COGJET is a joint entrance test for admission into post-graduate programs in cognitive science at IIT Kanpur (MS and Ph.D) and Centre for Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences (CBCS), University of Allahabad (M.Sc). Other cognitive science post-graduate programs in the country may use the test for admission into their programs.Currently, admission at both institutions requires at least a Bachelor’s degree.
Rs.500/- for SC/ST, OBC (Non-creamy layer), female, PwD; Rs.750/- for all others. The test fee is non-refundable.
- The test will be a multiple choice test with a duration of 3 hours.
- The test will contain two parts.
- Part I will be a multiple choice aptitude test containing questions that test quantitative ability (approximately class 10 level), reasoning ability, data interpretation and reading comprehension.
- Part II will contain multiple choice questions based on
- a) elementary mathematics and basics of computation and
- b) elementary psychology and basics of hypothesis testing.
- Parts I and II will have equal number of questions and it is expected that a candidate will spend roughly equal time on parts I and II. Both parts will have negative marking.
- For each candidate separate scores will be reported for Part I, Part II a) and Part II b). The policies used by each institute for shortlisting or admitting candidates will be announced on the websites of each institution.
Part I questions will be approximately at the same level as the CAT (Common Admission Test) for admission to management programs.
a) 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 and similar number based algorithms.
b) 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.