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Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary course and a scientific study of cognitive phenomena such as reasoning, decision making, memory, learning, language, perception, attention and intelligence system like Human brain, animal brain and artificial intelligence. It examines the nature, the task and functions of cognition (in a broad sense). Furthermore, cognitive scientists study intelligence and behaviour with a focus on how the nervous system represents, processes and transformes information.

To study these cool phenomenon and get admission in the institutes ,one must clear an entrance exam abbreviated as COGJET (cognitive science joint entrance test ). If the cutoff is cleared, next comes an interview (explicitly conducted by the respective institution) which is held every year in February ( tentatively). Moreover, this entrance exam is conducted for both M.Sc. (postgraduation) and PhD program collectively.
This exam is conducted by two leading institutions, which are:


IIT Gandhinagar

(Centre of Cognitive and Brain science)  
Application via an online platform – December (tentatively)
Entrance and interviews date – February So, this institution will invite a limited number of candidates for a written test and interview based on the academic records and aptitude for cognitive science. The written test will consist of comprehension type questions based on the given passage and statistical aptitude. However, the final selection will be based on all things mentioned above like academic records, aptitude for cognitive sciences, written exam and interview.

IIT Kanpur

cognitive science joint entrance exam (COGJET)
Application via an online platform – December (tentatively)
So, this is a common entrance examination for more than one institution. However, it is headed by IIT Kanpur centre only so the various institutes and university collaborate with them are: 
  • Centre of behavioural and cognitive science (CBCS), the University of Allahabad (considered as the oldest of cognitive science and its different aspects) 
  • Indian Institute of Delhi (IIT Delhi) – recently started 
  •  Chandigarh university
  • Panjab university
  • IIT Hyderabad

So, the procedure is same as mentioned above but it can be vary institutionally according to the policies. For more updates check the official websites.



  • Students who have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline (e.g. B.A., B.Sc., B.Tech, MBBS ) with a minimum of 55% ( 5.5 CGPA).
  • Aggregate marks for general/OBC category candidates and at least 50% for SC, ST, and PD category students in the qualifying degree are eligible to apply for admission to the master’s program in cognitive sciences.


  • This entrance exam, as mentioned earlier, is an interdisciplinary course. It evaluates students from different backgrounds and analyses them so that they can grasp the upcoming course easily.
  • The evaluation includes topics like basic level maths (10+2), statistical methods, quantitative aptitude, qualitative aptitude, comprehensive data analysis, neuroscience, psychology, reasoning and programming (mainly algorithms).
  • These topics are essential for a cognitive science student as he/she get admission in any of its institutes, the syllabus they offer will contain a gist of these things and will further proceed with higher one.


A particular book and notes will not be enough to crack this entrance. Extensive reading is essential. One can study these topics from different books. For reasoning and aptitude, read from any specific book which is available.  

For books and reading material, go to the official sites of these institutions, they certainly have mentioned some study material. You can also read our blog Psychology Books.        





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