KEA CET 2021 Exam (Applications Open) – Dates, Eligibility, Fees, Syllabus

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Karnataka Common Entrance Test 2021

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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 15, 2021): KEA CET 2021 registrations are open now, check KCET 2021 Application Procedure.

UPDATE (May 12, 2021): KEA CET 2021 exam revised schedule has been announced, exam to be conducted from August 28, 2021 to August 29, 2021. Read KEA-CET Exam Schedule.

UPDATE (Feb 25, 2021): KEA CET 2021 exam syllabus announced, read KEA-CET Exam Syllabus.

What’s New in KCET 2021?

  • Candidates who pass the 2nd PU/ 12th std examination with PCM or with required optional subjects, will be considered as eligible for admission to Engineering.
  • Ranks will be assigned on the basis of the marks obtained PCM or PCB subjects in CET examination only.

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Previous Updates

  • UPDATE (May 12, 2021): KEA CET 2021 exam has been postponed, read KEA-CET 2021 Exam Postponed.
  • UPDATE (Feb 22, 2021): KEA CET 2021 Notification to be released soon, Subscribe to get notified on Mobile for free.

Applications Open

Chandigarh University (Scholarships Available)

SRMIST Ramapuram (New)

GD Goenka University (New)

Lovely Professional University (Scholarships Available)



  • 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


July 7, 2021 August 28, 202110:30 am – 11:50 amBiology
2:30 pm – 3:50 pmMathematics
July 8, 2021 August 29, 202110:30 am – 11:50 pmPhysics
2:30 pm -3:50 pmChemistry
July 9, 2021 August 30, 202111:30 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

Applications Open

Chandigarh University (Scholarships Available)

SRMIST Ramapuram (New)

GD Goenka University (New)

Lovely Professional University (Scholarships Available)


The entrance test will be based on the First and Second PUC syllabi prescribed by the Department of Pre-University Education of Karnataka State. The prescribed PUC syllabus for 2021 can be checked below.

Past Question Papers

See previous years’ Question Papers and Answers here.


KEA CET 2021 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 2021 examination will begin from June 15, 2021.
  • The last date to apply is July 10, 2021 (upo 5.30 PM) while the last date to pay the application fee is July 13, 2021.
  • 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 during July 19 – July 22, 2021.

Hall Ticket / Admit Card

  • The Online Test Admission Ticket (Online TAT) can be downloaded from the KEA CET website after August 13, 2021.
  • 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.

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.
  • For the academic year 2021-22, the merit list will be prepared based on the marks obtained in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics subjects in CET.
  • 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 submissionJune 15, 2021
Last date for online form submissionJuly 10, 2021
Last date to pay the application fee onlineJuly 13, 2021
Application Correction window opensJuly 19, 2021
Application Correction window closesJuly 22, 2021
Downloading Admission TicketAugust 13, 2021
Karnataka CET Exam dateJuly 7 – July 8, 2021 August 28 – August 29, 2021
Kannada Language TestJuly 9, 2021 August 30, 2021

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]


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