Kuccps 2021 cutoff and cluster points per course

The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (Kuccps) has released the 2021-2022 cut off points for all courses. The newly released cutoff points will affect Degree, Diploma, Certificate and Artisan Courses.

Before selecting a course to pursue in College or University it is necessary that you understand how the Kuccps cluster points are calculated. These cluster points determine whether you qualify for a certain course or not.

How to Calculate Cluster Points KUCCPS

The formula below is used when calculating weight cluster points


The symbols in that formula have specified meaning.

Symbol description.

1wWeighted Cluster Point
2cRaw Cluster Point
3a Aggregate Cluster Point
4mMaximum performance index per cluster for all students and subjects
5r Raw cluster performance index per cluster for all subjects enrolled
6apiAggregate performance index
7spiMaximum performance index


Different tertiary institutions all use own cluster even for similar classes. As thus, the cluster points cut off for the same course in different institutions are not similar.

These dynamics collectively necessitate the need for students to determine their cluster points before settling on a particular course of study.

Factors that influence cluster points

Below are some of the factors that influence the grading system regarding clusters

1. Cluster Subjects for A Student

Group Subjects Selection Recommended

Group I Mathematics Compulsory 3



Group II Physics At least two 2



Group III Geography At least one 1


History & Govt

Hindu Rel. Ed

Group IV Aviation

Comp Studies


Metal Work


Art and design

Power mechanics

Building and construction

Group V German



Business studies


2. Grade Points

Every academic course offered in higher learning require a minimum of four primary subjects. For this reason, cluster point calculation encompasses these subjects irrespective of its group. Below is a breakdown of KCSE grading points.

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Grade Points

A 12

A- 11

B+ 10

B 9

B- 8

C+ 7

C 6

C- 5

D+ 4

D 3

D- 2

E 1

3. Raw cluster points

Raw cluster points are calculated using four grading subjects concerning the course requirements

Subject Grade Grading points

Mathematics A- 11

Physics B- 8

Chemistry B 9

Business studies A- 11

39 -raw cluster points

After directing the public on how to calculate cluster points for universities admissions, KUCCPS is now in the limelight of receiving student placement results.

Many students are reportedly experiencing difficult times in comprehending how to calculate KCSE cluster points.

The ambivalence affects the placement process with many students likely to land on unpredictable courses.

The ongoing second revision grants applicants who did not participate in the first revision.

The exercise mainly features students who qualified for the government-sponsored program by attaining at least a C+ in their aggregate mean grade in KCSE national examination.

It is now easier to calculate cluster points for intake using JAB compliant formulas.

The process has continually been simplified to help applicant focus on proper career choice as opposed to hard metrics.

You should also note that all cluster point values are edited annually by KUCCPS.

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S/NClusterCourseNumber of programmes
1Cluster 1Law & Related1
2Cluster 2Business & Related59
3Cluster 3Arts & Related85
4Cluster 4GeoScience & Related15
5Cluster 5Special Education5
6Cluster 6Kiswahili & Related4
7Cluster 7Engineering, Technology & Related60
8Cluster 8Architecture, Design, Planning & Related22
9Cluster 9Computing, IT & Related17
10Cluster 10Agribusiness & Related9
11Cluster 11Science & Related31
12Cluster 12Mathematics, Economics & Related28
13Cluster 13Design, Textiles & Related2
14Cluster 14Sports, Physical Eduation & Related6
15Cluster 15Medicine, Nursing, Health & Related31
16Cluster 16History & Related3
17Cluster 17Agriculture, Food Science, Environment & Related81
18Cluster 18Geography, Natural Resources Management & Related1
19Cluster 19French & Related2
20Cluster 20German & Related1
21Cluster 21Music & Related3
22Cluster 22Education Science & Education Arts15
23Cluster 23Religious Studies & Related14
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1. Cluster 1 – Law & Related 1
2. Cluster 2 – Business & Related 59
3. Cluster 3 – Arts & Related 85
4. Cluster 4 – GeoScience & Related 15
5. Cluster 5 – Special Education 5
6. Cluster 6 – Kiswahili & Related 4
7. Cluster 7 – Engineering, Technology & Related 60
8. Cluster 8 – Architecture, Design, Planning & Related 22
9. Cluster 9 – Computing, IT & Related 17
10. Cluster 10 – Agribusiness & Related 9
11. Cluster 11 – Science & Related 31
12. Cluster 12 – Mathematics, Economics & Related 28
13. Cluster 13 – Design, Textiles & Related 2

14. Cluster 14 – Sports, Physical Eduation & Related 6
15. Cluster 15 – Medicine, Nursing, Health & Related 31
16. Cluster 16 – History & Related 3
17. Cluster 17 – Agriculture, Food Science, Environment & Related 81
18. Cluster 18 – Geography, Natural Resources Management & Related 1
19. Cluster 19 – French & Related 2
20. Cluster 20 – German & Related 1
21. Cluster 21 – Music & Related 3
22. Cluster 22 – Education Science & Education Arts 15
23. Cluster 23 – Religious Studies & Related 14

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Business (Diploma) 39
Clothing Textile (Diploma) 0
Computing (Diploma) 7
Custom Administration (Diploma) 1
Education Science (Diploma) 10
Engineering (Diploma) 33
Health Sciences (Diploma) 15
Social Sciences (Diploma) 20
Sciences (Diploma) 19
Tax Administration (Diploma) 1
Technical (Diploma) 11
Tourism & Hotel Management (Diploma) 4
Education Arts (Diploma) 24
Media Studies (Diploma) 10


Business (Certificate) 20
Clothing Textile (Certificate) 4
Computing (Certificate) 5
Engineering (Certificate) 15
Health Sciences (Certificate) 0
Social Sciences (Certificate) 11
Sciences (Certificate) 10
Technical (Certificate) 27
Hospitality (Certificate) 10
Customs Administration (Certificate) 1
Tax Administration (Certificate) 1
Media Studies (Certificate) 4


Technical (Artisan) 67
Business (Artisan) 3
Humanities (Artisan) 25
Sciences (Artisan) 8

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