KCET 2021 Exam Pattern, Detailed Syllabus, and Preparation Tips

    KCET 2021, which will be conducted during the third or fourth week of May, 2021. It is a state level exam held for various engineering, medical, technological, architectural, and other programs . More than 1.8 lakh aspirants appear every year. KCET 2020 scores will be accepted in over 200 institutions. 

    KCET is held for 2 days. Mathematics/Biology examination is held on day one and on the second day, Physics and Chemistry papers are scheduled. Horanadu and Gadinadu Kannadiga candidates will appear on the next day. 

    • KCET will be held in both English and Kannada languages. Candidates will have to select either one for writing the test. 

    • It is an offline examination (pen and paper based). Candidates are allowed to sit for KCET only once every year.

    • Karnataka CET tests a student's knowledge on science subjects such as Mathematics, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. 

    • The syllabus is from the first and second year PUC (Karnataka Pre-University Certificate Examination). It is equivalent to 11th and 12th standard syllabus in other Indian states.

    • KCET paper is divided into 3 sections, each carrying 60 marks (one mark for each question). 

    • Time allotted for each section is 1 hour and 20 minutes (80 minutes). Total number of questions is 180.

    • There is no negative marking in this paper. Each question will have 4 options from which only one is correct. Correct answers will be awarded one mark. 

    • Not attempting a question or selecting multiple options will be given zero marks. All questions are compulsory to answer. 

    • No limitation on the number of attempts has been set by the authorities. Upper age limit however is 21 or 24 depending on the level of the program you are taking the test for. 

    KCET 2021 Exam Pattern and Syllabus Highlights

    Tabulated below are some of the most important details of KCET 2021 Exam Pattern and Syllabus:

    Level of examinationUndergraduate and graduate; depends on the course. 
    Mode of examination Offline (pen and paper)
    Syllabus covered1st and 2nd year PUC
    Subjects covered Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry
    Number of sections in the paper 3 sections
    Time allotted for each section 1 hour and 20 minutes (80 minutes)
    Number of questions in each paper 60 questions
    Marks each question carries 1 mark
    Full marks of KCET paper180 marks (60 x 3)
    Date of exam Third/fourth week of May, 2021

    KCET 2021 Syllabus

    It is vital to understand the syllabus in detail in order to plan your study and perform well in the exam. As discussed before, Karnataka CET syllabus covers the first and second year syllabus that is prescribed by the department of pre-university education of Karnataka. This is the equivalent of class 11 and class 12 in other Indian states. 

    Questions in KCET are mostly conceptual based and easier compared to other Indian exams such as JEE Main or BITSAT. KCET syllabus for Mathematics, Biology, Physics and Chemistry are given below. 

    KCET Mathematics Syllabus 2021 (Set 1)

    Sets Set and their representations, Types of sets, Subsets of real numbers, Operation on sets, Venn diagrams
    TrigonometryAngle, Conversion of readiations, Trigonometric functions, Trigonometric ratios of quadrantal angles, Domain and range of trigonometric functions, Trigonometric functions of sum and difference of two angles, Trigonometric functions of cos & sin, Trigonometric equations
    Complex Numbers and Quadratic EquationsAlgebraic properties of complex numbers, Square roots of negative real number, Identities, Modulus and the conjugate of complex number and problems
    Straight LinesInclination of a line, Concept of slope, Slope of line joining points, Problems on slope, Slope of parallel and perpendicular lines, Collinearity of three points, Angle between two lines, Various forms of equations of a line
    Limits and DerivativesLimits, Meaning of x→a, Idea of limit, existence of limit, Existence of functional value, Left and right hand limit, Algebra of limits, Limits of trigonometric functions, Derivative
    Three dimensional Coordinate geometryIdea of coordinates, octants, Distance formula, Section formula, Midpoint formula
    Sequence and SeriesDefinitions, Problems, Arithmetic Progression, Arithmetic Mean (A.M.), Geometric Progression (G.P.), Problems on nth term and sum to n term of series 
    StatisticsMean deviation of mean, Variance and standard deviation, Frequency distribution
    Relation and FunctionCartesian product of sets, Relation, Function, Algebra of real valued functions
    Principle of Mathematical InductionPrinciple of mathematical Induction proofs of ????)∑▒〖????=(????(????+1))/2〗 b)∑▒〖????^2=(????(????+1)(2????+1))/6〗 c)∑▒〖????^3=( ????^2 (????+1)^2)/4〗 d)∑▒〖2????−1=????^2 〗proofs of by mathematical induction.
    Linear Inequalities Linear inequalities rules and types, Graphical solution of linear inequalities in two variables 
    Conic SectionCircle, Parabola, Eclipse, Hyperbola 
    Permutation and CombinationFundamental principle of counting, Factorial n , PROBLEMS, Permutation definition & examples, Derivation of formulae n Pr, Permutation when all the objects are not distinct, Combination definition and examples
    Binomial TheoremStatement, proof of the binomial theorem for positive integral indices, Pascal’s triangle, Statement, Proof of Binomial theorem, General and middle term in binomial expansion, Special cases of Binomial theorem, Using binomial theorem, Evaluating (98)5 etc, Problems 
    ProbabilityRandom experiments, Problems on describing sample space for indicated experiment, Types of events; simple, compound, sure, impossible, etc., Probability of an event
    Mathematical ReasoningDefinition of statement, Negation of statement, Logical connectives, implication

    KCET Mathematics Syllabus 2021 (Set 2)

    Relations and Functions1 PU set relation & functions revision, Types of relations, Types of functions, Composite and invertible functions, Binary operation
    MatricesIntroductions and definition, Types and operation on matrices, Multiplication of matrices, Invertible matrix, Symmetric & skew symmetric matrices
    Continuity and DifferentiabilityContinuity of greatest integer function, Algebra of continuous functions, continuity of composite functions, Differentiability, Derivative of composite functions, Derivative of inverse trigonometric functions, Derivative of parametric functions, Exponential and Logarithmic functions domain, Second order derivative, Rolle's theorem and Mean value theorem statement
    IntegralsIntegration as the inverse process of differentiation, arbitrary constant, symbol,integral constant, Comparison of integrals and differentiation, Standard and graphical integrals, geometrical interpretation of integrals, Methods of integration, Integration by using standard substitutions, Integration by completing squares & integrals of Px + Q/ax2 + bx +c form Definite integrals and its properties
    Differential equationIntroduction, Definition, Basic concepts, Types of differential equations, Solution of a differential equation, Formation of a differential Equation, Homogeneous differential equations, Linear differential equations
    Three Dimensional GeometryDefinition of Direction Cosines and Direction ratios of a line, Derivations, Angle between the lines condition for perpendicularity, parallelism of 2 lines, Skew lines, Parallel lines, Equation of planes in different forms, Derivations, Angle between planes, a line, normal plane, line and a plane
    Inverse Trigonometric FunctionsRange and domain of trigonometric functions with graphs, Properties of inverse trigonometric functions, Inverse trigonometric equations involving tan-1,sin-1 and cos1
    DeterminantsDefinition of 2nd and 3rd order determinants, Application of determinants, Minors and cofactors, adjoint of a matrix, verification of A.adjA = adjA.A = |A|I, Theorems on inverse of a square matrix Thm-4 statement and proof Solving the system of linear equations by matrix method 
    Application of DerivativesDerivative as a rate measure and recapitulation of areas and volumes, Increasing and decreasing functions with theorem, Tangent and normals, Errors and approximations, Maxima and minima, Global maximum and Global minimum 
    Application of IntegrationFundamental theorems of calculus 1 and 2 statement only, Definite integral as area under the curve, Area bounded by curve and line, Area bounded by circle, eclipse, parabola, aparabola, Area between 2 curves, Area of triangle
    Vector AlgebraIntroductions, definition, types, Operations on vectors Expressing Vector AB = P.V. of B - P.V. of A, Section formula statement & proof, Midpoint formula, External section formula Definition of Direction Cosines, Relationship between direction cosines & mention of direction ratios, Resolution of vectors in 2-D and 3-D, Product of vectors, Scalar triple product
    Linear ProgrammingIntroduction and basic terminologies, Definitions, Theorems on LLP statement only, Types of LLP

    KCET Biology Syllabus 2021 (Set 1)

    The Living WorldDefining and non-defining properties of life, Diversity in the living world, Binomial nomenclature, Taxonomic categories, Taxonomic aids 
    Plant KingdomClassification of Angiosperms, Classification and Uses of Algae, Bryophytes, Liverworts, Mosses, Pteridophytes; characters, classification, Gymnosperms, characters & classification, Angiosperms; characters & life cycle, Plant life cycles
    Morphology of Flowering PlantsRoot - regions & modifications, Stem - modifications, Leaf - venations, Types of leaves, Phyllotaxy, Modification of leaves, Inflorescence, Flower and parts of a flower, Fruit, Seed, Monocot & dicot seed structure, Family Fabaceae, Family Solanaceae, Family Liliaceae with economic importance
    Structural Organisation in AnimalsAnimal tissues, Muscle and neural tissue, organ and organ system, Earthworm anatomy, Cockroach and its anatomy, Frog and its anatomy
    Biomolecules Chemical compound analysis, Amino acid properties - physical & chemical, Zwitterion, Lipids, Primary and secondary metabolites, Biomacromolecules, Proteins, Polysaccharides, Concept of metabolism, Metabolic basis for living, Living state, Enzyme properties and reaction, Enzyme activity - classification, nomenclature, cofactors
    Transport in PlantsMeans of transportation, Osmosis, Long distance movement of water, transport of water, Transpiration, Translocation of mineral ion, Phloem transport, Pressure flow, hypothesis
    Photosynthesis in Higher PlantsEarly experiments & where it happens, Photosynthesis pigments, light reaction, electron transport, Splitting of water, Photophosphorylation - cyclic, non cyclic, Chemiosmotic hypothesis, Use of ATP and NADPH, Calvin cycle, C4 pathway, Photorespiration, Factors affecting photosynthesis
    Plant Growth and developmentPlant growth - measure, phases, determinacy, Differentiation, dedifferentiation, redifferentiation, Development, Plasticity, growth regulator, Physiological effects of PGRs, Photoperiodism and vernalisation 
    Breathing and Exchange of GasesDefinition, respiratory system and organs, Respiration columns, steps, capacity, breathing mechanism, Exchange of gases between alveoli and blood, blood and body tissues
    Excretory Products & Its Elimination Excretory products, Ammonotelic , Ureotelic and Uricotelic organisms, Human excretory system, Structure of Nephron DAY, Urine formation, Mechanism of concentration of filtrate, Regulation of kidney function Micturition, Role of other organs in excretion, Disorders of excretory system
    Neural Control and CoordinationDefinition of coordination, Neural system, Structure of a Neuron, Generation and conduction of nerve impulse, Transmission of impulses, Central neural system, Structure & mechanism of eye, ear
    Biological ClassificationCharacteristics - 2 & 5 kingdom classification, Features of Kingdom Monera, Archaebacteria and Eubacteria, Features of Kingdom Protista, Kingdoms - Fungi, Plantae, Animalia, Viruses, Viroids, Lichens
    Animal kingdomBasis of classification, Non chordate phyla, Phylum Porifera, Phylum Coelenterata, Phylum Ctenophora, Phylum Platyhelminthes, Phylum Aschelminthes, Characters and examples of Phylum Annelida, Phylum Arthropoda, Phylum Mollusca, Phylum Echinodermata, Phylum Hemichordata, Comparison; chordates, non chordates, Classification of Vertebrata, Class Cyclostomata, Class Chondrichthyes, Class Osteichthyes, Class Amphibia, Class Reptilia, Class Aves & Class Mammalia 
    Anatomy of Flowering PlantsSimple, Meristematic, Permanent tissues, Complex tissue, Ground tissue and vascular tissue, Anatomy of dicot and monocot roots, stems, and leaves
    Cell - The Unit of LifeCell theory and overview, Cell envelope and modification, Ribosomes and inclusion bodies, Eukaryotic cells, Ultra structure of plant and animal cells, Cell membrane and cell wall, Endomembrane system, Ribosomes, Cytoskeleton, Cilia, Flagella, Centrosome, Centrioles, Nucleus, Chromosome and microbodies
    Cell Cycle and cell DivisionCell cycle with phases, Mitosis significance and phases, Meiosis 
    Mineral NutritionMineral requirement in plants, Role - macronutrients, micronutrients, Elements - absorption, Soil as a reservoir, Translocation of solutes, Nitrogen- cycle & Biological fixation, Nodule formation, fate of ammonia
    Respiration in PlantsCellular respiration and respiratory substrates, ATP as energy currency, Breathing in plants, Glycolysis, Fermentation, Aerobic respiration, TCA cycle, Electron transport system, oxidative phosphorylation, ATP synthesis in mitochondria, Respiratory balance sheet, Amphibolic pathway, Respiratory quotient 
    Digestion and AbsorptionDigestive system, alimentary canal, Gut, small intestinal mucosa, glands, Digestion of food, Large intestine, absorption, disorders
    Body Fluid and CirculationsDifference of blood and lymph, Blood; special connective tissue, Plasma and its contents, Formed elements, Circulatory pathways , Cardiac cycle, ECG, Double circulation, Cardiac activity regulations, Disorders of circulatory system
    Locomotion and MovementTypes of movement, Muscle structure and fibre, Structure of contractile proteins, Skeletal system, Joints, Disorders of muscular 
    Chemical Coordination & IntegrationEndocrine glands and hormones, Human endocrine system, The Hypothalamus, Pituitary gland, Glands with hormones - Pineal gland, Thyroid gland, Parathyroid gland, Thymus, Adrenal gland, Pancreas, Testis and Ovary as endocrine glands, Hormones of Heart, Kidney and Gastrointestinal tract, Mechanism of hormone action 

    KCET Biology Syllabus 2021 (Set 2)

    Reproduction in OrganismsLife span, reproduction with types; asexual and sexual, Pre fertilization events, Fertilization 
    Human ReproductionMale & female reproductive system, Mammary glands, Gametogenesis, Structure of human sperm, Oogenesis, Graafian follicle, Menstrual cycle, Fertilisation and implantation, Pregnancy, embryonic development, Parturition and lactation
    Principles of Inheritance and Variation Mendel’s law of inheritance, Inheritance of one gene, Law of dominance and segregation, Incomplete dominance, codominance, Pleiotropy, Polygenic inheritance, Inheritance of two genes, Sex determination (human, birds, bees), Genetic, Mendelian & chromosomal disorders 
    EvolutionOrigin of life, evolution of life forms, Big bang theory, panspermia, theory of spontaneous generation, biogenesis, Evidences of evolution, Adaptive radiation
    Strategies for Enhancement in Food Production Animal husbandry, Animal breeding, Bee keeping, fisheries, Plant breeding for disease resistance and improving food quality, Green revolution, Tissue culture
    Biotechnology Principles & ProcessesIntroduction and principles, Tools of Recombinant DNA Technology, Processes of Recombinant DNA Technology 
    Organisms and Populations Organisms and their environment, Population - attributes, growth, density, Life history variation, Population interactions
    Biodiversity and ConservationDiversity; Genetic, species, ecological, Number of species on earth & India, Patterns of biodiversity, Importance of species, Loss and causes of biodiversity, Biodiversity conservation
    Sexual Reproduction in Flowering PlantsFlower as an organ, Pre fertilization, Structure of microsporangium, Microsporogenesis, Pollen grain, Pistil, Megasporangium, Pollination and its agents, Outbreeding devices, Pollen-pistil interaction, Artificial hybridisation, Double fertilisation, Post-fertilisation 
    Reproductive HealthReproductive health problems, strategies, Population explosion, birth control, Medical termination of pregnancy, Sexually transmitted diseases, Infertility
    Molecular Basis of Inheritance DNA - structure, Search for Genetic Material, Replication experimental proof, The machinery and the enzymes, Transcription of gene and RNA, Genetic Code, Translation, Regulation of Gene Expression, Human Genome Project, DNA fingerprinting
    Human Health and DiseasesCommon diseases in humans, Immunity – Innate, acquired, active, passive, Immune system of the body, AIDS, Cancer, Alcohol and drug abuse, Cocaine, Cannabinoids, Hallucinogens, Sedatives, Smoking
    Microbes in Human WelfareMicrobes in household & industrial products, Microbes in sewage treatment, Microbes in biogas production, Microbes as biocontrol agents and biofertilizers
    Biotechnology and its ApplicationsBiotechnological Applications in Agriculture, Biotechnological Applications in medicine, Transgenic animals, Ethical issues
    EcosystemEcosystem structure, function, productivity, Decomposition, Ecological pyramids, Ecological succession, Nutrient cycling, Ecosystem services
    Environmental IssuesAir pollution and its Control, Water pollution and its Control, Solid Wastes, Agrochemicals and their Effects, Greenhouse Effect & Global Warming, Ozone Depletion in the Stratosphere, Degradation by Improper Resource Utilization and Maintenance, Deforestation and Reforestation

    KCET Physics Syllabus 2021 (Set 1)

    Physical WorldIntroduction, Scope and excitement, Physics, technology and society, Fundamental forces in nature
    Motion in a Straight LineIntroduction, position, displacement, Speed and velocity, Acceleration, Kinematic equations for uniformly accelerated motion: 
    Laws of MotionAristotle's fallacy, Newton’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd law, Law of conservation of linear momentum, Condition for equilibrium of a particle, Circular motion
    Systems of Particles & Rotational MotionDefinitions - rigid body, translatory motion and rotatory motion, Centre of mass of 2 particle system, Motion of centre of mass, Angular velocity with relation to linear velocity, Torque and angular momentum
    Mechanical Properties of SolidsElasticity and plasticity, Determination of Young’s modulus of material of wire, Applications of elastic behaviour of materials 
    Thermal Properties of MatterIntroduction, Temperament of heat, Thermal expansion of liquids, Specific heat capacity, Calorimetry, Latent heat, Heat transfer, Radiation 
    Kinetic TheoryDalton's law, Gay Lussac's law, Avagadro law, Behaviour of gases, Kinetic theory & pressure of ideal gas, Law of equipartition of energy, Specific heat capacity
    WavesTransverse and longitudinal waves, Amplitude and phase, Speed of travelling, Speed of longitudinal wave, Doppler effect
    Units and MeasurementsIntroduction, international unit systems, measurements, Accuracy, precision of instruments and errors in measurement
    Motion in a PlaneIntroduction, scalars and vectors, Velocity and motion, Derivations of expressions for time of flight, Uniform circular motion
    Work, Energy, and PowerIntroduction, Scalar product of 2 vectors, Notions of work and kinetic energy, Kinetic energy, Work energy, potential energy, Conservation of mechanical energy, Potential energy of spring, Conservative, non conservative forces, Power, Collisions 
    GravitationIntroduction, Kepler’s law, Universal law of gravitation, Gravitational potential energy, Escape speed, earth satellites
    Mechanical Properties of FluidsPressure pascal’s law, Streamline flow, Bernoulli’s principle and equation, Viscosity, Surface tension
    ThermodynamicsIntroduction, Heat capacity, Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics, Heat, internal energy and work, Thermodynamic processes, Numerical problems
    OscillationsPeriodic and oscillatory motions, Simple harmonic motions, Energy in simple harmonic motion, Systems executing simple harmonic motion, Damped simple harmonic motion

    KCET Physics Syllabus 2021 (Set 2)

    Electric Charges and FieldsElectric charge, Coulomb's law, Electric field - its physical significance, Electric dipole, Gauss's law, Numerical problems
    Current ElectricityIntroduction, electricity in conductors, Ohm’s law - resistivity, cells-emf, Kirchhoff's rules, Numerical problem
    Magnetism and MatterIntroduction, Bar magnet, Dipole in a uniform magnetic field time, Gauss's law in magnetism, Earth’s magnetism, Magnetic properties of materials, Permanent and electromagnets 
    Alternating CurrentAC voltage applied to resistor, series of LCR circuits, inductor, capacitor, Resonance, Power in AC circuits, Transformers, Numerical problems 
    Ray Optics and Optical Instruments Reflection of light by spherical mirrors, Refraction at a spherical surface, Refraction by lens, through a prism, Optical instruments, Telescope - numericals
    Dual Nature of Radiation and MatterElectronic emission, Hallwachs' and Lenard's observations, Einstein's photoelectric equation, Davisson and Germer experiment, Numerical problems
    NucleiAtomic mass, nuclei composition & size, Mass and energy, Nuclear force and radioactivity, Alpha, beta, and gamma decay, Nuclear fission and fusion
    Communication SystemIntroduction and basic terminology, Bandwidth of signals, Integrated circuits, Modulation and its necessity, Amplitude modulation 
    Electrostatic Potential & CapacitanceElectrostatic potential, Equipotential surfaces, Dielectrics and polarisation, Parallel plate capacitor, Van De Graaff generator, Numerical problems
    Moving Charges & MagnetismMagnetic force and field, Lorentz force, Motion of charge in uniform magnetic field, Cyclotron, Ampere’s circuital law, Moving coil galvanometer, Conversion of galvanometer to ammeter and voltmeter, Numerical problems
    Electromagnetic InductionExperiments of Faraday and Henry, Lenz’s law and conservation of energy, Inductance, AC generator, Numerical problems
    Electromagnetic WavesDisplacement current, Ampere Maxwell law, Electromagnetic waves
    Wave OpticsHuygens principle, refraction, Coherent and incoherent waves, Diffraction , Polarisation, Numericals 
    Atoms Alpha particle scattering & Rutherford's nuclear model of atom, Bohr model of the hydrogen atom, De-Broglie's explanation of Bohr's second postulate of quantisation, numericals
    Semiconductor Electronics; Materials, Devices, & Simple CircuitsClassification of metals, Intrinsic semiconductors, Basic transistor circuit configurations and transistor characteristics, Transistor as a device, Feedback amplifier, transistor oscillator, Digital electronics & logic gates

    KCET 2021 Chemistry Syllabus (Set 1)

    Basic Concepts of ChemistryGeneral introduction, Importance and scope of chemistry, Properties of matter and their measurement, Laws of chemical combination, Dalton’s atomic theory, Atomic and molecular masses, Avogadro constant, mole and molar mass, Reactions in solutions.
    ThermodynamicsThermodynamic terms, Internal energy, Exothermic and endothermic reactions, Heat capacity, specific heat, Thermochemical equations, Spontaneous and non-spontaneous processes
    HydrogenPosition of hydrogen, Reaction with halogens, Dioxygen, Physical and chemical properties, Dinitrogen, Hydrides, Dihydrogen as a fuel, Hydrogen economy
    p – Block ElementsBlock Elements-electronic Configuration, Oxidation States, Inert Pair Effect, Anomalous Behaviour Of First Member Of Each Group, Group 13 Elements, Group – 14 Elements, Carbon: Anomalous Behaviour, Reason, Catenation, Allotropic Forms 
    Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties Significance of classification Mendeleev periodic law Henry Moseley observation based on X- ray spectra of elements Account of groups, periods, s, p, d and f blocks Periodic trends in properties of elements 
    Redox reactionsConcept of oxidation and reduction, Oxidation number, Oxidising and reducing agents in terms of Oxidation number, Types of redox reactions, Balancing redox reactions, Application of redox reactions
    s – Block ElementsElements electronic configuration, Trends in ionization, Hydration enthalpy, Atomic and ionic radii, Anomalous properties of lithium, Preparation and properties of some compounds, importance of sodium and potassium
    Environmental chemistryEnvironmental pollution, Air pollution or troposphere pollution, Stratospheric Pollution, Water pollution, Soil pollution, Strategies to control environmental pollution, Green chemistry: Introduction, green chemistry in day-to-day life, etc

    KCET 2021 Chemistry Syllabus (Set 2)

    Solid StateGeneral characteristics, Difference - amorphous & crystalline solid, Crystal lattice & cell unit, Packing of particles, Packing efficiency of cubic unit cells, Correlate substance density, Imperfection of solids, Numericals 
    Surface ChemistryAbsorption, Physisorption and chemisorption, Catalysis, enzyme catalysis, Colloids; classification & preparation, Purification methods and properties of colloids, Coagulation, protectiveness, application of colloids
    Coordination CompoundsWerner's theory of coordination compounds, Difference of double and complex salt, Coordination compounds imp. terms, Nomenclature of Coordination compounds, Isomerism in coordination compounds, Stereoisomerism and structural isomerism, Crystal field theory, Bonding in metal carbonyls, Biomolecules, carbohydrates
    Alcohols, Phenols, and ethersClassification and structure, Methods of preparation, Chemical and physical properties, Dehydration of alcohols, Phenols, Ethers 
    PolymersPolymerism, classification of polymers, Types of polymerisation reactions, Preparation of important polymers, Condensation polymerisation and copolymers, Molecular mass of polymers and biodegradable polymers 
    SolutionsSolution types and concentration, Solubility of gas and solid in a liquid, Vapour pressure of liquid solutions and solids on liquids, Azeotropes - minimum & maximum boiling, Relative lowering of vapour pressure, Elevation of boiling point, Depression of freezing point, Osmosis and Osmotic pressure
    General Principles and processes of Isolation of ElementsMinerals, ores, concentration, refining, calcination, roasting, etc definition, Principles of oxidation and reduction, Application of thermodynamic concepts (aluminium/copper/iron/zinc), Uses of aluminium, copper,Zinc, Iron, Extraction of chlorine, gold, and silver, Refining techniques
    Haloalkanes and Haloarenes Classification - Haloalkanes & Haloarenes, IUPAC nomenclature of Haloalkanes and Haloarenes, Methods of preparation, Physical properties, chemical reactions, Nature of C-X bond, Mechanism of substitution nucleophilic unimolecular, Stereochemical aspects of nucleophilic substitution reactions, Electrophilic substitution reactions Polyhalogen compounds 
    Biomolecules, Carbohydrates with Classifications, Monosaccharides, Preparation of glucose. Structure of glucose and fructose, Disaccharides, polysaccharides, importance of carbohydrates, Proteins, amino acids with classification, Peptides, structure and denaturation of proteins, Enzymes, vitamins with classification, Nucleic acids - Structure & biological functions 
    Chemistry in Everyday LifeDrugs - classification, target interaction, Therapeutic action of different drugs, Neurologically active drugs, Antimicrobials, Antifertility drugs, Chemicals in food - sweetening agents and preservatives, Cleansing agents - soaps, detergents with types
    Best Books for Preparation

    Best Books for KCET 2021 Preparation

    Some of the most popular and highly recommended books trusted by students are given below:

    SubjectBook NameISBN
    PhysicsObjective Physics Chapter Wise MCQ by Disha ExpertsISBN -13: 978-9388373760
    ChemistryKarnataka CET Chemistry by Ravinder ChadhaASIN: B07MG9ZC4T
    Mathematics16 Years Solved Papers Karnataka CET Engineering Entrance by Arihant Experts Objective Mathematics - Chapter-wise MCQISBN-13: 978-9313196761 ISBN-13: 978-9385576720
    BiologyObjective Biology MCQ by Disha ExpertsISBN-13: 978-9388373791
    All in OneKarnataka CET Solved Paper of 16 Years by ArihantISBN-13: 978-9313196761
    Exam Pattern

    KCET 2021 Exam Pattern

    Karnataka CET will continue for 2 days divided between the papers. The pattern, set by the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) has not changed much over the years. 

    • Unlike most Indian entrance and services exams, KCET will be held in the offline mode. It is a pen and paper based exam. 

    • Students will be provided with OMR answer sheets on the day of the examination. 

    • Total marks of each KCET paper (Mathematics/Biology, Physics, Chemistry) is 60. 

    • Time allotted for each paper is an hour and 20 minutes (80 minutes). This includes 10 minutes for filling the OMR sheet. Total time for day 1 is 80 minutes and on day 2 is 160 minutes.

    • There will be 16 versions for each paper to ensure that candidates are unable to practice unfair means of answering the questions. The version code will be mentioned on the question paper. 

    • KCET paper will be completely Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) based. There is no negative marking and each correct response will fetch you 1 mark.

    • Students have to answer 60 compulsory questions. Which means that you will get a minute and 20 seconds to solve per question.

    • Candidates have to select one correct answer from 4 given options. No marks will be given for selecting more than one option. 

    • Candidates are advised to practice extra caution while answering the OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheet as once selected, answers cannot be changed.

    The exam pattern has been tabulated below:

    SubjectNo. of questionsTime Breakup
    Mathematics6070 + 10 Minutes
    Biology6070 + 10 Minutes
    Physics6070 + 10 Minutes
    Chemistry6070 + 10 Minutes
    Kannada Language Test (in Bangalore only)5060 Minutes
    Important Topics

    KCET 2021 Important Topics

    Some of the important topics subject wise are given below:

    Mathematics Geometry Statistics Linear Programming Inverse Trigonometric functionsPhysics Motion plane Laws of motion Wave optics Current electricity
    Biology Cell Animal kingdom Transport in plants Mineral nutritionChemistry Block elements Chemical kinetics Structure of atom

    Note: Do on focus on these only. Try to cover the full syllabus.

    KCET OMR Sheet

    KCET OMR Sheet

    While filling the OMR answering sheet, the following instructions must be kept in mind:

    • Candidates will be provided with 2 answer sheets which have to be placed one on top of another and are allowed to carry a copy of their response sheet with them. 

    • The upper sheet will be used for auto evaluation of answers. The lower sheet above which a carbon paper will be placed is the candidate’s copy.

    • Candidates are advised to use blue or black inked ball pens only to fill their OMR sheets. This is because using other types of pen like ink pens might fail to create the impression on the bottom sheet caused by the top sheet.

    • If a candidate fails to mention the correct CET number and version code, their response sheet will not be evaluated for correction and disqualified from getting a rank.

    • There will be 60 rows corresponding to all 60 questions. Candidates are required to fill in only the correct circle/option against each question.

    • The scanner is highly sensitive and even the smallest unintended mark or residue left by the pen will be taken into consideration. Candidates are therefore advised not to put any stray pen marks on the response sheet. 

    • An option/circle one filled in cannot be changed under any circumstances. No white ink or ink eraser may be used for removing it. Candidates are therefore requested to practice the advice “think before you ink” to avoid any errors. 

    • Candidates must fill in the circle for answering a question. Tick, cross, dot, or any other method for selecting the option will not be accepted. Marking outside the circle should also be avoided.

    Preparation Tips

    KCET 2021 Preparation Tips

    Some preparation methods which candidates find helpful are:

    • Understand the syllabus, it is important to know what topics are a part of the paper to score well in any subject. It is no secret that the syllabus for KCET is huge, so get to know it before you start.

    • Make a schedule. Though some topics are more important than others, it cannot be left out completely. So make a plan on what topic to study with a time table and do stick to it.

    • For all the science subjects, do not mug up anything, even if you have a good memory. Try to understand instead as KCET is a test of the basics.

    • Be thorough with the basics in each chapter and try to understand how each of these problems are being solved. Do not stress if you don't understand something at first. Seek help and from your teachers and stay focused. 

    • Practice time management as much as possible. While solving problems from sample or previous questions papers, try not to spend more than a minute on each as in the exam hall, you will get a minute and 20 seconds to solve each question.

    • Solve the previous years question papers to understand the type of questions that can be expected. While solving, maintain the time limit set by the exam. 

    • Keep some time to revise weeks before the exam and do avoid learning new topics which you have not touched before. Focus on the topics you already know instead. 

    • Do maintain a separate notebook to keep a list of the new formulas, tricks, and shortcuts that you have learned. These are available online as well as in the recommended books. Refer to these whenever needed. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Ques. Will I get any choice for answering questions in KCET?

    Ans. No choice will be given to candidates for answering the KCET paper. There will be 60 MCQ based questions, all of which are compulsory.

    Ques. If I choose an incorrect answer by mistake, what can I do to correct it?

    Ans. If you choose an incorrect answer while filling the circle, it cannot be altered by any means. Candidates are therefore advised to practice extra caution while filling the OMR sheet. 

    Ques. How many question paper versions will there be in KCET?

    Ans. There will be 16 different versions with a different code. This is done so that candidates don't practice any unfair means to answer the questions.

    Ques. What is the marking pattern of KCET paper?

    Ans. The marking pattern for KCET is one mark for each correct answer. There is no negative marking. If candidates do not attempt a question or select multiple options, no marks will be awarded.

    Ques. Are calculators allowed for Physics and Mathematics KCET papers?

    Ans. Candidates are not allowed to carry calculators or any electronic devices inside the exam hall. A rough paper will be provided by the invigilators to do all the rough work. 

    Ques. What is the syllabus for KCET?

    Ans. The syllabus for KCET is from the PUC syllabus from the state of Karnataka. It is equivalent to that of 11th and 12th standard syllabus from other states.

    Ques. Is KCET harder than JEE Main?

    Ans. KCET is easier compared to JEE Main but requires a lot of dedication to study as the syllabus is huge.

    Ques. How do I answer in the OMR sheet?

    Ans. From the 4 given options, candidates have to fill in the correct option using a blue or black ball point pen. Do not tick, cross, or fill outside the circle.

    Ques. How many times can I attempt KCET?

    Ans. KEA authorities do not set any limitations on the number of times a candidate can appear for the exam. However, the upper age limit; 21 or 24 depending on the level must not be crossed. 



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