KARNATAKA / PGCET

Karnataka Post Graduate Common Entrance Test also referred to as Karnataka PGCET is an entrance test for the admission into full time and part time professional courses offered by the government, private-aided and private un-aided educational universities and institutions in the state of Karnataka. Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) conducts the state level entrance test.

The professional courses that come under Karnataka PGCET are full time/ part time MBA, MCA, M.E/M.Tech, Quality Improvement Program (QIP) and Second Year MCA program.

The Karnataka Government founded Common Entrance Test Cell in the year 1994 for conducting of Entrance Test, regulating the eligibility criteria and creating merit list for admission of candidates of Karnataka and the ward/s of Jammu & Kashmiri migrants to the full-time professional courses. In order to multiply the activities of the CET Cell, the Government by order No. ED. 212 TEC 2006 on 20-12-2006 transformed the Common Entrance Test Cell into an autonomous body recorded under Societies Registration Act 1960 called “Karnataka Examinations Authority” (KEA). Today KEA, Bangalore organizes the Karnataka PGCET. Karnataka PGCET 2017 will be conducted in the first week of August.


Karnataka PGCET Eligibility Criteria

Karnataka Examination Authority has stated some necessary conditions that a candidate must fulfill in order to take the examination. Candidates who do not satisfy the following eligibility criteria will not be allowed to take part in the admission process for any of the professional courses.

  • An applicant should meet the domicile requirements of the state of Karnataka.
  • Candidates are eligible for applying for the examination if they have finished a minimum 7 years of their academic qualification from the institutions of Karnataka.
  • Admission to the M.Tech program requires at least 50% of total marks in B.E./B.Tech for unreserved category and 45% for SC/ST and Category-I candidates. Similar marks criteria are needed in the graduate test for admission to MBA program.
  • Applicants who had Mathematics or Statistics or Computer Programming or Computer Applications or Business Mathematics or Business Statistics as one of the optional subjects in their undergraduate level and cleared the subject with 50% aggregate marks for unreserved category and 45% for SC/ST and Category – I candidates can apply for full-time MCA
  • For lateral entrance to MCA program, candidates must have passed BCA/B.Sc. (IT/CS) with Mathematics at a graduate level and achieved 50% cumulative marks of belonging to the general category and 45% in case of SC/ST and Category – I candidates.
  • Candidates who are not the domicile of Karnataka can apply for admission to MBA/MCA seats which are abandoned by the management.
  • Candidates are not required to appear for PGCET entrance examination if they have a valid GATE scorecard but they have to apply online for an application.

PGCET application forms are available online. KEA opens online registration in the first week of July tentatively. Interested candidates have to apply online through the official website of KEA. The applicants are supposed to fill all the particulars in the application form carefully and upload passport size, color photograph, and signature in JPEG format. All the applicants are advised to keep their registration ID and password safe for further use.

Candidates from General and OBC category have to pay 650 INR as the application fees. Candidates from SC/ST category have to pay 500 INR for the same. Payment for the application form can be made through challan credited in any of the branch of state bank of Mysore or via E-payment post offices.


Karnataka PGCET Exam Pattern differs for each course.

For M.E./M.Tech/M.Arch Courses:

Question paper has Part 1 and Part 2. There are 50 questions in Part 1 and 25 questions in Part 2. Every question in part 1 carries 1 mark and every question in part 2 carries 2 marks. The entrance test for of M.E./M.Tech/M.Arch courses is of 100 marks.

For MBA Courses:

Question paper designed for MBA course is of 100 marks. Candidates are given 150 minutes to answer the questions. Multiple-choice questions are asked containing four different options. Each question carries one mark.

For MCA Course:

The examination for MCA course is of 100 marks with time duration of 150 minutes. All the questions in the examination are of multiple choice question type. The question paper consists of two parts- Part A and Part B. There are 60 questions in Part A and carry 1 mark each and 20 questions in Part B and carry 2 marks each.

Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) declares the results for Karnataka PGCET in the third week of August (tentatively). The results can be checked on the official website of the KEA. Merit list is prepared as well as published on the basis of the marks secured by the candidates the entrance examination.

Seats are allotted on the basis of marks in entrance examination through the process of counseling.