CET Eligibility Criteria

KCET eligibility criteria

KCET is a common state level entrance exam organized by Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) every year for candidates aspiring to study different technical courses within the state of Karnataka. CET offers the students quality education and better future prospects. However, candidates who want to appear for Karnataka Common Entrance Test must be first eligible to apply for the exam. Candidates need to fulfil certain KCET eligibility criteria in order to write the exam and claim seats in different colleges.

To help students analyze whether they can apply for the exam or not, we have listed all the eligibility clauses released by the KEA. Students can go through them all and check various details like what things are required or is missing and where they currently stand. Students must know that if they miss out on the eligibility requirements their candidature will be rejected immediately. Those who want to appear for KCET should, therefore, check the criteria before applying. Factors like citizenship, qualifying marks, the combination of subjects amongst others have to be fulfilled. The information related to the eligibility criteria of KCET 2019 is given below.

Eligibility Criteria For KCET

To appear for KCET 2019, the candidates must meet any one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Candidate should first be a citizen of India.
  • They should have successfully cleared the (10+2 or equivalent) qualifying examination.
  • Candidate should have studied subjects like Physics and Mathematics with additional subjects like Chemistry, Biology, Electronics, Biotechnology, Computer or English.
  • Candidates with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in the three specified subjects in 12th standard can apply.
  • Candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC need to secure 40% aggregate marks for B.Tech and 45% for B.Arch programs.

Detailed Clauses

  1. Studied In Karnataka For 7 Years
  • The candidate should have studied and passed in one or more Government, or Government recognized institutions within the state of Karnataka for a minimum period of 7 academic years commencing from 1st standard to 2nd PUC/ 12th standard as on 1st July 2019.
  • A candidate must have appeared and passed either SSLC/10th Standard or 2nd PUC/ 12th standard examination from the state of Karnataka.
  1. Institution/PU College Recognized By Karnataka Board
  • The candidate should have passed either the 11th and 12th standard examination or 1st and 2nd-year Pre-University examination from within the state of Karnataka in an institution run or recognized by the State Government
  • And either of the parents of the candidate should have studied in Karnataka for a minimum period of 7 years.
  • Candidates from Karnataka State Open University (KSOU)  are not eligible to apply for the exam.
  1. Qualifying Examination From A Recognised Board
  • A candidate is eligible to undertake KCET if he/she has passed the qualifying examination from a University or Board or any other Institution located outside Karnataka and is living outside Karnataka as on 1st May given that the mother tongue of the candidate and either of the parents is Kannada, Tulu or Kodava and either of the parents was domiciled in the state of Karnataka.
  • Candidates are falling under this category; the candidate will have to take a Kannada Language Test conducted by KEA. These candidates should invariably speak, read and write Kannada and must secure a minimum of 12 marks in the test.
  • Candidates who claim seats under Article 371 (j) Hyderabad-Karnataka region reservation should produce eligibility certificate from the concerned Assistant Commissioner.
  1. Horanadu And Gadinadu Students
  • A candidate who has lived in and studied for 7 years between 1st and 12th standards in disputed Kannada speaking area of South Sholapur or Akkalkot or Jath or Gadhinglaj Taluks of Maharashtra State or Kasargod or Hosadurga Taluks of Kerala State.
  • For candidates falling under this category, the candidate will have to take a Kannada Language Test conducted by KEA. These candidates should invariably speak, read and write Kannada and must secure a minimum of 12 marks in the test.
  1. Children Of Defense Personnel
  • An applicant who is a child of a defense personnel who has served for a minimum continuous period of 1 year in the state of Karnataka during the two-year period of study of candidate’s in the PUC/11th and 12th The candidate should have passed the qualifying examination from an institution which is Government or Government recognized within the state of Karnataka.
  • A candidate who is a child of serving defence personnel from Karnataka who at the time of joining the defence services had declared his/her hometown within the State of Karnataka. The candidate should have passed the qualifying examination from an institution located anywhere in India, and it must be a Government or Government recognized institution.
  • An applicant who is a child of defence personnel who have served in the State of Karnataka for at least one year and is posted on duty in Field/ Active Services and his/her family is residing within Karnataka as permitted by Defence Authorities. The candidate should have passed the qualifying examination from an institution which is Government or Government recognized within the state of Karnataka.
  • An applicant who is a child of ex-servicemen who at the time of joining the defence services had declared his/her hometown within the State of Karnataka. The proof of such domicile should be obtained from ‘Deputy Director, Department of Sainik Welfare and Resettlement’ of that district and should be signed by the Director Department of Sainik Welfare and Resettlement. This proof should be produced upon requirement. The candidate should have passed the qualifying examination from an institution located anywhere in India, and it must be a Government or Government recognized institution.
  1. Children of A Union Government Employee
  • A candidate who is son or daughter of an employee of Union Government or employee of the Union or Karnataka State Government Undertaking or Joint Sector Undertaking who can be transferred anywhere across India according to the terms of employment and has worked in Karnataka for a minimum period of 1 year during the two-year period of study of candidate’s in PUC/11th and 12thThe candidate should have passed the qualifying examination from an institution which is Government or Government recognized within the state of Karnataka.
  • A candidate who is son or daughter of a working or retired employee of Union Government or employee of the Union or Karnataka State Government Undertaking or Joint Sector Undertaking where the employee has either declared any place within Karnataka to be his/her hometown at the time of joining service or had studied in an institution which is Government or recognized by the Government of Karnataka for a minimum period of 7 years and can be transferred anywhere across India according to the terms of employment. The candidate falling under this category should have passed the qualifying examination from an institution located anywhere in India, and it must be Government or Government recognized institution.
  1. Children Of Members Of Parliament
  • A candidate who is a child of Members of Parliament elected from Karnataka. The candidate falling under this category should have passed the qualifying examination from an institution located anywhere in India, and it must be Government or Government recognized institution.
  • A candidate who is a child of serving or retired employee belonging to All India Service of Karnataka cadre and the Karnataka State Government serving outside the state during the period of study of the candidate between 1st standard to 12th standard/ 2nd PUC outside the State of Karnataka.
  1. Candidates Who Are Children of Jammu And Kashmir Migrants
  • Candidates who are son or daughter of Jammu & Kashmiri migrants. The proof of such migration (ID card) should be obtained from jurisdictional ‘District Magistrate and Deputy Commissioner’ of any state in India.
  1. Candidates Studied In Kannada Medium
  • Candidates who have studied for TEN full academic years in Kannada Medium from 1st to the 10th standard outside Karnataka. The candidate falling under this category should have passed the qualifying examination from an institution located anywhere in India, and it must be Government or Government recognized institution.
  1. Children Of Central Armed Police Force Service
  • A candidate who is a child of working or retired employee in Central Armed Police Force Service declared any place within Karnataka to be his/her hometown at the time of joining service. The candidate falling under this category should have passed the qualifying examination from an institution located anywhere in India, and it must be Government or Government recognized institution.

The candidates falling under any of these mentioned categories are only eligible to undertake KCET 2019.

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