Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) has released the KCET syllabus 2020. The syllabus includes the topics to be prepared in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology. Department of Pre-University Education of Karnataka State directs the candidates to look into the 1st and 2nd year PUC (Pre-university Course) syllabus, around which the KCET syllabus revolves.
KCET examination dates for the year 2020 are officially declared. The exam will take place on July 30 and July 31, 2020 in four sessions (two on each day). Mathematics and Biology papers are scheduled on July 30 while papers of Physics and Chemistry will be held on July 31. Each paper will contain 60 MCQs. Candidates will be given 80 minutes to finish each one of the papers.
As the KCET exam pattern is also a part of the syllabus, candidates must learn about the same to keep their KCET 2020 preparation on the right track. The medium of KCET exam will be English and Kannada. Get comprehensive information about KCET 2020 syllabus, exam pattern and preparation tips in this article.
After having a complete know-how of KCET 2020 syllabus, candidates can easily prepare an effective study plan to inch closer towards success in Karnataka Common Entrance Test. The syllabus of KCET comprises topics of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics separately.
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KCET Syllabus for Mathematics (PUC 1st and 2nd year)
KCET 2020 syllabus is as same as the PUC 1st and 2nd year syllabus defined by the Department of Pre-University Education of Karnataka State. The related topics and chapters pertaining to mathematics section are mentioned below in tabular form:
KCET Mathematics Syllabus Based on PUC Ist Year
Chapters
Topics
Introduction to 3D Geometry
Coordinate axes and coordinate planes in three dimensions
Coordinates of a point
Distance between two points
Section formula and problems
Mathematical Reasoning
Definition of proposition and problems
Logical connectives
Compound proposition
Quantifier
Negation problems
Statistics
Measure of dispersion
Range
Mean deviation
Variance and standard deviation of ungrouped/grouped data
Analysis of frequency distributions
Principle Of Mathematical Induction
Process of the proof by induction
Motivating the application of the method by looking at natural numbers
The principle of mathematical induction
Simple problems based on summation
Complex Numbers And Quadratic Equations
Need for complex numbers, especially √
Brief description of algebraic properties of complex numbers
Solution of quadratic equations in the complex number system
Square-root of a Complex number given in supplement and problems
Linear Inequalities
Linear inequalities
Algebraic solutions of linear inequalities in one variable
Graphical solution of linear inequalities in two variables
Solution of system of linear inequalities in two variables -graphically and examples
Permutation And Combination
Fundamental principle of counting
Factorial and Permutations
Permutation when all the objects are not distinct, problems. Combinations: Definition, examples
Statement and proof of the binomial theorem for positive integral indices
Pascal’s triangle, general and middle term in binomial expansion
Problems based on expansion finding any term, term independent of x, middle term, coefficient of xr .
Sets
Empty Set
Finite and Infinite sets
Equal sets
Subsets
Subsets of the set of real numbers especially intervals (with notations)
Power set
Universal set
Union and intersection of sets
Difference of sets
Complement of a set
Properties of Complement sets
Simple practical problems on union and intersection of two sets
KCET Mathematics Syllabus Based on PUC IInd Year
Chapters
Topics
Inverse Trigonometric Functions
Definition
Range
Domain
Principal value branches
Mentioning domain
Range of trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions
Conversion of one inverse trigonometric function to another
Matrices
Column matrix
Row matrix
Rectangular matrix
Square matrix
Zero matrix
Diagonal matrix
Scalar matrix and unit matrix
Equality of matrices
Scalar multiplication of matrices
Transpose of a matrix
Symmetric and skew symmetric matrices
Concept of elementary row and column operations
Applications of Integrals
Area under the curve
Area under simple curves, especially lines, arcs of circles/parabolas/ellipses
Area bounded by two above said curves: problems
Linear Programming
Introduction of L.P.P.
Definition of constraints
Objective function
Optimization
Constraint equations
Non- negativity restrictions
Mathematical formulation-mathematical formulation of L.P.P
Different types of L.P.P
KCET Syllabus for Chemistry (PUC 1st and 2nd year)
KCET 2020 syllabus for Chemistry section will cover the topics of PUC 1st and 2nd year syllabus. Fetch the 1st year and 2nd year PUC syllabus from the tables below:
KCET Chemistry Syllabus Based on PUC Ist Year
Chapters
Topics
Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry
General introduction: Importance and scope of chemistry
Properties of matter and their measurement
Laws of chemical combination
Dalton’s atomic theory
Atomic and molecular masses
Avogadro constant, mole and molar mass
Reactions in solutions
Classification of Elements & Periodicity in Properties
Significance of classification
Mendeleev periodic law
Henry Moseley observation based on X- ray spectra of elements, account of groups, periods, s, p, d and f blocks
Periodic trends in properties of elements with reason
Thermodynamics
Thermodynamic terms – concepts of system, surroundings, Internal energy: as a state function, work and heat
Exothermic and endothermic reactions
Heat capacity & specific heat
Thermochemical equations- examples , enthalpy of a reaction
Spontaneous and non-spontaneous processes
Redox Reactions
Concept of oxidation and reduction
Redox reactions
Oxidation number
Oxidation, reduction, oxidizing agent/oxidant
Types of redox reactions
Hydrogen
Position of hydrogen in periodic table
Reaction with halogens, dioxygen, physical properties, chemical properties, dinitrogen, Hydrides – classification
Dihydrogen as a fuel – meaning of hydrogen economy
s – Block Elements
Group – I & Group – II: elements electronic configuration, occurrence, trends in ionization enthalpy, hydration enthalpy, atomic and ionic radii
Anomalous properties of lithium
Preparation and properties of some compounds
Biological importance of sodium and potassium
Some p – Block Elements
General introduction to p– block elements-electronic configuration, oxidation states, inert pair effect, anomalous behaviour of first member of each group
Group 13 elements
Group – 14 elements, Carbon: anomalous behaviour, reason, catenation, allotropic form
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental pollution
Air pollution or troposphere pollution
Stratospheric Pollution
Water pollution
Soil pollution
Strategies to control environmental pollution
Green chemistry: Introduction, green chemistry in day-to-day life
KCET Chemistry Syllabus Based on PUC IInd Year
Chapters
Topics
Solid State
General characteristics of solids: amorphous and crystalline solids
Classification of crystalline solids
Definitions – lattice point, crystal lattice, unit cell, coordination number
Close packing in two dimensional and three dimensional lattices
Point defects-types
Electrical properties
Solutions
Types of Solutions – binary – gaseous, liquid and solids
Solution of liquid in liquid
Solution of a solid in a liquid
Raoult’s law
Numerical problems on determination of molar mass using colligative properties
Abnormal molar mass
Surface Chemistry
Adsorption: adsorbate, adsorbent, examples, distinction between adsorption and absorption
Physisorption and chemisorption
Catalysis: homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis
Classification of colloids-types of colloidal systems
Properties of colloids: Tyndall effect
Brownian movement
General Principles & Processes of Element Isolation
Principles and methods of extraction: concentration of ores, hydraulic washing, magnetic separation, froth floatation, leaching of alumina from bauxite, roasting and calcination, extraction of different metals
Refining: principles and examples each for distillation
Coordination Compounds
General introduction to salts, difference between double salt and coordination, Coordination entity, central metal ion, coordination number
Werner’s theory
CFT (crystal field theory)
Spectrochemical series, compare weak field ligand
Isomerism
Stereoisomerism
Importance of coordination compounds
Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
Classification based on hybridization of carbon, Preparation from alcohols
Physical properties
Reactions of haloalkanes
Nucleophilic substitution reactions
Optical isomerism
Elimination reaction ( ß elimination
Haloarenes
Electrophilic substitution reactions for chlorobenzene
Reaction with metals
Alcohol, Phenols, and Ethers
Classification: mono, di, tri ,allylic, and benzylic alcohols, mono, di and trihydric phenols
Preparation of alcohols
Preparation of phenol
Physical and Chemical properties of primary alcohols
Esterification and acylation of alcohols/phenols
Reactions of phenol
Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen
Amines: Structure of amines, classification
Methods of preparation: Reduction of nitrobenzene, reduction of nitrile and amide
Physical and Chemical properties
Diazonium salts
Retention of diazo group
Polymers
Polymer, monomer, polymerization, macromolecule
Classification: source, structure, types (mode) of polymerization
Methods of polymerization
Name of monomer/s and partial structure for the polymers
Rubber
Non-biodegradable polymers
Biomolecules
Carbohydrates: classification-based on hydrolysis
Glucose
Disaccharide
Polysaccharides
Proteins
Classification of α-amino acids
Hormones
Vitamins
Nucleic acids
Chemistry in Everyday Life
Chemicals in medicines: drugs, chemotherapy – different classes of drugs- antacids, etc.
Chemicals in food: artificial sweetening agents, preservatives; Cleansing agents: soaps, process of saponification with equation
KCET Syllabus for Physics (PUC 1st and 2nd Year)
KCET 2020 syllabus for Physics consists of the topics from PUC 1st and 2nd year syllabus. Find the details of KCET physics syllabus below:
KCET Physics Syllabus Based on PUC Ist Year
Chapters
Topics
Physical World
Scope and excitement of physics
Physics, technology and society
Mention of fundamental forces in nature
Nature of physical laws
Unit of Measurement
Unit of measurement
System of units
SI units
Fundamental and derived units
Length, mass and time measurements
Accuracy and precision of measuring instruments
Dimensions of physical quantities – Dimensional analysis and its applications
Motion in a Straight Line
Definitions of path length and displacement
Definitions of average speed and average velocity, instantaneous speed and instantaneous velocity & uniform and non-uniform motion
Uniformly accelerated motion
Elementary concepts of differentiation and integration for describing motion
Gravitation
Kepler’s laws of planetary motion
Acceleration due to gravity: Derivation of relation between g and G
Gravitational potential energy: Derivation of gravitational potential energy
Earth satellites
Mechanical Properties of Solids
Elasticity and plasticity
Elastic behavior of solids
Stress and strain
Hooke’s law
Stress-strain curve
Elastic moduli: Definitions and expressions of Young’s modulus
Bulk modulus
Mechanical Properties of Fluids
Pressure
Derivation of pressure at a point inside a liquid
Gauge pressure
Pascal’s law: Statement and its applications, Streamline flow
Bernoulli’s principle
Viscosity
Reynolds number
Surface tension
Thermodynamics
Thermal equilibrium
Laws of Thermodynamics
Adiabatic process
Heat engines
Refrigerators
Reversible and irreversible processes
Kinetic Theory
Equation of state of a perfect gas
Kinetic theory of an ideal gas
Degrees of freedom
Law of equipartition of energy: Statement and application to specific heat capacities of monatomic, diatomic and polyatomic gases
Concept of mean free path
Oscillations
Periodic and oscillatory motion: Definitions of Period and Frequency
Displacement as a function of time
Periodic functions
Simple harmonic motion
Oscillations due to a spring
KCET Physics Syllabus Based on PUC IInd Year
Chapters
Topics
Magnetism & Matter
Bar magnet: Properties of magnetic field lines
Gauss law in magnetism
Earth’s magnetic field and its elements
Magnetic properties of materials
Hysteresis
Hysteresis loop, definitions of retentivity and coercivity
Electromagnetic Induction
Experiments of Faraday and Henry
Lenz’s law, Inductance – Mutual inductance
Self-inductance
AC generator
Alternating Current
Mention of expression for instantaneous, peak and rms values of alternating current and voltage
AC voltage applied to a resistor
AC voltage applied to an inductor
AC voltage applied to series LCR circuit
Mention of expression for power in ac circuit
LC oscillations
Electromagnetic Waves
Displacement current
Need for displacement current
Expression for displacement current
Expression for Ampere-Maxwell law
Electromagnetic waves
Electromagnetic spectrum
Atoms
Alpha particle scattering
Schematic diagram of Geiger-Marsden experiment
Rutherford’s model of an atom
Atomic spectra
Bohr model of hydrogen atom
Derivation of energy of electron in stationary states of hydrogen atom
Nuclei
Definition of atomic mass unit
Isotopes, isobars and isotones
Explanation of mass defect and binding energy
Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion
Radioactivity
Communication Systems
Block diagram of generalized communication system
Transducer
Signal
Noise
Transmitter
Receiver
Attenuation
Bandwidth of transmission medium for coaxial cable, free space and optical fibers
Propagation of electromagnetic waves
KCET Syllabus for Biology (PUC 1st and 2nd Year)
KCET syllabus for the biology contains the below given topics as per the PUC I and II syllabus:
KCET Biology Syllabus Based on PUC Ist Year
Chapters
Topics
Body Fluids & Circulation
Composition of blood
Blood groups
Coagulation of blood
Composition and functions of Lymph
Human circulatory system
Structure of human heart and blood vessels
Disorders of circulatory system Hypertension
Excretory Products & their Elimination
Modes of excretion
Ammonotelism
Ureotelism
Human excretory system-structure and function
Urine formulation
Osmoregulation
Regulation of kidney function
Locomotion & Movement
Types of movement ciliary, flagellar, muscular
Skeletal muscle – contractile proteins and muscle
Disorders of muscular and skeletal system, Muscular dystrophy
Arthritis
Osteoporosis and Gout
Natural Control & Coordination
Human nervous system
Central Nervous system
Peripheral Nervous system and Visceral Nervous system
Structure of a neuron
Generation and conduction of nerve impulse
Plant Growth & Development
Phases and rate of plant growth
Condition of growth
Differentiation, dedifferentiation and redifferentiation
Biotechnology Applications in Agricultural BT Cotton
Biotechnological Applications in Medicine, Genetically Engineered Insulin
Gene Therapy
Organism & Population
Organisms and its Environment
Major Abiotic Factors
Responses to Abiotic Factors
Adaptations
Population Attributes
Population Growth
Population Interactions
Ecosystem
Ecosystem Structure and Function
Productivity
Decomposition
Ecological Pyramids
Succession of Plants
Nutrient Cycling
Ecosystem Carbon Cycle
Ecosystem Services
KCET Exam Pattern 2020
Candidates should also be well-versed with the KCET paper pattern to frame an ideal preparation plan. Some major highlights of KCET 2020 exam pattern are as under:
The mode of exam is offline, i.e. pen and paper based
There are multiple type questions in the KCET question paper
KCET exam will be held separately for Mathematics/Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Every subject contains 60 objective type questions
Candidates will have 80 minutes to solve each KCET question paper
One mark is given for every right answer
No provision of negative marking is there in the question paper
Learn about the exam timings and section-wise breakup of questions in the below given table:
KCET Exam Timings and Section-wise Questions
Exam Schedule
Exam Timings
Section-wise Questions
July 30, 2020
10.30 am to 11.50 am (Biology) & 02.30 pm to 03.50 pm (Mathematics)
60 each (in Biology and Mathematics)
July 31, 2020
10.30 am to 11.50 am (Physics) & 02.30 pm to 03.50 pm (Chemistry)
60 each (in Physics and Chemistry)
August 1, 2020
11.30 am to 12.30 pm (Kannada Language Test)
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Most Recommended Books for KCET 2020 Preparation
Apart from the NCERT text books, experts suggest the below-listed books for KCET exam preparation:
Sections
Books
Physics
Objective Physics MCQ – By Disha Experts
Chemistry
Karnataka CET Chemistry – By Ravinder Chadha
Mathematics
Karnataka CET Maths – By D.P Arora
Biology
Objective Biology MCQ – By Disha Experts
For all subjects
Karnataka CET Solved Paper of 16 Years – By Arihant
KCET Syllabus – FAQs
✔️ What is the mode of KCET exam?
KCET exam will be held in offline mode i.e pen and paper-based method. Candidates must follow the exam-related instructions as given in the KCET admit card to fill the OMR sheets in an ideal manner.
✔️ Is the KCET 2020 syllabus covered in NCERT books
Yes, candidates must refer to NCERT books of class 11th & 12th to cover the overall KCET syllabus 2020. These NCERT textbooks cover all the related topics and sections impeccably.
✔️ How many marks are allotted for correct answers in KCET exam? Is there any clause for negative marking?
As per the marking scheme of KCET exam, candidates will get one mark for every right response and no deduction of marks is applicable on wrong answers.
✔️ If I mark different answers in the KCET question paper in both English and Kannada language, will I be given marks?
In such a case, the answer given in English will be considered and if it is right, 1 mark shall be awarded to the candidates.