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Karnataka Common Entrance Test

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KCET Basic Information

  • Application Fee:₹ 500
  • Examination Modes:Pen & Paper Mode
  • Exam Conducting Body:Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA)
  • Courses:B.Tech, B.PHARM, B.Arch, BVSc, BSc (H) Agri
  • Streams:Engineering, Science, Agriculture, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science

Karnataka CET 2023: Answer Key, Counselling, Admission Dates

Updated On - September 10 2023 by Abhinandan Singh

Karnataka Common Entrance Test KCET 2023 will be conducted on May 20-22, 2023 by the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA). This entrance exam is conducted with the purpose to select candidates for state-level undergraduate programs admission in the first year of engineering, Technology, Yoga, and Naturopathy. KEA conducts KCET once in a year at the state level. The exam will be conducted in offline mode i.e. the pen and paper-based test. Through this examination, candidates will get admission in various Government and Private Institutions of the state. Candidates can read this complete article to get more information about the KCET 2023

According to the official notification, candidates who have submitted their online application for UGCET 2023 by 1 pm on March 4, 2023, but have missing details such as RD, reservation, photo/signature/LTM in the final printout, can correct it on the portal from 6 pm on March 4 to March 8, 2023, until 11.59 pm.

Here is the schedule and important information for Karnataka UGCET 2023 Counselling:

  • Round 2 Choice Filling: The choice filling for the second round of Karnataka UGCET 2023 counselling has started and will continue until September 10, 2023, up to 11.59 pm.
  • Choice Filling Options: Candidates have four choice options:
    1. Accept the allotted seat, pay the fee, and report to the allotted college. In this case, they will not be eligible to participate in subsequent rounds.
    2. If a student is satisfied with the allotted seat but wishes to participate in the next round, they can do so by paying the seat allotment fee for the second round and participating in the next round.
    3. If a candidate is not satisfied with the allotted seat but wishes to participate in the next round, they can surrender the allotted seat.
    4. If students are not satisfied with the allotted seat and have got a seat elsewhere and decide to quit, they will not be considered for allotment of seats in any further rounds, and their previously allotted seat will be canceled.

It's important for candidates to carefully consider their options and make their choices within the specified dates to ensure a smooth counselling process.

KCET 2023 Exam Status

KEA has decided on providing the last and final opportunity to apply for KCET 2023. This opportunity is scheduled to close today, giving a day's time for candidates to register, pay the online fee and submit the form. Candidates can check KCET status from below:

KCET ExamCounselling


KCET 2023 Exam Dates

The important dates of KCET 2023 are mentioned below in the given table:

KCET 2023 Schedule
EventsDates (Tentative)
Release of application form18 April 2023
Last date to apply20 may 2023
Last date to pay application fee20 may 2023
Editing of application detailsMay 21 to 24, 2023
Admit card availability30 may  2023 
Date of KCET 2023June 16, 17 and 18, 2023
Declaration of resultto be notified
Starting of counselling processto be notified

KCET 2023 Application Form

Candidates are suggested to carefully fill all the relevant details in the KCET 2023 Application Form in order to avoid rejection of it. Details about KCET 2023 registration is given below:
  • Candidates can apply online for KCET once the application form is released.
  • The candidates have to fill their personal and educational details in the application form carefully.
  • Karnataka Common Entrance Test application form will be available from 1st week of February.
  • After completing all the entry of the details, candidates will get a user Id and password to their registered mobile number and the email Id on which they will be notified afterwards for the counselling.
  • Candidates also have to upload the scanned images of photograph, signature, and left-hand thumb impression in JPG/JPEG format in the specified kb mentioned on the website.
  • Only after the payment of the fee, the application form will be completed.
  • Take the printout of the application form at the end and keep 2 copies for future reference.

KCET 2023 Application Fee

Mode of Payment: Candidates can submit the application fee through online & offline modes.
  • Candidates must note that the application fee will not be refunded by the authority under any circumstances.

The category-wise application fee is given in a table below:

KCET Examination Fee (Expected)
GM, 2A, 2B, 3A & 3B candidates of Karnataka originRs. 500/-
SC/ST Category-1 & female of Karnataka candidatesRs. 250/-
Candidates residing outside the state of KarnatakaRs. 750/-
Candidates residing outside IndiaRs. 5,000/-
  • Those candidates residing outside India have to submit the fee through Demand Draft (DD) drawn in favor of "Executive Director, Karnataka Examination Authority" payable at Bangalore.
  • The DD has to be sent to Karnataka Examination Authority's address by mentioning the application number.

KCET 2023 Application Form Correction

The details regarding the application correction facility are given below.

  • The correction window for KCET 2023 application form will open at KCET official website.
  • Only the successfully registered candidates can access the edit window to make changes in the details filled by them in the application form.
  • Before changing the details, the candidates must verify the details, especially the category reservation.
  • The authority will open the correction facility to edit/modify some of details from the official website.

How to use the KCET 2023 Application form Correction Window?

Given below are the steps for KCET 2023 application form corrections:

  • Step 1 – Visit the KCET correction window.
  • Step 2 – Enter the user id and password obtained at the time of registration.
  • Step 3 – Now candidates have to go to “Payment Status” and click on the tab displaying “Click here to Edit Details".
  • Step 4 – KCET 2023 application form will appear on the screen for the correction and now edit the relevant details in it.
  • Step 5 – At last candidates have to click on “Declare Button” and save the changes.

KCET 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are advised to go through the KCET 2023 eligibility criteria before applying for the entrance test. If a candidate found ineligible for the exam, he/she will not be allowed to appear for the exam. The followings are the parameters that the candidates should match for appearing in the Karnataka Common Entrance Exam 2021:

For Pharmacy/Science Courses:

  • Candidate must have completed 2nd PUC/12th or equivalent qualification.
  • 12th must-have passed with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology along with English as the main language subject.
  • At least 50% of marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology group are must scored.
  • 40% for those who belong to SC and ST category are must scored.

For Engineering and Architecture Courses:

  • Candidates must have completed 2nd PUC/12th or equivalent examination from some recognized board.
  • 12th must-have passed with subjects such as Physics and Mathematics as the main subject and English as the language subject.
  • At least 45% of marks in Mathematics and Physics along with one subject such as Biology/Electronics/ Biotechnology/Chemistry/Computer science are must be scored.
  • The percentage for SC and ST category candidates will be 40% as per the website.
  • For an architecture course, make sure for having valid NATA scorecard.

Ayurveda, Homoeopathy, Unani, Naturopathy, and Yoga:

  • Passed 2nd PUC/12th standard with English.
  • Must have secured 50% marks in PCM (40% for Category-I, 2A, 2B, 3A and 3B category candidates).

For B.V.Sc. & A.H.:                                             

  • Passed 2nd PUC/12th standard in PCB and English subjects.
  • Must have secured 50% aggregate marks in 4 subjects (40% for Category-I, 2A, 2B, 3A and 3B category candidates).

For B.Pharma:

  • Passed 2nd PUC/12th Standard with 45% aggregate marks in PCM or PCB or D.Pharma (40% for reserved categories).

BSc (Forestry & Agri.) & B.HSc:

  • Candidate must have passed 12th standard with PCB/PCM.

KCET 2023 Exam Pattern

It is very important to check the KCET 2023 exam pattern as it will provide a brief description of the structure of the question paper to the candidates so that they can prepare accordingly. The paper format is given below:

  • Examination Mode: Offline (Pen and Paper based mode).
  • Type of questions: Multiple Choice Questions (Objective Type)
  • The number of questions: 60 questions will be asked from each section.
  • Duration: 260 minutes (70 minutes allotted for each section, except Kannada language).
  • Calculation: 1 mark will be awarded for every right answer, there is no provision of negative marking.
KCET Paper Pattern
No. of Questions
Total Marks




70 minutes




70 minutes




70 minutes

Kannada (if applicable)



50 minutes

260 minutes

Candidates must go through the exam pattern mentioned above to have a clear picture of the distribution of questions as per the subjects and also the time allotted for each subject.

KCET 2023 Syllabus

Candidates can check the details regarding the KCET Syllabus 2023 given below.

  • The KCET 2023 syllabus will be set by the Karnataka Examination Authority only.
  • The question paper of the Common Entrance Test will be based on the first and second PUC syllabus prescribed by the Department of Pre-University Education of Karnataka State.
  • Candidates must study their subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, or any other relevant subject for the applied course to get desirable results.

Candidates can download the KCET 2023 Syllabus Pdf here. 

KCET 2023 Books

Candidates can check the below mentioned books to prepare for the KCET 2023 exam.

Books recommendedPublisher
Textbooks of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and MathematicsNCERT
Karnataka CET Explorer for Engineering PBMTG
Karnataka CET – Explorer Medical MTG
Principles of PhysicsS.Chand (V.K. Mehta and Rohit Mehta)
KCET (Karnataka Common Entrance Test): 14 Years Solved Papers (2000 – 2013) III EditionArihant
Modern ABC chemistryS.P. Jauhar
New course PhysicsPradeep (K.L. Gomber and Gogia)
New course ChemistryPradeep

KCET 2023 Preparation Tips

 Candidates can follow the given below preparation tips for appearing in KCET 2021:

  • Must go through the syllabus and the exam pattern of the examination thoroughly.
  • Always study from the official website.
  • It is also necessary to be aware of the marking scheme. It may increase or decrease your marks.
  • Always revise after you complete your daily study.
  • Make short notes of each subject to revise before the days of the examination.
  • Make a proper and feasible time table to study and follow it regularly.

KCET 2023 Result

The candidate can check all the details about the KCET 2023 result in the given list below:
  • The KCET result 2023 will be announced at the official website of the conducted authority.
  • The candidates will have to log in using their User ID/ Registration Number and password to download and check their KCET result.
  • The conducted authority will release the merit list which will contain the names of all the candidates who have qualified the written test and their roll numbers along with their ranks.
  • The shortlisted candidates will be required to download the merit list and take a print out of the same and take with them on the KCET counselling day.
  • Also, students must carry the KCET 2021 admit card with them on the counselling day along with the merit list print out.

KCET 2023 Counselling

The process of KCET 2023 Counselling will be announced in the starting month of June 2021. Candidates can attend the counselling based on the merit list in the entrance test appeared. Check details below:
  • Those who would be shortlisted given a call for the counselling process.
  • During counselling, document verification is completed in the counselling centre.
  • Candidates are required to report it personally for this process.
  • Seat availability and the allotment is done on the basis of the scores attained in the entrance test.

Documents required for KCET 2023 Counselling

Candidates must carry the following documents along with them at the time of the counselling process:

  • 10thand 12th Marksheet and passing certificate.
  • Caste certificate if you are SC/OBC/ST.
  • The print out of the filled application form
  • KCET 2020 scorecard
  • Two passport size photograph (Latest)

Courses Offered through Karnataka Common Entrance Test

Through CET, these courses which will be offered are mentioned below:

  • Tech (Agriculture Engineering, Food Technology, Dairy Technology, Food Science & Technology)
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry
  • Sc (Agriculture, Sericulture, Horticulture, Forestry), B.Sc Agri Bio-Technology
  • Sc. (home science)
  • F.Sc. (Fisheries)
  • Sc (Agri. Marketing & Co-Op)
  • Pharm
  • Pharm-D
  • AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani and Homoeopathy)

KCET 2023 Instructions for COVID Positive Candidates

This has been a specially difficult year for those, who got affected physically and mentally due to coronavirus outbreak. Keeping this in mind, KEA has allowed COVID positive candidates to appear for the exam. However, there are certain measures to be taken by them which are mentioned below:

  • COVID positive candidates must register with KEA, via the KCET login portal to inform DDPUs and they're about their condition.
  • Candidates must inform about their COVID-19 status to the examination authority in advance to get the special arrangements.
  • At the exam centre, candidates have to carry a medical certificate from the treating doctor. The certificate must confirm that the aspirant is fit to take the exam.
  • Candidates have to provide ‘risk consent’ for giving the exam.
  • KEA will transport candidates to exclusively designated exam centre in an ambulance.
  • COVID positive candidates have to wear N-95 face marks & hand gloves during the exam.
  • They are also required to use hand sanitizer whenever needed.

KCET 2023 Highlights

The overview of the Karnataka Common Entrance Exam 2023 is given below:

Exam Name

Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) 2023

Conducting By

Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA)


State Level Entrance Examination

KCET 2023 Official Website


Exam Purpose
To get eligible for admission for state-level undergraduate programs in Karanataka.

 About Karnataka Examination Authority

The common Entrance Test Cell was established by the Government of Karnataka in the year 1994. The aim of the CET cell was to conduct the entrance test based and provide admission in Medical, Dental, Homeopathy, Engineering or Architecture courses, B.Sc in Farm Science, Home science, B-Pharma, Pharma D, etc. In the year 2006, the common entrance cell has been converted into an autonomous body under the Societies registration Act 1960 known as Karnataka Examination Authority.
Some of the exams conducted by KEA are:
Exam NameFull namePurpose
KCETKarnataka Common Entrance TestTo provide admission into the engineering (B.Tech) & professional courses in the state of Karnataka.
 UGCETUndergraduate Common Entrance Testto provide admission in Undergraduate courses in Architecture, Engineering/Technology, Farm Science, Bachelor of Veterinary, and more.
PGCETPostgraduate Common Entrance Testto offer admission to MBA/ MCA/ M.Arch/ M.Tech/ M.E programs

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KCET Important Dates

KCET 2022 Form Date05 Apr - 22 Apr 2023 (Tentative)

Karnataka Common Entrance Test Exam Pattern

Paper 1
Exam Duration:

1 hours 12 minutes

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :

Multiple Choice Questions

Negative Marking:


NOTE:No Negative Marking


Instructions:Candidates who are opting for Biology will also have 60 question. 80 minutes will be given to candidates for each session.

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Form Start Date:

05 Apr 2023

Form End Date:

22 Apr 2023

The last date to submit the form was on 22 Apr 2023
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