KCET 2021 - Important Dates, Application Form, Syllabus, Eligibility, Admit Card, Result

Last Modified: 15 May 2024

KCET (Karnataka Common Entrance Test) as the name suggests is a state-level entrance exam conducted by the Karnataka Examinations Authority. The purpose of the KCET exam 2021 is to determine the merit and eligibility of the deserved candidates from the state and the ward/s of Jammu & Kashmir migrants for admission to 1st semester or 1st year of full-time programmes like Engineering, Architecture, Technology, Farm Science, such as Animal Husbandry (A.H.), Bachelor of Veterinary Science (B.V.Sc.), B.Tech (Food Technology), B. Sc. in Agriculture, B. Sc. in Forestry, B. Sc. in Horticulture, etc. Admission to Medical, Dental, Unani, Ayurveda, Naturopathy & Yoga courses is done through the NEET score.

Conducted by KEA under the aegis of KU (Karnataka University), the KCET exam, which is also known as Kar CET, paves the way to get admission into the leading government and private colleges and institutes in the state of Karnataka. Basically, institutes offering UG courses will keep an eye on the ranks of the candidates and based on that the latter would get admission.

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KCET 2021 Latest Updates The KCET 2021 exam dates were announced by KEA on 22nd February 2021. The exam is scheduled to be conducted on 7th and 8th July 2021. The application process will tentatively begin in April 2021.

KCET 2021 Overview:

Exam Name

Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET)

Conducting Authority

Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA)


Admission to Bachelor Programmes


Once a Year

Exam Pattern

Objective Types

Official Website


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KCET 2021 Important Dates -

The official dates for Karnataka Common Entrance Test have not yet been announced. The underneath table possesses the tentative schedule of KCET 2021. Applicants can have a rough idea about the dates and prepare accordingly.

KCET 2021 Events

KCET 2021 Important Dates (Tentative)

Release of official notification

April 2021

Online application process begins

April 2021

Last date to apply

May 2021

Last date to release payment

May 2021

Application correction window

May 2021

Download admit card

June 2021

Exam to be conducted

7th and 8th July 2021 (announced)

Language test (Kannada)

9th July 2021 (tentative)

Release of answer key

July 2021

Raise objection against the answer key

July 2021

Result announcement

July 2021

Counselling begins from

July/ August 2021

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KCET 2021 Pattern & Syllabus -

Not knowing the exam pattern or the syllabus will affect your preparation to a great extent. Hence, all the interested and eligible candidates are encouraged to go through the exam pattern and the syllabus and appear for the exam with confidence.

Questions will come from 4 subjects – Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics. Each subject will carry 60 marks and all the questions will be objective type (MCQs). Since the exam will be held in the pen and paper mode in OMR pattern, you must carry a blue or black ballpoint pen to the examination centre. If an applicant gives multiple answers to a particular question, he will not be awarded any mark. The exam will be done in two sessions in two days for four subjects. The morning session will be from 10.30 am to 11.50 am and the afternoon session will be from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm.

There won’t be negative marking for any wrong answer.






60 Min



60 Min



60 Min



60 Min

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For the Kannada Language test, candidates must visit the exam centre in the capital, i.e. Bangalore. The exam will be of 50 marks. The test is only for Gadinadu and Horanadu Kannadiga candidates.




Kannada Language Test


1 Hour

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Regarding the syllabus, the official website states, “The question papers of the Common Entrance Test will be mostly based on the First and Second PUC syllabi prescribed by the Department of Pre-University Education of Karnataka State.” Well, there will be 4 subjects prescribed by KEA. They are Biology, Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry. Candidates can check the latest syllabus at the official website.

KCET 2021 Eligibility Criteria -

You are eligible to submit the application form if you have completed –

  • B.Tech/BE: At least 45% marks (for SC/ST candidates it is 40%) in 12th standard or passed 2nd PUC or equivalent exam. You must have taken subjects such as English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry/Computer/Biology/Biotechnology, etc.
  • B.Arch: Must have cleared Class XII or equivalent exam or 2nd PUC with Mathematics subjects. The minimum percentile required is 50% for the general candidates and 40% for the reserved category candidates.
  • MBBS/BDS: A minimum of 50% marks (for SC/ST candidates it is 40%) in 12th standard or passed 2nd PUC or equivalent exam with English, Physics, Biology and Chemistry subjects. Admission to medical courses will be done through the NEET score.
  • Ayurveda, Yoga, Homeopathy, Naturopathy and Unani: You must have passed the second PUC or 12th or equivalent exam with a minimum of 50% marks. SC/ST candidates are required to show 40% marks. The subjects should be English and PCB. NEET score is mandatory for admission to these courses.
  • B.Pharm: Candidates must have passed the second PUC or 12th or equivalent exam with a minimum of 40% marks. SC/ST candidates are required to possess 40% marks. The subjects should be English and PCB or PCM.

Age: The candidates should not be less than 17 years old.

KCET 2021 Application Process

The KCET 2021 application process will begin tentatively in April 2021. Candidates are advised to submit their application forms within the given time period. Here are the steps to be followed:

  • Step 1: Visit the online portal of Karnataka Examination Authority (http://kea.kar.nic.in). Click on the “CET-2021 UG Online Application” option. Now you need to enter the details correctly, only to obtain an application ID and password sent to your registered email ID and mobile number. You can also take note of the same as the ID and password will be displayed on the screen.
  • Step 2: This stage will ask candidates to upload scanned copies of some of the documents such as the passport-size photograph, left-hand thumb impression and signature in JPEG/JPG format. Make sure you upload all these documents separately.
  • Step 3: Applicants need to print a copy of challan, which must possess details like name, bank account number, college or course allotted details, CET number, fees to be paid, etc. Release the application fee payment.
  • Step 4: After completion of all the formalities, the applicants are required to submit the form. Get a printout of the same on A-4 size paper. Visit the college or institute where you have studied 12th standard or 2nd PUC and obtain the principal seal and signature. Moreover, the same copy will be verified later on to complete the application process.


  • Note down the application ID and password until the completion of the application process. Make sure that all the details are correct. Not crosschecking the form after the input of the particulars can be a big flaw. Providing wrong information will only result in the rejection of the application form.
  • Once the form is submitted, there will be no correction window facility for the applicants.
  • Moreover, failing to pay the application fee or not uploading the documents will also result in the rejection of their candidature.

KCET 2021 Exam Application Fees -

Candidates belonging to General and OBC categories need to pay an amount of INR 650/-. Those belonging to the reserved categories such as SC and ST can pay an amount of INR 500/-. Those who are staying out of the state of Karnataka are required to pay INR 750/-.

If someone is residing outside of India, he or she can surely take the test by filling the application form and paying INR 5,000/-.

KCET 2021 Admit Card

To download the KCET hall ticket 2021, you need to log in to the official website, use the login credentials, such as application number and DOB and the admit card will be right there on the screen. It will be released by the exam conducting authority in the third week of June 2021. Only the registered candidates are authorised to take a printout of the admit card. Check for information like your name, exam centre, timings, etc. If found discrepancy, report it to the officials immediately.

KCET Answer Key 2021

The answer key of Karnataka CET 2021 will be in July 2021 in PDF format. Match your answers with that of the answer key’s and calculate the tentative score that you might obtain in the exam. In case of incorrect answers, objections can be raised against the answer key.

KCET 2021 Exam Result

KEA will declare the KCET result 2021 in July 2021 through online mode. The result will have details like the ranks and scores of the candidates. The Authority will then complete the allotment of seats based on the individual result. To check the result, you need to visit the official website and use your KCET 2021 registration number.

KCET 2021 Cut-off

The cut-off mark of KCET 2021 will comprise the opening and closing ranks of different branches for different categories. Though various factors affect the cut-off, it will be decided by the colleges or institutions on the basis of the total number of candidates taking the test, available seats, average marks scored, scores in PCM subjects (both in KCET and the qualifying exam) and the reservation of seats.

KCET 2021 Counselling

KCET 2021 counselling will begin in July/ August 2021. The counselling process will be online. Thus, candidates need to complete the registration, choice filling and locking processes through online mode. The fee payment must also be done online. After the seat allotment process, candidates must report to the allotted college for the document verification process. There are more than 200 government colleges, private aided and private un-aided institutes participate in the admission process of KCET.