KCET 2020 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme and Sample Papers

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    KCET 2020 Exam Pattern states the duration, number of questions, weightage, medium of the exam, etc. Exam will be conducted in Offline Mode for 2 days and will have 2 sessions on both days. A total of 60 questions will be asked in each paper respectively. Syllabus of KCET 2020 is based on 1st & 2nd year PUC, recommended by Department of Pre-University Education, Karnataka.

    • Every correct answer will carry 1 Mark and no negative marking will be there. 
    • PUC In Karnantak is equivalent to the 11th & 12th standard of other states. 
    • KCET 2020 is scheduled to take place on July 30 to 31, 2020. Candidates from Horanadu and Gadinadu Kannadiga will have to take Kannada Language Test.

    • Horanadu and Gadinadu Kannadiga candidates have to appear for Kannada language test on August 1, 2020.
    • Candidates will be given 80 minutes to solve each paper that includes 10 minutes needed to fill the details in OMR Sheet.

    Know How to Prepare for KCET 2020

    KCET 2020 Exam Pattern Highlights 

    Mode of KCET 2020Pen and Paper-based Test
    Duration of the exam80 Minutes for Each Paper
    Medium of the Question PaperIn English only
    Number of Questions60 MCQs in Each Paper
    Marks for Each question1 Mark for Every Correct Response
    Negative MarkingNot Applicable

    Detailed KCET Exam Pattern

    KCET 2020 Detailed Exam Pattern

    KCET 2020 will be conducted in Pen and paper mode. All the questions will be MCQs type. Duration of exam for completing each paper will be 70 minutes and 10 minutes extra will be given to read and fill in the details in OMR Sheet. Paper will be conducted in a span of two days, Mathematics paper will be consucted on first day while Physics and Chemistry on the next day.

    Candidates can refer to the following table to get complete information about KCET 2020 Pattern:

    kcet exam pattern

    KCET 2020 Duration & Questions

    SubjectNo. of questionsDuration
    Mathematics6070 Minutes + 10 Minutes(To Fill the details in OMR Sheet)

    Kannada Language Test

    (Only in Bangalore)

    5060 Minutes
    Note: To get admission into architectural courses, candidates need to give the NATA entrance exam and for medical courses, NEET entrance exam.

    Details About Kannada Language Test

    Along with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics paper, Horanadu and Gadinadu Kannadiga have to appear for Kannada Language Test.

    • As per the previous years trends, the test is conducted at a basic level just to check the efficiency of candidates in Kannada language.
    • Candidates have to obtain a minimum of 12 marks out of 50 to clear the exam.
    • The Kannada language test will be conducted at Bangalore only. 

    Check Detailed  KCET 2020 Syllabus

    KCET Exam Schedule

    KCET 2020 Examination Schedule

    Common Entrance Test 2020 – Time Table

    July 30, 2020Thursday10:30 AM – 11:50 AMBiology60
    2:30 PM – 5:30 PMMathematics60
    July 31, 2020Friday10:30 AM – 11:50 AMPhysics60
    2:30 PM – 5:30 PMChemistry60

    Kannada Language Test Only in Bangalore

    August 1, 2020Saturday11:30 AM – 12:30 PMBoth for Horanadu and Gadinadu Kannadiga candidates50

    Marking Scheme in KCET

    KCET 2020 Marking Scheme

    • There will be 60 MCQs in each paper and all the questions will carry one mark each.
    • Candidates will get ONE mark for each correct response while no marks will be deducted for incorrect response.
    • Zero Mark for unattempted questions.
    • Candidates are advised not to mark more than 1 response for a question. Such responses will not be considered.
    Marks for each Correct Response1
    Negative MarkingNo Negative Marking

    Instructions for OMR Sheet

    Use Of Optical Response Sheet

    KCET 2020 is an offline paper i.e. OMR sheet will be given to candidates to mark their answer. Candidates should keep the following points in their minds while marking their answers on ORS Sheet.

    • Candidates will be given a two-page optical response sheet (ORS) to mark their answers. The two pages of the ORS will have the same layout.
    • The first page of the ORS is machine-readable. It is designed to leave impressions of the responses on the second page.
    • Applicants should not separate or disturb the alignment of the two pages of the OMR Sheet under any circumstances.
    • Candidates are required to mark answers to all the questions on the first page of the OMR Sheet by darkening the appropriate bubble.
    • Candidates should use the BLACK BALL POINT pen for darkening the bubbles.
    • Candidates need to apply adequate pressure to ensure that a proper impression is made on the second page of the ORS.
    • Instructions for darkening the bubbles will be printed on the question paper and candidates must strictly follow these instructions.
    • The second page of the ORS will be given to the candidates by the invigilator at the end of the examination.

    Download  KCET 2020 Practice Papers

    Sectional KCET Syllabus

    KCET Syllabus 2020

    KEA releases syllabus for all 4 subjects: Physics, CHemistry, Mathematics and Biology. Question paper revolves around first and second PUC as defined by Department of pre-University Education of Karnataka. 

    KCET Physics Syllabus

    1st Year PUC2nd Year PUC
    Physical World and EnvironmentElectrostatistics
    Laws of MotionCurrent Electricity
    Work, Energy and PowerMagnetic Effects of Current and Electricity
    GravitationElectromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current
    Properties of Bulk MatterOptics and Electromagnetic Waves
    ThermodynamicsDual Nature of Matter and Radiation
    Kinetic TheoryAtoms and Nuclie
    Oscillationas and wavesElectronic Devices

    KCET Chemistry Syllabus

    This sections demands mathematical calculations and chemical equations. Some important Topics incluse chemical kinematics, equillibrium, structure of atoms, block elements. 

    1st Year PUC2nd Year PUC
    Basic Concepts of ChemistrySolid State and Solutions
    Periodicity of ElementsElectrochemistry and Chemical Kinetics
    Chemical Bonding and Molecular StructureIsolation of Elements
    States of MatterD and F Block Elements
    Chemical ThermodynamicsCo-Ordination Compounds
    Equillibrium and Redox ReactionHaloalkanes and Haloarene
    S-Block and P-Block ElementsAlcohols, Phenols and Ether
    Organic Chemistry ad HydrocarbonsAldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acid
    Environmental ChemistryBiololeculed and Polymers

    KCET Mathematics Syllabus

    Following table mentions important topics of this section which hold weightage of more than 10%

    1st Year PUC2nd Year PUC
    Introduction to 3D GeometryInverse Trigonometric Functions
    Mathematical ReasoningMatrices
    StatisticsApplication of Integrals
    Principles of Mathematcal InductionLinear Programming
    Complex Numbers and Quadratic EquationsContinuity and Differentiability
    Linear InequalitiesDeterminants
    Permutationa and CombinationVector Algebra and 3D Geometry
    Binomial Theorem and SetsApplication of Derivatives

    KCET Biology Syllabus

    Below mentioned are important topics, for Biology section which need to be covered up for securing good marks. 

    1st Year PUC2nd Year PUC
    Neural Control and CoordinationHuman Reproduction
    Photosynthesis and Respiration in PlantsMicrobes in Human Welfare
    Cell Cycle and Cell DivisionOrganism and Population
    Body Fluids and CirculationEcosystem
    Morphology and Anatomy of Flowering PlantsEnvironmental Issues
    Locomotion and MovementEvolution
    Biological ClassificationBiodversity and Conservation

    Frequently Asked Questions

    KCET Exam Pattern FAQs

    Ques 1: Is there any choice of questions allowed in the individual papers in KCET?

    Ans: No. There is no choice of questions is allowed in the individual papers in KCET. Each paper will consist of 60 multiple-choice questions carrying 1 mark each and the maximum mark that a student can score in each paper is 60.

    Ques 2: If I mark the wrong option and then rectify the mistake by marking the correct option to a particular question in KCET, will I be penalized?

    Ans: Multiple options marking will be awarded zero marks in KCET.

    Ques 3: What are the paper that’s candidates have to appear for in KCET?

    Ans: KCET Farm Science applicants need to appear for Physics, Chemistry, and Biology papers, while aspirants of Engineering, and Technology courses, need to take the Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics papers. For Pharma programs, candidates need to appear for Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics/Biology papers.

    Ques 4: Are NEET/NATA scores compulsory for candidates wanting to pursue Medical/Architecture programs through KEA?

    Ans: Aspirants willing to pursue Medical/Dental//AYUSH programs should compulsorily have a valid NEET score (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) and for admission to Architecture programs, aspirants should mandatorily have a valid NATA score (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) or JEE Paper-2 score in order to be considered eligible for admission through KEA for Government share of seats.

    Ques 5: Why is it compulsory to use a blue/black ballpoint pen only for marking answers in KCET?

    Ans: The KCET response sheets will be read by OMR machines to score each candidate’s answers. A blue/black ballpoint pen will make the best possible mark on the response sheets and also replicate the impression on the sheet attached below. Since the machines are programmed to read only darkened spots of a specific shape, it is important that the marks are made in strict accordance with the instructions printed on the response sheets. Please note that torn or soiled response sheets and options not marked properly may lead to a lower score in the exam

    Ques 6: What are Question paper versions and why are these important?

    Ans: Question paper on each subject will have 16 different versions and the version code will be printed in bold on the top sheet of the question paper. The version codes used in each paper will be from A - 1 to A - 4, B - 1 to B - 4, C - 1 to C -  4 and D - 1 to D - 4. Version codes are used in order to prevent usage of unfair means among examinees.

    Ques 7: How exactly should the answers be marked on the OMR sheets in KCET?

    Ans: KCET is an offline test and examinees will be issued a 2-page OMR Sheet to mark their answers. The answers to the questions should be marked on Page 1 by darkening the appropriate circle of the corresponding question. For example, if the answer to question no 3 is option D, the examinee needs to darken the circle D against serial number 3 on the OMR sheet.

    Ques 8: I am a general category candidate. I am not claiming any reservation status for admission through KCET. Do I still have to appear for the Kannada Language Test?

    Ans: No. Only Candidates who are seeking reservation under Horanadu & Gadinadu Kannadiga clauses will have to appear for the Kannada Language Test.

    Ques 9: Is there any exception to the Kannada Language Test criteria?

    Ans: Horanadu and Gadinadu Kannadiga candidates who have studied ten full academic years in a Kannada Medium (1st - 10th standard) in places outside the state of Karnataka need not appear for Kannada Language Test under KCET.

    Ques 10: Which programs allow admission under the Agriculturist quota?

    Ans: Farm Science programs like B.Sc. (Hons) Agriculture, B.Sc. (Hons) Sericulture, B. Sc. (Hons) Horticulture, B. Sc. (Hons) Forestry, B.Sc. Agri-Bio Tech, B. H. Sc. (Home Science), B. Tech (Agri. Engg), B. Tech (Food Technology), B. Tech (Dairy Tech), B. F. Sc. (Fisheries), B. Tech (Food Science &Tech)., B.Sc. (Hons) Agri. Marketing & Co-Op. as well as Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry (B.V. Sc. & A.H.) has the provision of Agriculturist Quota. A minimum of 50% marks in the Practical Examination is required to claim admission under the Agriculturist Quota.

    Ques 11: Where are the Practical Examination for Agriculturist Quota for KCET conducted?

    Ans: Practical Examination will be conducted at select locations by concerned Agricultural/Veterinary Universities against a Test Fee of INR 500 (INR 250 reserved category candidates) payable in the form of Demand Draft drawn in favor of the Comptroller of the respective University. The DD has to be deposited at the respective Practical Test Centre on the day of document verification.

    Ques 12: In case of Agriculturist Quota, how is the score calculated?

    Ans: In case of Agriculturist Quota, the score is the summation of 25% marks each, secured in concerned combinations in PUC 2nd year (PCM/PCB) & KCET and 50% marks secured in the Practical Test. In case of B.V. Sc. & AH, the composite score comprises of 50% of marks secured in CET (PCB) and 50% of marks scored in the Practical Test.

    Ques 13: How long should I retain my KCET OMR Sheet examinee copy?

    Ans: At the end of the examination, Page 2 of the OMR response sheet set is handed out to the examinees by the invigilator for the records. You should preserve your KCET OMR sheet examinee copy of all the subjects for a minimum period of one year from the date of receiving the admission offer.

    Ques 14: What is the procedural requirement that needs to be followed without fail at the end of the examination?

    Ans: KCET candidates are required to compulsorily affix their left-hand thumb impression in the space provided on the bottom portion of Page 1 of OMR response sheet with the ink-pad provided by the Invigilator, after completion of each Test. Only those OMR response sheets will be evaluated, scored and ranked which has the candidate’s left-hand thumb impression in place

    Ques 15: What are the mandatory details that candidates need to fill in in the OMR Response sheets?

    Ans: It is mandatory that the candidates write and shade their Name, CET Number, Question booklet Version Code and Serial number correctly on the appropriate boxes of the OMR response sheet. OMR response sheets without these details will not be evaluated, scored and ranked.

    Ques 16: If I mark a wrong option by mistake, can I mark another option as an answer and be scored for the same?

    Ans: Once a circle is darkened, there is no way to erase the same. Use of markers, white fluid or any other method to undo the shading is not allowed, nor will another OMR response sheet will be allotted to the candidates. Candidates are advised not to attempt rectifying a mistake on the OMR response sheet as a soiled response sheet will not be evaluated by KEA.

    Ques 17: Which books should I follow in preparation for KCET?

    Ans: Relevant subject books published by NCERT will help you brush up on your 10+2 level knowledge. Candidates should note that the Karnataka State's Department of Pre-University Education prescribed syllabi for PUC 1st and 2nd syllabi year is covered in KCET.

    Ques 18: I belong to Horanadu state. As I have to take an extra Kannada paper I want to know do I also need to choose Kannada as my medium of paper in rest of the exams too?

    Ans: No, For appearing in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics section candidates can either opt for English or Kannada language. There is no compulsion in that

    Ques 19: Can I carry my  ORS sheet with me after completion of exam?

    Ans: Yes, the candidates are allowed to carry a copy of ORS sheet along with them

    Ques 20: Can you suggest me some books for preparation of Physics section?             

    Ans: Candidates are advised to first go through NCERT books of class 11 and 12 to clear their concepts. They can also take help of following reference books

    Book NameAuthor Name
    Karnataka CET Explorer for Engineering PB (Paperback)MTG
    New course PhysicsPradeeps (gomber and gogia)

    Ques 21: Is Negative marking applicable in KCET?

    Ans: No, There is no negative marking in KCET. Candidates are advised not to leave any question unanswered. Choose the option your most sure of.

    *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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