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KCET 2018

Last Updated - July 19, 2017

KCET (Karnataka Common Entrance Test) is conducted for admission to various courses in different streams such as Engineering, Pharmacy, Ayurveda etc. KEA (Karnataka Examinations Authority) conducts KCET and the exam is scheduled for May 05 and 06, 2018 (tentative).

  • Candidates can apply for the exam online on the official site i.e, KCET 2018 Application Form will be available from the month of January 2018.
  • NEET score will be used for admission to MBBS/BDS programs while admission to Architecture courses will be managed through NATA.
  • For admission to various undergraduate courses offered through KCET, candidates must have completed 10+2 or second year Pre-University or any other equivalent examination.
  • Seat reservation across different courses will be applicable as per the prevailing norms of Government of Karnataka.
  • KCET 2018 Admit Card will be available on the official site for downloading from the 3rd week of March 2018.
  • KCET 2018 Result is also expected to be announced in the month of May 2018.
  • Candidates shortlisted on the basis of merit in each category will be called for KCET 2018 Counselling in the month of June 2018.

KCET 2018 will be conducted in offline mode. There will be 4 papers in total in KCET - Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics. Horanadu and Gadinadu Kannadiga candidates are also required to appear for a Kannada Language test separately.

KCET 2018 Exam Highlights

Exam Highlights
Exam NameKarnataka Common Entrance Test
Conducting BodyKarnataka Examinations Authority
Exam TypeState Level Entrance Exam
PurposeMedical, Dental, Indian Systems of Medicine & Homoeopathy, Engineering / Technology & Architecture courses, Farm Science, B-Pharm, Pharm-D courses.
Duration of Exam3 Hours 30 Minutes
Exam DateFirst week of May 2018
Eligibility CriteriaMinimum of 50% marks required in PCB for Medical and 45% in PCM for B.Tech courses
Minimum of 45% marks required in all subjects for other courses
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Number of AttemptsTill the age of 24
Language MediumEnglish

KCET 2018 Important Dates

Candidates can check below the tentative schedule of important events for KCET 2018. KEA will notify the important dates for KCET 2018 in the month of January – 2018. KCET Counselling Procedure for various courses is expected to start from the month of June.

KCET 2018 Notification Released2nd week of January 2018
Commencement of KCET 2018 Registration2nd week of January 2018
Last date to fill application form1st week of March 2018
Last date for fee payment4th week of February 2018
KCET 2018 Admit Card3rd week of April 2018
KCET 2018 Exam date1st week of May 2018
Declaration of resultLast week of May 2018
Counselling Process2nd week of June 2018

KCET 2018 Eligibility Criteria

KCET eligibility criteria will vary according to the courses candidates will apply for. The basic eligibility criteria for admission to various courses is mentioned below.

For Engineering/ Architecture Programmes

  • Candidate should have completed 12th standard, 2nd Year Pre-University or equivalent exam with Mathematics and Physics as compulsory subjects and also English as a language subject.
  • They must have secured 45% marks in Physics & Mathematics along with any one of the following subjects Chemistry/Bio-Technology/Biology/Electronics/Computer for General candidates and 40% marks for SC/ ST candidates.
  • Candidates appearing in 10+2 final exam or equivalent are also eligible to apply.

For Science/ Pharmacy Programmes

  • Candidates should have completed 12th, 2nd year Pre-University or equivalent exam with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Mathematics and English as a language subject.
  • They must have obtained 50% marks in PCB group for general categories and 40% marks for reserved categories.
  • Candidates appearing on their final year examination are eligible to apply.

KCET 2018 Application Form

KCET 2018 Application Form will be released online at in the 2nd week of January 2018. The stepwise instructions to apply for KCET 2018 are mentioned below. There are namely 4 steps in filling the KCET Application Form – registration, uploading scanned images, fee payment and take printout of application form & obtain seal and signature of Principal for document verification.

  • KCET 2018 online form will be available on the official website of KEA.
  • No other mode will be applicable to get the KCET application form.
  • Candidates can fill the application form till the 1st week of March 2018.
  • Candidates need to upload their scanned photograph, left hand thumb impression and signature in jpeg/ jpg/ png format.
  • The size of the photograph, signature & left hand thumb impression should be in between 5 KB and less than 40 KB.
  • Candidates must read the instruction carefully, before filling the application form.
  • Take the printout of the filled application form for its future reference.

Application Fee

Candidates from General and OBC category have to pay INR 650/- as application fee while SC/ ST/PwD candidates need to pay INR 500/-. The fee payment will be made through offline mode only i.e. bank challan. Candidates who are residing out of Karnataka should remit INR 750/- as application fee while those residing outside India have to remit INR 5000/-. For residents outside India, fee has to be remitted via Demand Draft drawn in favour of Executive Director, Karnataka Examinations Authority, payable at Bangalore

KCET 2018 Admit Card

Candidates who have successfully register for the exam can download their admit card from the official website of the authority. The KEA will release the Admit Card in the month of April 2018. Admit card will comprise the important details about the exam such as name & roll number, examination center, exam date & timing etc. Without a valid admit card, no candidate will be allowed in the examination hall.

How to download KCET admit card?

Check the following steps to download the admit card as mentioned below:

  1. Visit the official website of KEA
  2. Click on the admit card link
  3. Enter the roll number and date of birth to get the admit card
  4. Click on download button and take multiple copies for its further use.

KCET 2018 Exam Centers

In total, 54 exam cities are allotted by Karnataka Exam Authority (KEA) in 2017. Candidates who are seeking eligibility under Horanadu and Gadinadu Kannadiga clauses should appear for CET 2018 in a test center, located at Bangalore only. Candidates should select the test center located in the same district from where they have qualified the 12th standard or equivalent examination.

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KCET 2018 Exam Pattern

KCET 2018 will be conducted in offline mode i.e. pen and paper based test. All the questions will be objective in nature. Each section will have in total 60 questions. Candidates will be required to use only blue or black ball point pen to mark their answers.  For every correct response, 1 mark will be awarded. There will be no negative marking for incorrect response.

SubjectsNo. of QuestionsMax. Marks

All the questions will be in Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) format. The total duration of KCET is 3 hours and 30 minutes. KCET 2018 would be conducted in English medium only. There will be a Kannada language test also for Horanadu and Gadinadu Kannadiga candidates only.

KCET 2018 Answer Key

KEA will release KCET 2018 answer key for each subject of Karnataka CET within a few days of the conduct of exam. Candidates can check answer key to analyze their marks as per their responses marked in KCET 2018. KCET 2018 answer key is helpful as it contains correct response for each objective type question of KCET 2018. Candidates can analyze and file objections on wrong questions within stipulated time as mentioned by the exam conducting authority.

The answer key will be liable for challenge. Candidates will be given a period of 3 days to challenge it. Fee can be charged against the challenge of answer key as per the discretion of the authorities. KEA releases final answer keys after accepting challenges against the answer keys (if any) by candidates.

KCET 2018 Results

KCET 2018 Result will be announced by the KEA in the last week of May - 2018. Candidates can check their results on the official website. They are required to enter their registration number to check the results. Keep a print copy of the result & score card and preserve it till the admission procedure is not over. The authority will also release the KCET 2018 Cutoff after the declaration of result. The Counselling process is expected to start within 15 days of declaration of the result.

KCET 2018 Counselling Process

KCET 2018 Counselling for various courses is expected to start from the 2nd week of June 2018. The shortlisted candidates will be called for the counselling on the basis of their rank in the merit list.

Counselling will involve online registration, document verification, online options entry, seat allotment, fee payment and downloading admission acknowledgement. The documents will be verified as per the pre-notified schedule published by KEA. So, they have to report individually in the counselling. The allotment of seats will depend on several factors such as total marks in the entrance examination, seat availability & filled choices.

Documents required at the time of counselling

All the candidates participating in the KCET Counselling are required carry the following documents for verification. Documents must carried in original along with attested photo copies.

  • 10th & 12th Mark sheet & Passing Certificate
  • Admit Card
  • Score card
  • Two passport size photographs
  • Category certificate
  • Printout of the filled Application Form

KCET 2018 Reservation Criteria

KCET 2018 Seat Reservation will be applicable for SC, ST, OBC candidates. Candidates of Karnataka Origin only, claiming eligibility for Govt. seats will be eligible to claim reservation under the following categories: NCC, Sports, Scouts and Guides, Defence, Ex-defence, PWD, Central Armed Police Force; Ex-Central Armed Police Force. 

The candidates who belong to Ex-Central Armed Poilce will be alloted seats according to merit only. Provision of Reservation for candidates of Hyderabad is also there in the norms of KCET 2017. The candidates belonging to districts of Bidar, Gulbarga, Yadgir, Raichur, Koppal and Bellary shall be regarded as the local area.



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