KCET 2020

Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) will be conducting KCET 2020 to select the candidates for admission to engineering, architecture, pharmacy and farm science courses. This is a state-level entrance exam and will be held tentatively in the month of April 2020. Interested and eligible candidates will be able to submit their applications online hopefully from February 2020 onwards. No mode other than online will be provided to the candidates to fill and submit the application form. Candidates can find the complete details of Karnataka CET 2020 from this article below.

Major Highlights of KCET Exam 2020

  • Application process will be completely online and there is no need to send hard copy of application or any other documents to KEA.
  • Candidates applying for B.Arch courses must qualify the NATA exam conducted by the Council of Architecture or JEE paper 2.
  • A Kannada language test will be conducted specifically for the Horanadu and Gadinadu Kannadiga candidates.
  • Candidates reporting for exam without a valid admit card will not be allowed to enter the exam hall.
  • Candidature of any applicant will be cancelled if it is found to be ineligible at any stage.

Important Dates

The tentative dates related to KCET 2020 are provided below and will be updated after its official announcement.

ActivitiesTentative Dates
Release of official notificationFebruary 2020, 1st week
Availability of online application formFebruary 2020, 1st week
Last date for application submissionFebruary 2020, last week
Last date to pay the application feesMarch 2020, 1st week
Opening of application correction windowMarch 2020, 3rd week
Closing of application correction windowMarch 2020, 4th week
Issue of admit cardApril 2020, 3rd week
Date of entrance testApril 2020, 4th week
Date of Kannada language testApril 2020, 4th week
Verification of documents for Agriculturist quota candidatesMay 2020, 2nd week
Date of practical examination of candidates under Agriculturist quotaMay 2020, 3rd week

Exam Pattern

The overview KCET 2020 exam pattern is given as:

  • Mode of exam: OMR based
  • Number of sessions: 4
  • Duration of test: 320 minutes (each session 80 minutes)
  • Number of questions: 240 (each session 60 questions)
  • Total marks: 240
  • Type of questions: Multiple-choice questions
  • Marking scheme: One mark will be provided for each correct response
  • Negative marking: Not applicable
SubjectMaximum marksDuration
Biology6080 minutes
Mathematics6080 minutes
Physics6080 minutes
Chemistry6080 minutes
Total240320 minutes

KCET Syllabus 2020

The question papers of the Karnataka CET 2020 will be based on the first and second PUC syllabi prescribed by the Department of Pre-University Education of Karnataka State.

Eligibility Criteria

The course-wise eligibility criteria for KCET 2020 are given below:

Nationality: Only candidates of Indian nationality are eligible for admission to Government seats.

Domicile: The candidate should have studied and passed from recognized educational institutions located in Karnataka for a minimum period of 7 academic years commencing from 1st to 12th standard and passed either 10th or 12th standard from Karnataka.

Educational criteria:

CourseAcademic qualification
BE/ B.TechThe candidates should have passed class 12th/ 2nd PUC or equivalent exam with English as a subject and an aggregate of 45% marks in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry/ Biotechnology/ Biology/ Electronics/ Computer (40% for reserved category candidates).
B.ArchA pass in class 12th/ 2nd PUC or equivalent exam with 50% marks in aggregate of Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry and 50% overall is required (45% for reserved category candidates).
Farm Science coursesThose who have passed their class 12th/ 2nd PUC or equivalent exam with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology subjects are eligible.
B.V.Sc & AHApplicants should have passed class 12th/ 2nd PUC or equivalent exam with English, Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry scoring a minimum of 50% marks in these subjects (40% for reserved category candidates).
B.PharmaCandidates need to clear their class 12th/ 2nd PUC or equivalent exam with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/ Biology and obtained a minimum of 45% marks in aggregate of these subjects (40% for reserved category candidates). Those with a Diploma in Pharmacy with at least 45% aggregate marks (40% for reserved category candidates) are also eligible.
2nd year B.PharmaThose with a Diploma in Pharmacy with at least 45% aggregate marks (40% for reserved category candidates) can apply.
Pharma.DA pass in class 12th/ 2nd PUC or equivalent exam with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics/ Biology or Diploma in Pharmacy is required.

KCET Application Form 2020

The application form for KCET 2020 will be released online of the official website of KEA. Candidates who meet the eligibility for admissions can fill and submit their applications for the entrance test.

  • The candidates can fill the application form by providing their basic personal and educational details.
  • Scanned copies of candidates’ photograph and signature will also be uploaded in the application form.
  • The candidates need to sign the declaration after providing all the details as asked in the application form.
  • Any kind of editing in the form can be done until signing the declaration. After that, no modification in the form will be possible.
  • Once all the information is provided into the form, the candidates can submit it online.
  • A printout of the successfully submitted application form should be taken and kept safe for future reference.

Application fee:

  • The application fee will be Rs. 500/- for general/ OBC candidates and Rs. 250/- for SC/ ST/ women candidates.
  • Candidates can submit the application fee via challan submission at the selected banks / e-post office.
  • Applicants will be able to download the challan after signing the declaration in the application form.

Admit Card

  • Admit card for KCET 2020 will be released around one week before the commencement of entrance exam.
  • Candidates should take a printout of the admit card and carry it to the exam center on the day of exam.
  • The venue and schedule of the exam will be communicated to the candidates through their admit card.
  • Candidates must preserve their admit card as it will be required at the time of counseling and admission.

Answer Key

  • A provisional answer key will be published on the date notified by KEA on its official website.
  • Those with any objection to the answer key can file their objections along with supported documents in person or through speed post or email.
  • An expert committee will evaluate the answers and a revised answer key will then be released by the KEA.


  • Result of the entrance test will be uploaded on the official website of KEA kea.kar.nic.in as per the notified schedule.
  • On the basis of marks scored by the candidates in the test, ranks will be given to them.
  • Candidates with objections in respect to the entries in the result sheets, except the marks secured in the test can submit their objections within three days of result declaration.
  • Request for re-totaling or revaluation of the OMR answer sheets will not be entertained.

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