Before appearing for Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET/ Kar CET) 2018, aspirants need to know the exam pattern and syllabus for the exam. This exam is conducted for the students who want to get enrolled for various programmes in the field of Engineering, pharmacy, Ayurveda, Homeopathy offered by the Government and Private colleges/institutions of Karnataka. Exam Pattern & Syllabus help and guide the applicants in the most effective way to prepare for any entrance exam.

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Important Updates of KCET 2018 examination

The time table for KCET 2018 have been officially released by the examination conducting authority.

KCET 2018 Time Table

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18-04-2018Wednesday10.30 AM-11.50 AMBiology60
02.30 AM-03.50 AMMathematics60
19-04-2018Thursday10.30 AM-11.50 AMPhysics60
02.30 AM-03.50 AMChemistry60

Subject Combination for Different Courses

  1. Candidates applying for Medical and Farm Science Courses need to appear for Physics, Chemistry and Biology while Engineering  and Technology aspirants will appear in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
  2. Candidates need to appear for Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics for Pharmacy Degree courses.
  3. Candidates from Horanadu and Gadinadu Kannadiga need to appear in the Kannada language test.

KCET 2018 Exam Pattern

Candidates are advised to be well acquainted with KCET 2018 exam pattern in order to make the preparation more effective. Exam pattern of KCET gives the candidate an idea about the mode of exam, duration, subjects and questions asked from each section, marking scheme. KCET question paper will be set from the first and second year of PUC (Pre – University Courses)recommended by Department of  Pre-University Education, Karnataka.

The total time duration for completing each paper will be 70 minutes and 10 minutes extra will be given for reading and filling other details. The total duration would be 210 minutes (for 3 papers). The number of question in each paper will be 60. candidates can refer to the following table to get complete information about KCET 2018 pattern:-

S NoParticularsDetails
1.No. of Papers3 papers(physics, chemistry and mathematics/biology)
2.Mode of KCET 2018Offline (Pen and Paper based)
3.Duration of the exam3 hours and 30 minutes (for three papers)
4.Medium of the Question PaperIn English only
5.Total no. questions180 MCQs (Multiple choice questions)
6.Marks for Each question1 Mark for Every Correct Response
7.Negative MarkingNo Negative Marking
8.Additional ExamLanguage Test and Agriculture Practical Test
SubjectNo. of QuestionsDurationMarks
1.Mathematics6070 minutes60
2.Biology6070 minutes60
3.Physics6070 minutes60
4.Chemistry6070 minutes60
5.Kannada6060 minutes50

Kannada language test: Candidates from Horanadu and Gadinadu Kannadiga need to appear in the Kannada language test. It will be conducted by KEA in a test centre located at Bangalore only. The Difficulty level of Kannada language test is of 4th standard level.

NOTE:- Minimum passing marks for Karnataka Language Examination is 12 marks. Candidates need to obtain the minimum score for assignment of ranks and to become eligible for allotment of seats in KCET 2018.

Use of Optical Mark Recognition(OMR) Sheet

KCET 2018 is an offline Paper i.e OMR sheet will be given to Candidates to mark their answers. Candidate must keep the following points in their minds while marking their answers on OMR sheet.

  • Candidates will be given a two – page Optical Mark Recognition sheet (OMR) to mark their answers. The two pages of the OMR will have the same lay-out.
  • The first page of the OMR is machine readable. It is designed to leave impressions of the responses on the second page.
  • Applicants should not separate or disturb the alignment of the two pages of the OMR under any circumstances.
  • Candidates are required to mark answers to all the questions on the first page of the OMR by darkening the appropriate bubble.
  • Candidate should use BLACK BALL POINT pen for darkening the bubbles.
  • Candidates need to apply an adequate pressure to ensure that a proper impression is made on the second page of the OMR.
  • Instruction for darkening the bubbles will be printed on the question paper and candidates must strictly follow those instructions.
  • The second page of the OMR will be given to the Candidates by the invigilator at the end of the exam. Candidates can take back home a copy i.e second page of the OMR response sheet.

Syllabus of KCET 2018

The question paper of KCET 2018 Exam covers units from the three sections of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology based on the first and second PUC (Pre – University Courses)  syllabus prescribed by the department of Pre – University Education of Karnataka state. To get the detailed look at the syllabus of KCET 2018 follow the table below:-

 Physics SyllabusSecond Year PUC Syllabus
 Unit I: Physical World and Measurement
Unit II: Kinematics
Unit III: Laws of Motion
Unit IV: Work, Energy and Power
Unit V: Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body
Unit VI: Gravitation
Unit VII: Properties of Bulk Matter
Unit VIII: Thermodynamics
Unit IX: Behaviour of Perfect Gas and Kinetic Theory
Unit X: Oscillations and Waves.
Unit I: Electrostatics
Unit II: Current Electricity
Unit III: Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism
Unit IV: Electromagnetic induction and Alternating Currents
Unit V: Electromagnetic waves
Unit VI: Optics
Unit VII: Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation
Unit VIII: Atoms & Nuclei
Unit IX: Electronic Devices
Unit X: Communication systems
Chemistry SyllabusSecond Year PUC Syllabus
Unit I : Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry
Unit II : Structure of Atom
Unit III : Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties
Unit IV: Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure
Unit V : States of Matter: Gases and Liquids
Unit VI : Chemical Thermodynamics
Unit VII : Equilibrium
Unit VII : Redox Reactions
Unit IX : Hydrogen
Unit X : S-Block Elements (Alkali and Alkaline earth metals )
Unit XI : Some p-Block Elements
Unit XII : Organic Chemistry – Some Basic Principles and Techniques
Unit XIII : Hydrocarbons
Unit XIV : Environmental Chemistry
Unit I: Solid State
Unit II: Solutions
Unit III: Electrochemistry
Unit IV: Chemical Kinetics
Unit V: Surface Chemistry
Unit VI: General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements
Unit VII: p-Block Elements
Unit VIII: d and f Block Elements
Unit IX: Co-ordination compounds
Unit X: Haloalkanes and Haloarenes.
Unit XI: Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers
Unit XII: Aldehydes and Ketones and Carboxylic Acids:
Unit XIII: Organic compounds containing Nitrogen
Unit XIV: Biomolecules
Unit XV: Polymers
Unit XVI: Chemistry in Everyday life


Mathematics syllabusSecond Year PUC Syllabus
Unit I: Algebra

Unit II: Analytical Geometry

Unit III:Trigonometry

Unit IV: Calculus

Unit I: Theory Of Indices And Logarithms

Unit II:Progressions

Unit III: Mathematical Induction

Unit IV: Theory Of Equations

Unit V: Permutations And Combinations

Unit VI: Binomial Theorem

Unit VII: Partial Fractions

Unit VIII:Elements Of Number Theory And Congruences

Unit IX: Analytical Geometry And Calculus

Unit X: Coordinate Geometry.

Unit XI: Calculus


Unit I: Measurement Of Angles And

Unit II: Trigonometric Functions

Unit III: Relations Between Sides And Angles Of Triangle

Biology PUC-1Second Year PUC Syllabus
Unit I: Diversity in the living world kingdom. Unit II: Structural organization in plants and animals.

Unit III: Cell Structure and FunctionCell

Unit IV: Plant physiology

Unit V: Human Physiology

Unit I: Reproduction

Unit II: Genetics and Evolution

Unit III: Biology in human Welfare

Unit IV: Biotechnology

Unit V: Ecology

KCET Sample Papers

Candidates preparing for KCET 2018 are advised to practice the question papers of previous years to analyses and keep a track of their preparation level. Question papers help candidates to get a fair idea of the questions that might be asked in the entrance exam and also the question pattern. Practicing the KCET sample papers will help candidates recognize and work on their weak areas. Each aspirant is advised to solve previous years question papers or KCET sample papers so as to make the preparation for the entrance examination more effective.

Now Have a look at these previous year’s question papers:-

Candidates who are going to take the KCET 2018 exam, must know the exam pattern & syllabus. KCET 2018 exam will be held in offline (pen-paper) mode of the exam. Detailed information on how to use OMR sheet for answering the questions are provided in the article.


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