploma, Certificate and MA translation courses the application is to be obtained from respective Departments. The DD for these courses is to be drawn in favour of "Registrar, CUSAT", payable at Cochin.

Fee Remittance:

The application fee for CAT 2012 can be paid by two methods: 1) by remitting the required amount at the SBI or SBT branches using a fee chellan print-out obtained while filling up on-line application form 2) by online payment using Credit/ Debit/ card of any bank (Visa or Master card)

The fee chellan can be printed out if you opt to pay by cash remittance at bank counter. Sign in the appropriate space in the chellan and remit the fee at the respective bank counter. Please ensure that the Journal Number written by the bank is legible. Also note down the bank branch code and and branch name which will be required when you re-login to complete the application form. Once you complete these formalities, the confirmation page will be displayed which can be printed out for your record. Keep it safe.

If you opt to pay by online payment, you will be directed to the corresponding web page. Key in the card number in the space provided. Also, enter the three-digit security number shown in the back side of the card. Instead, If the PIN is requested, input the same. Wait till the processing over. Do not press return or back key during this time. On successful completion of the payment a message will be displayed. A transaction-id also will be indicated.. Note it down and keep it safe. You will be navigated back to the University web page where you will get the confirmation page printed out which will have, among other information, the transaction-id of the payment. The confirmation page is for your record. Keep it safe.

DAT Application:

Admission to some selected courses is done throgh an Deparmental Admission Test (DAT) conducted by individual Departments. The application for these courses (except M. Tech) are to obtained from the respective Departments by remtting required Application Fee as DD drawn in favour of "Registrar, CUSAT", payable at Cochin. For M. Tech courses, the application is to be submitted online.

CAT/LET - 2013 Results:

The results of the CAT/LET 2013 will be published in the web sites www.cusat.nic.in and www.cusat.ac.in on 28-05-2013 and will also be available with the Director, Public Relations and Publications, CUSAT.

The results of the Departmental admission tests will be published by the Department/School concerned.

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