KEA CET 2023 Exam – Application, Dates, Eligibility, Fees, Syllabus

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The Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) is conducted by the Karnataka Examinations Authority to determine the eligibility/merit, for admission of Karnataka candidates and the ward/s of Jammu and Kashmiri migrants to the First year or First semester of full-time courses for Government share of seats in Engineering, Technology, Architecture and other courses in Government / University / Private Aided / Private Un-Aided Professional Educational Institutions in the State of Karnataka.

Exam NameKarnataka Common Entrance Test
Also Known AsKCET
Exam CategoryUndergraduate
Exam LevelState
Exam ModeOffline (Pen-Paper based test)
Conducted byKarnataka Examinations Authority

UPDATE (June 16, 2023): KEA CET 2023 Final Answer Keys are now available, read KEA CET Official Answer Keys.

UPDATE (June 15, 2023): KEA CET 2023 Result has been announced, read KEA CET Result.

UPDATE (May 26, 2023): KEA CET 2023 Official Answer Keys are now available, read KEA CET Official Answer Keys.

UPDATE (May 10, 2023): Application form for KEA CET 2023 has been reopened, check KCET 2023 Application Procedure.

UPDATE (May 8, 2023): KEA CET 2023 Hall Ticket has been released, read KEA CET Hall Ticket.

UPDATE (Apr 24, 2023): Last date to apply for KEA CET 2023 has been extended, check KEA CET 2023: Last Date Extended.

UPDATE (Apr 12, 2023): KEA CET 2023 form correction facility is available now, check KCET 2023 Application Correction.

UPDATE (Mar 2, 2023): KEA CET 2023 registrations are open now, check KCET 2023 Application Procedure.

UPDATE (Feb 25, 2023): KEA CET 2023 exam schedule has been announced, read KEA-CET Exam Schedule.

UPDATE (Jan 19, 2023): Applications for KEA CET to open soon, Subscribe to receive all updates on your mobile for free.

KCET 2023: Check Eligibility | Check Fees



  • The exam will be an offline pen-paper based test that will be held on 2 days in 4 different sessions for four subjects.
  • There will be 4 subject papers (Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry) of objective (MCQ) type questions.
  • Each subject paper carries 60 questions and has a duration of 80 minutes.
  • All the questions will be Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) i.e. each question will have four choices, only one being the correct choice.
  • Candidates will be awarded 1 mark for each correct answer.
  • There will be no negative marking.
  • A Kannada Language Test of 60 minutes duration carrying 50 marks will be conducted for Horanadu And Gadinadu Kannadiga candidates.
  • Merit rank for Engineering will be determined by taking marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics subjects in CET.

The no. of questions in each part is as follows:

SectionNo. of QuestionsMarks


May 20, 202310:30 am – 11:50 amBiology
2:30 pm – 3:50 pmMathematics
May 21, 202310:30 am – 11:50 pmPhysics
2:30 pm -3:50 pmChemistry
May 22, 202311:30 am – 12:30 pmKannada Language Test


Eligibility Clauses

Previous Admission through KEA

  • A candidate who had obtained a seat in any discipline through KEA (CET Cell) in any of the previous years and not surrendered the seat before the last date fixed for entry of options for the final round of seat allotment for the respective disciplines will not be eligible for allotment of a seat to the same discipline in this year.

Eligibility for Engineering courses

Marks in Qualifying Examination

  • Minimum aggregate of 45% marks (40% for SC, ST, Cat-1, 2A, 2B, 3A and 3B category candidates) in Physics and Mathematics along with Chemistry/ Bio-Technology/ Biology/ Electronics/ Computer.
  • Should have passed 2nd PUC / 12th Std / Equivalent Exam with English as one of the Languages.
  • Physics and Mathematics are compulsory subjects along with Chemistry or Bio-Technology or Biology or any other technical vocational courses as one of the optional subjects.

Eligibility for Architecture courses


The entrance test will be based on the First and Second PUC syllabi prescribed by the Department of Pre-University Education of Karnataka State.

Past Question Papers

See previous years’ Question Papers and Answers here.


KEA CET 2023 Application Fee is as follows:

A) Candidates of Karnataka origin
General, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B Category candidates₹500
SC, ST, Cat-1 Category candidates₹250
Female candidates₹250
B) PU/12th Studied in State Other Than Karnataka
All Candidates₹750
C) Candidates residing outside India
All Candidates₹5,000


  • The registrations for KEA CET 2023 examination will begin from March 2, 2023.
  • The last date to apply is April 5, 2023 April 9, 2023; Phase II: April 25, 2023; Phase III: May 13, 2023 (11 AM) while the last date to pay the application fee is April 7, 2023 April 10, 2023; Phase II: April 25, 2023; Phase III: May 13, 2023 (6 PM).
  • NEW: Check detailed steps for filling the Application Form here.

Application Procedure

NEW: Check detailed steps for filling the Application Form here.

  1. Candidates need to visit the KEA CET website and fill the prescribed application form.
  2. Upload scanned images of photograph, candidate signature, candidate left-hand thumb impression, and parent signature.
  3. Pay the application fee online.
  4. Save the application summary page for future reference.

Application Correction

  • Candidates will be provided a facility to make corrections in their application form particulars.
  • It is a one-time facility and is extended to the candidates to avoid any hardship to them.
  • The correction window will be open as per schedule.

Hall Ticket / Admit Card

  • The Online Test Admission Ticket (Online TAT) can be downloaded from the KEA CET website after it’s announced.
  • Candidates are required to produce the Test Admission Ticket at the examination centre.
  • The Test Admission Ticket is an important document and it must be preserved and produced at the time of Counseling/Admission.

Test Centres

Test Cities

  • Athani
  • Bagalkot
  • Ballari (Bellary)
  • Basavakalyan
  • Belagavi (Belgaum)
  • Bengaluru (Bangalore)
  • Bhadravathi
  • Bhalki
  • Bidar
  • Chamarajanagar
  • Channapatna
  • Chickaballapur
  • Chickodi
  • Chikkamagaluru (Chickamagalur)
  • Chitradurga
  • Dandeli
  • Davangere
  • Dharwad
  • Doddaballapur
  • Gadag
  • Gokak
  • Hassan
  • Haveri
  • Hosapete (Hospet)
  • Hubballi (Hubli)
  • Jamakhandi
  • K G F
  • Kalaburgi (Gulbarga)
  • Karkala
  • Karwar
  • Kolar
  • Kollegal
  • Koppal
  • Krishnarajapet
  • Kumta
  • Kundapura
  • Madikeri
  • Mandya
  • Mangaluru (Mangalore)
  • Moodabidre
  • Mysuru (Mysore)
  • Puttur
  • Raichur
  • Ramanagara
  • Sagar
  • Shivamogga (Shimoga)
  • Sira
  • Sirsi
  • Tiptur
  • Tumakuru (Tumkur)
  • Udupi
  • Ujire
  • Vijayapura (Bijapur)
  • Yadgir


  • Candidates who have passed or are appearing for the Qualifying Examination within Karnataka should write the CET in a test centre assigned by the KEA within the district in which the candidate has studied the 12th standard.
  • The Kannada Language test will be conducted at Bidar, Belagavi, Ballary, Bijapura, Mangalore, Bengaluru Centres only.

Answer Keys

  • The answer keys of KEA CET will be made available on the KEA CET website.
  • If anyone is unsatisfied with an answer, the candidate/ parent/ lecturer can file an objection addressed to the “Executive Director, Karnataka Examinations Authority, Bangalore” on or before the prescribed date either in person or through Speed Post, OR email at [email protected], along with all supporting documents/justification.
  • The decision of the Expert Committee will be final.

Result / Rank List

For Engineering courses

  • A merit list will be prepared by taking marks in equal proportions in the Qualifying Examination (10+2) and CET in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics subjects.
  • There are no minimum marks prescribed in CET.

For Architecture courses

Admission Procedure

  • The admission will be purely on the basis of the rank in KEA-CET.
  • Candidates can select the college/branch of their choice at the time of counselling based on their rank.

Important Information

Candidates are neither required to send any certificates/documents in support of their claim in the online application nor printout of their Application Form (Final Printout) to KEA.

Important Dates

Commencement of online form submissionMarch 2, 2023
Last date for online form submissionApril 5, 2023 April 9, 2023;
Phase II: April 25, 2023;
Phase III: May 13, 2023
Last date to pay the application fee onlineApril 7, 2023 April 10, 2023;
Phase II: April 25, 2023;
Phase III: May 13, 2023
Application Correction window opensApril 12, 2023
Application Correction window closesApril 15, 2023
Downloading Admission TicketMay 5, 2023
Karnataka CET Exam dateMay 20 – May 21, 2023
Kannada Language TestMay 22, 2023
Publication of Provisional Answer KeysMay 26, 2023
Answer Keys Objection windowMay 26 – May 30, 2023
CET Result DeclarationJune 15, 2023

Contact Information

Candidates can contact KEA through written communication, phone, or email.

KEA Contact Information
AddressKarnataka Examinations Authority,
18th Cross, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram,
Bangalore-560012, Karnataka (India)
Email[email protected]