Karnataka PGCET Exam: 2020 Application, Eligibility, Syllabus & Pattern

Post Graduate Common Entrance Test [Karnataka PGCET]

KARNATAKA PGCET - Post Graduate Common Entrance Test

 Karnataka Post Graduate Common Entrance Test is the state level entrance test conducted by the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA).The examination is being conducted for the purpose of determining the eligibility / merit, for admission of Karnataka and non-Karnataka candidates to the First year or First semester of full time and part time courses in MBA, MCA, M.E. / M. Tech / M. Arch in Government University / Private Aided / Private Un-Aided professional educational institutions in the state of Karnataka for the academic year. The examination is held one time in a year.

Karnataka PGCET Exam Date

Events of Kar PGCET

Dates (tentative)

Online Application Form

First week of July

Last date to apply online

Last week of July

Admission ticket downloading from

Month of August

Examination Date

First week of August

Result Announcement

Third week of August

Commencement of Payment of Fees

in the specified bank from

First week of July

Last date to pay the fees in specified bank

Last week of July

Counselling starts from

First week of September

Karnataka PGCET Eligibility criteria

  • Applicant should be the Karnataka resident and meets the domicile requirements of Karnataka state.
  • Candidates who have completed minimum 7 years of their academic qualification from class I from the institutions of Karnataka are eligible for applying.
  •  For admission to MBA programme, minimum 50% aggregate marks are required in B.E./B.Tech (45% in case of SC/ST and Category-I candidates).
  • Same marks criteria are required in the qualifying examination for admission to M. Tech programme.
  • Candidates who have valid GATE score card are not required to appear PGCET entrance examination but they have to apply online for application
  • Those who have passed an undergraduate examination with Mathematics or Statistics or Computer Applications or  Computer Programming or Business Mathematics or Business Statistics as one of the optional subjects with 50% aggregate marks (45% for SC/ST and Category – I candidates) are eligible to apply for full-time MCA course.
  • For lateral entry to MCA programme, one must have passed BCA/B. Sc (IT/CS) with Mathematics at graduate level and obtained 50% aggregate marks (45% in case of SC/ST and Category – I candidate

Karnataka PGCET Application Form & fees

  • KEA announces the application form in the first week of July.
  • Candidates have to  apply online through the official website of KEA for filling the application form.
  • GATE qualified candidates will need to enter their GATE details
  • Fill all the particulars in the application form carefully and upload passport size colour photograph and signature in JPEG format.

A detail about the application fee is mentioned below:

For OBC and General Candidates – Rs.650/-

For SC/ST Category Candidates – Rs.500/-

Application fee can be paid through challan deposited in any of the branch of state bank of Mysore. Candidates can also pay the application fee in E-payment post offices.

Karnataka PGCET Syllabus & Exam Pattern

The medium of the question paper will be English only.
The time duration of the exam is 120 minutes.
The question paper shall contain 2 parts for 100 marks each.

  • Part-1 :- Total 50 questions will be put up for 1 mark each.
  • Part-2 :- Total 25 questions will be put up for 2 marks each.

The broad outline syllabus for the Post Graduate Common Entrance Test for MBA PG Courses is detailed below:

Proficiency in English Language: (Section – A)

General Knowledge : (Section - B)




Indian Business Environment


Global Environment

One word Substitution

Social Events

Idioms and phrases

Cultural Events

Pairs expressing relationships




Famous Books in English Literature

Political Events

Sentence Correction

Historical Events


Current Affairs

Test of Reasoning and General  Intelligence (Section – C)





Personalities and Achievements


Science and Technology




Quantitative Analysis (Section – D)

Verbal Ability


Analytical Ability


Related Aspects

Data Analysis and Interpretation




Related Quantitative Aspects

Karnataka PGCET Admit Card

  • The availability of the admit card is possible only via online mode.
  • Candidates can download their admission ticket/hall ticket of Karnataka PGCET in the month of August from the official website of KEA.
  • To download the hall ticket, you are required to enter the application number and date of birth in the prescribed space.

Karnataka PGCET Results & Score Card

Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) publishes the Karnataka PGCET result in the third week of August, tentatively. 

The cut-off marks shall be released by its conducting authority.

Candidates shall be able to check the cut-off score from the official website. The cut-off score is a minimum score set by the conducting authority in order to determine the candidates who pass the exam.

Karnataka PGCET Counselling & Admission

Choosing the college and branch will be exercised on the counselling day only. Seats are allotted on the basis of marks in entrance examination.  It is expected that the counselling process will commence from first week of December

The verification of documents and allotment of seats includes the following stages.


  • Registration of a Candidate, Interactive Session for options entry and assignment of User ID and Password.
  • Verification of Documents
  • Verification Schedule.
  • Entry of Options by Candidates.
  • Detailed Instructions and guidelines about online allotment of seats.
  • Illustration for Allotment of Seat.
  • Process of Allotment of Seat.
  • Post Seat Allotment Procedure – Choice Before a Candidate.
  • Remittance of fees, downloading of admission orders, Admission /Reporting to the college, Reporting college joining details to KEA through online.
  • Note to candidates who have paid excess fee.
  • A note on refund and forfeiture of fee / Cancellation of a seat.

List of Karnataka PGCET examination centres

Exam Centres are as follows:

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Karnataka PGCET Contact Information

Karnataka Examinations Authority
18th Cross, Sampige Road,
Malleshwaram, BANGALORE - 560 012
Ph: 080-23 460 460 Fax: 080-23461576
e-mail: keauthority-ka@nic.in
Website: http://kea.kar.nic.in.

Ask & Answers

I am going to appear for Karnataka PGCET, May I know the  Eligibility criteria for MBA program?

Details on Karnataka Eligibility Criteria for MBA program: 

  • Qualification criteria: the candidates should be qualified in their Bachelor’s degree (3 years) from a recognized University.
  • Percentage criteria: 50% marks aggregate (For SC/ST candidates, 45% marks aggregate).
  • Domicile: the candidate has to belong to the state Karnataka in order to fulfill the Karnataka PGCET Eligibility Criteria.

I want to know the details of Application form Fee? 

Details on Application Form Fee:

  • After the candidate fill up the Application Form, they need to pay the Application form fee.
  • For General and OBC cadre,  Application Form fee costs Rs 650.For SC/ST cadre candidates, it is Rs 500.
  • The payment has to be made only via offline mode i.e. Bank challan (any of the branch of specified banks).

In Exam pattern, which language Exam will be conducted and in which mode?

Details on Pattern:

  • Exam will be scheduled offline i.e. Pen paper Based Test.
  • Exam will be published in English language only.
  • Exam pattern, The Total Number of questions is 100 (MCQs). 
  • Exam duration is 2 Hours 30 Minutes.

May I know, how shall I download Admit card?

Step by step process to download Admit card:

  • The candidates need to visit the official website or KEA website in order to download Admit card. 
  • Aspirants need to enter into the login page and then they have to enter their Application number and other details.
  • Then the Admit card will be displayed in the screen.
  • Then the candidates need to click on the print button in order to take the printout.

May I know, which are the Documents required at the time of Counselling? 

Documents required at the time of Counselling: 

  • 10th marks card is necessary.
  • 12th exam mark sheet is required.
  • Degree certificates.
  • Study and Passing Certificate.
  • Reservation certificate is mandatory for at the time of Counselling.
  • Income certificate and Domicile certificate has to be shown.
  • Admit card is necessity.