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DUET 2021: What and How to Prepare?

Conducted by Delhi University, the Delhi University Entrance Test can be attempted by candidates aspiring for admission to UG, PG, Ph.D., and MPhil programmes in 51 colleges. Held online, the exam will be announced by NTA (National Testing Agency) soon. NTA started conducting the examination in the year 2019.

The paper will be conducted in CBT mode (Computer Based Test) and will comprise Multiple Choice Questions. The national-level exam is conducted in three shifts across a total of 101 centres located in 18 cities.


The 18 cities are Bangalore, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Varanasi, Patna, Ranchi, Nagpur, Trivandrum, Mumbai, Jammu, Jaipur, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi (NCR), Guwahati, Chandigarh, and Bhubaneswar.


Important Point. The following dates are tentative.

  • The registration form is likely to be released online in the month of May 2021.

  • Candidates who have successfully submitted the registration form can access their admit cards in the month of July.

  • The examination will take place in June 2021.

  • During the examination, candidates are requested to carry their printed Admit Card, a passport size photograph, photo identity card proof, and any Person with Disability certificate.

Eligibility. The eligibility varies among the courses.

  • Students are requested to go through the eligibility criteria for their desired course before filling the application form.

  • There no age limitation for applying to the PG and UG courses.

  • The candidate appearing for the examination must be an Indian citizen.

  • They should have completed their 10+2 boards from a recognised school and board if applying for UG courses. On the other hand, candidates applying for PG courses must have a bachelor’s degree from recognised university.

Exam Pattern.

  • Before starting the preparation for the DUET 2021, candidates must go through the exam pattern and syllabus as it varies among the subjects.

  • The paper is for 400 marks with MCQs. The paper will be in English and Hindi languages.

  • Candidates must attempt 100 questions within 2 hours.

  • Each correct answer will bear four marks, while a negative mark will be allotted for each wrong answer.

  • The typical sections include General Awareness, Current Affairs, Logical Reasoning, and Analytical Ability in all the course entrance papers.

  • After clearing the examination, candidates applying for PG courses need to appear for an Interview round or Group Discussion. Interview and Group Discussion rounds are applicable only for a few PG courses.

Weightage and Syllabus.

  • Reasoning and General Awareness carries 30 marks. Language Comprehension has 20 marks. Subject knowledge up to Class 10 is for 40 marks, while Teaching Aptitude and Sensitivity towards disability is for ten marks.

  • For UG courses, the syllabus will be taken from 10+1 and 10+2 topics. For the PG courses entrance examination, the syllabus will be based on graduation-level topics.

Preparation Tips.

Aspiring students need to begin the preparation as early as possible to get a head-start among the competition.

  • Familiarising yourself with the syllabus and exam pattern.

  • Getting the examination pattern will help you begin your time management preparation.

  • Creating a study schedule and following a timetable is proved helpful as it offers an organised way for preparation.

  • Collecting relevant materials and books.

  • Practicing previous years’ question papers helps understand the questions mentioned in the papers. By practicing, you can differentiate the strong and weak points in the preparation.

  • Repeating revisions.

  • Maintaining a healthy diet and sleep.

All the best!

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