In order to be fully eligible for admission in in Undergraduate Programs in School of Science and School of Engineering of Kathmandu University, candidates must have passed 10+2 level (or equivalent) with a minimum aggregate GPA of 2.0 (aggregate 50% in percentage scale) and must have appeared in Kathmandu University Common Admission Test (KUCAT-CBT) and obtained the required threshold score in the test.
Candidates are tested for their abilities in either PCM (Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics) or PCB (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology) depending on the program in which the candidate is seeking admission. Admission is offered in merit basis based on KUCAT score in all the categories described in the call for application.
KUCAT currently is conducted in computer based mode called Computer Based Test (CBT). The Schools replaced KUCAT Paper Based Test (KUCAT-PBT) with KUCAT-CBT in 2014 as CBT can offer a number of advantages over PBT, such as larger score range, reduction of risk of unfair practice, automatic scoring, and flexibility in conducting tests. The test is conducted only after the call for admission and ONLY at KU Main Campus, Dhulikhel. The test is not available ONLINE.
Based on the program the candidate is seeking admission, he/she can choose following test groups in KUCAT-CBT. One should be clear about the choice of the program before selecting the test group.
- PCM (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics)
- BE in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Communication)
- BE in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Power and Control)
- BE in Mechanical Engineering (Automobile)
- BE in Mechanical Engineering (Design and Manufacturing)
- BE in Mechanical Engineering (Energy Technology)
- BE in Mechanical Engineering (Hydropower)
- BE in Civil Engineering (Specialization in Hydropower)
- BE in Chemical Engineering
- B.Tech. in Environmental Engineering
- BE in Computer Engineering
- BE in Geomatics Engineering
- B.Arch in Architecture
- B.Sc. in Computer Science
- BTech in AI
- B.Sc. in Computational Mathematics
- PCB (Physics, Chemistry and Biology or PCM)
- B.Sc. in Environmental Science
- B.Tech. in Biotechnology
- B.Sc. in Agriculture
- Total duration of each test (KUCAT-CBT) is two hours and has 120 multiple choice questions in total.
- The test contains three parts one for each in PCM or PCB. There are 40 multiple choice questions in each part. The questions are distributed uniformly across the topics of the syllabi provided at the end of this document.
- For each subject, the syllabus has 40 topics. In actual test, one question will be asked from each topic.
- Questions are categorized into one of the five possible difficulty levels from 1 to 5; 1 being the easiest and 5 being the toughest.
- Each part of the exam starts with a difficulty level 1 question. If a candidate answers a question of a particular difficulty level correctly, the difficulty level of the subsequent question will be increased by 1. Similarly, if a candidate answers a question of a particular difficulty level incorrectly, the difficulty level of the subsequent question will be decreased by 1. However, answering a difficulty level 5 questions correctly or a difficulty level 1 question incorrectly will not change the difficulty level of the subsequent question.
- Initial score of the candidate is zero. Answering a question of difficulty level 1 will add 11 points to the candidate's total score while the score added by higher difficulty level question increases by 2 for each of the higher difficulty level. (For e.g. answering question of difficulty level 5 correctly, adds 19 to the total score).
- CBT scores range from 0 to 2220, 0 being the score for attempting all the questions and answering all of them incorrectly and 2220 being the score for answering all the questions correctly.
- The candidates are not allowed to skip any questions or go back to the submitted questions but are allowed to switch between the subjects (parts) any time during the test.
- The score of 480 is benchmarked as the minimum threshold (PASS MARK) in KUCAT-CBT 2021 for the programs offered by the School of Science while the score of 528 is benchmarked as the minimum threshold (PASS MARK) in KUCAT-CBT 2021 for the programs offered by the School of Engineering. A candidate shall at least obtain this score for being eligible to be offered admission in respective programs.
- The candidate will be able to view their KUCAT-CBT scores at the end of their tests.
Syllabus for Biology for KUCAT
Syllabus for Mathematics for KUCAT
Syllabus for Chemistry for KUCAT
A. General & Physical Chemistry:
B. Inorganic Chemistry:
Syllabus for Physics for KUCAT
B. Heat & Thermodynamics:
F. Magnetic field and Current: