Kathmandu University Common Admission Test

Kathmandu University Common Admission Test


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.

  1. 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
  2. PCB (Physics, Chemistry and Biology or PCM)
    • B.Sc. in Environmental Science
    • B.Tech. in Biotechnology
  3. PCB
    • B.Sc. in Agriculture         

Salient Features

    • 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.

Admission Criteria

Syllabus for Biology for KUCAT

  1. Introduction to Biology
  2. Cell, cell-division and life components
  3. Origin of Life
  4. Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection
  5. Human Evolution
  6. Heredity and variation
  7. Regulation of replication, transcription, translation and expression of genetic material
  8. Concept of Taxonomy
  9. Monera
  10. Viruses
  11. Protista
  12. My cota
  13. Plantae
  14. Morphology, Reproduction, Growth and Development of Flowering Plant
  15. Photosynthesis
  16. Transpiration
  17. Animalia
  18. Study of Earthworm
  19. Study of Frog
  20. Animal Tissues
  21. Animal Nutrition and Digestive system
  22. Respiratory system
  23. Circulation of body fluids
  24. Excretion and osmoregulation
  25. Nervous system
  26. Endocrine system
  27. Animal reproduction and embryonic development
  28. Aminocentesis
  29. Growth, Repair, Regeneration, Ageing and Death
  30. Animal Behaviour
  31. Concept of ecosystem
  32. Environmental pollution
  33. Green-house effect and global warming
  34. Conservation of Natural resources
  35. Pesticides
  36. Bio-fertilizers and biological pest control
  37. Biotechnology
  38. Domestication of plants and crop improvements
  39. Bioenergy
  40. Mental health, addiction and community health


Syllabus for Mathematics for KUCAT

  1. Representation of Data
  2. Measures of Location and Spread
  3. Probability
  4. Permutation and Combination
  5. Probability Distributions
  6. Binomial Distributions
  7. Expectation and Variance of a random variable
  8. Normal Distribution
  9. Surds and indices
  10. Functions and Graphs
  11. Quadratics and Inequalities
  12. Differentiation
  13. Application of Differentiation
  14. Sequences
  15. Binomial Theorem
  16. Trigonometry
  17. Extending Differentiation
  18. Vectors
  19. Geometric Sequences
  20. Second Derivative
  21. Integration
  22. Volume of revolution
  23. Polynomial
  24. The Modulus function
  25. Exponential and Logarithmic function
  26. Differentiating Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
  27. Differentiating Trigonometric Function
  28. Determinants
  29. Matrices
  30. Equation of Straight Lines
  31. A pair of lines
  32. System of linear equations
  33. System of Linear Inequalities and Graphs
  34. Complex Numbers
  35. Limits and Continuity
  36. Coordinate Space
  37. Plane
  38. Concept of Sets
  39. Relation
  40. Functions


Syllabus for Chemistry for KUCAT

A. General & Physical Chemistry:

  1. Language of Chemistry
  2. Gaseous state of matter
  3. Liquid state of matter
  4. Solid state of matter
  5. Laws of Stoichiometry
  6. Avogadro's Hypothesis and its important applications
  7. Atomic structure
  8. Quantum numbers
  9. Chemical bonding
  10. Oxidation and Reduction
  11. Periodic Table
  12. Acids, Bases and Salts
  13. Acidimetry and Alkalimetry
  14. Electrochemistry
  15. Electrode potential
  16. Chemical Kinetics
  17. Chemical Equilibrium
  18. LeChatelier's Principle
  19. Chemical Thermodynamics
  20. Entropy and spontaneity

B. Inorganic Chemistry:

  1. Hydrogen, Oxygen and Nitrogen
  2. Carbon
  3. Sulphur and its compound
  4. Halogen and halogen acids
  5. Introduction to Metals
  6. Alkali and alkaline earth metals
  7. Coinage metals
  8. Heavy metals Organic Chemistry:
  9. Introduction to Organic Chemistry
  10. Hydrocarbons
  11. Organic halogen compounds
  12. Alcohols
  13. Ethers
  14. Carbonyl Compounds
  15. Carboxylic Acids
  16. Amines
  17. Aromatic Hydrocarbons
  18. Aniline and Nitrobenzene
  19. Carbohydrates, Proteins, Nucleic Acids, Lipids
  20. Polymers, Pesticides, Dyes and Drugs.

Syllabus for Physics for KUCAT

A. Mechanics:

  1. Physical Quantity
  2. Kinematics
  3. Dynamics
  4. Energy
  5. Rotational motion
  6. Gravitation
  7. Structure and Properties of Matter
  8. Elasticity
  9. Viscosity
  10. Surface tension

B. Heat & Thermodynamics:

  1. Heat and temperature
  2. Transmission of heat
  3. Basic assumption of kinetic theory of gasses
  4. Thermodynamics

C. Optics:

  1. Reflection
  2. Refraction
  3. Speed of light
  4. Dispersion of light
  5. Optical Instrument
  6. Photometry

D. Waves:

  1. Wave motion
  2. Sound
  3. Electromagnetic waves Electrostatics and D. C. Circuits:
  4. Simple Electrostatic Phenomenon
  5. Charge flow
  6. Resistance
  7. Effect of Current
  8. Capacitors

F. Magnetic field and Current:

  1. Magnetic field
  2. Force on conductor
  3. Magnetic materials
  4. Electromagnetic induction
  5. Alternating current
  1. G. Modern Physics:
  1. Electron
  2. Photons
  3. Electronic
  4. Atoms
  5. Nucleus
  6. Radioactivity
  7. Elementary particles