KCET 2018 ( Karnataka Common Entrance Test )

KCET 2018

KCET or Karnataka Common Entrance Test is conducted by KEA (Karnataka Examination Authority) for admission in various undergraduate courses like B.Tech and as well as professional courses in different colleges and institutes in Karnataka. The examination is also called Karnataka CET (Kar CET/ K-CET). As per the official KCET 2018 brochure, the students can get admission in various courses like Medical, Ayurveda, Dental, Unani, Homoeopathy, Engineering, Naturopathy & Yoga, Architecture, Technology, Farm Science courses i.e. BSc (Sericulture), BSc (Agriculture), BSc (Forestry), BSc (Horticulture), BHSc (Home Science), BSc Agri Biotech,B.Tech (Agri Engg), B Tech (Dairy Tech), BTech (Food Technology), BFSc (Fisheries), BSc (Agri Marketing & Co-Op), B Tech (Food Science & Tech), etc. in Government University or Private Aided or Private Unaided Professional Educational Institutions in Karnataka.

KCET 2018


Karnataka Common Entrance Test (State level exam)

Exam conducting authority

KEA (Karnataka Examination Authority)

Exam Category

Undergraduate (UG)


B.Tech programmes, Biotech, etc.

Frequency of the exam


Participating Institutes

220 colleges (government, private aided & unaided) in Karnataka.

Karnataka Examinations Authority has released KCET 2018 online application form on 1st of February 2018. The examination will be conducted in offline mode on 18th and 19th April 2018. KCET exam will be conducted separately for Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Mathematics on alternate days. The state level entrance exam for engineering will be conducted for candidates willing to take admission to various B.Tech courses offered by the private and government colleges in the state of Karnataka. The candidates are advised to check KCET 2018 eligibility criteria before applying for the examination.

KCET 2018 Important Dates:

All the important dates relevant to the examination are released by Karnataka Examination Authority. The students preparing for the examination are advised to get updated with major exam related events like KCET Application Form, Availability of Admit Card, Exam dates, Results, Counseling dates and more. Given below is the complete list of KCET 2018 exam dates.


Important Dates

Availability of KCET Application Form 2018

1st of February 2018

Last Date to Submit Online Application Form

22nd of March 2018 (5:30 PM)

Fee Payment Last Date

22nd of March 2018

Availability of Admit Card

10th of April 2018 (11:00 AM)

KCET Exam 2018

18th of April (Maths and Biology)

19th of April (Chemistry and Physics)

Language Test (Kannada)

20th of April 2018

Declaration of Results

May Last week 2018 (Tentative)

Commencement of KCET 2018 Counselling

June 2nd week 2018 (Tentative)

KCET Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for KCET 2018 exam (engineering courses) is given below.

Qualifying Exam: The candidates must pass 10+2 or 2nd PUC or any equivalent examination from a board recognized by the government of India.

Minimum Marks: Candidates must score at least 45% marks (40% for ST/SC) in math and physics along with biology or biotechnology or chemistry or electronics or computer science.

Subjects: Applicants must pass their exam with Physics and Maths as their main subject and English as a language subject.

KCET Exam Pattern 2018

KCET is an offline mode examination with a total of 180 marks. The questions in the exam are objective type questions without any negative markings. The KCET 2018 Exam pattern is given in the table mentioned below.

KCET 2018 Exam Pattern

Exam Mode


Total Questions

180 (Physics: 60, Mathematics: 60, Chemistry: 60,)



Total Marks

180 Marks (1 mark each)

Time Duration

1 hr 20 min for each paper (Paper I for Mathematics) & (Paper II for Chemistry & Physics)


English or Kannada

Negative Marking


KCET 2018 Syllabus

KCET Syllabus is designed as per the syllabus of 1st and the 2nd PUC (Pre-University Course) prescribed by the Department of Pre-University Education of Karnataka. The syllabus is one of the most important parts while preparing for the exam. The students are advised to understand the latest KCET syllabus thoroughly to secure a meritorious position in the examination.

KCET Application Fee

The Application Fee for categories like General, OBC, ST, SC, and Students from other states (Outside Karnataka) is provided in the table mentioned below.


Application Fee

General / OBC

Rs. 650


Rs. 500

Students from other states (Outside Karnataka)

Rs. 750

KCET 2018 Cut Off

The cutoff marks are the least marks required to qualify the entrance examination. The cutoff marks are released soon after the declaration of KCET results. Given below are few important factors that determine KCET cutoff marks.

  • The difficulty level of the question paper.
  • The total number of candidates appearing for the exam.
  • The total number of seats available.
  • Performance of candidates in all the sections of the exam.
  • Number of reserved category seats
  • Average marks of candidates in the exam.

KCET Counselling 2018:

KCET 2018 counseling will be conducted by the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) in both online and offline mode. Only the candidates who have qualified for the exam can appear in the counseling process. The candidates must bring the following documents during KCET 2018 Counselling.

  • Class 10th Marksheet
  • Copy of Application Form
  • KCET 2018 Admit Card
  • Class 12th Marksheet
  • Passport size photo (2 copies)
  • Category Certificate (if eligible)

Stay tuned with BYJU’S to get more information on KCET exam 2018 along with detailed syllabus, paper pattern, admit card, previous years question papers, sample papers and other exam details.

Practise This Question

What does the acronym SONAR stand for?