Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET)

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Karnataka Common Entrance Test

Last updated: Sep 30, 2021


announcement What is KCET Exam?

KCET or Karnataka Common Entrance Test is conducted by Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) for various undergraduate professional courses like engineering technology, B.Pharma, D. Pharma, Agriculture and Veterinary Science courses offered by various educational institutes in Karnataka.

Previously KCET exam was conducted even for medical and dental seats but now it is replaced by NEET Exam. So, the KCET exam is conducted for professional courses other than medical and dental.

What is KEA?

The Government of Karnataka established a common Entrance Test Cell for conducting of entrance test and determining the eligibility/merit, for admission to different professional courses offered by all the colleges in Karnataka.

The KEA conducts common entrance exam for different professional courses such as engineering technology, B.Pharma, D. Pharma, Agriculture, Sericulture, Horticulture, Forestry, Agri Biotech, Home Science, Food Science and Technology, Agri Marketing, Pharmacy, Food Technology, Dairy Technology, Fisheries and Veterinary Science courses offered in Karnataka.

Why is KCET required?

The KCET Exam is a state level exam of Karnataka State for admissions to different courses in Karnataka. The students who are interested to join courses offered in colleges of Karnataka rea required to qualify KCET exam and attend counselling sessions. The courses coming under KCET exam are:

  • B.Tech/BE

  • B.Sc Farm Science (Agriculture)

  • B.Sc (Sericulture)

  • B.Sc (Horticulture) 

  • B.Sc (Forestry)

  • B.Sc Agri BioTech 

  • B.HSc (Home Science) 

  • B.Tech (Agri Engg)

  • B.Tech (Food Technology) 

  • B.Tech (Dairy Tech)

  • B.FSc (Fisheries)

  • B.Tech (Food Science & Tech) 

  • B.Sc (Agri Marketing)

  • B.Pharma

  • Pharm-D 

Exam Pattern

The KCET Exam consists of the following:

  • The questions will be asked from Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology

  • Each question carries one mark and paper will be of 60 marks

  • Total time for exam is 80 minutes and there is No Negative Marking for wrong answers

  • The mode of exam is offline (paper based)



Time Allotted



80 Minutes



80 Minutes



80 Minutes

Kannada (in Case)


60 Minutes


The students who have completed their PUC or 10+2 in any stream and who are interested to join  some courses offered by the colleges of Karnataka should apply for KCET exam.

Age Limit and No of Attempts for KCET Exam

The students appearing for KCET Exam should have completed minimum 17 years of age at the time of admissions. The upper age limit is 25 years for General Category students and 30 years for OBC/SC/ST Category students. There is No restriction on the number of attempts for the KCET exam.

KCET Counselling.

The KCET counselling is conducted by KEA for allotting seats to the students in different professional courses based on merit. The students have to undergo KEA counselling to choose their colleges across Karnataka based on their rankings in KCET.

Top Engineering Colleges in Bangalore Accepting KCET Scores

  • RV College of Engineering

  • MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology (MSRIT)

  • PES University

  • BMS College of Engineering

  • Bangalore Institute of Technology (BIT)

  • Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering

  • PES Institute of Technology (South Campus)

  • BMS Institute of Technology and Management (BMSIT)

  • Dayananda Sagar Academy of Technology and Management

  • Dayananda Sagar University (DSU)

  • RV Institute of Technology and Management

  • MS Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences - Bangalore

  • CMR University

  • Christ University

  • Jain University

  • Acharya Institute of Technology (AIT)

  • New Horizon College of Engineering

  • Presidency University

  • East Point College of Engineering and Technology

  • T John Institute of Technology

  • RR Institute of Technology

  • SJB Institute of Technology

  • SEA College of Engineering and Technology

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