KCET 2020: The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) will conduct The state-level entrance examination KCET 2020. Through this test, candidates are selected for the admission to various affiliated colleges of Karnataka both government and private. It basically takes admission in the undergraduate level courses like engineering, agriculture, pharmacy & various other courses.

Check Eligibility For KCET Exam

Candidates seeking admission through KCET 2020 should fulfil the eligibility criteria as laid down by the exam conducting body. Students can fill the  KCET 2020 application form in an online mode form from the 1st week of February 2020. The KCET exam will consist of three papers i.e Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics/Biology and one paper will be there for the Kannada Language Test. Read the article to get more information about KCET Admission procedure for the session 2020-21.

KCET 2020 Important Dates

Candidates must be aware of the dates regarding the KCET 2020 procedure. Tentative dates must be taken into account until the official announcement is not made. Tentative dates are just for the general reference. Once the official statement is out, we will update you here. Below table shows the tentative dates which the candidates have to consider until the official notification is out. Check KCET Exam date

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 kea.kar.nic.in.
  • 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 willing to fill the application form must make sure that they adhered to all the eligibility criteria laid down by the exam conducting body. Make sure that the information enter must be valid and correct. This will be checked at the time of document verification. Check all the general KCET 2020 eligibility criteria here:

Qualifying Exam10+2
Main Subjects
  • Physics and Mathematics as the main subject
  • English as a language subject
  • Candidates must have studied Chemistry/ Bio-Technology/ Computer Science/ Biology as an elective subject in class XII.
Qualifying Marks
  • 45% aggregate for general category
  • 40% aggregate for reserved category i.e SC, ST Category I and OBC (2A, 2B, 3A, and 3B)
Who are not eligible
  • The candidates who have passed the qualifying examination other than the universities
    listed in the notification at VTU Website are NOT eligible
  • Candidates who have passed from Karnataka State Open University are also NOT eligible.
Appearing statusIf candidates are 12th appearing in the year 2020, then they are eligible to apply. However, they won’t be allowed to take admission if they do not pass the qualifying examination with the required pass percentage of marks.

KCET Application Form 2020

The KCET application form 2020 will be available online and candidates have to fill and submit the form within the allotted time frame. According to the previous year’s trends, the KCET 2020 application form will release in the 1st week of February. The entire online application process will take place 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 print outs 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 afterwards.

Those who are filling the application form also have to pay the KCET 2020 application fee in an 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

After the successful completion of the KCET 2020 application form, Karnataka Examinations Authority will issue the KCET admit card 2020. Hall Ticket 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, the examiner will not allow the candidates to enter the examination hall and sit for the examination. To view and download the KCET admit card, candidates need 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. The exam pattern usually gives the candidates information about the number of questions, number of sections, the marking scheme etc.

Mode of examOffline i.e paper-based
Type of QuestionObjective Type Question
Exam Duration1 hr 20 minutes for each paper
No Of Subjects3
Name of the subjectsPhysics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Biology
Total No. Of Questions180
Marks distributionPhysics=60, Chemistry=60 and  Mathematics/Biology =60.
Language of the paperEnglish or Kannada
Marking Scheme1 mark for the correct answer and there is no negative marking

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 in two sessions and on the next day Physics and Chemistry subjects in two sessions as per the date and time notified.

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. 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. Candidates have to select the KCET exam cities as per their preference while filling the application form. 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. As per the preference and availability of seats, the authority allots the 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. Candidates can use the KCET 2020 answer key to estimate their score. The official answer key will be out by the 1st week of May 2020 after reviewing all the challenges sent by the candidates.


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 ballpoint pen only.

KCET Result 2020

KEA will declare The Karnataka Common Entrance Test Results 2020 in the 4th week of May 2020 in an online mode on its official site i.e. kea.kar.nic.in. Candidates can check their result along with the final answer key. All students have to enter their registration number to view their result and download the scorecard. The KCET 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 can check their merit list on the official website of KEA. The merit list will reflect the candidate’s performance in CET, NATA, NEET along with class 10+2 performance. Karnataka Examinations Authority will publish the list as per the 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 able to participate in the counselling rounds of KCET 2020. There are many factors which determine the KCET Cut Off 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 online counselling rounds, the exam conducting body allots the seats to the candidates as per their preference. In KCET 2020 counselling, Candidates will first have to participate in the online procedure and then report at the various reporting centres for document verification. After the document verification, students will get the verification slip after which they have to enter the choice of college and courses.

Seat Reservation

Reservation of a certain number of seats is there 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 fulfil 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 there 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

  • Reservation of 15% of the Government seats is in favour of rural candidates who have clear their 10 full academic years from 1st Standard to 10th Standard in educational institutions in the State of Karnataka other than a larger urban area, smaller urban area or transitional area

KCET Seat Reservation for Kannada Medium candidates

  • Reservation of 5% of the Government seats in favour of the Kannada medium candidates who have clear the 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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