MSc admissions

Application Process

Those who have applied for COGJET2018 and interested in admission for M.Sc. Cognitive Science program at Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences are requested to download the application form, fill it and send it by the end of February.

Application form 2018 Application form 2018

Please mail the application to:

The Head

Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences

Senate Campus

University of Allahabad

Allahabad – 211 002


The entrance exam (COGJET 2018) for admission to M.Sc. Cognitive Science at CBCS, University of Allahabad will be conducted jointly with Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Admission Process for 2018

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Last date for Submission of Application : January 29, 2018.

Test date: Sat. 17th Feburary 2018, 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-16.00.

Test fee: Rs.500/- for SC/ST, OBC (Non-creamy layer), female, PwD; Rs.750/- for all others. The test fee is non-refundable.

Test venues (tentative): New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Guwahati, Gandhinagar, Jaipur, Kanpur, Allahabad

Test structure: The test is divided into two parts. Part I is a multiple choice aptitude test. Part II has two sections: i) elementary maths and basics of computation, ii) elementary psychology and basics of hypothesis testing. All candidates must answer both parts. For details see the COGJET-2018 website.

Number of Seats: 23

Admission will be based on combined performance in both parts.

Admission Eligibility: Students who are appearing in final year / have completed a Bachelors degree in Cognitive Science or related disciplines including Psychology, Neurosciences, Bio-sciences or Life Sciences, Linguistics, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering (Computer Science, Electrical, ECE, etc), and Medicine.

Students should have at least 55% (for General) at the Undergraduate level (50% for OBC/SC/ST) for appearing in the entrance exam.

Test Details

Part I will be a multiple choice aptitude test containing 50 questions in four sections: Quantitative (15 questions), Reasoning (15 questions), Data interpretation(10 questions) and Reading Comprehension(10 questions). The test will have a duration of 120 minutes. The test will have negative marking.

In COGJET-2018 Part II will have two sections. These are: a) Elementary maths and basics of computation b) Elementary psychology and basics of hypothesis testing. A candidate must answer both sections in Part II. Each section in part II will be a multiple choice test with 25 questions in each section. The test duration will be 120 minutes. The test will have negative marking. A syllabus and reading list for each section in Part II is given below.

For each candidate separate percentile scores will be reported for Part I and each section in Part II. The policies used by each institute for shortlisting or admitting candidates will be announced on the websites of each institution participating in COGJET-2018.


Syllabus and Reading List

Part I questions will be approximately at the same level as the CAT (Common Admission Test) for admission to management programs.

The syllabus and reading list for each section in Part II is given below. The resources in the suggested reading lists contain much more material than required by the syllabus. Study only the relevant parts. Also, note that other equally good resources are available in print and digital form and you can use those as well.

Elementary mathematics and basics of computation:

Basics of sets, relations, recurrences, simple combinatorial problems.

Matrices and basic matrix algebra.

Calculus: limits, extrema, simple differentiation and integration, integration as area under the curve.

Elementary probability theory, conditional probability, Bayes theorem, random variables, simple discrete and continuous distributions, expectation, mean, variance, median, percentiles.

Elementary Boolean algebra, number representation and conversion.

Programming: variables, types, declarations, assignment, conditionals, iteration, recursion, functions. (Familiarity with programming and pseudo code is needed but specific programming language questions will not be asked.)

Elementary data structures (arrays).

Basic algorithms like searching, sorting, HCF, LCM, prime finding, similar number based algorithms.


Reading list:

TH Cormen, CE Leiserson, RL Rivest, C Stein, Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd Ed., MIT Press, 2009. (Indian edition is available).

C Hamacher, S Vrosenic, S Zaky, Computer Organization, 5th Ed. McGraw Hill 2011. (Indian edition is available).


Elementary psychology and basics of hypothesis testing:

Basic neuroanatomy. Physical layout of the brain, names of important components and their functions, e.g. cortex, cerebellum, brainstem etc.

What is a neuron? Structure, components, action potentials, synapses etc.

What is the nervous system? Nerves, receptors, connectivity, speed, structure etc.

Psychophysics: absolute and difference thresholds, Weber’s law, Fechner’s Law.

Learning: Associative and non-associative learning, Pavlovian conditioning, Hebbian learning.

Memory: modal model of memory, working memory, phonological loop, visuo-spatial sketchpad, central executive), types of memory (explicit, implicit), memory inhibition effects, e.g. blocking, interference etc. Long-term memory: encoding, retrieval, forgetting.

Visual perception: basics of colour, depth and motion perception, perceptual constancy, and principles of perceptual organization.

Basics of hypothesis testing (e.g. t-test, chi-square, ANOVA), significance, p-value, error types, power and size effects.


Reading list:

Clifford Morgan, Richard King (2017) Introduction to Psychology. 7th Edition. McGraw Hill.

Stangor (2010). MIT – Introduction to Psychology (Open Source – free to download on the internet)

David G. Myers. 2017. Psychology. Macmillan Indian Edition.

Cohen, B.H. (2014) Explaining Psychological Statistics. 4th Ed. John Wiley & Sons.

Mangal, S.K. (2004) Statistics in Psychology and Education. 2nd Ed. Prentice Hall India.



Seats shall be reserved for certain categories of candidates in all subjects/courses for which the Admission Test has been held, in accordance with the provisions of the following sub-paragraphs:

  • Seats in each subject-course will be reserved for candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes (SC) category, the Scheduled Tribes (ST) category and Other Backward Classes (OBCs):
  1.  For candidates belonging to SC category: 15%
  2.  For candidates belonging to ST category: 7.5%
  3.  For candidates belonging to OBCs category: 27% for the current session as per THE CENTRAL EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION (Reservation in Admission) ACT, 2006 and also as per the letter of the Ministry of the Human Resource Development regarding implementation of Reservation in Admission in respect of persons belonging to Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (OBCs).
  • The notifications / executive instructions of the Government of India, the regulations/ norms issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the directions/ observations (if any) of the Hon’ble Supreme Court and the Hon’ble High Court shall be strictly followed with regard to the reservation of seats in admission.
  • In case the seats reserved for candidates belonging to ST category remain vacant on account of the non-availability of candidates, such vacant seats shall be adjusted with the seats reserved for candidates belonging to SC category.
  • In case the seats reserved for candidates belonging to SC category remain vacant on account of the non-availability of candidates, such vacant seats shall be adjusted with the unreserved (general) seats.
  • Only such candidates shall be eligible for admission on the reserved seats as have mentioned their category of the concerned reserved category in the Application Form.
  • Three percent of approved seats in each subject or course shall be reserved for Physically Challenged (Orthopaedically challenged 1%, Blind 1% and Hearing impairments 1%).
  • Entries made by the candidate in the Form shall be considered final, and no subsequent request for change(s) or modification(s) in the same shall be entertained.


If you want any information or have any problem/clarification specifically about CBCS, please mail to (Mr. Puneet Kumar) or call on 09005591336. You can also mail Mr. Ishan Singhal ( especially from a student-related perspective.

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