KCET 2021 Application Form, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Pattern and Syllabus

Karnataka CET [KCET]

KCET - Karnataka CET

The Common Entrance Test, also known as KCET will be conducted by Karnataka Examinations Authority from 2nd May to 4th May. On 4th May, the Kannada Language Test will be conducted for Gadinadu and Horanadu candidates. KCET happens to be the entrance test which is held with an eye to determining merit for seeking admission to different professional courses such as architecture, medical, health sciences, engineering, agriculture, pharmacy, veterinary science, animal husbandry, etc.

KCET is held for seeking admission in First Semester/ First year of different full-time courses in different institutes in the state of Karnataka. Students can fill the Application form for the entrance test online only. The entrance test will be conducted across different examination centers in Karnataka state. There is specific syllabus and pattern for examination for each subject for Karnataka CET. Admission is accomplished on the basis of scored marks, preference of branch and college. Meeting the eligibility criteria and verification of documents are recognized to be an integral part of admission in colleges via the entrance test of KCET.

KCET is conducted over a time period of two days in four sessions. On the first day, Mathematics and Biology papers are held. On the second day, Chemistry and Physics papers are conducted.

Exam Name

Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET)

KCET Conducting Body

Karnataka Examination Authority [KEA]

KCET Exam Level

State Level Entrance Exam

KCET Exam Category

For Under Graduation Admissions

KCET Exam Mode

Offline Paper Based Test (PBT)

Type of Questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

KCET Application Mode

Online Mode

KCET Exam Duration

1 hour 20 minutes for each paper

Marking Scheme

1 mark will be awarded for every correct answer and there is no negative marking

KCET 2021 Exam Date

In the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) official site KCET application forms will be available in the month of February 2021. It is necessary for candidates to look into the important dates if KCET process and examination to not miss the event. KCET will be conducted 2 days with one paper each day and below given are the KCET 2021 schedule released by KEA. Apart from examination rest almost all the events will be held in the online mode and candidates shall proceed as per the events held. 


Dates (Tentative)

Release date of KCET Application Form

1st week of February

Last date to submit the form

1st week of March

Last date to pay the application fee

2nd week of March

Application correction window open date

3rd week of March

KCET Admit Card release date

2nd week of April


4th week of April

Kannada language Test: (Only for Horanadu & Gadinadu Kannadiga candidates)

4th week of April

KCET  Result Date


KCET Counseling


KCET 2021 Eligibility criteria

The eligibility criteria to appear for the KCET entrance test will be determined by which course the applicant is willing to study. KCET entrance exam eligibility criteria will be slightly different for Pharmacy and agriculture candidates. However the eligibility criteria set by the examination authorities are as follows:



Basic KCET Eligibility Criteria

Applicants have to be an Indian citizen.

A minimum qualification required is 12th/PUC completion.

A minimum 45% (general) or 40% (reserved) score is mandatory in 12th or PUC.

Subjects like Physics, Chemistry and English are mandatory in class 12 or PUC.

KCET Engineering Eligibility

Subject like Biology, chemistry, Bio-technology, Electronics or computer science are mandatory along with the compulsory subjects.

KCET Pharmacy Eligibility

Subject like Biology or chemistry are mandatory along with the compulsory subjects.

KCET Agriculture Eligibility

Subject like Biology, chemistry or Bio-technology are mandatory along with the compulsory subjects.


Candidates from the general community should have scored a minimum aggregate score of 45% in Mathematics, physics and any one of the subjects like Chemistry/ Biology/ Bio-technology/ computer/Electronics. Candidates belonging to the SC and ST communities should have secured a minimum score of 40% in aggregate for these subjects. Candidates seeking admission to Architecture courses should qualify the NATA examination.

  • To appear at this examination, candidates should have passed higher secondary/ 2nd PUC or equivalent examination from a recognized board with Mathematics and Physics as compulsory subjects.
  • The Candidate has to pass class 12th/2nd PUC with English. The candidate should have 45% marks in Physics and Mathematics with combination of Chemistry/Biology/Biotechnology/Electronics/Computer Science subjects.
  • For reserved category candidates the marks should be 40% in all the subjects.
  • The outside Candidates who are having 7 years of academic experience from the institutions located in Karnataka are eligible to sit for the exam. Jammu & Kashmir candidates are eligible to apply.

KCET 2021 Application Form & fees

The KEA board has released the KCET application form through its official website from 1st week of January and the last date to file the application form online will be in the 2nd week of March. There is no provision to submit the application from through the offline mode. While filling the application form, candidates are required to upload their photograph as well as their left-hand thumb impression and signature in a format prescribed by the university.

  • The application form will be available on the official site wwwkea.kar.nic.in.
  • Candidates can fill and submit the KCET Application Form via online process.
  • There is no offline mode is available for entertaining the application form.
  • Application fees for the General and OBC category is INR 650/-
  • Application fees for the ST and SC category candidates should pay INR 500/-
  • Candidates not belonging to Karnataka is around INR 750/-
  • Outside India applicants will have to pay the fee of INR 5000/-

KCET Application form fee can be paid via CHALAN, DEMAND DRAFT.DEMAND DRAFT (DD) must be drawn in the favor of ‘Executive Director, Karnataka Examinations Authority’, payable at Bangalore or Bengaluru.


Application Fee

Outside India Candidates

INR 5000/-

Outside Karnataka Candidates

INR 750/-

Karnataka General & OBC

INR 650/-

Karnataka SC/ ST Students

INR 500/-


How to fill KCET Application Form?

Step 1: Visit KCET official website and select “New registration” icon.

Step 2: Select the preferred examination center along with personal and academic details.

Step 3: Upload the scan copy of applicant’s photograph, signature and thumb impression.

Step 4: Make the KCET Application form payment through Demand Draft or through E-Challan.

Step 5: Submit the duly filled application form and take the print out for further reference.

KCET 2021 Syllabus & Exam Pattern

The KCET examination pattern will be provided by the KEA board. The examination will be in MCQ format out of which every right answer will be allotted with 1 mark. The KCET examination will be for around 2 days in 4 sessions. The examination consists of 4 subjects in total allotted with 180 marks. Every question will be provided with 4 options out of which the candidates will have to choose the right answer and mark it in the OMR sheet.

  • The KCET examination will be conducted in offline mode only as the students will have to appear for the examination in pen and paper mode.
  • The KCET examination will be for the duration 2 hours and 40 minutes i.e., 160 minutes in total.
  • When it comes to the marking scheme, every right answers will be awarded with 1 mark but unanswered of wrong answer will be deducted with any marks.




160 minutes


Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics

Total Marks

180 marks

Paper Pattern

MCQ Questions


English and Kannada

Marking Scheme

1 mark for every right answer


KCET Syllabus:





Behaviour of Perfect Gas and Kinetic Theory



Laws of Motion

Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body

Oscillations and Waves

Physical World and Measurement

Properties of Bulk Matter


Work, Energy, and Power

Atoms & Nuclei

Communication systems

Current Electricity

Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation

Electromagnetic induction and Alternating Currents

Electromagnetic waves

Electronic Devices


Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism



Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure

Chemical Thermodynamics

Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties

Environmental Chemistry




Organic Chemistry – Some Basic Principles and Techniques

Redox Reactions

S-Block Elements (Alkali and Alkaline earth metals )

Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry

Some p-Block Elements

States of Matter: Gases and Liquids

Structure of Atom



Solid State

Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers

Aldehydes and Ketones and Carboxylic Acids:


Chemical Kinetics

Chemistry in Everyday life

Co-ordination compounds

d and f Block Elements


General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements

Haloalkanes and Haloarenes.

Organic compounds containing Nitrogen

p-Block Elements



Surface Chemistry



Analytical Geometry




KCET 2021 Admit Card

Karnataka Education Authority (KEA) will be issuing the KCET admit card to the candidate from the 3rd week of April. Candidates who have successfully submitted the online application form, can download the admit card from the KCET official website. Candidates will have to login with their application number and date of birth to access their KCET admit card through its official website.

How to download KCET Admit Card?

Step 1: Visit KCET official website and login.

Step 2: Provide the application from number and date of birth.

Step 3: Once the admit card is displayed download and take the print out of the same.

Details mentioned on KCET Admit Card:

  • Candidate’s Name.
  • Date and Time of the Entrance Test.
  • KCET 2020 Application Number.
  • Name and address of the Test Center.
  • Photograph of the Candidate.
  • Roll Number of the Candidate.
  • Signature of the Candidate

KCET 2021 Results & Score Card

KCET results will be declared on KEA official website along with the score card. Candidates shall check their KCET 2021 results by using their credentials like registration number and image displayed in the text box of the official site. Aspirants shall score different ranks for different courses like Horticulture, Agriculture, Engineering and other courses considering the subjects as well participants. KCET results will be announced considering the 12 marks and their performance in KCET exam. The examination will be valid for one year duration.

How to check KCET 2021 Result?

Step 1: Visit the KEA official website

Step 2: Enter the application number and text displayed in result portal then click on submit button

Step 3: Download the KCET 2021 results and score card for further admissions

KCET 2021 merit list will be released in few days of the announcement of results. Considering the candidate’s performance and score in the KCET 2021 written an examination merit list will be displayed. Also the merit list will decide if the candidate is qualified for KCET 2021 counselling process or not.

KCET 2021 Counselling & Admission

The KCET Counseling will begin from the second week of June. Candidates will be invited for counseling process according to their performance in the entrance examination. Candidates will have to report for the document verification with the original documents as per the schedule announced by the authority. After declaration of KCET results the KEA will declare the counseling dates. Candidates then can apply for counseling and the process consists of registration, documentation, and fee payment.

KCET Counseling Procedure:

  • Document Verification: This is the very first process in KCET counseling in which the candidates will have to verify the required documents. Documents like KCET application form, KCET admit card, Application fee payment slip, 10th and 12th marks sheet, study certificate, and two recent photographs of the candidates of passport size.
  • Choice Filling and Locking: After the completion of documents verification, candidates will have to login with their unique id and password and choose through respective college and course. Candidates will have to select the college carefully at the time of choice filling. However the choice filling can be modified and changed as per their requirement.
  • Seat Allotment: KCET Seat allotment process will be done based on the choice filled by the candidates. Candidates will be provided with seat allotment letter after logging in with their id and password allotted.
  • Reporting to the respective colleges: The last stage of KCET counseling will be reporting at the respective colleges. Candidates will have to carry the required documents to along for their process for verification.

Required documents for Counseling:

  • KCET admit card
  • Minimum of 2 recent passport size photographs
  • SSLC/ Class X and 2nd PUC/ Class 12 Marks sheet
  • Caste Certificate for SC/ ST, and OBC(If applicable)
  • Income Certificate obtained from concerned Tahasildar(If applicable)

KCET Scholarships

Candidates appearing for KCET will also be benefitted with various scholarship opportunities, especially for the candidates from the financially backward class like SC, ST or OBC. The scholarships offered will be based on the score attained by the candidates in KCET entrance test. The scholarships offered are of 2 categories, each consisting of its own eligibility criteria.

  • Post Matric Scholarships for OBC Candidates: This scholarships is been offered to candidates belonging to the OBC category.
  • Merit Scholarship: This scholarship is offered to the candidates belonging to SC, ST, OBC or Minorities category candidates. To avail this scholarship the OBC category candidate’s net annual income should not be more than 1 lakhs.

KCET 2021 Participating Colleges

KCET brings a list of different colleges and institutes which will provide admission to eligible students into different engineering courses in Karnataka State. The list of colleges will play an integral role in KCET counseling.

The participating colleges of KCET are inclusive of University colleges, State Government Colleges, Government Aided Private colleges and Private Unaided colleges. The Participating institutes will be allocating seats in accordance with the rank obtained in the entrance test of KCET.

Top 10 KCET Participating Colleges in Karnataka

  • Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur
  • BVB College of Engg & Tech, Hubli
  • National Institute of Engineering, Mysore
  • RNS Institute of Technology, Bangalore
  • B.M.S College of Engineering, Bull Temple Road, Bangalore
  • MS Ramiah Institute of Tech, Bangalore
  • Shri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysore
  • Bangalore Institute of Technology, Bangalore
  • P.E.S. Institute of Technology, Bangalore
  • JSS Academy of Technical Education, Bangalore

List of KCET 2021 examination centres

KCET center will be established in 53 different locations across the state for all the subjects except for language test. Candidates appearing for the language test conducted by the KEA will be in Bangalore only. The examination center can be opted by the applicants during the application form filling process. Once the examination location will be registered by the applicants it cannot be changed later.























































Ask & Answers

Can I know the exam pattern for KCET ?

The Exam Pattern for KCET is:

  • The KCET examination will be held in 2 days 1st day Biology and Mathematics 2nd day Physics and Chemistry.
  • Total marks for KCET paper will be for 60 marks each for 80 minutes.
  • And There will be no negative marking for incorrect answers in KCET 
  • KCET will take place from 18th April to 19th April 
  • And the Candidates have to obtain 12 marks out of 50 marks
  • And the time duration of each paper is 80 minutes for KCET.