KCET 2021 - Exam Dates, Application Form, Admit Card, Eligibility, Syllabus, Result & Admission


Managed and organised by Karnataka Examinations Authority, the Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) is one of the highly sought-after entrance examinations in the state for students seeking admission to various undergraduate programmes in engineering, architecture, pharma, medical, dental, technology, etc. Also known as Kar CET, the state-level examination is administered by KEA under the patronage of Karnataka University (KU). Candidates clearing the exam will get placed in the top-notch government as well as private institutes and colleges of Karnataka. To apply for the upcoming Karnataka Common Entrance Test i.e. KCET Exam 2021, the applicants must either be appearing or have passed the 12th standard or 2nd PUC.

KCET 2021 Exam Latest Updates -

  • KCET 2021 application form last date has been extended till 20th July 2021 (Till 6:00 PM).
  • The KCET 2021 application process has started on 15th June 2021.
  • The Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) 2021 exam dates are announced by the Karnataka Examinations Authority. The exam is scheduled to be held on 28th and 29th August 2021.

KCET 2021 Overview:

Name of Exam

Karnataka Common Entrance Test

Popularly Known





Admission to UG Programmes


Once a Year

Type of Exam


Question Type


Mode of Exam

Pen and Paper (Offline)

Official Website


Exam Date

28th and 29th August 2021

KCET Exam 2021 Important Dates

The exam dates for the KCET 2021 exam are announced. Find the other important dates related to the exam below.

KCET 2021 Exam Event

Important Dates

Release of online information bulletin

15th June 2021

Online application form submission begins

15th June 2021

Closing date of application submission

20th July 2021

Last date for application fee payment

20th July 2021

Correction window opens

20th to 23rd July 2021

Download the admit card

13th August 2021

KCET 2021 Exam date

Biology, Mathematics: 28th August 2021

Physics, Chemistry: 29th August 2021

Kannada Language Test (only for Horanadu & Gadinadu Kannadiga candidates)

30th August 2021

Release of Preliminary KCET 2021 answer key

August 2021

Release of Final KCET 2021 answer key

August 2021

Result Declaration

August 2021

KCET Counselling 2021

September 2021

KCET Exam Previous Years Solved Papers

KCET Exam 2021 Pattern & Syllabus

The Karnataka Common Entrance Test 2021 will have questions from four major subjects – Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Physics. The two-day exam will be pen and paper-based. There will be 4 different sessions. On the first day, students will be taking the Mathematics and Biology subjects in two different sessions. On the second day, there will be Physics and Chemistry exams. Each paper will carry 60 marks. For every correct answer, the candidates will be awarded 1 mark. The good thing is that “there will be no negative evaluation with regard to wrong / incorrect answers but marks will not be awarded in respect of multiple answers for the same question”.

Subject-wise Mark Distribution






60 Min



60 Min



60 Min



60 Min

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Kannada Language Test

Students appearing in the Kannada Language Test will be required to travel to Bangalore. Only the Gadinadu and Horanadu Kannadiga candidates are eligible to appear for the test.




Kannada Language Test


1 Hour

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KCET 2021 Syllabus

The KCET syllabus 2021 will comprise the syllabus of the 1st and 2nd PUC (Pre-University Course) as per the instructions of the Department of Pre-University Education of Karnataka State. “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”, states the official website of KEA.

KCET Exam 2021 Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the Karnataka Common Entrance Test, the students must satisfy the below-mentioned KCET eligibility 2021.


The candidates must be residents of India.

Academic Qualification

  • Whether you are applying for B.Tech/B.E or B.Arch or MBBS/BDS or B.Pharm or Ayurveda, Yoga, etc. make sure you have passed Class 12th or 2nd PUC from a recognised college or institution.
  • If a candidate gives his final qualifying exam in 2019, he still can apply for the KCET exam. However, admission will only be given to the particular candidate after receiving the final scorecard of the qualifying exam.

Marks Required

  • B.Tech/B.E – The candidates belonging to the general category must possess 45%, while the reserved category students (SC/ST) need to have scored 40% marks. The subjects they must have taken are Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, English, Biology, etc.
  • MBBS/BDS – 50% for general candidates and 40% for SC/ST applicants. For admission to medical colleges, the students are required to clear the NEET 2021.
  • B.Pharm – 40% in 12th with English and PCM or PCB.
  • Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Yoga, Unani and Naturopathy - 50% in 12th with English and PCM or PCB. For the reserved category students, the minimum score would be 40%. Admission to these courses will also be done based on the NEET 2021 score.
  • B.Arch – To be eligible for this course, the aspirants must have completed the qualifying exam with 50% (40% for SC/ST students).


The applicant must have completed his 12th standard from a recognised school or institute in Karnataka.

Age Limit

The minimum age to appear for the KCET 2021 exam is 17 years.

KCET Exam 2021 Application Process

Interested candidates are advised to fill the online application form and complete the KCET 2021 registration within the given time frame. The Authority will soon release the application forms. The KCET online application form 2021 can be completed in 4 steps. They are -

Stage I – Filling Details for Registration

  • Access KCET website - http://kea.kar.nic.in
  • Select the ‘KCET-2021 UG Online Application’ link.
  • Enter details like name of the candidate, valid email ID, active mobile number, date of birth, parents’ names, etc.
  • An application ID or number and password will be generated
  • Save the credentials

Stage II – Uploading Documents

  • Keep the scanned copies of your passport size photograph, signature and left-thumb impression ready to complete the uploading documents section
  • The documents must meet the prescribed specifications by the Authority
  • Also, upload the left-thumb impression of your parents

Stage III – Application Fee Payment

  • An important stage during the submission of the KCET 2021 application form is where candidates will be required to remit the application fee amount.
  • Choose the specified banks from the list on the official website, download the challan and take a printout. It must contain details such as the name of the candidate, CET number, amount, bank account number, etc.


Application Fee Amount (In Rupees)

OBC & General


Reserved Category


Karnataka Domicile


Overseas Candidates


Stage IV – Application Form Submission

  • Click on the ‘Submit’ button
  • Take a printout of the confirmation page
  • Visit the institute from where you have completed the qualifying exam (2nd PUC or XII) and seek a signature and seal from the principal
  • Keep the copy preserved for future reference

KCET 2021 Application and Exam Centre Correction Window

KEA will open the application correction window after the application process is over. This is the last opportunity for the students to make changes in the filled application details. Find the steps to access KCET 2021 application correction window:

  • Go to the official website of KCET 2021.
  • Find the application correction link from the homepage and click on it.
  • Now, complete the login procedure by entering the required details such as user ID and password.
  • Make modifications to the details.
  • Submit the corrected details before the deadline.

Other Details

KCET 2021 Admit Card

KEA will release the KCET admit card 2021 on 13th August 2021. Using the application number and date of birth details, the registered candidates can download the admit card. After downloading it, look for the details such as the name of the candidate, exam venue, timing and others. If the information is correct, take a print of the hall ticket. The students are advised to seek the attention of the officials in case the KCET hall ticket 2021 has any discrepancy.

KCET Answer Key 2021

After the exam is over, the exam conducting body will release the KCET answer key 2021 in PDF format. Candidates can raise objections against the answer key if they find any of the answers incorrect. Candidates objections will be considered before releasing the result. The result and the final answer key will be released thereafter.

KCET Result 2021

The KCET result 2021 will be declared in August 2021. Candidates can access their KCET 2021 results by visiting the official website. Just log in using your registration number and password to view the scorecard. Here are the steps to be followed:

  • Visit the official website i.e. kea.kar.nic.in
  • Find and click on the link for KCET Result 2021.
  • Provide the necessary information asked on the page.
  • Verify all the information against your hall ticket and submit it.
  • Your Karnataka CET 2021 scorecard will be displayed on the screen.
  • Download the result scorecard and take a printout for future reference.

Check further steps here.

KCET 2021 Cut-Offs

The next step in the admission cycle after the declaration of the KCET Result is the announcement of the KCET 2021 Cut-off.  Cut-off defines the minimum admission criteria for the examination. Those who score above the cut-off marks are eligible to participate in the counselling process. The cut-off for KCET 2021 will depend on a number of different factors including the number of applicants, the number of candidates who appeared, the previous year cut off, level of difficulty, and availability of seats. KCET cut-off marks will be different for each course, college, category, and counselling round.

KCET Counselling 2021

The KCET 2021 counselling process will require candidates’ participation through online mode. They will have to register for the counselling, fill in the choices of the courses and colleges, and pay the counselling fee. Shortlisted candidates will be called to verify the original documents at the allotted institutes and complete the admission formalities.

KCET 2021 Exam Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q: Will a student be eligible to appear for the KCET 2021 test if he is taking the qualifying exam in 2021?

A: Yes, he can. Students appearing in the final year exam (2nd PUC) will be eligible to submit the application form.

Q: What is the mode of the application form?

A: Online. KEA will only accept application forms submitted online via the official website.

Q: When will the registration process be started?

A: The registration process will be started on 15th June 2021.

Q: What’s the application fee amount? Will it also be paid online?

A: Offline – through challan. For the application fee details, kindly refer to the ‘KCET Application Fee’ section above.

Q: Do I need to fill separate application forms for Medical courses?

A: No, the KCET 2021 application form will be common for all courses. Moreover, admission to medical courses will be done based on the NEET 2021 score.