KCET – Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Admission Process

KCET or Karnataka Common Entrance Test is a state-level examination organized for the candidates who aspire to take admission in various UG & PG level courses offered at Karnataka-based private and government colleges. KCET 2020 is a gateway to various types of programmes in vivid streams like architecture, engineering, pharmacy, medical, etc. Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) acts as the regulatory body of KCET and all the related notifications will be published on its official website. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the KCET examination dates have been postponed to July 30, 2020 and July 31, 2020. Moreover, the Kannada Language Test will be conducted on August 1. The authority also extended the deadline of the application correction window to May 31, 2020. Other than this, the schedule of other KCET 2020 events will be notified by the authority soon.

Important Updates

1. Karnataka Exam Authority, the governing body of the KCET 2020, has reopened the application form correction facility for the KCET 2020 from 26th June to 29th June 29th June 2020 (till 6 pm). Also, Aspirants can make changes in their preference of exam centers, through online mode, till the 29th June 2020.

2. Karnataka Exam Authority, the governing body of the KCET 2020, has released the admit cards for the eligible candidates appearing for the KCET 2020. KEA released the admit cards or hall ticket for KCET 2020 on 17th July 2020.

3. Karnataka High Court has stated that the KCET 2020 will be held on 30th and 31st July 2020. Earlier, Some candidates filed a petition on the governing body of the exam, regarding the scheduling of the KCET 2020 amidst the Covid 19 Pandemic. However, the Karnataka High Court announced the decision in favour of the governing body of the exam. Karnataka High Court also ordered the governing body of the exam to provide the candidates with maximum safety measures in view of the Covid 19 Pandemic.

4. Karnataka Exam Authority, has released the official provisional answer key for the KCET 2020. It is crucial to know that candidates can only file objections on the provisional answer key till 8th August 2020 (5 PM).

Get a complete know-how of KCET 2020 including its admission process, application form submission procedure, eligibility requirements, admit card, exam pattern, syllabus, etc. in this article. 

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KCET – Key Points to Note

  1. Karnataka Common Entrance Test has been abbreviated as KCET. 
  2. KCET 2020 is a state-level entrance exam, conducted by the Karnataka Examination Authority, for admissions in various  UG and PG level courses.
  3. This exam is conducted through offline mode i.e. pen paper-based mode. 
  4. KEA has designated 53 KCET exam centres across the major cities of Karnataka.
  5. Kannada Language Test will be applicable to Horanadu & Gadinadu Kannadiga candidates only.
  6. Karnataka Examination Authority’s official website can be visited at kea.kar.nic.in and their helpline number is 080 – 23460460.  
  7. KEA considers the NEET score of the candidates applying for MBBS, Ayush, BAMS, and other medical courses at KCET participating medical institutes.  
  8. Candidates seeking admission in B.Arch at any of the KCET participating institutions need to submit their JEE Main (Paper 2) or NATA scores.

KCET – Important Dates

KEA has announced the dates of the KCET exam. The below-given table contains the declared and tentative dates of KCET 2020 events:

Event Calender of KCET 2020 

Events  Dates 
Online Registration February 1, 2020
KCET Application Form Submission Deadline  March 2, 2020
Last Date to Submit Application Fee  March 6, 2020
Reopening of Application Form  May 8 to May 18, 2020 
Application Form Correction Window  May 20 to May 31, 2020
KCET Admit Card Release Date July 17 2020
KCET Exam Dates July 30 (Mathematics) & July 31 (Physics & Chemistry) 
Kannada Language Test August 1, 2020
KCET Result Declaration To be announced 
KCET Counselling  To be announced  

KCET – Eligibility Criteria

KEA has prescribed the course-wise eligibility criteria for KCET 2020. Aspirants must ensure that they meet the below given eligibility requirements before applying for KCET:

Eligibility Criteria for Engineering Courses

  1. Aspirants must have cleared the class 12 exam (or an equivalent exam) from a recognized board
  2. The other mandatory requirement relates to the minimum marks in class 12. General category candidates must have attained minimum 45% marks while SC and ST applicants need to possess at least 40% score in 12th standard 
  3. Applicants must have studied Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects at 10+2 level along with one other subject from Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Electronics, or Computer Science. Also, English at 10+2 level is a must as a language subject. 

Eligibility Criteria for B.Pharma Courses

  1. Applicants must have passed class 12th (or an equivalent exam) with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Biology as mandatory subjects and English as a language subject.
  2. The minimum aggregate marks in 12th standard should be 50% for General category candidates and 40% for SC and ST candidates. 

KCET – Application Form

KCET 2020 application form was available on the web portal of KEA. Only the eligible aspirants can fill the application before the specified deadline. The correction window for application was also available till May 31, 2020. Submitting the KCET application form involves the steps like registration, documents uploading, application fee payment, etc. Let’s have a look:

  1. The online registration is mandatory for the aspirants who are eligible to apply for KCET. For this, they need to go to the official web portal of KEA
  2. Enter your basic details like name, date of birth, email ID, mobile number for KCET registration. The system will generate application number and password as login credentials
  3. Enter your login credentials to access the KCET application form
  4. Fill mandatory details like your name, address, contact number, academic qualification, communication details, etc. in the specified fields
  5. Uploading scanned images of your signature, passport size photograph and left hand thumb impression is another requirement. The file sizes should be between 5KB to 40 KB and the dimension must be 3.5 cm X 4.5 cm
  6. After filling the necessary information, submit your application form online and take the print out of the same for further use

KCET Application Fee Details

KCET application fee depends upon the domicile and category of the candidates, as shown in the below given table:

KCET Application Fee 

Category Amount (In Rupees)
General, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B candidates from Karnataka  500
SC/ST, CAT-1 candidates from Karnataka  250
Female Applicants candidates from Karnataka 250
Non-Karnataka domiciles  750
Overseas candidates  5000

KCET – Admit Card 

KEA recently made the KCET 2020 admit card available on its official portal. The admit cards for KCET 2020 were released on 17th July 2020. Candidates can download the hall ticket of KCET only after completing the application and registration process successfully. To download the KCET admit card 2020, the candidates need to enter their login details (application number and password) on the portal of KEA and click on the given link for admit card. 

The admit card contains the candidates’ name, date of birth, roll number, exam centre address, exam date and time and some important guidelines. Carrying admit card or hall ticket along with one valid photo ID proof  to the exam centre is mandatory and those who violate this rule will not be allowed to sit for the KCET exam. 

KCET – Test Centres

KCET 2020 exam will take place in 53 cities across Karnataka state. Candidates can enlist up to three preferences of exam centres during KCET registration. Find below the list of KCET test cities:

Bagalkot Jamakhandi Bangalore Doddaballapur
Belgaum Athanni Chikodi Gokak
Bellary Hospet Bidar Basavakalyan
Bhalki Bijapur Chamarajnagar Kollegal
Chikkaballapur Chikmagalur Chitradurga Davangere
Dharwad Hubli Gadag Gulbarga
Hassan Haveridte Karwar Dandeli
Kumta Sirsi Kolar K G F
Koppal Madikeri Mandya Krishnarajpet
Mangalore Moodabidri Puttur Ujire
Mysore Raichur Ramanagara Channapatna
Shimoga Bhadravathi Sagar Tumkur
Tiptur Udipi 1 Karkala Kundapura

KCET – Exam Pattern

Before starting their preparation for the entrance test, applicants must know about the KCET 2020 exam pattern which defines the mode of exam, medium of exam, type and number of questions, test duration, marking scheme, etc. 

  1. The mode of exam is offline or pen and paper based
  2. There will be a total of 60 questions in each of the 4 sections
  3. All the questions will be multiple choice or objective-type questions 
  4. Test duration is 80 minutes for each section
  5. 1 mark shall be credited to your KCET score for every right answer
  6. No negative marking clause shall be applicable in the exam

Section-wise Distribution of Marks and Time in KCET 2020

Subject/Section Time Allotted (in minutes)  Number of Questions 
Physics  80 60
Chemistry 80 60
Mathematics/Biology 80 60
Kannada Language Test (if applicable) 60 50

KCET – Syllabus

KCET 2020 syllabus includes various topics from Physics, Mathematics/Biology and Chemistry. 

KCET Syllabus for Physics 

Topics from 1st Year Pre-university Course Topics from 2nd Year Pre-university Course 
Unit I – Physical World and Measurement
Unit II – Kinematics
Unit III – Laws of Motion
Unit IV – Work, Energy and Power
Unit I – Electrostatics
Unit II – Current Electricity
Unit III – Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism
Unit IV – Electromagnetic induction and Alternating Currents

KCET Syllabus for Chemistry 

Topics from 1st Year Pre-university Course Topics from 2nd Year Pre-university Course 
Unit I – Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry
Unit II – Structure of Atom
Unit III – Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties
Unit IV – Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure
Unit I – Solid State
Unit II – Solutions
Unit III – Electrochemistry
Unit IV – Chemical Kinetics
Unit V – Surface Chemistry

KCET Syllabus for Mathematics 

Topics from 1st Year Pre-university Course Topics from 2nd Year Pre-university Course 
Unit I – Algebra
Unit II – Trigonometry
Unit III – Analytical Geometry
Unit IV – Calculus 
Unit I – Theory Of Indices and Logarithms
Unit II – Mathematical Induction
Unit III – Progressions
Unit IV – Theory Of Equations
Unit V – Binomial Theorem
Unit VI- Permutations and Combinations
Unit VII – Partial Fractions

KCET Syllabus for Biology 

Topics from 1st Year Pre-university Course Topics from 2nd Year Pre-university Course 
Unit I – Body Fluids & Circulations
Unit II – Excretory Products & their Elimination
Unit III – Locomotion & Movement 
Unit IV – Natural Control & Coordination 

Unit V – Plant Growth & Development 

Unit I – Microbes for Human Welfare
Unit II – Biotech Principles & Processes
Unit III – Biotech – Applications
Unit IV – Organism & Population 
Unit V – Ecosystem

KCET – Answer Key

KEA will publish the provisional answer key of KCET 2020 on its official portal. Checking the answer key will help the candidates evaluate their tentative KCET score before result declaration. 

A few important points related to KCET 2020 answer key are as follows:

  • To download the KCET answer key, the applicants must visit the website and enter their login credentials. 
  • Raising objection(s) against the answer key is also permitted. 
  • An Expert Committee will handle the objections thoroughly and release the final answer key after proper scrutiny. 
  • Challenging the answer key requires the candidates to provide their objections in a written application and send the same at keauthority-ka@nic.in before the predefined deadline. 
  • They should also attach the relevant supporting documents with the application. After considering all the objections, KEA releases the final answer key online along with the result.

KCET – Result

KEA will announce the result of KCET 2020 online but the exact dates are yet to be notified officially. Candidates need to go to the website of KEA and enter their registration number and date of birth to check their KCET score. The authority will release KCET results separately for all the courses like architecture, engineering, pharmacy, etc. Once the result is declared, the authority will prepare the course-wise KCET merit list. The rank of the candidates will depend on their marks in the entrance test. 

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KCET – Cut Off

KEA will decide the cutoff of KCET on the basis of various parameters like total test-takers, total number of students who applied for exam, seat availability, difficulty level of test, etc. It mentions the minimum rank that the candidates must obtain to get selected for the KCET counselling process. KCET cut off is published separately for various courses and institutes in Karnataka. In case the candidates fail to achieve the rank as per the cut off, they won’t be able to appear for counselling and seat allotment. 

Branch-wise KCET Cut Off 2019 of Top Engineering Colleges 

BMS College of Engineering, Basavanagudi, Bangalore 8193 1601 5143 2304
Bangalore Institute of Technology, Bangalore 16493 5555 5797 8811 10846
Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering, Bangalore 17578 5396 6799 15598 11208
Dr. Ambedkar Institute Of Technology, Bangalore 24047 10372 14023 22837 19764
M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore 10175 3042 2432 5949 3639
P E S Institute of Technology, Bangalore 8866 2387 2827 3227 4187
R. V. College of Engineering, Bangalore 3354 573 798 622 584
S K S J T Institute of Engineering, Bangalore 24140 17112 19509
Sir M.Visveswaraya Institute of Technology, Bangalore 19758 6230 4319 19078 17092
University Visveswariah College of Engineering, Bangalore 19343 5652 5848 7216 11674

KCET – Counselling

KCET 2020 counselling is anticipated to take place in the month of September. However, the actual schedule is yet to be published by KEA. The shortlisted candidates can check the counselling related information like date, time and venue on the official portal of KEA. Only those candidates who obtain minimum qualifying marks shall be considered for KCET counselling rounds.

KCET – Seat Allotment 

KEA will conduct the KCET 2020 seat allotment procedure through online mode during counselling. All the participants are required to submit their choice of seats while registering for KCET counselling. Moreover, they also have to go through the process of document verification. The mock seat allotment conducted by KEA will help the candidates to make a wise choice of course and colleges. 

KCET – Participating Colleges

Some of top-notch engineering institutes that participate in KCET counselling process are:

  1. BVB College of Engg & Tech, Hubli
  2. Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur
  3. RNS Institute of Technology, Bangalore
  4. National Institute of Engineering, Mysore
  5. B.M.S College of Engineering, Bull Temple Road, Bangalore
  6. Shri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysore
  7. MS Ramaiah Institute of Tech, Bangalore
  8. Bangalore Institute of Technology, Bangalore
  9. JSS Academy of Technical Education, Bangalore
  10. P.E.S. Institute of Technology, Bangalore


✔️ How can I apply for KCET 2020?

The eligible candidates can fill and submit the KCET application form through online mode. The application form of KCET 2020 was released on February 1 and closed on March 2. However, in the wake of COVID-19 spread, the authorities re-opened the application form from May 8 to May 18, 2020.

✔️ Can I correct my KCET application form after submission?

Yes, the authority provides a correction window facility to the candidates. KCET 2020 application correction window was open from May 20 to May 31, 2020.

✔️ How can I access the hall ticket of KCET 2020?

Candidates can download the KCET 2020 admit card from the official website of KEA. The regulatory body released the admit cards or hall tickets for KCET 2020 on 17th July 2020.

✔️ Is it mandatory to bring ID proof along with KCET 2020 admit card at the examination centre?

Yes, candidates appearing for KCET exam must bring admit card and one valid photo ID proof at the exam centre. The exam invigilator will restrict the entry of the candidates who fail to present their admit cards or photo ID proof.

✔️ How can I appear for the KCET 2020 counselling process?

KEA will release the counselling-related information on its website and the shortlisted candidates must go through the same to know about counselling date, time, venue and required documents. They must register for the counselling and lock their college & course preferences online on the KEA’s official website. Afterwards, they need to appear for the counselling of KCET in-person at the allotted centre for document verification and seat allotment.

✔️ What is the medium of KCET exam?

KCET exam will be held in English and Kannada languages. If a test-taker answers a question in both the languages, then the answer given in English will be considered during the evaluation of their KCET answer sheets.

✔️ What is the revised schedule for KCET 2020 exam?

KCET exam will take place on July 30 (Mathematics/Biology) and July 31, 2020 (Physics & Chemistry). Kannada Language Test will be held on August 1, 2020.

✔️ Can I choose the course and college of my preference during KCET 2020 counselling?

Yes, the candidates can submit their choice of college and course while registering for KCET 2020 counselling online.

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