Delhi CET 2020: Application, Admission, Dates, Eligibility, Syllabus & Cut Off

Delhi CET or Common Entrance Test is the eligibility test for diploma programs in a full time basis (Polytechnic Engineering) and for diploma programmes of non-engineering background in all the private and government Polytechnic Institutions in Delhi. Conducted by DTTE or the Department of Training and Technical Education, which is a governmental body of the national capital, CET 2020  is also known as the Delhi Polytechnic Entrance for the students of the state and outside. Even those who are interested in 1-year certificate course from WCSC or World Class Skill Centre, qualifying in CET is a must.

Delhi CET 2020

Everything you need to know about Delhi CET 2020

On the official website of DTTE or CET Delhi, the candidates can find the application form for the 2020 CET. Candidates can apply for different courses through five different tests conducted in CET. As a matter of fact, eligibility criterion for each course is different however the exam pattern is same –objective type 150 questions. After declaration of result, the main process of allotment to different colleges starts. Any qualified candidate failing to attend the counseling rounds would be deemed ineligible. During the selection process, candidates from Delhi are allotted 85% seats while the rest is for candidates outside Delhi. Also check – Engineering & Medical colleges in Delhi.

Eligibility Criteria For Different Diploma Courses

Before applying for any course and filling out the application forms, candidates should go through the eligibility requirement. Have a look –


Test 1 (Engineering/ Technology and Non-engineering Diploma, Occupational Courses)


Courses offered –Fashion Designing, Applied Art, Fabrication Technology, Tool and Dye making, Textile design, Architectural assistantship, Applied Art, Automobile engineering, Chemical engineering, Civil Engineering (Environment, Health, Construction, etc), Electrical engineering, Health and Cosmetology, Electronics (Digital and Medical), Information Technology (Enabled Services and Management), Instrumentation-Control, Interior Designing, Mechanical Engineering (Maintenance), Production Engineering, Polymer Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Library and Information Science, Printing Technology etc. For jobs, please check – Govt jobs for diploma passed candidates.

Qualification –Candidates must be passed out from or appearing in class 10th final examination conducted by any recognized 10+2 education system like CBSE.

Minimum Qualifying Marks –minimum 35% marks (or CGPA 3.7) is required in the main subjects namely Mathematics, English and Science

Test 2 (Diploma in Modern Office Practice in English, 1-year Certificate Course)

Courses Offered –Finance Executive, Retail services, Hospitality operations in WCSC (World Class Skill Centre), Modern Office Practice in English

Qualification –Candidates must have passed or appearing in 10+2 or any equivalent from any stream from any recognized education system like CBSE.

Minimum Qualifying Marks –Candidates must obtain 45% (40% aggregate for reserved category candidate) in the best three subjects, English being compulsory in them. Both in Modern Office Practice and Certificate Course, the qualifying marks remain the same.

Test 3 (Diploma in Modern Office Practice in Hindi)

Courses Offered –Modern Office Practice in Hindi

Qualification –Candidates must be passed from or appearing in any 10+2 examination from recognized board or educational system.

Minimum Qualifying Marks –Candidates must obtain 45% marks in aggregate (40% for reserved category candidate) in the best three subjects, Hindi or Sanskrit being compulsory in them.

Test 4 (Diploma in Pharmacy, 1-year Certificate Course)

Courses Offered –Diploma Course in Pharmacy, Software Testing Assistant in WCSC (World Class Skill Centre)

Qualification –Candidates must be appearing in or passed from any 10+2 examination conducted by any recognized education board where English is compulsory subject. For pharmacy diploma, the mandatory subjects include Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and/or Biology (Zoology and Botany compulsory in Biology).

Minimum Qualifying Marks –Candidates must have obtained 45% aggregate in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and/or Biology. Reserved candidates should obtain minimum 40% marks in the subjects mentioned before.

Test 5 (Lateral Entry admission for supernumery seats of 10% in corresponding diploma courses)

This test is applicable for candidates from Delhi region only, considering that they are either pass outs of 10+2 examination of Vocational Engineering Stream or ITI. Passed candidates have to submit their mark sheet or equivalent certificate, otherwise they will be deemed as ineligible.

Courses Offered –Automobile Engineering, Electronics (Medical, Digital) and Communication Engineering, Architectural Assistantship, Civil Engineering (Construction, Public Health, Environment), Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (Maintenance), Production Engineering, Tool and Dye Making, Polymer Technology, Information Technology (Enabled Service and Management) etc

Qualification –Candidates must be appearing in or have passed out from any equivalent 10+2 examination from Vocational Engineering Stream located in Delhi. ITI candidates should have passed the 10th final examination with two years ITI from any ITC or ITIs in Delhi with affiliation of DGE&T or BTE.

Minimum Qualifying Marks –Candidates have to obtain 60% marks in the best five subjects. The subject combination should be either compulsory Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and/or Biology (Zoology and Botany being mandatory), or 12th Science + Mathematics as compulsory, or 12th Science + Vocational, or 12th Science + Technical, or 10th + Two years ITI having apt Trade for being eligible in admission to 2nd year Diploma of recognized Programme.

Age Criteria For The Tests

As on 1st August 2020, the age limit for boys and girls of General category will be 24 and 30 respectively, that for OBC boys and girls will be 27 and 30 respectively and that for SC/ST/PWD boys and girls will be 29 and 35 respectively. This is applicable for the tests 2, 3, 4 and 5.

For Test 1, as on 1st August 2020, the age limit for boys and girls of General category will be 21 and 23 respectively, that for OBC boys and girls will be 24 and 26 respectively and that for SC/ST/PWD boys and girls will be 26 and 28 respectively.

Reservation Of Seats

The highest number of seats is allotted for the OBC category with 27%, followed by the SC category with 15%. ST category candidates will get 7.5% allotted seats while PWD candidates will get 3% allotted seats. There are also 5% seats allotted for defense personnel and 0.5% seats for NCC cadets. 0.5% seats are reserved for government employee, employee of judicial and legislative services or have the liability of being transferred outside Delhi.

For candidates in Delhi, 17% seats are reserved for SC category, 1% is for ST category and 27% for OBC category.

Important Dates To Keep In Mind for Delhi CET 2020

The application forms will be released on the official website and other educational websites in the third week in March. From then onwards, you have time till the third week of April to submit the application fee. No application will be accepted after the third week of April.

You can edit your application till the fourth week of April. On the third week of May, the CET 2020 admit cards will be released for downloading online. The exam is scheduled to take place in the second week of May.

In Second week of June, the result will be announced followed by the commencement of the Counseling in same week.

The tentative dates of the above are yet to release. Make sure to check the website on regular basis for the final dates.

Application Form

The application form can be filled online from the official website of Delhi CET ( Judging by the eligibility and age criteria, the candidates can fill in the application for each test. If you wish to apply for more than one test, you need to fill in separate application form provided for that specific test. For one test, any candidate can submit only one application.

From 20th April in 2018 onwards, DTTE has introduced the application correction facility i.e. you can edit the application submitted by you, but only within the period bound by the authority. All the data except the test and the candidate name can be edited or changed.

Application Process

The registration process for the Delhi CET 2020 is divided in three steps. First, you fill the registration form, upload the scanned images of their apt photograph, full signature along with left thumb impression and finally make payment of the fee.

The application fee is INR 400 along with INR 18 as bank charge and INR 3 for GST.

Candidates can pay online by using credit or debit card, net banking and e-Wallet. The paid fee will not be refunded. Besides, there is also offline payment system in which you have to pay through bank challan from any Corporation Bank of India branch any working day before 3 PM.

Admit Card

After the release date of the admit cards are announced, the candidates can go to the official Delhi CET website and log in to their profile with the credentials entered during registration process. Generally, the admit cards are available one week prior to the date of examination. Until the admission process is completed, the admit card should be printed out and made a few copies for emergency. The admit card is the only identification proof that is applicable for the admission and counseling.

The card or hall ticket is issued only for those candidates who had successfully and properly submitted the application fee and the form. The admit card bears the name of candidate, his/her date of birth, father’s name, photograph, signature, roll number, category, name, date and time of the exam and the centre (in Delhi only) allotted for the exam. Under no circumstances, the location of the examination will be changed.

Admit cards are available online only and can be downloaded only after logging in. candidate has to affix his/her photograph. After the test, the card should be retained till admission as no duplicate card can be downloaded or issued once the exam is over. Without the admit card, no candidate will be allowed to sit for the exam.

Exam Pattern

The exam is taken in offline mode with pen, paper and OMR sheet. The 150 objective MCQ or multiple choice questions carry 600 marks. The questions will have four options, of which the correct answer should be marked on OMR. The exam duration is two and a half hours. Candidates should carry black ball pen to mark their choice of answers on the OMR Sheet.

For Diploma entrance for Pharmacy in test 4, the full marks will be 210. Here the candidates will have to answer 60 questions taking either from Biology or from Mathematics. The subject option chosen, should be mentioned at the apt location of the answer sheet. In case questions from both subjects are answered, the answer sheet will be disqualified and result withheld.

For each correct option you choose, you will be awarded 4 marks and for each wrong option you choose, you will be deducted 1 mark.

Bilingual –Hindi and English question paper will be issued for the Test 1, Test 4 and Test 5. Only English medium question paper will be provided for Test 2 while for Test 3, the question paper will be in Hindi medium. In case there is any discrepancy, the English version of the answers will be considered as correct version.

Questions Based On Subjects For Each Test

According to CBSE syllabus of 2018, the question numbers allotted for different subjects for different tests are mentioned below –

  • Test 1 – 50 for mathematics, 40 for Physics, 30 for Chemistry, 15 for Biology and 15 for English
  • Test 2 –60 for English Comprehension and Grammar, 45 for Current Affairs knowledge and 45 for Analytical and Logical ability
  • Test 3 –60 for Hindi Comprehension and Grammar, 45 for Current Affairs knowledge and 45 for Analytical and Logical ability
  • Test 4 –45 for Physics, 45 for Chemistry and 60 each for Mathematics and Biology, of which you have to attempt for either 60 questions of Mathematics or 60 questions of Biology)
  • Test 5 –30 for Physics, 30 for Mathematics, 30 for Chemistry, 30 for Biology, 15 for English and 15 for General Aptitude. The pattern changes to 60 for Mathematics, 60 for Physics and 30 for Chemistry

Test Syllabus For Different Tests

The Delhi CET 2020 syllabus is depended according to 2017-2018 CBSE IX-X subject syllabus. For different tests, the syllabus changes –

  • Test 1 –The Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English and Mathematics syllabus for 9th and 10th standard for the exam held in 2017-18.
  • Test 2 –The English syllabus for 12th standard as per the session of 2017-18 along with general syllabus for reasoning and current affairs.
  • Test 3 –The Hindi syllabus of 12th standard as per the exam held in the session 2017-18 along with general knowledge of reasoning and current affairs.
  • Test 4 –The 11th and 12th standard syllabus for Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics as per the exam held for the session of 2017-18
  • Test 5 –The 10th, 11th and 12th syllabus for Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and English as per the exam held in the session of 2017-18.

Cut Off Marks For CET 2020

The cut off marks determine whether the candidate gets admission to any college or not as all the institutions have limited number of seats. The cut off marks are decided by judging various factors like difficulty level of exam, number of students (which increase each year), candidates’ performance, availability of seats in different institutions etc.

According to the marks obtained by each candidate, the controller of examination prepares the merit list for the five tests under different category. For a general candidate, minimum 10% marks need to be obtained to get selected for admission, while that for the reserved category including SC, ST, PWD, OBC will be minimum 5%. No candidate obtaining 5% on relaxation basis will be eligible for selection in general category.

Delhi CET 2020 Answer Key And Result

Before the final publication of result, the candidates will be able to download the answer key from the official website and other corresponding websites. DTTE authority releases the full answer key with which the candidates can tally their marked result and get an idea of the marks they would obtain.

After the final results are published, candidates can log in to their profile from the Delhi CET official website by entering roll number, ID, password and security code. Here they will be shown whether they are qualified and eligible for admission or not. Those candidates, who have qualified, will be able to appear for counseling.

The result published on the website will be final; there will be no scrutiny, re-evaluation, re-checking and re-assessment for the exam. The ranking will be done according to merit ranking and eligibility for each test. The rank list for the CET 2020 will be published separately according to various categories.

The result will not be sent by post and hence, candidates should take a few screenshots of the result for future use.

Delhi CET 2020 Counseling

After the result of Delhi CET 2020 is published, the counseling process will start online. The selected candidates will have to register themselves on the official website by paying the processing fee. On completion of registration, the candidates can choose the prospective colleges and the courses they wish to pursue. Based on the candidate’s choice, the result of the seat allotment will be announced.

Now after successful document verification and partial payment of the admission fee, the candidates can lock (reserve) their seat and report to the institution allocated at the last phase of counseling for final allotment of seats.

Only qualified candidates of the tests will be able to download the call letter from the official website. They need to reach the venue at the exact time prescribed on the call letter –failing to do so will lead to cancellation of their counseling.

Counseling Fee

The counseling fee for appearing in the admission process is INR 700 + INR 3 as GST + INR 20 as bank charge. The counseling fee can be submitted both offline and online as per your convenience and preference.

Documents To Be Produced During Counseling

With admission fee, the candidates must bring the following documents to appear in the counseling.

  • Recent passport size photograph (keep spare for emergency)
  • Admit card of the test /hall ticket
  • Scorecard of the test
  • Hard-copy of Application form filled online
  • Fee slip (offline challan/ online invoice print out)
  • Original mark sheet of the 10 + 2 examination or any equivalent examination recognized by the authority
  • High School certificate and original mark sheet as date of birth proof
  • If the candidate claims for NCC, NSS, Extra Curricular Activity or Sports weightage, proper certificate is to be shown
  • Those belonging to reserved or minority category like  SC, ST or OBC or are Defense Personnel, PH/FF dependent, the category certificate issued by any competent authority will be needed.

So, here a detailed idea of the Delhi CET 2020 can be attained along with important dates, admission process, eligibility criteria and more. For more updates, keep track of the relevant website.

Dharmesh Shrivastav
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