Karnataka Common Entrance Test commonly referred to as Karnataka CET or KCET is an entrance test for admission into full-time professional courses for Government Universities, some Private Universities and Private Un-Aided Professional Educational Institutions in the state of Karnataka.

The professional courses that come under KCET include Engineering / Architecture courses, B-Pharma, Pharma-D, Medical, Dental, Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy, B. Tech (Agri. Engg.), B. Tech (Dairy Tech), B. Tech. (Food Technology), B. Tech (Food Science &Tech), Farm science i.e. B.Sc. (Agriculture), B.Sc. (Horticulture), B.Sc. (Forestry), B.Sc. (Sericulture), B.Sc. Agri BioTech, B.Sc. (Agri. Marketing & Co-Op), BHSc. (Home Science), B.FSc. (Fisheries) courses.

The Karnataka Government founded Common Entrance Test Cell in the year 1994 for conducting Entrance Test, regulating the eligibility criteria and creating merit list for admission of candidates in the state of Karnataka and the ward/s of Jammu & Kashmiri migrants to the full-time professional courses. In order to multiply the activities of the CET Cell, the Government converted the Common Entrance Test Cell into an autonomous body registered under Societies Registration Act 1960 called “Karnataka Examinations Authority” (KEA) in the year 2006. Today KEA organizes this test. Karnataka Common Entrance Test 2017 shall be conducted in the month of May for the academic session 2017.

KCET Eligibility Criteria

Karnataka Examination Authority has specified some conditions that an aspirant needs to fulfill in order to take the examination. Candidates who do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be eligible for admission to any of the aforementioned professional courses.

The eligibility criteria:

  • A candidate is eligible to take the test only if he/she is a citizen of India.
  • An applicant is required to clear his/her 12th standard with Physics and Mathematics as mandatory subjects.
  • The applicant should also have studied Chemistry/ Biology/ Biotechnology/ Computer-Science/ Electronics as one of the optional subjects with English as one of the languages.
  • Candidate should have scored a minimum of 45% marks or higher in the optional subjects.

KCET Eligibility Criteria for securing admission to Government Seats

  • A candidate is eligible for admission to Government Seats only if he/she is a citizen of India.
  • The candidate has to go through an exam in Kannada language organized by Karnataka Examination Authority and obtain a minimum of 12 marks out of 50 marks in the examination in order to secure admission to Government seats.
  • The candidate should have studied in one or more Karnataka-based educational institute/s, recognized by the Karnataka Government, for at least 7 academic years starting from 1st standard to 2nd PUC / 12th standard as on 1st July of the year in which the Test is held and must have passed either 2nd PUC / 12th standard or SSLC / 10th standard examination from Karnataka State.
  • The candidate who have passed their 12th standard from universities outside Karnataka should have either of the parents’ mother tongue as Kannada, Tulu or Kodava and either of the parents as a domicile in the state of Karnataka. In such a case, the candidate is eligible to take the test provided that he/she will take a Kannada Language test conducted by KEA.
  • Applicants need to carry the photocopy of Original documents of the parents affirming their claim such as study certificates, mark cards, CET hall ticket etc.

KCET application forms are available online. The online registration starts around January and closes in a month’s time. The candidates have to fill the details, as asked in the registration form, which can be edited if needed. Thereafter, the candidates have to select the declaration item and make the payment for the application. The candidate can make no changes in the registration form after the payment is made.

Candidates from respective category have to make payment for the registration form accordingly. The registration form fees for a General Category candidate amounts to 650 INR. A SC/ST/OBC Category candidate has to make a payment of 500 INR. A candidate residing outside Karnataka has to pay 750 INR as the registration charges. The application fee can be paid by means of Bank Challan or Demand Draft drawn in favor of ‘Executive Director, Karnataka Examinations Authority’, payable at Bangalore.

KCET is conducted in two days. It is an objective based test held in paper and pen format.  KCET test has three papers in which questions are based on three subjects-Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics/Biology. Each paper carries 60 questions. For each correct answer, aspirant is given one mark and there is no negative marking for wrong answers. KEA publishes the answer key on the its official website after the declaration of KCET results. Thereafter, KCET Counseling is conducted to facilitate the allotment of seats to the selected candidates, which starts after 15 days of the declaration of the result.