KCET 2022 - Syllabus, Eligibility, Application form, 2022 Notification

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Exam Summary

Exam Name Karnataka Common Entrance Test
Commonly Known As KCET
Organizing Authority Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA)
Official Website  http://www.kea.kar.nic.in/
Exam Type University Level Entrance Examination
Programs Offered Engineering, Pharmacy and Architecture courses
Mode of Exam Pen-Paper (OMR Based)
Number of questions Chemistry- 60

Physics- 60

Math- 60

Biology- 60

Kannada- 50

Section Chemistry





Type of questions MCQ
Exam duration 2 shifts- 2.5 hours each
Eligibility Criteria  Differs course to course
Exam Date 18th & 20th April 2018

What is KCET?

Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) is an annually conducted Entrance Test by Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) to provide admission to candidates in B.Tech, Pharmacy, Architecture, Ayurveda programmes in colleges and Universities of Karnataka. It is a paper and pen-based test.

KCET offers to admission to first-year engineering, architecture, ayurveda programmes like Bachelors of veterinary science and animal husbandry (B.VSc& AH), Agriculture, Sericulture, Horticulture, Forestry, Home Science, Agriculture, Food technology, dairy technology, food science, Bachelors of pharma, Pharma-D and more.

Total 220 government colleges, private aided and un-aided universities of Karnataka participate in this Test.

Structure of KCET exam

The mode of the test is offline or pen and paper-based. Usually, the test is conducted on multiple days in different sessions, where the duration of each session is 80 minutes.

Marking: Each subject carries 60 marks, 1 mark per question. The nature of the question in each paper is multiple choices. The questions are of objective type. 1 mark is given to correct answer and there is no negative marking in KCET.

Medium: The candidates need to answer the paper in the English language. The language paper is to be answered in a given language (Kannada).

The syllabus of the examination generally comprises the study of first and second Pre-University Course (PUC) as specified by Department of Pre-University Education of Karnataka State.

Overview of the structure/pattern of exam:

Subjects Number of questions Marks Duration
Biology 60 60 80 minutes per subject
Mathematics 60 60
Physics 60 60
Chemistry 60 60
Kannada 50 50 1 hour

KCET 2018 Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidate should be a citizen of India only.
  • There are no age criteria provided by the examination authority.
  • Candidates as per their subject can either opt for Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics (PCM) or Physics, Chemistry, Biology (PCB).

The eligibility criteria of the test differ from course to course which they opt for. The eligibility criteria for the test are as follows:

  • Eligibility Criteria for B.Tech

The candidate should qualify class 12th or equivalent examination with minimum 45% with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics (PCM) and English as mandatory subjects. 5% relaxation is provided to reserved category candidates.

  • Eligibility Criteria for Pharma- D

The candidate should qualify class 12th or equivalent examination. The candidates should pass diploma in pharmacy examination with subjects Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics (PCM) or Physics, Chemistry, Biology (PCB).

  • Eligibility Criteria for B.Pharma

The candidate should qualify class 12th or equivalent examination with minimum 45%. The candidates should pass diploma in pharmacy examination with subjects Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics (PCM) or Physics, Chemistry, Biology (PCB). 5% relaxation is provided to reserved category candidates.

  • Eligibility Criteria for B.VSc and AH

The candidate should qualify class 12th or equivalent examination with minimum 50% with Physics, Chemistry, Biology (PCB) and English as mandatory subjects. 10% relaxation is provided to reserved category candidates.

  • Eligibility Criteria for B.Sc.

The candidate should qualify class 12th or equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics (PCM) or Physics, Chemistry, Biology (PCB) as the subjects.

  • Eligibility Criteria for AYUSH( Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy)

The candidate should qualify class 12th or equivalent examination with minimum 50% with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (PCB) as optional subjects and English as a compulsory subject. 10% relaxation is provided to candidates of reserved category.

  • Eligibility Criteria for B.Arch.

The candidates should qualify class 12th or any equivalent examination with minimum 50% with mathematics as a compulsory subject. 5% relaxation is provided to candidates of reserved category. A candidate must have a valid NATA scorecard.

Application forms and submission procedure

Application forms will be available to candidates on the official site by early January 2018.

Candidates have to fill the form online. Candidates have to fill the application form by paying the fees of the same which is as follows: INR 650/- for general candidates of Karnataka, INR 500/- for SC / ST candidates of Karnataka and INR 750/- for candidates outside the state of Karnataka. The payment is only done offline through a challan by the specified bank.



The candidate has to register for the online application form through the online site by filling name of the candidate, select their nationality, enter school board. After registering the candidate will be sent a User ID and application number to their registered email address and mobile number.


With the unique User ID and application number, the candidate must login and enter their personal details in the application form of KCET. Candidates must fill personal information like full name, parent’s information, candidate’s educational background etc.


Candidate after filling the personal and educational details in the form must upload documents like candidates photograph, signature, and left thumb impression. The size of the documents should be greater than 5KB and less than 40KB. The photograph should be 3.5cm x 4.5cm and the signature and thumb impression should be 3.5cm x 1.5cm in dimension.


After filling the form and uploading the required documents candidates must first read all the terms and instructions on the form and then submit it.


After submission of the form candidates must take a printout of the same and keep its copies for future reference. The printout copies also act as an acknowledgment that the candidate is registered for the test.

Admit Card

  • Admit cards will be issued by mid-February 2018.
  • To download the admit card candidates have to go to the official site of the examination. Candidates are required to enter their application number and date of birth. After logging in the account, the candidate must click on ‘Print Admit Card’. The candidates are advised to take the print of their admit cards and preserve it for future reference.
  • The online application number and date of birth is required to download the admit card.
  • The admit card includes details such as the name of the candidate, photograph, and signature of the candidate, examination date, time, venue and general instructions/guidelines to follow during the examination.

Admission Procedure

Once the results are declared on the official site, candidates can check their results from the same official portal of the authority. To download/check the results candidates have to provide their registration number and date of birth. Candidates are required to keep the photocopy of the result safely till the admission process gets over.

After the declaration of results, the universities will start the counselling from June 2018 where qualifying candidates will be called for counselling and interview. The selection and allotment of seats are done on the basis of candidate’s rank/performance in the examination, availability of seats and filled preference during registration.

When the candidates are called for counselling they need to submit documents such as class 10thmarksheet, a copy of the KCET application form, KCET Admit card, class 12thmarksheet, 2 recent photographs of the candidate, category certificate (if applicable).

The allotment of seats will be in online mode the same will be published on the official website of the examination.


The notifications for the exam will usually start by December 2015 and will be displayed on the official website. The local newspapers will also carry the notification in an attempt to reach as many people as possible. The notifications can be found on http://kea.kar.nic.in/cet_2018.htm#.


The exam will only be held in the offline mode. The total number of questions asked will be 230 (including Kannada exam). Questions will be asked from Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology. The topics in each of the above-mentioned subjects are as follows:

Subject Topics
Physics  ·         Units and Measurement

·         Kinematics

·         Laws of Motion

·         Work, Energy, and Power

·         Gravitation

·         Thermodynamics

·         Properties of Bulk Matter

·         Kinetic Theory of Gases

·         Oscillations and waves

·         Motion of System of Particles and rigid body

·         Electrostatics

·         Electricity

·         Magnetic Effects of Current

·         Optics

·         Electromagnetic Waves

·         Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current

·         Dual Nature of Matter

·         Atoms and Nuclei

·         Electronic Devices

·         Communication Systems

Chemistry ·         Structure of an Atom

·         Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties

·         Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure

·         Gases and Liquids

·         Chemical thermodynamics

·         Equilibrium

·         Redox reactions

·         Hydrogen

·         S block elements

·         P block elements

·         Organic Chemistry

·         Hydrocarbons

·         Environmental Chemistry

·         Solutions

·         Chemical Kinematics

·         Surface Chemistry

·         D and f block elements

·         Coordination compounds

·         Haloalkanes and Haloarenes

·         Alcohols, Ethers, and Phenols

·         Aldehydes, Ketones, and Carboxylic Acids

·         Organic Chemistry

·         Biomolecules

·         Polymers

·         Chemistry in Everyday life

Biology (Botany and Zoology) ·         Cell biology

·         Plant Anatomy

·         Diversity of Plant Life on Earth

·         Taxonomy

·         Tissues of Humans

·         Digestion

·         Circulation

·         Nervous System

·         Organic Evolution

·         Cell Division

·         Diversity of Animal Life

·         Origin of Life

Mathematics ·         Progressions

·         Permutations and Combinations

·         Binomial Theorem

·         Coordinate Geometry

·         Partial Fractions

·         Number Theory

·         Mathematical Induction

·         Analytical Geometry

·         Differential Calculus

·         Integral Calculus

·         Applications of Calculus

·         Trigonometry

The questions asked are usually from the 11th grade and 12th grade portions. It should be noted that each section in the exam is allotted a specific amount of time, i.e. 80 minutes. Candidates have to finish the section in the allotted time and they will not be able to come back to the section once the allotted time elapses.

Candidates applying for engineering courses will have to take up Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. Candidates who are looking for an admission into pharmacy courses will have to take up Biology, Physics, and Chemistry.

KCET 2018 Important Dates

The following table lists the important dates that candidates need to adhere to:

Events Dates
Start of online application 2nd week of January 2018
Last date to fill the application form 1st week of March 2018
Last date to pay the exam fees Last week of February 2018
Availability of admit card 3rd week of April 2018
Date of exam Biology and Mathematics – 18th April 2018

Physics and Chemistry – 19th April 2018

Kannada Language Test 20th April 2018
Answer Key Release 1st week of May 2018
Last Date to challenge the answer key 2nd week of May 2018
Announcement of Results Last week of May 2018
Counseling 2nd week of June 2018

Knowing the timeline helps students stay on track and complete all the formalities on time. Additionally, they also can plan their preparation schedule better if they have an idea of when the exam will be held.

List of KCET Examination Centres

The following are the exam centers where the exam is conducted:

·         Bangalore

·         Doddaballapur

·         Ramanagara

·         Channapatna

·         Belgaum

·         Chickodi

·         Athani

·         Gokak

·         Bellary

·         Hospet

·         Bagalkot

·         Jamakhandi

·         Bijapur

·         Bidar

·         Bhalki

·         Basavakalyan

·         Davangere

·         Chitradurga

·         Chikmagalur

·         Haveri

·         Gadag

·         Hubli

·         Dharwad

·         Gulbarga

·         Yadgir

·         Hassan

·         Koppal


·         Raichur

·         Mangalore

·         Moodabidre

·         Ujire

·         Puttur

·         Udupi

·         Kundapura

·         Karkala

·         Shimoga

·         Bhadravati

·         Sagar

·         Tumkur

·         Tiptur

·         Madikeri

·         Chikkaballapur

·         Kolar

·         KGF

·         Chamarajnagar

·         Kollegala

·         Mysore

·         Mandiya

·         Krishnarajapet

·         Karwar

·         Sirsi

·         Kumta

·         Dandeli

Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) has made sure that this exam is accessible to as many students as possible and hence conducts the exam in all the cities and districts. This gives students a choice in where they want to take the exam. Students are asked to choose the exam center that this convenient for them.

Contact Details

When in doubt or in need of help, students can contact the authorities using any one of the below-mentioned methods:

  • Official Website – http://kea.kar.nic.in/cet_2017.htm
  • Phone Number – 080 – 23461576, 080 – 23460460
  • Fax – 080 – 23460460
  • Email Id – keauthority-ka@nic.in
  • Address –

Sampige Road

18th Cross


Bangalore – 50012

There is also a Frequently Asked Questions page that people can access when in need of assistance.

List of colleges accepting KCET score

All the colleges located in the state of Karnataka provide admissions based on the KCET scores. The following is a list of the colleges which accept this core:

  • National Institute of Engineering, Mysore
  • PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore
  • Bangalore Institute of Technology
  • Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur
  • BVB College of Engineering and Technology, Hubli
  • RNS Institute of Technology, Bangalore
  • BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore
  • MS Ramaiah Institute of Tech, Bangalore
  • JSS Academy of Technical Education
  • Shri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysore
  • Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering, Mysore
  • The Oxford College of Engineering, Bangalore
  • SJBB Institute of technology
  • Reva Institute of Technology and Management, Bangalore
  • NMAM Institute of technology
  • JSS Science and Technology University, Mysore
  • The National Institute of Engineering, Mysore
  • Alliance University, Bangalore

KCET Results & Cut-off

The cut off mark is the minimum marks that should be secured by a candidate, if he/she wants to qualify for counseling. Usually, the cut off mark is released as soon as the exam gets over. This minimum mark is decided based on many factors and parameters and will change every year.

It is advised that the students take a look at the cut off marks before applying for any university. Usually, the cut off marks are decided by the Karnataka Examination Authority. Additionally, the cut off marks vary for each counseling round.

Typically, the cut off marks for the first round of counseling is higher than that which is set for the subsequent rounds of counseling. To get more information about the cut off marks, please visit the official website where the details are available.

Score Validity

The KCET score is only valid for a year. Students will not be able to carry their marks to the next year.

Reservation/Seat Distribution

The seat distribution based on the categories is as follows:

Category Percentage of Seat Reservation
Rural Candidates 15% of Government Seats
Kannada medium 5% of Government Seats
Jammu and Kashmir Migrants 1 seat in every Engineering College
Defense Personnel of Karnataka Origin 10% seats in all Engineering Colleges
Supernumerary Category 5% seats in all Engineering Colleges

All candidates looking to get seats based on the category will have to show the required documents i.e. proof to the conducting authority.

KCET 2018 Counselling Schedule

Usually, the counseling sessions will be conducted in the month of June 2018.

The counseling is conducted in both online as well as the offline mode. The counseling process can be divided into three steps:

  • Document Verification
  • Filling in the choice of seats by the candidates
  • Seat allotment based on the choice of the candidate

Based on the candidate’s score and their college preferences, they are called for counseling. Candidates are requested to carry all the necessary documents, both the original as well as a photocopy for verification purposes which is the first step. The documents needed are as follows:

  • Filled application form
  • Admit Card
  • 2 passport size photographs
  • Study Certificate Countersigned by the concerned personnel

Once the verification process is complete, the candidate is provided with a verification slip. Only after the issue of the verification slip can the candidate participate in the counseling session. The next step is to choose the college and course and lock one’s choices. The conducting authority will keep updating the number of seats available periodically.

Finally, candidates will be allotted seats and they will have to download their seat allotment letter from the official website. Candidates will have to report at their assigned university with this letter and the fees. It should be noted that the seat for the candidate will only be confirmed once the fees is paid. Once the fee payment is successful, candidates will have to report on the specified date to start attending classes.

The same procedure is followed for further rounds of counseling. However, further rounds of counseling are only conducted if there are seats yet to be filled.

Sample Paper

Solving the previous year’s question papers is extremely important as it helps students analyze their preparation level and improve in areas where they are weak. It also introduces them to the kind of questions that will be asked and this will greatly help them during the exam. All the previous year’s question papers can be accessed at the official website.



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