The state level entrance examination KCET 2020 will be conducted by the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA). It is an entrance examination conducted for admission to various affiliated colleges of Karnataka both government and private. Candidates seeking admission through KCET 2020 should fulfil all the eligibility criteria as laid down by the exam conducting body. The KCET 2020 application procedure will be made available in the online mode in the 1st week of February. Candidates should make a note that there will be three papers in KCET 2020. For Physics & Chemistry, For mathematics and Biology and the last paper will be the Kannada Language Test.

Check Eligibility For KCET Exam

KCET 2020 will get the candidate admission in the undergraduate level courses like engineering, agriculture, pharmacy & various other courses offered in the 220 Government colleges/ private aided/ private un-aided/ Universities of Karnataka that accept the KCET score. 

Important Dates of KCET 2020

Candidates will be able to know the dates of all exam related events once the official Information brochure of KCET 2020 has been released. Get the tentative dates below:

Release of official Notification
2nd week of January 2020
Availability of online application form
1st week of February 2020
Last Date to submit the application form
4th week of February 2020
Application Form correction date
4th week of March 2020
Availability of admit card1st week of April 2020
Mathematics & Biology Exam Date
3rd week of April 2020
Physics & Chemistry Exam Date
4th week of April 2020
Kannada Language Test in Bangalore (only for Horanadu, Gadinadu and Kannadiga candidates)
4th week of April 2020
Provisional answer key availability
1st week of May 2020
Announcement of result
4th week of May 2020
Counselling & verification of documentsJune 2020
Seat Allotment ScheduleJuly 2020

Facts About KCET 2020

  • The KCET 2020 is a common entrance examination conducted only for admission to engineering, pharmacy and Farm Science courses.
  • All students who want admission in dental and medical courses have to take the NEET 2020. The scores of the same will be considered for admission.
  • Since the exam is conducted by the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA), the official website for all information related to the KCET 2020 is
  • After filling up the application form, candidates will be required to retain at least 3 photocopies of the filled up application form, the fee receipt and 2-3 identical photographs of the candidate that have been uploaded in the application form.

KCET 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Those who are filling up the application form must make sure that they have adhered to all the eligibility criteria laid down by the official exam conducting body. Candidates should know that although the eligibility of a candidate is not verified during the application procedure, it will be verified later. Check all the general KCET 2020 eligibility criteria here:

  1. You must have passed 10+2 examination from a recognized board.
  2. The aspirant should have studied Physics and Mathematics as main subjects and English as a language subject. Candidates must have studied Chemistry/ Bio-Technology/ Computer Science/ Biology as an elective subject in class XII.
  3. The Candidates belonging to the general category should have obtained at least 45% aggregate scores in class 10+2. Candidates belonging to the reserved categories SC, ST Category I and OBC (2A, 2B, 3A, and 3B), candidates need to have secured minimum 40% marks.
  4. For admission to government seats, the candidate should be a citizen of India.
  5. The candidates who have passed the qualifying examination other than the universities
    listed in the notification at VTU Website are NOT eligible and candidates who have passed from Karnataka State Open University are also NOT eligible.
  6. If you are a 12th appearing candidate in the year 2020, you are eligible to apply. However, you will not be allowed to take admission if you do not pass the qualifying examination with the required pass percentage of marks.

Admission to B.Tech through KCET 2020

Candidates who are applying for KCET 2020 must make sure that they have general category should have obtained at least 45% aggregate scores in class 10+2. Candidates belonging to the reserved categories SC, ST Category I and OBC (2A, 2B, 3A, and 3B), candidates must have secured minimum 40% marks. Students will be granted admission in engineering colleges by taking marks in equal proportions in QE (qualifying examination 10+2) and  KCET 2020 in PCM subjects. (No Minimum Marks prescribed in CET). 

KCET Application Form 2020

The KCET application form 2020 will be available online but candidates will be required to fill and submit the application form before the last date. According to the previous year’s trends, the KCET 2020 application form will be released in the 1st week of February. The entire online application process will be in two phases. In the first phase, candidates have to fill the details and can edit the data any number of times and also can take the draft printouts before selecting the declaration. The second phase will start when the candidate has to confirm the declaration and no editing will be allowed in the application form.

Those who are filling up the application form also have to pay the KCET 2020 application fee in the offline mode through e-challan. Candidates have to pay the fee according to the category they belong to. check the application fees given below.

CategoryApplication Fee
General & OBCRs 650
Karnataka SC/ ST StudentsRs 500
Outside Karnataka CandidatesRs 750
Outside India CandidatesRs 5000

KCET Admit Card 2020

All the candidates who have successfully filled and submitted the application form without any error will be issued the KCET admit card 2020. It is regarded as one of the most important documents that the candidate must carry to the exam centre on the day of the exam. Those who do not have KCET admit card 2020 will not be allowed to enter the exam hall and sit for the examination. To view and download the admit card, candidates will be required to enter their Application Number and date of birth. Also, while downloading, each candidate must make sure that their KCET hall ticket 2020 has all the necessary details printed on it.

Exam Pattern of KCET

The KEA is the concerned body that releases the exam pattern for the KCET every year. Although there are very few chances of the KCET 2020 exam pattern changing, one must make sure to recheck the exam pattern for every year again. The exam pattern usually gives the candidates information about the number of questions, number of sections, the marking scheme etc.

  • The exam will conduct in the offline pen and paper-based mode.
  • 1 hour 20 minutes for each paper will be allotted to complete the KCET 2020 paper-1 for Mathematics/ Biology and paper-2 for Chemistry and Physics).
  • There will be a total of 180 questions. 60 from Physics, 60 from Chemistry and 60 from Mathematics.
  • KCET 2020 question paper will consist of objective type questions.
  • The language of the question paper will English or Kannada.
  • One mark will be awarded for each correct answer without any provision of marking scheme.

The KCET 2020 will be held on TWO days in FOUR different sessions for four subjects. On the first day, a test will be conducted for Biology and Mathematics subjects in two sessions and on the next day test will be conducted for Physics and Chemistry subjects in two sessions as per the date and time notified. Each paper/ subject will be conducted for 60 marks each with a duration of 80 minutes.

Each question paper will be of Multiple Choice Questions (Objective) type. The question paper in each subject will be in 16 different versions and each question will have four different options. Each question will carry ONE mark. The candidate is expected to attempt all the questions, in order to obtain maximum marks. In other words, there is no choice of questions. There will be no negative evaluation with regard to wrong/ Incorrect Answers  but marks will not be awarded respect of multiple answers for the same question. The version code of the question paper will be boldly printed on facing sheet of the question paper.

The version code of the question papers given to a student may be different OR may be the same for different sessions.

KCET 2020 Syllabus

All appearing candidates can check the KCET 2020 syllabus for Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology. Candidates must carefully have a look at the syllabus prescribed and note down the topics clearly. The syllabus will be based on the topics studied in class 11th and 12th as prescribed by the Department of Pre-University Education of Karnataka State. Check the full KCET 2020 syllabus.

KCET Exam Centres 2020

KCET 2020 will be conducted in various exam centres which are likely to be 53 exam cities. Each appearing aspirant will be required to select their preferred exam cities during application form filling. Candidates must choose their exam centres wisely near their resident so that they can reach the exam hall on time. There will be at least 53 KCET exam centres for the candidates to choose from. Students will be allotted seats based on their preferred exam centre and availability of seats. All details regarding the exam centre will be printed on the admit card.

KCET 2020 Answer Key

The answer key of KCET 2020 will be released in a few days after the examination has been conducted. At first, the provisional KCET 2020 answer key will be released. Candidates who have any objection with this answer key can file objections against it. They can do so by visiting the official body in person or speed post or send it on the official mail id of KEA.

The answer key is essential for all candidates to view as it gives them an idea of the performance of the candidates. The KCET 2020 answer key can also be used to calculate an estimated score of the candidate. The official answer key will be released by the 1st week of May 2020 after reviewing all the challenges sent by the candidates.

OMR Sheets

Since all candidates will be required to take KCET 2020 in Optical-Machine Response sheets, a duplicate of the same will be uploaded by the KEA for the benefit of the candidates. A model of the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) sheets that will be used for marking the answers by the candidates will be uploaded on the official KEA Website. The need for the replica has compelled the exam conducting authority to design OMR sheet in such a way that all the information and the answers are marked only on one side.

  • The top portion of the sheet is meant for furnishing the particulars about the candidates such as the Name, CET Number, Version code and the serial number of the question booklet.
  • The bottom portion is meant for marking the answers, affixing the signature of the room Invigilator & candidates and also for affixing the Left-Hand Thumb Impression of the candidate.
  • The space meant for the subject would have been pre-marked.
  • The square blocks in each item should be filled by the candidate in capital letters and numbers.
  • The circles corresponding to the letters or numbers are meant to be completely shaded using blue or black ink ball point pen only.

KCET Result 2020

The Karnataka Common Entrance Test Results 2020 will be declared in the 4th week of May 2020. It will be made available in the online mode on the official website of KEA i.e. Candidates will be able to check their result along with the final answer key. All students have to enter their registration number to view their Results and download the scorecard. The Result of each candidate will carry the score obtained in each subject and the overall score obtained by the candidate. One must not forget to take a print out of the scorecard for future references.

Merit List of KCET

Along with the result and answer key, the KCET merit list will also be published. Candidates will be able to check the merit list on the official website of KEA. The merit list will prepare on candidate’s performance in CET, NATA, NEET along with class 10+2 performance. Karnataka Examinations Authority will be publishing the listed course wise on the official website.

KCET Cutoff 2020

To make things clear, all students must know that the cutoff is the minimum qualifying marks that the candidate must obtain in order to participate in the counselling procedure. The KCET cutoff 2020 will be released for each branch of engineering for each category of the candidate. Only those who meet the required cutoff will be able to participate in the counselling rounds of KCET 2020. The cut-off is prepared basis certain factors like the number of seats, the number of candidates, the difficulty level of the exam and cutoff trends of previous years.

KCET 2020 Counselling

In the counselling rounds held by the exam conducting body, candidates will be allotted seats in the preferred branch and course of the candidate. The KCET 2020 counselling will be held in online mode. Candidates will first have to participate in the online procedure and then report at the various reporting centres for document verification. Once the documents have been verified, students will be given a verification slip after which they will be asked to enter the choice of college and courses.

Seat Reservation

There is a certain number of seats reserved for some category candidates in the government institutes coming under the KEA. Candidates claiming seats under the below-listed categories must make sure that they fulfill all the seat reservation criteria.

KCET Seat reservation for SC/ ST/ OBC

  • Students claiming seats under this quota must make sure that they have the required documents for these categories. Reservation is made in favour of candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes of citizens under categories 1, 2A, 2B, 3A and 3B.

KCET seat Reservation for Rural candidates

  • 15% of the Government seats will be reserved horizontally in favour of rural candidates who have studied for 10 full academic years from 1st Standard to 10th Standard in educational institutions situated in places in the State of Karnataka other than larger urban area, smaller urban area or transitional area

KCET Seat Reservation for Kannada Medium candidates

  • 5% of the Government seats will be reserved horizontally in favour of the Kannada medium candidates who have studied TEN full academic years in Kannada medium from 1st Standard to 10th Standard.

KCET seat Reservation for Ward of Jammu and Kashmir Migrants

  • Reservation is made in favour of the son/ daughter of Jammu & Kashmiri migrants, who satisfy the eligibility condition for Government seats.

KCET seat Reservation for Hyderabad-Karnataka region Candidates

  • The part of the State called the Hyderabad-Karnataka Region comprising the districts of Bidar, Gulbarga, Yadgir, Raichur, Koppal, and Bellary shall be regarded as the local area.
  • 70% of the available seats in every course of study in any regional University or educational institution located in the places referred above in the local area shall be reserved in favour of the local persons, in respect of such University or education institution.
  • 8% of the available seats in every course of study provided in a statewide University or a statewide educational institution be allocated among the local candidates of the Hyderabad-Karnataka Region.

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