About the Exam

Karnataka 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 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.

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.

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 counselling 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)

What documents should be carried on the day of the KCET exam?

Candidates should carry the following documents:

  • KCET hall ticket.
  • Passport
  • Aadhar Card
  • PAN Card
  • College Identity Card
  • 2nd PU/ 12th Std Examination Admission Ticket/ Bus Pass