KUCCPS Application Deadline, Cluster Points, How to Calculate Cluster Points and Subject Requirements

The Ministry of Education has directed the Kenya University and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) to open its system for course review by students slated to join higher learning institutions this year.

All the 2020 KCSE examination candidates are invited to apply.
Level Minimum Grade

Artisan E

Craft D

Diploma C — (minus)

Degree C+

Those who selected while in school have an opportunity to revise their choices (First Revision of Choices). To apply, access the Student’s Portal via the KUCCPS website or log in directly through the link students.kuccps.net. You can also download the KUCCPS Students App.

Application guidelines, minimum requirements, available programmes, universities and colleges are accessible on the portal.

KUCCPS 2021 Placement Deadline
Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) for the current 2020/21 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates to review their preferred university and college courses will run from May 24th to July 11th.

KUCCPS is the body entrusted with placing students in public universities after the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) results are released. The cost of applying at a school level is Ksh500 but can go up to Ksh1000 when submitting choices during the revision stage.

In the last 3 years, KUCCPS data has shown that 1.6 million KCSE candidates did not submit their applications as headteachers only submitted 241,315 applications for candidates across the country.

In 2020, the KUCCPS placement board resolved that all 2019 candidates who scored a grade of C+ and above were eligible to apply for universities as well as Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions.

If you selected courses through your school, you are encouraged to log in, review your choices and make changes to align them with your exam performance, priorities and interests.

If you sat the KCSE exam in the previous years (up to 2000) and have never been placed by KUCCPS to a university/college, you can apply for a diploma, craft certificate or artisan courses in TVET institutions of your choice


Unlike in the past whereby KCSE candidates who had attained the minimum entry requirements to universities and colleges were forced to calculate their cluster points manually, the KUCCPS system is automated to calculate every KCSE candidate’s cluster points for all available programmes/ courses.

What is a cluster point?
The term cluster points refer to a tabulated figure usually acquired by calculating the number of points for four basic subjects that have to be considered for every course choice. The four subjects are considered to be the most relevant to your preferred course/ programme.

For example, a student wishing to pursue a degree in Nursing must attain certain points in Mathematics, Biology, English and Chemistry. These four are also referred to as core cluster subjects.

During the revision of KUCCPS choices, KUCCPS provides cluster subjects for every course/ choice which differs from one university to the other.

HOW to calculate your weighted cluster points
To successfully calculate your weighted cluster points, you need the following:

Aggregate points as provided in your KNEC result slip or certificate and your raw cluster points.

What are the raw cluster points?

The term raw cluster points for your KUCCPS course selection refers to the total number of points obtained by adding the points for the four core subjects. The maximum number of raw cluster points for any candidate is 48, assuming that the candidate scored straight As in all the four core subjects i.e. (12x 4)

Aggregate points, on the other hand, refers to the total number of points attained by the student as indicated in the KNEC result slip or certificate.

The next step is for you to use the formula provided by KUCCPS to obtain your weighted mean for every KUCCPS course choice.

Therefore, you should select a KUCCPS course/ programme in a university whose cut off cluster weight/ point is equivalent or slightly lower than yours.

Therefore, you should select a KUCCPS course/ programme in a university whose cut off cluster weight/point is equivalent or slightly lower than yours.

The cluster weight for all 2021 KUCCPS choices/ programmes have been calculated already by KUCCPS. You can, therefore, access them especially now that the KUCCPS portal is open for the first revision of courses by logging onto the official KUCCPS portal using the link provided below


2. Subject Requirements
The second factor that you should take into consideration before applying for a KUCCPS placement is whether you have attained the minimum subject requirements for your preferred KUCCPS choice.

Students wishing to pursue KUCCPS programmes in Education, for instance, have to specialize in two main subjects. Such students are expected to score at least a C+ plus and above in the two areas of specialization, for example, Mathematics and Chemistry or Kiswahili and CRE.

3. Available KUCCPS slots
Do not go for a KUCCPS course that is already overpopulated. If you select a programme that is likely to attract many students, you are likely to miss a slot either in your university of choice or the course itself since KUCCPS will select candidates with the highest cluster points.

The saddest part of it all is that if you miss out on your preferred KUCCPS 2021 programme then KUCCPS will be at liberty to place you in any other available programme even if you are overqualified for it.

4. Preferred university or college and competitiveness
There is a saying that does rounds on social media about “The University of Nairobi” versus other universities. It insinuates that not all universities are equal. In other words, universities are equal but others like The University of Nairobi are more equal than others.

This is because they are located in the Capital City. Anyway, which student would like to go for “bush” universities leave alone “bush” schools?

Therefore, picking a KUCCPS programme being offered by the University of Nairobi and other more equal universities such as Kenyatta University and JKUAT may put you at risk of losing out on a chance to undertake the

programme at all especially if your weighted cluster point equivalent to the university’s cut off.

It is advisable that you critically analyze the general performance of all KCSE candidates that particular year before applying for highly competitive choices and universities.

Kindly note that:
The transfer is usually done online through the student portal but it is currently closed. The application procedure will be provided once the portal is open. Keep on checking our website for an update on the inter-institution transfer date.

No one has been placed at the moment. Placement process will begin after first revision of courses.

The deadline is June 11, 2021. Every candidate has a chance!

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