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Karnataka PGCET 2019 Exam Dates, Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern

Updated On - October 11th 2018 by KRITIKA GUPTA

Karnataka PGCET 2019 is organized by Karnataka Examination Authority. It is a state level entrance examination conducted for admission to 1st-year full time/part time MBA/MCA/M.Arch/M.Tech/ME and 2nd year (lateral entry) of MCA program. GATE qualifiers are exempted from the exam but are required to fill in the admission form. Nearly 20000 candidates appeared for the exam to grab a seat in any one of the 178 participating colleges. 

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  • PGCET application form 2019 will be started from the third week of May 2019. Karnataka PGCET 2019 is scheduled to be held on July 14 and 15 in offline mode.
  • Candidates of Karnataka and non-Karnataka (for seats surrendered by the management for (MBA/MCA) both can apply.
  • PGCET hall ticket can be accessed from the fourth week of June 2019.
  • Karnataka PGCET Result 2019 will be published by the authority in the third week of August 2019.
  • PGCET Counselling 2019 will be started from the first week of September 2019

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  • The exam will be conducted across 12 centers by the authority.
  • KEA also provides Scholarship to GATE Qualified Candidates
  • Those who qualify the exam will make it to the merit list.
  • Qualified candidates have to attend Karnataka PGCET Counselling along with the required documents.  

Highlights of Karnataka PGECET 2019

Exam NameKarnataka Post Graduate Common Entrance Test (PGCET)
Conducting BodyKarnataka Examination Authority (KEA)
Type of ExamState Level
Exam CategoryPG Exam
Mode of ExamOffline
Medium of ExamEnglish
Official Website 
Duration of Exam150 minutes
Courses OfferedMBA, MCA, M.Arch, M.E./M.Tech
Number of institutes registered178+

Karnataka PGCET 2019 Exam Calendar

The important dates of Karnataka PGCET 2019 events are as follows:

Release of Karnataka PGCET 2019 notificationMay 19, 2019
Availability of Karnataka PGCET 2019 Application FormMay 19 – June 10, 2019
Issue of Admit CardJune 20, 2019
Karnataka PGCET 2019 – ME/M.Tech/M.Arch | MCA & MBAJuly 15, 2019
Release of Answer KeyJuly 18, 2019
Declaration of Result Releasing shortly
Counselling SessionAugust – September 2019

Karnataka PGCET 2019 Eligibility

For MBA Full-time & Part-time

  • Full-time: Bachelor’s Degree of minimum 3 years (+) 50% marks (45% marks for SC/ ST/ Category-I of Karnataka candidates)
  • Part-time: Bachelor’s Degree of minimum 3 years (+) 50% marks (45% marks for SC/ ST/ Category-I of Karnataka candidates) (+) must have worked for not less than 3 years as on July 31, 2019
  • Reservation is applicable only for Karnataka candidates. 
  • Rounding off aggregate percent is not permitted.

For MCA Full-time & Lateral Entry to 2nd year MCA 

  • Full-time: Bachelor’s Degree with Math/ Stats/ Comp. Sci./ Comp. App./ Comp. Prog./ Business Math/ Business Stats (any one subject) (+) 50% marks (45% marks for SC/ ST/ Category-I of Karnataka candidates).
  • Lateral Entry: Bachelor’s Degree in BCA/ B.Sc(I.T./ Comp. Sci) (+) Math in 10+2/ Graduate level (+) 50% marks (45% marks for SC/ ST/ Category-I of Karnataka candidates)

For ME/ M.Tech./ M.Arch. Full-time & Part-time

  • Full-time: Valid GATE Score (OR) Bachelor’s Degree of minimum 3 years (+) 50% marks (45% marks for SC/ ST/ Category-I of Karnataka candidates)
  • Part-time: Bachelor’s Degree of minimum 3 years (+) 50% marks (45% marks for SC/ ST/ Category-I of Karnataka candidates) (+) must have worked for not less than 3 years as on July 31, 2019
  • Reservation is applicable only for Karnataka candidates.

Check detailedPGCET Eligibility

Karnataka PGCET Reservation

  • As per the reservation policy, only candidates of Karnataka origin are eligible to claim reservation. 
  • The categories that can claim reservation are SC, ST and Category-I of Karnataka candidates.
  • Candidates can also claim seats under Hyderabad-Karnataka region. For this, they should produce an eligibility certificate from the concerned Assistant Commissioner.
  • Reservation for Ex-Defence Special Category (Code- U): Ward of ex-servicemen should obtain a certificate showing the home address of the parent issued by the Joint Director / Deputy Director of the concerned district and countersigned by the Director, Department of Sainik Welfare and Resettlement, Bangalore. This reservation benefit is not applicable to M.E./M.Tech/M.Arch courses. 
  • Reservation for PwD candidates: 3% of total seats in Government and Government Aided colleges are reserved for candidates who have 40% or more disability.

Check detailedPGECET Reservation Policy

GATE Scholarship

  • Candidates must have a valid GATE score to avail GATE scholarship.
  • Applicants with valid scores, opting seats under Sponsored Quota, are not entitled to GATE stipend.
  • Reserved category candidates (SC/ST/OBC) with valid GATE Score claiming any other scholarship from Government of Karnataka/ India are not entitled to GATE Scholarship.
  • Valid GATE score holders opting for the seat under part-time M.E. / M.Tech Program are not entitled to GATE stipend.
  • The scores are valid for up to 3 years.
Note: Applications for GATE scholarship from AICTE will be processed by the respective colleges where the candidates take admission and KEA has no responsibility in getting GATE scholarship to them. If you have appeared for GATE during 2016 or 2017 or 2019 then write the GATE code, then write the marks obtained in the GATE exam and the GATE stream

Courses Offered via Karnataka PGCET

Karnataka PGCET offers admission to candidates in 1st year full-time/part-time MBA/MCA/ME/M.Tech/M.Arch courses and 2nd-year lateral entry admission to MCA course. 


  • Type-A (02.30 pm to 04.30 pm): Courses offered by VTU, UVCE, UBDTCE.
  • Type-B (10.30 am to 12.30 pm): Courses offered by Department of Post Graduate Studies and Research in Mathematics and Computer Science, Kuvempu University and Department of Studies in Computer Science, University of Mysore.
  • Full-time and part-time courses are offered.


  • Timings: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Admission to 1st Year / 1st Semester and for Lateral Entry 2nd Year / 3rd Semester. 
  • No part-time courses are offered for MCA.


  • Timings: 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm
  • Admission to 1st Year / 1st Semester for the full-time course and part-time course.

How to Apply for Karnataka PGCET 2019

Students will be able to fill Karnataka PGCET 2019 Application Form in online mode from the official website. The application form is available at from May 19, 2019. The process of applying for Karnataka PGCET includes following steps:

  • Registration: Provide name, email id, phone number, DON, gender for the Online Registration for Karnataka PGCET.
  • Filling Online Application Form: Fill in all the mandatory details such as Course applied for, Caste, Category, Details of Qualifying Examination, Program Type, Claim for Reservation and Communication details. 
  • Uploading of Documents: Upload Signature, Photograph and Left-hand thumb impression in JPEG format.
  • Declaration and Submission of Application Form
  • Payment of Application Fee: The fee has to be paid by generating challan. 
  • Printout of Filled Application Form: Take the printout for future correspondence.

Application fees for Karnataka PGCET 2019

The submission of the application form will be complete only after the successful submission of the application fee. The fees can be paid in offline mode by submitting the generated challan in the banks specified for the payment.

Fees for the general candidatesINR 650
Fees for SC/ST candidatesINR 500

Karnataka PGCET 2019 Admit Card

The admit card must be carefully preserved by the candidate as it will act as an entry ticket in the examination hall. Also, the admit card will be required at the time of counselling and admission process. Candidates will be able to download the admit card through online mode from the official website of the authority. Karnataka PGCET 2019 Admit Card made available on June 20, 2019.

The admit card will contain the personal details of the candidate such name, date of birth, category, gender along with exam center address, date, duration and time of exam. The steps to download the admit card for the examination is as follows:

  • The admit card will be available for candidate on the official website
  • Click on the ‘Download Karnataka PGCET admit card’.
  • Karnataka PGCET 2019 Admit Card will be displayed on the screen in PDF format.
  • Download it and take a printout of admit card for future assistance.
  • Candidates must preserve their admit card till the admission process not over.

Along with the Admission Ticket candidate has to carry any one valid Identity Card like College Identity Card, Bus Pass, Driving License, Passport, Aadhar Card, PAN Card, Voter ID. The candidate should not carry more than two / three ballpoint pens (blue/black) to the examination hall and also they should not carry a pencil with them to the examination hall.

Karnataka PGCET 2019 Exam Centers

  • Karnataka PGCET will be held in 12 centers across the state.
  • Candidates can choose the preferred centers and they will be allotted according to the seating space available.
  • The exam centers for Karnataka PGCET 2019 are as follows:-

Exam Centers

Karnataka PGCET Exam Pattern

The highlights of Exam Pattern for Karnataka PGCET 2019 are given below:

  • Mode of Examination: Offline (Pen and paper)
  • Duration: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
  • Sections: 2 – Part A and Part B 
  • Type of Questions: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
  • Total Number of Questions: 75
  • Subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics & Biology
  • Medium of exam: English Language
  • Marking scheme: +1 and +2  
  • Total Marks: 100
  • No negative marking.

The distribution of questions in the exam is represented below:

CoursesNumber of questionsMarks allotted
MBA100 (50 + 50)100
Part I6060
Part II2040
Part I5050
Part II2550

Karnataka PGCET 2019 Result

  • Karnataka PGCET 2019 Result will be announced on August 12, 2019.
  • Candidate will be able to access the result using their registration number to login to the result page.
  • The merit list will be prepared on the basis of the marks gained by the candidates in the exam.
  • A different merit list will be prepared and published for the entire offered program courses along with separate lists for different courses.
  • Candidates will be invited for the counselling process according to their ranks in the merit list.

Valid GATE score

GATE score of 2016, 2017 and 2019 will be valid for three years from the date of announcement of the result. If the GATE score is above the qualifying marks, candidate shall be eligible to apply for M.E. /M. Tech. courses. 

Karnataka PGCET 2019 Merit List

Candidates with qualifying marks according to the predefined qualified marks by the Karnataka Examinations Authority for PGCET 2019 examination will make it to the merit list. The merit list will not include marks of candidates as it is necessary for application process only.

  • The merit of the candidate will be determined separately for each course.
  • If the merit of two candidates is same, inter se merit shall be determined on the basis of the marks that candidates possess in the qualifying examination. One with higher marks will be given preference. If there are still any clashes, age will be considered and the candidate who is elder will be preferred.
  • For M.E./ M.Tech/ M.Arch courses, merit list will be prepared on the basis of GATE valid score for GATE qualified candidates. Selected candidates will be preferred on the basis of their employment in government organization/ public sector/ private organization.
  • All non-GATE candidates will have to appear for Karnataka PGCET 2019.

Karnataka PGCET 2019 Seat Allotment Process

The Seat Allotment Process will be carried out in 2 rounds and each round consists of 3 phases and each phase consists of number of iterations for admission to the courses offered by Karnataka PGCET. The Hyderabad-Karnataka reservation will also be considered for allotment of seats.

Karnataka PGCET Seat Allotment Flow Chart

For ME/M.Tech/M.Arch

  • The preference will be given to the GATE scorecard holders irrespective of the state reservation.
  • Candidates with eligible PGCET 2019 score will be allotted the remaining seats. Candidates from Karnataka will be given the preference with 90% reservation in seats.
  • Whereas the remaining candidates with domiciles outside the state of Karnataka will be allotted the left vacant 10% seats.


  • The general category and reserved category seats under Government seats under Government seats will be allotted to only those candidates who are eligible as Karnataka candidates.
  • The general category seats under Management seats will be allotted to both Karnataka and non-Karnataka candidates.

The 3 % seats according to the Government norms are reserved for the disabled and differently able candidates. A time period of three days will be given to candidates from the date of hosting the allotment details on the website in the first round to decide whether to take admission or not.

Documents Required 

The following list of documents is required to be carried at the time of Counselling/ Seat Allocation:

  • SSLC or class 10th standard or equivalent examination Mark Sheet
  • 2nd PUC or 12th standard or qualifying examination Mark Sheet
  • Study Certificate
  • Passing Degree Mark Sheet & Passing Certificate
  • Valid Caste Certificate
  • Income Certificate (If candidate claiming to Caste reservation)
  • Domicile Certificate
  • Physically Disabled Certificate (if Applicable)

Important Points Before, During and After the Exam

Preceding to Karnataka PGCET

  • Details entered in the online application will be considered final and no modifications can be made at later stages.
  • Before applying, candidates must assure that they meet the eligibility standards.
  • If the information provided in the form or uploaded documents are found false or incorrect at any stage, it will result in immediate candidature cancellation.

During Karnataka PGCET Exam

  • The examination schedule will be notified with the release of official notification.
  • Read the instructions printed on OMR answer sheet before answering.
  • Only Black and Blue ballpoint pen can be used to mark the answers.
  • After completion of exam, affix your Left-Hand Thumb Impression in the space provided on the bottom portion of OMR answer sheet.
  • Candidates can carry a replica of the filled OMR answer sheet. The replica should be preserved for a period of one year.

After Karnataka PGCET Exam

  • The answer keys will be published within three days after the completion of exam at
  • Candidates can raise objections within a stipulated time.
  • The authorities will consider the objections only if they are accompanied with supporting documents and justifications.
  • The merit list will be prepared separately for all the programs solely on the basis of marks obtained in the Post Graduate Common Entrance Test.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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sa suvarna

I am the only one not able to open "2nd round option entry link" ??...plz do ans immediately because last date is on 4th oct

02 Oct, 2018 11:40
Mallikarjun Desai

My overall six semester aggregate is 58%...In that 1 sem is below 50%...=49%...May I eligible for pgcet under general quata

04 Sep, 2018 17:32
Akansha Expert

Hi Mallikarjun, A minimum aggregate of 50% marks taken together in all the subjects including languages in all the years of the Degree Examination is eligible for admission to MBA courses. For SC/ ST and Category-I of Karnataka, the aggregate of 45% marks in Qualifying exam is required.

04 Sep, 2018 17:53


01 Sep, 2018 16:40
Garima Bansal

Hi Kiran, To get list of participating colleges you may check this link:- Participating colleges.

03 Sep, 2018 12:53
poorna Acharya

Hello!! How can I check the merit list of PGCET for MCA? And, when will the counseling start for MCA lateral entry?

30 Aug, 2018 08:55
Akansha Expert

Hi Poorna, Please check the official website to get the relevant information i.e.

30 Aug, 2018 16:01
Ragaveena g

I got my pgcet score but ranking not displayed, can somebody help

19 Aug, 2018 11:21
Garima Bansal

Hi Ragaveena, You may check the official website to get information regarding to your query.

20 Aug, 2018 13:24
Punam Das

Hii M Punam from Assam, Can I apply for PGDM Course?

19 Jul, 2018 00:20
Garima Bansal

Hi Punam, Pgdm course is not come under this exam, It is a state level entrance examination conducted for admission to first-year full time/part time MBA/MCA/M.Arch/M.Tech/ME and second year (lateral entry) of MCA program.

19 Jul, 2018 11:16
Vivek Nambiar

hi. am vivek from kerala.. if i get a rank within 50 or 100 i get the merit seat??

02 Jun, 2018 22:05
Garima Bansal

Hi Vivek, To know whether you will get seat or not you can check the Merit List which will be published on the official website around the 4th week of June 2018.

12 Jun, 2018 12:08

Karnataka PGCET 2018 exam give me date

18 May, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Ravi, Karnataka PGCET 2018 Application Form will be available in the first week of July 2018. Candidates can fill the application form by visiting the official website- Interested candidates can apply till last week of July 2018.

18 May, 2018 12:44
Vivek Nambiar

Hi.... Am from Kerala... Am I able to apply for PGCET?

30 Mar, 2018 17:34
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Vivek, Please read the Eligibility Criteria of PGCET through this link: PGCET Eligibility Criteria

30 Mar, 2018 18:46
Vivek Nambiar

Thanks.... And is that necessary to write this exam to get admission in any college? Am planning to join BMS Bangalore..

30 Mar, 2018 19:00
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Vivek, I am giving you the admission details of BMS Bangalore please check the information through this link: BMS Admission Details.

30 Mar, 2018 19:12
shubhangi mishra

sir mai abh 4th sem me hu bca se toh mai form next yr fill kr skti hu 1 yr gap toh ni hga ...or mjhe mca k liye government college chaiye toh pgcet se qualify ho jaayega??

14 Feb, 2018 00:20
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Shubhangi, If you want to get admission in government colleges for MCA program then I am giving you the Cutoff list of PGCET please check this Cutoff List through this link: Cutoff List

14 Feb, 2018 12:58

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