What is KCET Exam?
Karnataka Common Entrance Test is a state-level common entrance test, conducted by the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA).

The entrance test is conducted to offer admission in various undergraduate courses in the colleges of Karnataka.

Candidates who are qualified in the KCET can take admissions in Medical, Dental, Ayurveda, Homoeopathy, Unani, Naturopathy & Yoga, Engineering, Technology, Architecture, Farm Science courses i.e. BSc (Agriculture), BSc (Sericulture), BSc (Horticulture), BSc (Forestry), BSc AgriBioTech, BHSc (Home Science), BTech (Agri Engg), BTech (Food Technology), BTech (Dairy Tech), BFSc (Fisheries), BTech (Food Science &Tech), BSc (Agri Marketing & Co-Op), BPharma, Pharma-D, and 2nd-year B.Pharma Lateral Entry course, in Government / University / Private Aided/ Private Un-Aided Professional Educational Institutions in the State of Karnataka.


The Karnataka Common Entrance Test has postponed. CET will now is conducted on August 28 & 29, 2021, and Kannada Language Test will be held on August 30, 2021.

KCET 2021 Highlights

Particulars Details
Exam Name Karnataka Common Entrance Test
Exam Frequency Once a year
Exam Mode Offline
Exam Duration Paper I and II: 1 hour 20 minutes


KCET Eligibility Criteria

To apply for KCET 2021, candidates must fulfil the eligibility criteria. The application form of non-eligible candidates shall be liable for rejection. KCET eligibility criteria varies differs from course to course. Look over the eligibility criteria below:

Courses Eligibility Criteria
BArch Candidates should be a pass in 2nd PUC / Class 12 / equivalent exam with English as one of the Languages and secured 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and 50% marks in aggregate at 2nd PUC / Class 12 / equivalent exam in all the subjects (45% for reserved category)
BE/BTech Candidates should be a pass in 2nd PUC / Class 12 / equivalent exam with English as one of the Languages and obtained a minimum of 45% marks in aggregate in Physics and Mathematics along with Chemistry / Bio-Technology / Biology / Electronics / Computer (40% for reserved category)
Farm Science courses means, BSc (Hons) Agriculture, BSc (Hons) Sericulture, BSc (Hons) Horticulture, BSc (Hons) Forestry, BTech Biotechnology, BSc (Hons) Community Science, BTech (Agril. Engg), BTech (Food Technology), BTech (Dairy Technology), BSc (Fisheries), BSc (Hons) Ag. Maco. Candidates should have passed 2nd PUC / Class 12 / equivalent exam with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology as optional subjects.
Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry (BVSc & AH) Candidates should be a pass in 2nd PUC / Class 12 and obtained minimum of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English subjects (40% for reserved category).
BPharma Passed in 2nd PUC / Class 12 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and obtained minimum 45% marks in aggregate in Physics, Chemistry, Biology subjects. (40% for reserved category candidates) or

Passed in Diploma in Pharmacy from an institution approved by the Pharmacy Council of India Under Section 12 of the Pharmacy Act and has secured minimum of 45% marks. (40% for reserved category candidates)

2nd Year BPharma Candidates should have passed Diploma in Pharmacy examination from an institution approved by the Pharmacy Council of India Under Section 12 of the Pharmacy Act and has secured a minimum of 45% marks. (40% for reserved category candidates)
DPharma Candidates should be pass in 2nd PUC / Class 12 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics OR


Passed in Diploma in Pharmacy examination from an institution approved by the Pharmacy Council of India Under Section 12 of the Pharmacy Act.

Naturopathy & Yoga Candidates should have passed the qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as optional subjects and English as one of the languages of study and obtained an aggregate minimum of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology subjects in the qualifying examination is eligible for admission to Naturopathy & Yoga courses (40% for reserved category candidates).

KCET Seat Reservation Rules

Reserved category candidates can check the seat reservation rules of KCET 2021 in the table below.

Particulars Required Qualification
Reservation for Reserved Category Candidates Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes of citizens under categories 1, 2A, 2B, 3A and 3B have to produce “Caste Certificate / Caste Income Certificate” issued by the concerned Jurisdictional Tahasildar
Reservation for Rural Candidates 15% of the Government seats will be reserved for rural candidates who have studied for ten full academic years from Class 1 to Class 10 in educational institutions situated in places in the State of Karnataka other than larger urban area, smaller urban area or transitional area
Reservation for Kannada Medium Candidates 5% of the Government seats will be reserved for the Kannada medium candidates who have studied ten full academic years in Kannada medium from Class 1 to Class 10
Reservation for Ward of J&K Migrants Reservation will be given to the son / daughter of Jammu & Kashmiri migrants, who satisfy the eligibility condition and produce all the required documents at the time of document verification
Reservation of seats for Article 371 (J) Hyderabad Karnataka
  • 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

KCET 2021 Application Form

The application form will be accessible online so that eligible candidates can apply. Candidates desiring to compete in the exam should fill KCET application form 2021 on or before the last date. The concerned authority will accept the application form of eligible candidates only. The application procedure encompasses various stages like registration, filling the application form, uploading photo & signaature, fee payment and final submission. After that, KEA will provide the opportunity to make correction in the application form. KCET 2021 application correction window will allow candidates to modify details in the application form.

KCET 2021 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern imparts details like total questions, marking scheme, exam duration, etc. Candidates must check KCET 2021 exam pattern so that they can draw up their preparation strategy in a better way. 

Sections Questions Marks
Physics 60 60
Chemistry 60 60
Mathematics/Biology 60 60
Kannada (in case) 50 50

KCET 2021 Syllabus

To ace KCET 2021, the knowlege of the complete syllabus is a must. KCET 2021 syllabus elucidates Physics, Chemistry, Maths/Biology content which is important from an exam point of view. A better understanding of the syllabus and exam pattern helps in devising a clear road map to crack the exam.  The syllabus helps in keeping the exam preparation on track. KCET Physics, Chemistry, Maths/Biology syllabus has the standard of first and second PUC (Class 11 & 12) syllabus as specified by the Department of Pre-University Education of Karnataka State.

KCET 2021 Syllabus: Physics (First PUC)

Check the latest KCET physics syllabus below.

KCET 2021 Physics Syllabus (Revised)
Chapters Deleted Portion
Physical World Physics- Scope and excitement
Physics- Technology and society
Nature of physical laws
Units and Measurement NIL
Motion in a straight line Frame of reference: Position-time graph, speed and velocity
Motion in a plane NIL
Laws of Motion Intuitive concept of forces
Newton first law of motion; momentum
Newton second law of motion; impulse
Newton third law of motion
Work, Power, Energy NIL
System of particles and rotational motion Statement of parallel and perpendicular axes theorem and their applications
Gravitation Kepler’s law of planetary motion
Acceleration due to gravity
Mechanical properties of solid Elastic behavior
Shear modulus of rigidity
Poisson’s ratio
Elastic energy
Mechanical properties of fluid NIL
Thermal properties of matter Heat and temperature
Heat transfer
Thermodynamics Heat engine
Kinetic Theory NIL
Oscillation NIL
Waves Doppler effect

KCET Revised Syllabus 2021: Chemistry (PUC I)

The new syllabus of KCET 2021 for chemistry can be seen below.

KCET 2021 Chemistry Syllabus
Chapters Deleted Portion
Some basic concepts of chemistry Nature of matter
Laws of chemical combination
Dalton’s atomic theory
Structure of atom Discovery of subatomic particles
Atomic models
Classification of elements and periodicity properties Significance of classification, brief history of development of periodic table
Chemical bonding and molecular structure NIL
States of matter Liquefaction of gases
Critical temperature
Kinetic energy and molecular speed
Liquid state-vapour pressure
Viscosity and Surface tension (qualitative idea only , no mathematical derivations)
Thermodynamics Heat capacity and specific heat capacity
Criteria for equilibrium
Equilibrium Hydrolysis of salts (elementary idea)
Henderson equation
Redox reaction Applications of redox reaction
Hydrogen Preparation, properties and uses of hydrogen, hydrogen peroxide preparation, and structure and uses
S-Block Elements Preparation and properties of some important compounds: Sodium carbonate, Sodium chloride, Sodium hydroxide, Sodium hydrogen carbonate.
Biological importance of Sodium and Potassium.
Calcium oxide and calcium carbonate and their industrial uses
Biological importance of Magnesium and Calcium
P-Block Elements Some important compounds: Borax, Boric acid, Hydrides
Aluminium reactions with acids and alkalies and uses
Carbon, Silicon and their uses
Organic Chemistry – Some basic principles and techniques Methods of purification, qualitative and quantitative analysis
Hydrocarbons Free radical mechanism of halogenation, combustion and pyrolysis
Environmental Chemistry Entire unit deleted

KCET 2021 New Syllabus: Mathematics (1st PUC)

Check KCET 2021 revised syllabus for Mathematics in the table below.

KCET Syllabus 2021 (Mathematics)
Chapters Deleted Portion
Sets Difference of sets
Complement and properties of sets
Relation and Functions RxRxR
Sum, Difference, Product and Quotients of functions
Trigonometric functions General solution of trigonometric equations of type: sin y = sin a, cos y = cos a and tan y = tan a
Principal of Mathematical Induction NIL
Complex numbers and Quadratic equation Polar representation of complex numbers.
Square root of a complex number
Linear inequalities NIL
Permutation and Combination Derivation of formula for nPr and nCr
Binomial Theorem Entire chapter is deleted
Sequence and series Formulae for special sums
Straight lines Shifting of origin, Equation of family of lines passing through the point of intersection of two lines
Conic sections Entire chapter is deleted
Introduction to 3-D geometry NIL
Limits and Derivatives NIL
Mathematics reasoning Entire chapter is deleted
Statistics Analysis of frequency distribution with equal means but different variance
Probability Axiomatic probability, connection with other theories of earlier classes

KCET 2021 Latest Syllabus: Biology (PUC I)

Look over the KCET syllabus 2021 for Biology in this section.

KCET 2021 Biology Syllabus
Chapters Deleted Portion
The living world Taxonomy and systematics
Tools to study taxonomy
Biological classification NIL
Plant Kingdom Angiosperm – classification upto class, characteristics features and examples
Animal Kingdom NIL
Morphology of flowering plants


Morphology and modification, Morphology of different parts of flowering plants – root, stem, leaf, fruit and seed
Description of families – Fabaceae
Anatomy of flowering plants Anatomy and functions of different tissues and tissues systems in dicots and monocots secondary growth
Structural organization in animals Morphology, Anatomy and functions of different system of an insect
Cell – The unit of life NIL
Bio molecules
Cell cycle and Cell divison
Transport in Plants Movement of water, gases and nutrients; cell to cell transport; diffusion, facilitated diffusion, active transport, plan-water relation, imbibition, water potential, osmosis, plasmolysis, long distance transport of water, transport of food
Mineral nutrition Essential minerals, macro and micro nutrients and their role, deficiency symptoms, mineral toxicity, elementary idea of hydroponics as a method of study mineral nutrition, nitrogen metabolism, nitrogen cycle, biological nitrogen fixation.
Photosynthesis in higher plants NIL
Respiration in plants NIL
Plant – Growth and Development Seed germination, phases of plant growth and plant growth rate, conditions of growth, differentiation, differentiation and redifferentiation, sequence of developmental processes in a plant cell, Seed dormancy, vernalisation, photoperiodism
Digestion and Absorption Alimentary canal and digestive glands, role of digestive enzymes and gastrointestinal hormones, Peristalsis, Digestion, Absorption and assimilation of proteins, Carbohydrates and fats, Calorific value of proteins, Carbohydrates and Fats, Egestion, Nutritional and digestive disorders – PEM indigestion, constipation, vomiting, jaundice, diarrohea
Breathing and exchange of gases NIL
Body fluids and circulation NIL
Excretory products and their elimination NIL
Locomotion and movement Types of movement, ciliary flagellar, muscular, Skeletal system and its function joints, disorder of muscular and skeletal system, myasthenia gravis, tetany, muscular dystrophy, arthritis, osteoporosis, gout
Neural control and coordination NIL
Chemical coordination and integration Reflex actions, Sensory perception, Sense organs, Elementary structure and functions of eye and ear