Karnataka Common Entrance Test - KCET

Karnataka Common Entrance Test - KCETKarnataka Common Entrance Test or commonly known as KCET is a state level entrance exam conducted by Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) for providing admissions to different government and private institutes in Karnataka. The examination is also called Karnataka CET, Kar CET or K-CET and is conducted for determining eligible candidates who can get admissions into different colleges for undergraduate courses like B.Tech and as well as professional courses. Here, students will find all the details related to the entrance exam from admissions to eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus and more.

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Overview Of Karnataka CET

Examination Karnataka Common Entrance Test (State level exam)
Exam conducting authority KEA (Karnataka Examination Authority)
Exam Category Undergraduate (UG)
Purpose B.Tech programmes, B.Sc, etc.
The frequency of the exam Annually. Once in a year.
Participating Institutes 220 colleges (government, private aided and unaided) in Karnataka.

Important Dates: KCET 2019

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 including application form submissions, admit cards, and exam dates. While we have already dealt with the application forms in the above paragraph, below we have a complete list of KCET 2019 exam dates.

Events Important Dates
KCET Exam 2019 29th of April, 2019 (Maths and Biology)
30th of April, 2019 (Chemistry and Physics)
Language test only for Horanadu and Gadinadu Kannadiga candidates. 1 May, 2019

The Biology paper will be held at the first session which begins at 10:30 am to 11:50 am whereas the maths paper will be held from 2:30 pm to 3:50 pm. Similarly, the physics paper will be held at 10:30 am to 11:50 am and the chemistry paper will be held from 2:30 pm to 3:50 pm.

KCET Admissions

The admissions to different colleges are mainly based on the candidates’ score in the exam. It is also important for candidates to fulfil the ‘eligibility conditions’ for the conduct of “Common Entrance Test-2019” for admission to the first year or first semester of full-time courses.

KCET Eligibility Criteria

Here we have laid down a few important eligibility criteria for Karnataka CET exam.

  • 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.

To get detailed information about the Karnataka CET 2019 eligibility criteria students can click on the given link.

KCET Admit Card

The KCET 2019 admit card was released by KEA (Karnataka Examination Authority) on April 12 via its official website. Registered candidates can submit their credentials like application number and date of birth and get access to the hall ticket. Candidates can download the admit card and also take a print out for future reference. No hard copies of the admit card will be sent by any means. The admit card is an important document and it is mandatory for students to carry it to the exam centre. Candidates who fail to produce the admit card will not be allowed to enter the exam hall. For further details regarding KCET admit card 2019 and to learn how to successfully download the admit card students can visit the given link.

KCET Cut Off

Knowing the cutoff marks is beneficial for the candidates. More significantly, cutoffs are the least marks required to qualify the entrance examination. Most of the time the cutoff marks are released soon after the declaration of KCET results. Given below are a few important factors that will determine KCET 2019 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 Syllabus

The syllabus for KCET is normally designed or is based as per the syllabus of 1st and the 2nd PUC (Pre-University Course) prescribed by the Department of Pre-University Education of Karnataka. Candidates are advised to go through the syllabus completely as it is one of the most important document in order to develop an effective preparation strategy for the exam. Students can access the latest KCET syllabus for 2019 from the attached link.

KCET Application Form

For 2019, Karnataka Examinations Authority released application forms on 1st of February. Previously, the last date for submission of KCET application form was on February 28 but after receiving several requests the online application window was extended till March 20, 2019. Any corrections in the form could be made from March 21 through the official website of KEA. The facility to make changes/ corrections in the KCET application form was live till April 2.

Students can learn about the full process and steps involved in filling the KCET application form by visiting the given link,

KCET Application Fee

The Application Fee for different categories like General, OBC, ST, SC, and students from other states or outside India is provided in the table mentioned below.

Categories Application Fee
General / OBC Rs. 650
ST / SC Rs. 500
Students from other states (Outside Karnataka) Rs. 750
Students from outside India Rs. 5,000

KCET Courses Offered

As per the official website and the KCET brochure that is provided, students can get admission in various courses like Medical, Ayurveda, Dental, Unani, Homoeopathy, Engineering, Naturopathy and Yoga, Architecture, Technology, Farm Science courses i.e. B.Sc (Sericulture), B.Sc (Agriculture), B.Sc (Forestry), B.Sc (Horticulture), B.HSc (Home Science), B.Sc Agri Biotech, B.Sc (Agri Marketing and Co-Op), B.Tech (Dairy Tech), B.Tech (Agri Engg), B.Tech (Food Technology), B.Tech (Food Science and Tech), B.FSc (Fisheries), etc. in Government University or Private Aided or Private Unaided Professional Educational Institutions in Karnataka.

KCET Exam Pattern

Amidst the rumours going on that KCET 2019 will be conducted in an online mode, the government has given an official statement saying that the exam will be conducted in an offline mode only. However, it has also been stated that KEA will most probably be upgrading its infrastructure and also conduct KCET 2020 in an online mode.

For now, KCET is being conducted in an offline mode which is basically a pen and paper mode with OMR sheets. The questions asked in the exam are of objective type and there are no negative markings. Details about the KCET exam pattern is given below in the table.

Exam Pattern For Karnataka CET

Exam Mode Offline
Total Questions 180 (Physics: 60, Chemistry: 60, Mathematics: 60 Or Biology: 60)
Type Objective
Total Marks 180 Marks
Time Duration 70 minutes for each subject.
Language English or Kannada
Marking 1 mark for each question.
Negative Marking No

Important Things to Remember:

  • Students applying for engineering courses have to write the entrance exam based on Maths, Physics, and Chemistry.
  • For admission into Dental, Pharmacy, Indian System of Medicine, Dental and Homoeopathy courses, students will have to attempt questions based on Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

KCET Result

The result of KCET is usually announced in the first week of June. Once the KCET results are announced by KEA on its official website, candidates can access all the data like the scores they have secured and the ranks they have achieved. Students can then compare the marks and ranks for the allotment of seats.

KCET Counselling 2019

KCET counselling for 2019 will be conducted by the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) in an offline mode. Candidates who have qualified in the exam can appear in the counselling process. The candidates must bring the following documents during the counselling sessions.

  • Class 10th Marksheet
  • Copy of Application Form
  • KCET 2019 Admit Card
  • Class 12th Marksheet
  • Passport size photo (2 copies)
  • Category Certificate (if eligible)

For more details visit our KCET counselling page.

Seat Allotment In KCET

The KCET seat allotment is usually announced online most likely around the third week of July. The seat allotment is done according to ranks of the candidates along with the availability of seats in the desired college or institute. Candidates who secure a seat in the allotted institutes have to visit the place to verify their documents. KEA will conduct the seat allotment session in two round. There might also be an additional extended round. Candidates have to pay the required fees for the confirmation of their admission.

KCET Study Materials

Study materials are important tools that can help candidates prepare well and productively for the exams. We have provided various study materials which candidates can use to take their preparation to a higher level.

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