PESSAT 2019 - Syllabus, Eligibility, Application form, 2019 Notification

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Exam Summary

Exam Name Peoples Education Society Scholastic Aptitude Test
Commonly Known As PESSAT
Organizing Authority PES University, Bangalore
Official Website
Exam Type University Level Entrance Examination
Programs Offered B.Tech, M.Tech, BBA HEM/LLB, B.Design, MBA, M.Sc
Mode of Exam Computer based
Type of questions MCQ
Exam Date 20th April to 15th May, 2018 (Except May 1, 2, 3, 4)

What is PESSAT?

Peoples Education Society Scholastic Aptitude Test (PESSAT) is an all India online entrance exam conducted by PES University every year in the month of May. The exam acts a gateway for admission of candidates into various programmes offered by the university. The test is conducted in over 42 cities of the country.

Structure of PESSAT exam

PESSAT is a computer-based/online test which is conducted once every year. The duration and types of question in the test differs according to the subjects and type of course.

The structure and pattern of the test of various courses are as follows:

The structure and pattern of PESSAT for B.Tech

The duration of the test is 180 minutes or 3 hours. The format of the questions in the test is objective type. There are 180 questions in total where the candidate needs to attend one question in a time limit of one minute. The syllabus of PESSAT for B.Tech usually covers questions of physics, chemistry, mathematics from class 11th and 12th.  The paper contains 2 sections. Section-1 contains questions of mathematics, physics, and chemistry and Section-2 contains 20 question related to English grammar. There is no negative marking in PESSAT.

Overview of the test B.Tech

The structure and pattern of PESSAT for BBA/ BBA HEM and BBA LLB

The duration of the test is 120 minutes or 2 hours. BBA/BBA HEM contains 150 questions and BBA-LLB contains 110 questions. BBA/BBA HEM covers 3 subjects/ topics and BBA-LLB covers 4 subjects/ topics.

Overview of BBA/BBA HEM

Overview of BBA LLB

The structure and pattern of PESSAT for MBA/ M.Com

The duration of the test is 120 minutes or 2 hours. The format of the question in the test is objective type. Total there are 120 questions. There is no negative marking in PESSAT. The test covers 4 subject or topic.

Overview of MBA/M.Com

The structure and pattern of PESSAT for M.Tech

The duration of the test is 120 minutes or 2 hours. The format of the question in the test is objective type. Total there are 120 questions. There is no negative marking in PESSAT. The test covers 4 subject or topic.

Overview of M.Tech

The structure and pattern of PESSAT for MCA

The duration of the test is 120 minutes or 2 hours. The format of the question in the test is objective type. Total there are 120 questions. There is no negative marking in PESSAT. The test covers 4 subject or topic.

Overview of MCA

The structure and pattern of PESSAT for M.Sc. (Applied Economics)

The duration of the test is 120 minutes or 2 hours. The format of the question in the test is objective type. Total there are 120 questions. There is no negative marking in PESSAT. The test covers 4 subject or topic.

Overview of M.Sc. (Applied Economics)
Subjects/Topics Number of questions
English Comprehensive/ Verbal Ability 30
Analytical and Logical Reasoning 30
Quantitative Reasoning 30
Indian Economic Development 30
Total 120 questions

The structure and pattern of PESSAT for B.Design

This is the only test of PESSAT which uses paper and pen as the mode of conducting the test. It’s also known as DAT, Design Aptitude Test. The duration of the test is 120 minutes. It covers over 10 subjects or topics.

Overview of Subjects/Topics for B.Design
Basic knowledge of colours and form
General knowledge
Sensitivity to aspects of typography
Spatial Sense
Ability to visualize/imagine
3D visualization
Free-hand sketching
Interpreting Natural laws and basic engineering
Basic English
Basic analytical ability

PESSAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must qualify class 12th or any equivalent course with minimum 60% aggregate marks from a recognized board.
  • Candidates other than CBSE, ICSE, State, IB and IGCSE boards have to take permission before applying for admission to the University for B.Tech programmes.
  • There is no specific age criterion by the university.
  • A candidate can give the PESSAT aptitude test only once.

Application forms and submission procedure

Candidates can register for PESSAT from the following link:



Candidates have to register themselves by selecting the course they want to apply, entering the name, e-mail, date of birth and submitting.


After registration, the candidate has to fill details about them which contains their religion, caste, mother tongue, place of birth, address, parent’s details, education qualifications, the center of examination etc and select the declaration and submit.


After providing all the details the candidate has to upload photos of them and their signature and required educational documents.


After uploading the documents candidate has to pay the application fees. Payment can be done either offline or online through net banking, credit/debit card or demand draft and e-challan.


After confirming and submitting the article candidate must take few printouts of the application for future reference.

The application fee for the test is INR 1050/- which the candidates can either pay online or offline.

Online the payment can be done by credit/debit cards or net banking. Offline payment can be done by Challan or Demand draft.

If the candidate is paying through challan they must print both application form and e-challan, pay at the bank and submit the hardcopy of the stamped challan. If the candidate is paying through demand draft they must pay it in favour of “PES University General Fund” payable at Bangalore.

In case of offline submission of form candidates have to submit or send the same to the following address:

Manager- Admissions,

Office of Admissions,

PES University,

100 Ft Ring Road,

BSK 3rd Stage,

Bangalore- 560085

Admit Card

Admit card is said to be issued by 21st April 2018. It can be accessed from the official site of PESSAT. Admit card will be issued to the ones who have booked slots before the test. The admit card can be downloaded by entering the candidate’s online registration number and date of birth. Admit card is very important during the day of the examination.

Details included in the admit card are as follows:

  • Full name of the candidate
  • Scanned photograph and signature of the candidate
  • Address, Date and Time of the examination
  • Guidelines for the examination

Admission Procedure

Once the test is done candidates can check their result/rank card from the official site by entering their registration number and date of birth. The candidate must take a printout of the rank card and present it at time of counselling.

Admission is merely done on basis of the rank secured by the candidate in the test.

The scholarship will be provided to the candidate after they enter the university and prove their merit in an academic year.

Documents that a candidate should carry during counselling or personal interview are as follows:

  • PESSAT rank card
  • PESSAT counselling call letter
  • Class 11thmarksheet
  • Class 12thmarksheet
  • Caste Certificate (if applicable)
  • Admission fee in cash/DD


The notification for the examination is published in the month of October/November every year. The notification for PESSAT 2018 is already out and candidates can view the same by visiting the official website.


The syllabus of PESSAT will differ as per the choice of the course of a candidate.

Let us have a glance at the syllabus of the subjects mentioned in the above tables:

Sets Relations and Functions
Complex Numbers Quadratic Equation
Matrices and Determinants Principles of Mathematical Induction
Sequence and Series Permutations and Combinations
Limits Continuity and Differentiability
Application of Binomial Theorem Integral Calculus
Differential Equation Vector Algebra
Trigonometry Coordinate Geometry
Three Dimensional Geometry Probability
Statistics Mathematical Reasoning
Aptitude Test
Awareness of places, persons, buildings, and materials Texture and objects related to Architecture and building environment
Visualising 3D objects from 2D drawings Visualising different sides of 3D objects
Mental Ability (Visual, Numerical and Verbal), Analytical Reasoning Three dimensional – perception and appreciation of scale and proportion of objects, colour texture, building forms and elements, contrast and harmony.
Drawing and designing of geometrical or abstract shapes and patterns in pencil Transformation of forms both 2 D and 3 D union
Elevations and 3 D views of objects Rotation Development of surfaces and volumes
Generation of Plan Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shapes and forms
Sketching of activities from memory of urban scenes (public space, festivals, market, street scenes, recreational spaces monuments, etc.), landscape (gardens, trees, riverfronts, jungles, plants etc.) and rural life.
Quantitative Ability
Algebra Fundamentals operations in Algebra, Expansion, Factorization, Simultaneous linear/quadratic equations, Indices, Logarithms, Arithmetic, Geometric and Harmonic Progression, Binomial Theorem, Permutations and Combinations, Surds, Matrices and Determinants, Application to the solution of simultaneous linear equations.
Coordinate Geometry Rectangular Cartesian Coordinates, Equations of a line, Midpoint, Intersections etc, Equations of a Circle, Distance Formulae, Pair of Straight Lines, Parabola, Ellipse and Hyperbola, Simple Geometric Transformation (Translation, Rotation, Scaling).
Calculus Limit of functions, Continuous Functions, Differentiation of Function, Tangents and Normal, Maxima and Minima, Integration of function by parts, substitution and partial fraction, definite integral application to volumes and surfaces of frustums of a sphere, cone, cylinder, and Taylor series.
Differential Equations Differential Equations of First Order and their Solutions, Linear Differential Equations with Constant Coefficients, Homogeneous Linear Differential Equations
Vector Position Vector, Addition and Subtraction of Vectors, Scalar and Vector Products and their applications to simple geometrical and problems and mechanics
Quantitative Ability
Number Systems LCM and HCF Percentages Profit, Loss and Discount
Time and Work Averages Simple Interest Speed, Time and Distance
Ratio and Proportion Compound Interest Quadratic Equations Complex Numbers
Linear Equations Logarithm Progressions Binomial Theorem
Surds and Indices Inequalities Permutation and Combination Probability
Function and Graphs Set Theory Mixtures and Alligations Geometry
Coordinate Geometry Trigonometry Mensuration

For detailed information about other subjects, candidates can refer the official website of the exam.

PESSAT 2018 Important Dates

Candidates must go through the following tables carefully as it gives away information about the important dates related to PESSAT 2018.

PESSAT Dates for B.Tech

PESSAT Dates for B.Arch

PESSAT Dates for all other courses

List of PESSAT Examination Centres

PESSAT 2018 will be conducted across all the major cities in India. Here is the list of available major centres for the examination:

  • New Delhi
  • Mumbai
  • Chennai
  • Bengaluru
  • Hyderabad
  • Pune

Contact Details

Any type of communication regarding PESSAT 2018 can be made through the below mentioned communication details:


BANGALORE – 560 085

E-Mail: [email protected]

Helpline No: +91 80 26721983,
+91 80 26722108

Candidates are advised to thoroughly go through the FAQ section given on the official website before contacting the University for Clarification of any doubt.

List of colleges accepting PESSAT score

Successful candidates of PESSAT 2018 can seek admission into various courses offered by PES University.


Students can have an idea of the cut-off of PESSAT 2018 by having a look at the previous year cut-off.This will be the third edition of PESSAT and previous year trends show that those candidates who will secure rank within 1000 stand a good chance of getting admission in an engineering course. (Source: Inputs from aspirants on Quora)

PESSAT Results

The results of PESSAT will be declared around the last week of May 2018. Candidates will be able to check their results and download their scorecard from the official website. After the conduction of the examination, candidates are expected to regularly visit the official website for updates regarding declaration of results.

Score Validity

The validity of the examination score stands for the particular academic year only. Hence, the validity of PESSAT score will be for the academic year 2018-19 only.

Reservation/Seat Distribution

The admission to the PES University and its affiliated institutes will be purely on merit. It will be based on the score of a candidate in PESSAT. Only those candidates will be called for counselling process whose score will come to a minimum acceptable level i.e. those who will score more or equal to the cut-off marks.

Following is the seat distribution of various engineering programmes:

Programme Total no of available seats No of CET Quota seats No of PESSAT Quota seats No of NRI/Foreign/Sponsored seats
B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) 480 192 216 72
B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) 360 144 162 54
B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering (ME) 240 96 108 36
B.Tech in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) 120 48 54 18
B.Tech in Civil Engineering (CE) 60 24 274 9
B.Tech in Biotechnology (BT) 60 24 27 9

PESSAT 2018 Counselling Schedule

After the successful conduction of PESSAT, the results will be declared. It is expected to be rolled out in the last week of May 2018.

Those candidates who will be scoring above the cut off mark will be shortlisted for counselling according to the order of merit. Based on the merit list, candidates will be issued counselling letter for attending the counselling process. Allotment list will be released on the official website after every round of counselling process. Candidates can check their status for admission from this list.

Candidates attending the counselling process have to ensure that they are in possession of all the required documents like:

  • 10th class mark sheet and passing certificate
  • 12th class mark sheet and passing certificate
  • Hall Ticket
  • Score Card
  • Counselling Letter

Hall ticket, Score Card, Counselling Letter must be preserved until the final process of counselling and seat allotment is over.

Sample Paper

The sample papers and previous year question papers are available online. Candidates are advised to attempt the paper. This will help them to get accustomed to the level of the questions asked in the examination.



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