Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) 

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Karnataka Common Entrance Test KCET is the key to prestigious engineering, pharmacy, and agricultural courses throughout Karnataka. The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) conducts this state-level entrance exam annually, and it serves as the primary gateway for students seeking admission to undergraduate programs offered by government and private colleges in the state.

If you want to study engineering, pharmacy, or agriculture in Karnataka, the KCET is an important step. This standardized test evaluates your knowledge and skills in core subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology (optional in some courses). Additionally, candidates with specific linguistic backgrounds may be required to take a Kannada language test.

By meticulously preparing for the KCET, you position yourself to compete for coveted seats at some of Karnataka’s most prestigious institutions. A strong exam performance opens the door to a rewarding academic journey and a bright future in your chosen field.


Exam NameKarnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET)
Exam LevelState-level
Conducted byKarnataka Examinations Authority (KEA)
Courses OfferedEngineering, Pharmacy, Agriculture
Eligibility12th pass with required subjects (varies by course)
Exam ModeOffline (Pen and Paper)
LanguageKannada and English
Subjects TestedPhysics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology (optional for certain courses)
DurationOne Hour And 12 Minutes 
Question TypeMultiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Marking Scheme1 mark for each correct answer, no negative marking
Kannada Language TestMandatory for candidates from specific linguistic backgrounds
Important DatesApril 18 and 19, 2024
Application ProcessOnline through official KCET website
Application Fees for General Category Rs. 500/-
Mode Of Counselling for Engineering Courses Online Or Offline (Based on Region)
Exam FeesVaries depending on category and course

KCET 2024 Important Examination Dates

Sl. No.EventDate
1Information Bulletin ReleaseJanuary 10, 2024
2Registration & Application StartJanuary 10, 2024
3Application DeadlineFebruary 10, 2024 (extended) to 20 February 2024
4Fee Payment DeadlineFebruary 23, 2024 (5:30 PM)
5Application Correction Deadline From 10 February on Wards
5Admit Card DownloadApril 5, 2024
6KCET Exam DatesApril 18 & 19, 2024
7Kannada Language Test (Specific Candidates)April 20, 2024
8KCET Results DeclaredMay 20, 2024

KCET Exam Time Table 

18-04-2024Thursday10.30 am – 11.50 amBiology60
02.30 pm – 03.50 pmMathematics60
19-04-2024Friday 10.30 am – 11.50 amPhysics 60
02.30 pm – 03.50 pmChemistry 60

Eligibility Criteria

NationalityIndian citizen
Age LimitNo age limit
SubjectsPhysics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and one of Chemistry / Biotechnology / Biology / Computer Science / Electronics with English
CitizenshipIndian citizen
DomicileKarnataka domicile or passed qualifying exam from Karnataka institution. Non-Karnataka candidates eligible under certain categories
Qualifying ExamPassed 2nd PUC / class 12 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics mandatory subjects
Academic Eligibility as categories Passed in 2nd PUC / 12th Std / Equivalent Exam with English as one of the Languages and obtained a Minimum of 45% of Marks in aggregate in Physics and Mathematics along with Chemistry / BioTechnology / Biology / Electronics / Computer. (40% for SC, ST, Cat-1, 2A, 2B, 3A and 3B category candidates)

Exam Format and Pattern

Subjects TestedPhysics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology (optional for certain courses)
WeightageEach subject carries 60 marks (equal weightage)
Question TypesMultiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with four options
Duration80 minutes for each paper
Marking Scheme1 mark for each correct answer, no negative marking
Kannada Language TestApplicable only for candidates from Horanadu & Gadinadu Kannadiga communities
Duration of Kannada Language Test80 minutes
Marking Scheme for Kannada Language Test50 marks
Question Types for Kannada Language TestMultiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

How to Fill up the KCET Application Form 2024?

1. Registration:

  • Visit the official KCET website (Click Here)  and click on “New User? Click Here for KCET registration 2024 “.
  • Enter your required details like name, date of birth, email ID, mobile number, and create a password.
  • Answer the security question and submit the registration form.
  • You will receive a verification link on your registered email address. Click on the link to verify your account.

2. Login and Fill the Application Form:

  • Use your registered email ID and password to log in to your account.
  • Click on “Fill Online Application Form” and start filling in the required details carefully.
  • These details typically include:
  • Personal information (name, address, contact details)
  • Educational qualifications (10th & 12th standard details)
  • Category and reservation information (if applicable)
  • Exam center preference
  • Uploading scanned copies of required documents (photograph, signature, caste certificate, etc.)

Document Uploading Specifications

PhotographBetween 5 to 40kb3.5 cm x 4.5 cm
SignatureBetween 5 to 40kb3.5 cm x 4.5 cm
Left Thumb ImpressionBetween 5 to 40kb3.5 cm x 4.5 cm

3. Review and Payment:

  • Once you have completed all sections, carefully review the information you have entered for any errors.
  • Once everything is correct, proceed to the payment gateway.
  • Pay the application fee through online debit/credit card or net banking.

Application Fees For Categories

CategoryApplication Fees (in Rs.)
GM, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B candidates of KarnatakaRs. 500/-
CAT- 1 / SC / ST candidates of KarnatakaRs. 250/-
Candidates studied outside KarnatakaRs. 750/-
Foreign CandidatesRs. 5000/-

4. Download and Print Confirmation:

After successful payment, download and print a copy of the submitted application form and payment confirmation for your records.

How to Download the admit card for KCET 2024?

1. Visit the official KCET website:

2. Locate the KCET admit card download link:

  • Look for a section labeled “KCET 2024” or “Download Admit Card” on the homepage.
  • Alternatively, you can use the search function on the website to find the relevant link.

3. Enter your login credentials:

  • When prompted, enter your application number and date of birth in the designated fields.
  • Ensure you enter the correct information from your KCET application form.

4. Download and print your admit card:

  • Once you submit your login information, your KCET admit card should be displayed on the screen.
  • Download the admit card and print it out on A4 size paper in good quality.
  • Do not forget to carry a printed copy of your admit card to the exam center.

KCET 2024 Guidelines for Exam Day 

Before the Exam:

  • Download and Print Admit Card: Starting April 5th, 2024, download and print your admit card from the official KCET website. It contains essential information like your name, roll number, exam date & time, and exam center details. Do not forget to carry it!
  • Know Your Exam Center: Arrive well-versed about your allocated exam center’s location. Plan your travel in advance to avoid last-minute hassles.
  • Pack Smart: Carry only permitted items like pens, pencils, eraser, a transparent water bottle, and snacks (if allowed). Electronic devices, calculators, and any study materials are strictly prohibited.
  • Relax and Stay Positive: Believe in your preparation and maintain a positive attitude. Remember, anxiety can hinder your performance.

On the Exam Day:

  • Reach Early: Aim to arrive at the exam center at least two hours before the scheduled time. This allows for buffer time for security checks and settling in.
  • Carry Valid ID: Bring an original, government-issued photo ID (Aadhaar card, PAN card, or passport) for verification purposes.
  • Follow Instructions: Carefully adhere to the instructions provided by the invigilators, maintaining discipline and silence throughout the exam.
  • Manage Your Time Wisely: Divide your time effectively between each section, allocating extra minutes for tricky questions. Do not spend too much time on any single question.
  • Read Questions Carefully: Understand the question completely before marking your answer. Choose the most appropriate option based on your knowledge and understanding.
  • Darken Bubbles Clearly: Use a black ballpoint pen to darken the bubbles on your answer sheet thoroughly and avoid ambiguity.
  • Review and Submit: Before the timer stops, review your answers for any corrections or omissions. Once satisfied, submit your answer sheet calmly.

Preparations for the KCET 2024

Cracking the KCET requires dedication and a well-structured approach. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you prepare effectively:

1. Understand the Exam:

  • Syllabus and Pattern: Thoroughly understand the KCET syllabus and exam pattern. Familiarize yourself with the subjects tested, weightage, question types, marking scheme, and duration.
  • Official Website: Regularly visit the official KCET website (http://cetonline.karnataka.gov.in/kea/: http://cetonline.karnataka.gov.in/kea/) for updates, important announcements, and official resources.

2. Build Your Foundation:

  • Textbooks and Study Materials: Refer to reliable textbooks and study materials recommended by experts or teachers. Focus on understanding core concepts and practicing problem-solving skills.
  • NCERT Books: Utilize NCERT textbooks as a strong foundation for Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. They provide clear explanations and fundamental concepts.

3. Practice Makes Perfect:

  • Previous Year Papers and Sample Papers: Regularly solve previous year KCET papers and authentic sample papers to get familiar with the question format, difficulty level, and time management.
  • Mock Tests: Take mock tests to simulate the actual exam environment and assess your strengths and weaknesses. Analyze your performance and identify areas for improvement.

4. Strategize and Plan:

  • Time Management: Develop a study schedule that allocates sufficient time for each subject based on its weightage and your individual strengths.
  • Revision: Regularly revise key concepts and formulas to ensure knowledge retention. Focus on areas where you face challenges.
  • Study Group (Optional): Consider joining a study group to discuss concepts, share strategies, and motivate each other.

5. Additional Resources:

  • Online Learning Platforms: Explore online learning platforms offering video lectures, practice questions, and study materials.
  • Coaching Institutes (Optional): If needed, consider enrolling in coaching institutes for personalized guidance and structured learning.
  • Mentorship: Seek guidance from experienced mentors, teachers, or counselors for personalized advice and support.

Counselling Process

1. Check Your Results:

KCET results will be declared in May 2024. Check your results on the official website (http://cetonline.karnataka.gov.in/kea/ )

2. Register for Counselling:

  • Register for counselling on the KEA website once registrations open. This typically happens after the results are announced.
  • Upload required documents like your mark sheet, caste certificate (if applicable), and other necessary documents.

3. Document Verification:

Attend your allotted document verification center with original documents for verification. Ensure all documents are in order.

4. Choice Filling:

  • After verification, log in to the KEA website and fill your college and course preferences. Choose colleges and courses based on your rank, interests, and eligibility.
  • Prioritize your choices carefully, as higher choices get processed first.

5. Seat Allotment:

  • KEA will allot seats based on your rank, preferences, and seat availability. Check your seat allotment result on the website.

6. Reporting to Allotted College:

  • If you are satisfied with your allotted seat, pay the admission fee and report to the allotted college with the required documents within the stipulated time.
  • If you want to upgrade your seat, participate in subsequent seat allotment rounds if available.

Document Required

  • SSLC / 10th standard Marks Card of the candidate.
  • 2nd PUC / 12th standard Marks Card of the candidate.
  • Candidate’s STUDY CERTIFICATE obtained from the head of the institution which should be countersigned by concerned Block Educational Officer (BEO) / DDPU (7 years of study in Karnataka including 10th or 12th) (Refer formats in the following pages)
  • If claiming Rural quota: – Rural Study Certificate from 1st to 10th std for Ten Complete Years and should be countersigned by BEO. Further, General Merit students should also produce NCLC (Non-Creamy Layer Certificate) obtained from the concerned Tahasildar. (RD number needs to be entered in the application for online verification) (Refer formats in the following pages)
  •  If claiming Kannada Medium quota: Kannada Medium Study Certificate from 1st to 10th std for Ten
  • Complete Years and should be countersigned by BEO; as per the format.
  • Tahsildar- For SC / ST in Form-‘D’, Category-I in Form ‘E’ and 2A, 2B, 3A and 3B in Form ‘F’. (RD number needs to be entered in the application for online verification) Caste Certificate or Caste Income Certificate or Income Certificate should be im the name of the candidate only. Income certificate to be uploaded by SC /ST / Cat-1 to claim fee exemption

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to take the KCET 2024?

  • Candidates who have passed 12th standard from a recognized institution in India and studied for at least 7 years in Karnataka educational institutions from 1st standard to 12th (as of July 1st, 2024) are eligible.
  • Other eligibility criteria include domicile requirements, specific situations like transfer due to parent’s job, and reservation categories.

Q. What are the documents required for the KCET application?

  • Mark sheets/certificates from all institutions attended in Karnataka (for 7-year requirement).
  • Class 12th marksheet/certificate and citizenship proof (for all candidates).
  • Domicile certificate (if applicable).
  • Caste certificate/Income certificate (if applicable).
  • Other documents as per specific situations like transfer, Kashmiri Migrant status etc.

Q. When is the last date to register for KCET 2024?

A. The application process for KCET 2024 has already concluded on January 10, 2024.

Q. What is the application fee for KCET 2024?

A. The application fee varies depending on the candidate’s category. General category candidates paid Rs. 500/-, while SC/ST/Category-1 candidates paid Rs. 250, for Candidates studied outside Karnataka is Rs.750 and For Candidate.

Q. What subjects are tested in the KCET 2024?

A. Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics are compulsory subjects. Biology is optional for certain courses.

Q. What is the weightage of each subject?

A. Each subject carries 60 marks (equal weightage).

Q. What type of questions are asked (MCQs, etc.)?

A. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with four options are used.

Q. How long is each paper?

Each paper is 80 minutes long.

Q. Is there negative marking in KCET 2024?

A. No, there is no negative marking in KCET 2024.

Q. When will the KCET 2024 admit cards be available?

Admit cards will be available for download starting from April 5th, 2024.

Q. What documents do I need to carry on the exam day?

You must carry your original admit card, a valid photo ID (Aadhaar card, PAN card, or passport), and a transparent water bottle (if allowed). Electronic devices, calculators, and any study materials are strictly prohibited.

Q. What are the important instructions for the exam day?


  • Reach the exam center well in advance (at least 2 hours before).
  • Maintain discipline and silence in the exam hall.
  • Read questions carefully before marking your answers.
  • Darken bubbles clearly on the answer sheet.
  • Review your answers before submitting the sheet.

Q. When will the KCET 2024 counselling start?

The official dates for KCET 2024 counselling haven’t been announced yet. Keep checking the official website for updates.

Q. How does the counselling process work?

  • Candidates register for counselling, upload documents, and attend document verification.
  • Based on their rank and preferences, they are allotted seats in colleges.
  • They need to pay the admission fee and report to the allotted college within the stipulated time.

Q. What documents are required for counselling?

Mark sheet, caste certificate (if applicable), domicile certificate (if applicable), and other documents as per specific situations.

Q. What are the chances of getting into a desired college?

It depends on your rank, the college you choose, and the number of seats available. Refer to previous year data and counselling trends for an estimate.

Q. What are the best resources for preparing for KCET 2024?

A. Official KCET website, previous year papers and sample papers, NCERT textbooks, online educational platforms, coaching institutes (optional).

Q. Are there any coaching institutes or online courses recommended?

A. Research and choose options that best suit your learning style and A.budget. Refer to reviews and ratings before enrolling.

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