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KCET 2019 Exam Pattern

Last Updated - December 28, 2017

KCET 2019 is an offline exam comprising 3 papers in general – Biology/Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics, depending on the course applied for. The examination is held for 2-days in a row, split into 4-sessions, one each for Mathematics, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. Each KCET 2019 paper will consist of 60 objective questions which need to be completed in 80 minutes.

KCET 2019 is scheduled to take place tentatively in April 2019 while the Admit Card is expected to be issued in April itself. Organized by Karnataka Admissions Authority (KEA), KCET enables aspirants to seek admission into UG programs in B. Tech, MBBS, BDS, B. Arch, B. Sc. (Agriculture, Sericulture, Forestry, Horticulture etc.), Indian School of Medicine & Homeopathy, B-Pharma, and D-Pharma in the state of Karnataka.

It is important to note that election for admission to MBBS/BDS programs and B. Arch program is on the basis of only valid NEET and NATA scores respectively. All those appearing for KCET 2019 exam should make sure that they go through its exam pattern, marking scheme, syllabus and recommended books which have been further mentioned in the article.

KCET 2019 Exam Pattern Highlights

Exam Pattern Highlights
Number of Papers3
Mode of KCET 2019Offline, Paper-based Test
Duration of the exam80 minutes for each Paper
Medium of the Question PaperEnglish/Kannada
Total number of questions60 MCQs in each Paper
Marking SchemeEach correct answer is awarded 1 mark, no penalty for wrong answers

KCET 2019 Exam Pattern in Detail

KCET aspirants should study KCET Exam Pattern and syllabus carefully. 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.

KCET 2019 will be conducted over two days, each day having two sessions or two papers each. On day 1 of KCET, test for Biology, and Mathematics papers will be scheduled, while on day 2, test Physics, and Chemistry papers will be scheduled. The question paper will be objective in nature, with each question having four different answers to choose from.

The answers will have to be marked on OMR response sheets with a blue or black ballpoint pen. Since the response sheets will be read by OMR machines to score each candidate’s answers, it is important that the marks are allotted in strict accordance with the instructions printed on the sheets. Torn or soiled response sheets and options not marked properly may lead to a lower score.

Each paper, i.e., Biology/Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry will have 60 MCQs, each carrying a score of 1 mark. So, each correct answer will be awarded 1 mark, while no marks will be deducted for an incorrect answer or for unanswered questions.

The following table highlights the number of questions and marking scheme of KCET 2019:

Number of Papers3
Number of Questions in each paper60
Marks for each Correct Answer1
Penalty for wrong answer or unanswered questionNone

KCET 2019 Syllabus

The question papers of KCET 2019 will be based on the First and Second PUC (10+2 level) syllabi prescribed by the Department of Pre-University Education of Karnataka. The Kannada language test will cover the subject’s syllabus of the 4th standard.

The table below lists the topics covered in Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics for KCET 2019:

BiologyCell Biology & Genetics; Histology & Plant Anatomy; Diversity of Plant Life on Earth; Introduction to Ecology; Taxonomy; Study of Human Tissues; Digestion; Circulation; Respiration; Nervous System; Human Reproduction; Origin of Life; Organic Evolution; Animal Resources & Human Welfare; Developmental Biology; Diversity of Animal Life; Study of Cell & Cell Division.
MathematicsAlgebra – Set Theory, Mathematical Logic, Matrices & Determinants, Vectors, Groups; Analytical Geometry – Circles, Orthogonal Circles, Hyperbola, Ellipse, Equation of Tangent & Normal;
Trigonometry – Inverse Trigonometric Functions, Complex Numbers;
Calculus – Continuity & Differentiation, Derivatives, Integration, Integrals and its Application, Differential Equation.
PhysicsSI Units; Dynamics; Motions of a particle in one dimension; Statics; Hydrostatics & Hydrodynamics; Heat; Waves & Sound; Theory of Light; Geometrical Optics; Physical Optics; Electro Statics; Current Electricity; Modern Physics.
Kinetic Theory of Gases, Stoichiometry, Atomic Structure, Long Form of Periodic Table, Chemical Bonding, Specific Matter (Ozone, Hydrogen Peroxide, Sulphur, Nitrogen, Halogens, Carbon Silicon Phosphorous, Ceramics), Atomic Structure, Environmental Pollution, Thermodynamics & Thermochemistry; Chemical Equilibrium Reaction, Kinetics, Surface Chemistry, Electro Chemistry, Solids, Radioactivity, Metallurgy, Coordination Compounds, Organic Chemistry (Alkyl Halides, Aromatic Halogen Compounds, Alcohols, Phenols, Aldehydes & Ketones, Acids, Esters, Amines)

Candidates may consider referring to the books listed below in preparation for KCET 2019

Name of the BookPublisher/Author
Physics for Karnataka CET and COMEDKCengage Learning
Mathematics for Karnataka CET and COMEDKCengage Learning
Chemistry for Karnataka CET and COMEDKCengage Learning
Biology for Karnataka CET and COMEDKCengage Learning
Physics (Part I & II)NCERT
Chemistry (Part I & II)NCERT
Biology (Part I & II)NCERT
Mathematics (Part I & II)NCERT
15 years’ Solved Papers (2000 – 2014) Karnataka CET Engineering EntranceArihant Publications

KCET 2019 Use of OMR sheet

KCET 2019 is an offline test. Examinees need to mark their answers on an OMR sheet. It is crucial that the following points are kept in mind while marking answers on the OMR sheet.

  • Examinees will be issued a 2-page OMR Sheet to mark their answers. Both the pages will have identical layout.
  • Instructions regarding appropriate technique to mark on the OMR sheet will be printed on the question paper and examinees must adhere to these instructions.
  • Examinees should not, under any circumstances, separate or unsettle the alignment of the two sheets.
  • 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. All answers are required to be marked on Page 1 of the set.
  • Only Black Ball Point Pen needs to be used for darkening the circles.
  • At the end of the examination, Page 2 of the OMR set will be handed out to the examinees by the invigilator for the records.



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