Every year Karnataka Examination Authority conducts Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET/ Kar CET). Students who want to get admission to the undergraduate course in various programmes in the field of Engineering, pharmacy, Ayurveda, Homeopathy etc offered by Government and Private colleges/institutions of Karnataka can apply for this exam. This article will provide information about the eligibility criteria that must be fulfilled by the candidates in order to apply for KCET 2019 Exam.

Check Eligibility For KCET Exam

Aspirants who are willing to apply for the Karnataka State CET exam must possess the eligibility conditions set by the authority. If the candidates do not satisfy the eligibility conditions, then they are not permitted for the exam. So, applicants must check the KCET 2019 eligibility criteria and norms once before the online application submission.

Important Updates of KCET 2019

Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) has officially released the timetable for KCET 2019 exam.  Click here to read the official notification. Apart from the below-mentioned eligibility criteria, there are various other special eligibility clauses. To know the same in detail, Click on this.

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NOTE: For admission to Medical (MBBS), Dental (BDS) and AUYSH courses candidates have to appear for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) – 2018 conducted by CBSE. For admission to Architecture course, candidates have to appear for JEE Main Paper -2 or NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) conducted by the Council of Architecture. To know the eligibility criteria in detail, click on this.

Eligibility Criteria for KCET 2019

Following are the main eligibility criteria for KCET 2019 which includes eligibility requirements related to age, citizenship, qualifying examination, qualifying marks, domicile, subject combination, category etc.

S. NoParticularsEligibility Criteria
1.NationalityCandidates must be a citizen of India.
2.Age criteriaCandidates applying for KCET 2019 should not be less than 17 years of age on 31st December 2018.

Basic Academic Qualification

Eligibility criteria of KCET 2019 list out the following requirements related to academic qualifications in order to appear for the entrance test:-

1.Qualifying Examination (QE)Class 12 or equivalent examination (passed or appearing).
2.Institute from which QE is passedAny government institution or institution recognized by Karnataka state government.
3.Minimum percentage of marks in QE45%
4.Minimum percentage of marks in QE (reserved categories ST/ SC/ OBC)40%
5.Subject combination in QEMathematics and Physics as compulsory subjects, Chemistry/ Biology / Electronics / Computer Science as optional subject and English as language subject.
NOTE:- Candidates who have completed the examinations of 12th  standard in 2017-18 and waiting for the results are also eligible to attempt the KCET 2019. To know the official notification on eligibility criteria of KCET 2019, Click Here

Academic Qualification Required for various Professional Courses

The KCET 2019 eligibility criteria are different for the courses of Engineering/Architecture and Pharmacy/Science. Candidates must check their eligibility criteria as per their choice of course below for appearing in the KCET 2019 exam:

S.NoCoursesRequired Qualification
1.For Engineering/Architecture Courses
  • Qualifying Exam: Candidates have to qualify the 2nd PUC/10+2 or equivalent exam from a recognized board.
  • Subject: Candidates must pass their examination with Mathematics & Physics as a main subject & English as a language subject.
  • Minimum Marks: It is compulsory to score at least 45% marks (40% marks in SC/ST category) in physics and mathematics along with one of the subjects, i.e. Biotechnology/Biology/Electronics/Chemistry/Computer science.
  • candidates who will appear class 12 exam in 2018 can also apply.
  • For architecture course, candidates must have a valid NATA score card.
2.For Pharmacy/Science Courses
  • Qualifying Exam: Candidates have to pass their 2nd PUC/10+2 or equivalent with PCB (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) and English as a language subject.
  • Minimum Marks: Candidates have to secure minimum 50% marks (40% in case of SC/ST Category) in PCB group.
  • Candidates who will appear class 12 exam in 2018 can also apply.

Other Eligibility Criteria for Government Quota Seats

The examination authority of KCET, KEA reserves certain seats for the candidates falling in various categories as per the KCET 2019 reservation criteria. The seats are reserved for special categories including SC/ ST/ OBC physically disabled, defence categories. Candidates must have a valid certificate or a document which supports their reservation category. These certificate or document will be required at the time of document verification during the KCET 2019 counselling.

Candidate shall be Eligible for the admission to government quota seats unless he/she is a citizen of India and satisfies any one of the following conditions:-

  • Each conditions specified as a clause and is individually referred by a code. The document to be produced during verification in support of the claim for each of the clauses are also mentioned in the table below against the respective clauses.
  • The candidate who does not satisfy any of the clauses / eligibility criteria given below and the candidate who do not produce the prescribed documents in original form will not be eligible for admission to professional courses under government quota seats.
  • Other than the certificate mentioned in clauses, if a candidate claiming seat under the article 371(j) Hyderabad -Karnataka region reservation, then  candidate should produce eligibility certificate from the concerned assistant commissioner as per the format.
NOTE:- For more detailed information regarding other eligibility clauses like domicile, ward of defence personnel, mother tongue of candidate, candidate of state and central government employee, migrant candidate of Jammu & Kashmir, children ward members of Parliament etc and the required document to be produced against the following eligibility clauses at the time of verification, Candidates need to “Click  Here”.


  1. Sir/ Ma’am,

    My son is an OCI card holder and has studied from kindergarten in Bengaluru.
    He is born in Toronto, but parents have shifted to Bangalore.
    Is he eligible to appear for the CET

    • Hi Durga, if you are from Hyderabad-Karnataka Region comprising the districts of Bidar, Gulbarga, Yadgir, Raichur, Koppal and Bellary which are regarded as the local area, you can write the KCET 2019.

  2. sir, myself bhavana bu i already wrote my pu exam in 2017-18batch I am eligible to write kcet again in 2018-19 and if I am eligible to write bscag practical exam. Plz send me a details regarding this,.

    • For admission to Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Forestry, Sericulture, Agriculture Biotech, Horticulture and Bachelor of Home Science courses, Bachelor of Technology in Food Technology, Dairy Technology, Food Science and Technology, Bachelor of Fishery Science, and Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Marketing and Co‐operation, Bachelor of Technology in Agriculture Engineering courses, candidates who have passed the Q. E. with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology as optional subjects are eligible.Based on the performance of the candidates in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology subjects in both Common Entrance Test and the Qualifying Examination by taking the marks in equal proportions, common rank list will be prepared and published for the above courses.

  3. Sir I have completed my studies in Kerala. I am neet aspirant.I have applied for kcet . I have got the admit card also. To get admission for mbbs in Karnataka did I want to write kcet exam or only neet mark is enough to get admission . Wheather I am eligible for exam.

  4. Hi Sir I’m v Kondapa Naidu I’m from prakasam district in Andhra Pradesh I am polytechnic student passing out year of 2018 I want to continue my studies B tech in karnataka state what exam I would written for b tech lateral entry in karnataka state

  5. Hii my sister was studied 1 to 10th(sslc), after that we joined in karnataka 1st puc and 2ud puc aslo ,she will eligible for aply this,, and i need that elijibilty code also plz suggest me

  6. hi, we are originally from Maharashtra but since last 11 years I am working in Bangalore and own house here since 2014 and my daughter has studied in bangalore for 11 years ( std 2 to std 12). while filling KCET form on website there is one field which asks about native place of father that is me . I have aadhaar card and my passport both of bangalore address so can i write my native place as bangalore in the form? or if I wright has my native place as Maharashtra then will it affect adversely for my daughters eligibility criteria or ranks of cet exam

    • Hi Sanjay,
      You should mention Maharashtra as a native place in the application form and since your daughter has studied for 11 years in the state Karnataka, so, she is eligible to write KCET 2018 Exam.

    • Hi Bharath,
      Since you do not belong to the state Karnataka and you have studied outside this state, you are not eligible to write KCET 2018 Exam.

  7. I am trying for kcet I have studied till 6th std in karnataka can I apoly for kcet
    My father have completed his diploma in karnataka

    • Hi Tasnim,
      No, you cannot write KCET 2018 exam because as per the official brochure of 2018, any candidate wishes to appear for the KCET 2018 should have studied and passed in one or more government or government recognised Institutions in the state of Karnataka for a minimum period of seven years.

    • Hi Bonny,
      No, you cannot write KCET 2018 exam because as per the official brochure of 2018, any candidate wishes to appear for the KCET 2018 should have studied and passed in one or more government or government recognised Institutions in the state of Karnataka for a minimum period of seven years. If you possess this eligibility condition, then only you can apply for KCET 2018 exam. To know more in detail, refer KCET 2018 eligibility criteria

    • Hi Sanchit,
      Please, refer to “important updates of KCET 2018” section of this article. If you don’t get the answer to your query, then reply.


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