ACET Syllabus 2019
Shraya Singh, 01 Oct 2019, #ACET

ACET Syllabus 2019 - The IAI or Institute of Actuaries of India has published the Actuarial Common Entrance Test or ACET exam syllabus for the exam which was conducted on September 14. The ACET 2019 Exam is conducted thrice a year for prospective applicants who want to gain student status and membership with IAI. ACET 2019 comprises 70 multiple choice questions (MCQs) which cover a range of 5 topics, namely, mathematics, statistics, data interpretation, logical reasoning and English. The authorities have introduced slight changes in the marks held by these sections. Editions of ACET dating earlier than 2016 comprised a syllabus which was primarily quantitative in nature with questions on mathematics, statistics and data interpretation. Since 2016, the ACET syllabus 2019 has expanded in order to accommodate the changes in professional requirements in the domain of actuarial sciences in India and abroad.

ACET Exam Pattern 2019

The exam pattern and ACET 2019 syllabus comprises questions in five different categories carrying sectional marks as amended on July 16, 2019. Although there is no specific number of questions for each section, the weightage of marks allotted to each section is constant. The exam pattern consists of 70 multiple choice questions which are of 1, 2 and 3 marks and are equivalent to maximum marks equivalent to 100.

ACET Marks Distribution

Type of Questions

Corresponding Marks


30 Marks

Data interpretation

30 Marks


15 Marks

Logical reasoning

10 Marks


15 Marks

ACET Syllabus

The ACET syllabus 2019 has been published by IAI which is the conducting body. The ACET exam syllabus comprises a number of topics for each category of questions that prospective candidates are required to be familiar with. These topics can be studied through a variety of academic resources including the reference book list provided by IAI.

ACET 2019 Syllabus

Topics/ Sections

ACET Syllabus


Notation and standard functions

Numerical Methods







Permutations and combinations

Types of data

  • Statistical diagrams

  • Bar chart

  • Histogram

  • Dot plot

  • Stem-and-leaf

  • Boxplot

Measures of location

  • Mean

  • Median

  • Mode

Measures of spread

  • Range

  • Interquartile range

  • Standard deviation

  • Variance

  • Skewness


  • Basic rules of probabilities

Advanced probabilities

  • Tree diagrams

  • Conditional probabilities

Discrete random variables

  • Definitions

  • Probabilities

  • Mean

  • Mode

  • Median

  • Standard deviation

  • Variance

  • Coefficient of skewness

Continuous random variables

  • Definitions

  • Probabilities

  • Mean

  • Mode

  • Median

  • Standard deviation

  • Variance

  • Coefficient of skewness

Discrete distributions

  • Discrete uniform

  • Bernoulli

  • Binomial

  • Poisson

Continuous distributions

  • Continuous uniform

  • Exponential

  • The normal distribution


  • Scatter plots

  • Covariance

  • Correlation coefficient



Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms)

English Usage or Grammar

Sentence Correction

Fill in the blanks

Cloze Passage

Analogies or Reverse Analogies

Jumbled Paragraph

Meaning-Usage Match

Summary Questions

Verbal Reasoning

Facts / Inferences / Judgements

Reading Comprehension

Data Interpretation


Column Graphs

Bar Graphs

Line Charts

Pie Chart

Venn Diagrams


Logical Reasoning

Number and Letter Series




Venn Diagrams

Binary Logic

Seating Arrangement

Logical Sequence

Logical Matching

Logical Connectives


Blood Relations

ACET Marking Scheme 2019

The marking scheme for ACET 2019 involves three different types of questions with weightage of 1, 2 and 3 marks. This leads to a total of 100 maximum marks. On the other hand, there is also negative marking in the ACET 2019 which varies with the weightage for each question. The general rule followed for negative marking is that half of marks for a question will be deducted in the case of an incorrect answer.

ACET Marking Scheme 2019

Total number of Questions

Total marks awarded for correct answer

Maximum marks



45 marks



40 marks



15 marks


100 marks

ACET Study Material 2019

For the ACET 2019 candidates, it is important to focus upon all the topics mentioned in the ACET syllabus 2019 as there is no fixed distribution of questions amongst these topics and therefore, any type of question may appear in the exam. Candidates who registered with IAI and have booked an ACET session are provided a sample paper along with an ACET answer key in order to understand the type of questions which may appear. Apart from this, prospective ACET 2019 candidates can download the past year question papers and solutions in order to understand the type of questions, difficulty level, as well as distribution in the question paper.

Institute of Actuaries of India or IAI has also provided a list of books which can be referred to in order to obtain ACET study material. These books may cover a few topics or the entire range of topics depending upon the purpose of the books. Although the reference books are useful for prospective ACET 2019 candidates, sometimes they may not cover the entire ACET exam syllabus.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - ACET Syllabus 2019

Question: Where can I find the ACET exam syllabus?


Candidates looking for ACET syllabus on the official website may visit the website and enter the ACET portal. Here in the dropdown menu, there is an option of 'Syllabus' wherein the topics and sub-topics are provided. 

Question: What is the passing marks for ACET 2019?


A candidate has to score at least 50% marks in the entrance exam for passing. 

Question: Is there any negative marking for ACET 2019?


The provision of negative marking has been called off since July 2019. Thus, there is no negative marking for upcoming sessions.

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When will the next acet exam (subsequent to the September 2019) be conducted?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 17th Oct, 2019

hello aspirant,

in the month of November and December engineering colleges has semester examination. so there is no information regarding the acet entrance test. however you may contact with the college for more information.


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