Get admission into the top Private and Government institutions of Karnataka with the help of PGCET 2020. It is a state-level exam that takes admissions into courses such as MBA, MCA, M.Arch, M.Tech, and ME specifically in the state of Karnataka. Want to know more about this exam? Read this complete article to get a fair idea about the preparation, exam pattern, and more.
Latest News on Karnataka PGCET 2020
- September 16, 2020: The Karnataka PGCET 2020 Exam is now going to be held on October 13 and October 14, 2020. The application window will be open between September 16 and September 21, 2020. The application fee can be paid on or before September 22, 2020.
- August 13, 2020: The revised exam dates for the Karnataka PGCET 2020 examination are announced. The exam will now be conducted on October 6 and October 7, 2020. The application window will be reopened from August 14 to August 20, 2020. The last date to pay the fees is August 21, 2020. Read more
- What is PGCET Exam?
- PGCET 2020 Exam Date
- PGCET 2020 Eligibility Criteria
- Reservation of Seats
- PGCET 2020 Registration
- KEA PGCET 2020 Application Form
- PGCET 2020 Exam Pattern
- PGCET 2020 Syllabus
- PGCET 2020 Admit Card
- PGCET 2020 Exam Centres
- PGCET 2020 Results
- PGCET Cut off Marks
- PGCET 2020 Counselling
- How to Prepare for PGCET 2020?
- PGCET 2020 Reference Books
- Courses Offered
- Contact Details
- Related Exams
What is the PGCET Exam?
The full form of Karnataka PGCET is Karnataka Post Graduate Common Entrance Test. Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA), the Government of Karnataka conducts PGCET for admission into various PG courses in Karnataka. Candidates can get admission into government seats as well as for Management Quota seats through Karnataka PGCET.
Courses Offered: Through Karnataka PGCET 2020, various postgraduate courses like ME, M.Tech, MCA, MBA, and M.Arch are offered in colleges/universities across Karnataka.
Level: The Karnataka PGCET is a state-level entrance examination for admission in universities/ colleges in Karnataka into various postgraduate level courses.
Frequency: The Karnataka Examination Authority conducts the Karnataka PGCET once every academic year.
Marks: The question paper will consist of 100 marks. Candidates will be awarded +1 mark for each correct answer and there are no negative marks for an incorrect response.
GATE Aspirants: If the candidate is qualified in GATE 2020 and has a valid GATE Score, then he/she can get admission through this score, but they have to keep in mind that they need to apply for the Karnataka PGCET 2020 also.
Accepting Colleges: There are 178 participating institutes that accept Karnataka PGCET Score for PG Admission. Karnataka PGCET is a state-level entrance exam through which candidates can secure admission in MBA/MCA/ME/MTech/MArch programmes offered by Government / University/ Private Aided / Private Un-Aided professional educational institutions in Karnataka.
Highlights of Karnataka PGCET 2020 exam
|Name of the Examination||Karnataka Post Graduate Common Entrance Test|
|Mode of Exam||Offline|
|Exam Category||Post Graduate|
|Exam Type||State Level Exam|
|Authority||Karnataka Examination Authority|
|Examination Stream||Management, Computer Applications, Technology, and Architecture Courses|
|Duration & Marks||150 minutes for 100 marks|
|Type of Questions||Objective MCQ's|
Karnataka PGCET 2020 Exam Date
The Karnataka Examination Authority conducts the Karnataka PGCET and it publishes Karnataka PGCET important dates on their official website. Candidates need to be very cautious about the exam dates such that important events related to dates should not be missed out. The Karnataka PGCET exam was expected to be conducted on August 08, 2020, and August 09, 2020. However, the conducting authority has decided to postpone the exam due to the pandemic situation. The exam will be conducted on October 13, 2020 for M.Tech/M.E/M.Arch and October 14, 2020 for MCA and MBA programme.
Candidates can refer to the tentative exam dates, which are highlighted in the tabular column below:
|Important Events||Dates (Tentative)|
|Notification release of PGCET||June 15, 2020|
|Release of Online Application Form||June 15, 2020|
|Last date to submit the PGCET application form||July 07, 2020|
|Extended Application Window||September 16, 2020 (After 7:30 PM) to September 21, 2020 (until 5:30 PM)|
|Last date to pay the fees||September 22, 2020|
|Admit Card issue date||To be announced|
|PGCET 2020 Exam dates||M.Tech/M.E/M.Arch - October 13, 2020
MCA/MBA - October 14, 2020
|Answer Key release date||To be announced|
|Results Declaration||To be announced|
|Counselling for PGCET 2020||To be announced|
Karnataka PGCET 2020 Exam Time Table
Candidates who have applied for Karnataka PGCET 2020 can check the below details for the exam time table of various courses
|Date and Time||Course||Type||Timings|
October 13, 2020 (Tuesday)
|M.E./M. Tech/ M. Arch||Type B - Courses offered by Kuvempu
University of Mysore
|10.30 am to 12.30 pm|
|Type A - Courses by VTU and UVCE||02.30 pm to 04.30 pm|
October 14, 2020 (Wednesday)
|MCA||Admission to the first year||10.30 am to 12.30 pm|
|MBA||Admission to the first year||2.30 pm to 4.30 pm|
Karnataka PGCET 2020 Eligibility Criteria
The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) sets the eligibility criteria for the Karnataka PGCET 2020. If candidates don't satisfy the eligibility criteria, then their application will be subject to rejection. The KEA has set specific eligibility criteria for specific courses. General eligibility criteria which a candidate should satisfy are mentioned below:
- Qualifications: Candidates must have an undergraduate degree from any recognized college/universities in India or abroad.
- Marks: To be eligible for Karnataka PGCET 2020 candidates must have scored more than 50 percentile for candidates belonging to the general category, and for SC/ ST and OBC candidates they have to score more than 40 percentile.
- Work Experience: If a candidate wants to apply for a part-time course then he/she should have a minimum work experience of 3 years as on July 31, 2020.
Course-wise eligibility criteria for PGCET exam is given in the table below:
|MBA||Any Bachelor’s degree of 3 years with a minimum of 50% of marks|
|MCA||A Bachelor’s Degree in any one of the Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Science/Computer Applications/Computer Programming/Business Mathematics/Business Statistics with a minimum of 50% of marks.|
|ME/M.Tech/M.Arch||A valid GATE score or a bachelor’s degree of 3 years with a minimum of 50% of marks|
Karnataka PGCET Reservation of Seats
Only the candidates who are of Karnataka Origin are eligible to claim the reservation in the Karnataka PGCET 2020 exam. Some important points regarding reservation of seats in Karnataka PGCET 2020 exam are given below:
- Only Category-1 candidates of Karnataka can claim the reservation.
- Candidates can also claim reservations under the Hyderabad-Karnataka region, provided they are able to produce an eligibility certificate from that concerned Assistant Commissioner.
- Candidates who are wards of ex-servicemen can avail the reservation if they obtain a certificate of their parent’s home address issued by the Joint Director/Deputy Director of the concerned district and is countersigned by the Director of the Department of Sainik Welfare and Resettlement, Bangalore.
- Candidates who have 40% or higher disability have a reservation of 3% of the total seats in Government and Government Aided Colleges.
Karnataka PGCET 2020 Registration
The Karnataka Examinations Authority released the application form on its official website from June 15, 2020. Karnataka PGCET 2020 Application Form Details along with the application process and documents required are given below. Candidates can read the step by step process given below to get details about the Karnataka PGCET 2020 application process.
New User Registration
Registration is the first step in the Karnataka PGCET 2020 Application Process. The step by step process involved in the New User Registration is given below:
- Candidates need to visit the official website of the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA).
- After clicking on the official website, applicants need to click on the "New User" tab.
- Applicants need to fill the details such as the Candidate's Name, Gender, Contact Details, etc.
- He/she will receive a unique User ID and Password on the email ID and mobile number provided by them.
Filling the Application Form
Once the new user registration is done, the next step in the application process is the fill-up of the Application Form. The procedure for the same is described below:
- Candidates need to login to their account using credentials provided at the time of new user registration.
- Applicants need to fill in personal details, academic details, and contact details in the given form stated as ‘Student Information Page.’
- Applicants need to click on Save and Next to go to the next step of the Karnataka PGCET 2020 Application Process.
The below-mentioned documents need to be uploaded during the application process. The specifications of the documents are given in the Application Form Section.
- Candidates must keep the scanned copies of their latest coloured photograph, signature, parent signature, and their left thumb impression. These documents are compulsory in Karnataka PGCET 2020 Application Process.
- Applicants need to upload the above-mentioned documents in JPG/JPEG format. After finishing the upload, candidates need to select on the “Save and Next” button.
- Applicants need to click on next. A declaration page will appear on your screen. The candidates must read the declaration attentively and then submit.
Accepting Declaration and Submitting the Form
Candidates need to look through a few parameters before they submit the Karnataka PGCET 2020 application form and the parameters are mentioned as below:
- After furnishing details in the form, candidates must review the entire online form. This is to make sure that there are no mistakes done during the Karnataka PGCET 2020 Application Process and to avoid any kind of discrepancy in the future.
- After filling the application form, a declaration box will pop-up. Applicants need to read all the details and click ‘Agree’ if candidates are satisfied with conditions. Aspirants should make note that no edits or omits can be done after submitting the application form.
The candidates need to familiarise themselves with the procedure of paying the Karnataka PGCET 2020 Application Fee. The procedure for the same is given below:
- To complete the Karnataka PGCET 2020 fee payment, candidates must select bank challan and take a print out of the same.
- General category candidates must pay INR 650, while the reserved category candidates shall pay INR 500 as application fee.
- Payment can be made through any branch of the specified bank. Candidates will be given two copies of their challans after payment is completed, and one copy will be retained by the bank itself. Candidates are advised to take 2-3 photocopies or at least, store digital copies of it for future reference.
Karnataka PGCET 2020 Application Form
Students can apply to Karnataka PGCET only through an online application form. Various details that candidates need to know before applying are mentioned as below:
- Registration Date: Karnataka PGCET 2020 Application Form was available from June 15, 2020 on the official website and the last date to submit the exam form was on July 07, 2020. The form was reopened again from August 14, 2020. The last date to apply was on August 20, 2020. The exam authority again re-opened the application window for the registration of Karnataka PGCET from September 16, 2020 to September 21, 2020. And the last date to pay Karnataka PGCET Application Fee is September 22, 2020.
- Mode of payment: Candidates can pay the Karnataka PGCET 2020 registration fee either through online or offline mode.
- Online payment: Applicants can make their payment for Karnataka PGCET 2020 using a Debit/ Credit Card or Net Banking and should take a printout of the receipt for further process.
- Documents: Aspirants will have to scan and upload the required documents in the given size, format, and dimension.
Candidates have to upload their documents in the specified dimensions, size, and format as specified by the Karnataka Examinations Authority. The document specification for the Karnataka PGCET 2020 exam is given in the table below:
File Size: 5KB - 40KB
Dimension: 3.5 cm X 4.5 cm
|JPG/JPEG||It should be a recent passport size colour photograph.|
File Size: 5KB - 40KB
Dimension: 3.5 cm X 4.5 cm
|JPG/JPEG||The candidate should sign on a white paper with blue or black ink. And signature should not be in capital letters|
|Left Thumb Impression||
File Size: 5KB - 40KB
Dimension: 3.5 cm X 4.5 cm
|JPG/JPEG||Thumbprints should be clear and should be taken in blue or black ink.|
Documents required for Karnataka PGCET 2020
Candidates must have the below-mentioned documents at the time of filling the Karnataka PGCET 2020 application form.
- Recent passport size colour photograph
- Candidate's signature
- The thumbprint of the candidate
- Class 10 marks card
- Class 12 marks card
- Undergraduate marks card
- Caste certificate (If applicable)
- IT certificate (If applicable)
Karnataka PGCET 2020 Exam Pattern
The Karnataka PGCET 2020 is an offline exam i.e. Paper & Pen-based Test (PPT). Karnataka PGCET 2020 exam question paper has two sections. Each of the paper is designed to test the knowledge of candidates in their subject specialization. The exam pattern of Karnataka PGCET is tabulated below.
Karnataka PGCET exam pattern
Medium of the exam
Duration of the exam
Maximum time to answer all the questions
Mode of the exam
Pen and Paper Based Test (PBT)
Types of questions
One mark for every correct answer
No negative mark for wrong answers
Number of sections in the question paper
Number of answer options per question
Type of question & duration: All the questions will be of objective type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), and the time given to complete the test will be 2 hours 30 minutes i.e. 150 Minutes.
- The question paper of Karnataka PGCET 2020 year will have 100 marks in total.
- Each and every answer correct answer will fetch 1 mark and there is no negative marking for incorrect response in the exam. Since there is no negative marking candidates can use this as an advantage by attending all questions.
The following table contains course wise marks distribution in the Karnataka PGCET 2020 examination.
|Course||Parts||Number of Questions||Marks|
|M.E/ M. Tech/ M. Arch||Part-A||50 Questions||50 marks|
|Part-B||25 questions||50 marks|
|MBA||Part-A||50 Questions||50 marks|
|Part-B||50 Questions||50 marks|
|MCA||Part-A||60 Questions||60 marks|
|Part-B||20 Questions||40 marks|
Learn more about Karnataka PGCET Exam Pattern.
PGCET 2020 Syllabus
The Karnataka Examinations Authority tests candidates' strength in subjects which he/she has opted in their undergraduate course. Therefore, the Karnataka PGCET 2020 Syllabus for candidates will depend on the course which they had selected in their UG, and will also on the course they are planning to take in their postgraduation through Karnataka PGCET 2020.
Topics: Topics for each course differs from each other. Candidates should be clear on topics that they have studied in their UG. They should try to increase their grasp on these topics.
Note: Candidates can refer the books such as Karnataka PGCET ME/ M.Tech Entrance Test Computer Science Engineering by Chandresh Agrawal, Karnataka PGCET MBA Entrance Test by Chandresh Agrawal. They can also refer to the Karnataka PGCET MCA Entrance Test Study Package by Chandresh Agrawal and much more for the exam.
Karnataka PGCET 2020 Admit Card
The Karnataka PGCET 2020 hall ticket will be available online in the month of September/October, 2020 on the official website. Candidates should know that Karnataka PGCET 2020 Admit Card will neither be dispatched nor be sent via email or post or courier under any circumstances.
Karnataka PGCET 2020 Admit Card will contain details such as Candidate’s Name, Passport size photograph, Signature of the candidate, Date of Exam, Time of Exam, Venue of the Examination Centre and Important instructions regarding the examination.
You should keep a copy of your Karnataka PGCET 2020 Admit Card till the end of your admission process.
How to download Karnataka PGCET 2020 Admit Card?
You have to visit the official website of the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA). The steps for downloading the Admit Card from the official website are as follows:
Step 1: Applicant needs to log in using the credentials, which are the PGCET 2020 application ID and Password.
Step 2: Now click on "Get Admit Card" and you will be able to access your Karnataka PGCET 2020 admit card.
Step 3: Download the Karnataka PGCET 2020 admit card and take the printout in an A4 size sheet.
Documents required along with PGCET 2020 Admit Card
Candidate should also bring any valid Government/Private ID proof along with the Karnataka PGCET 2020 admit card on the day of the exam. The Valid ID card can be any one of the following:
- College ID Card
- Pan Card
- Driving License
- Aadhar Card
- Voter ID.
Note: It is compulsory for candidates to carry their Karnataka PGCET 2020 admit card to the exam centre because, without the admit card, candidates will not be allowed to take part in the exam. In case of any discrepancy in the PGCET 2020 admit card, candidates must inform the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA).
Karnataka PGCET 2020 Exam Centers
Based on their preferences, candidates have to choose their Karnataka PGCET Exam Centres which is convenient for them while filling the Application Form. There are 16 Karnataka PGCET 2020 Exam Centres across Karnataka. Candidates will have to keep in mind that once a Karnataka PGCET Exam Centre is selected, it cannot be changed under any circumstances. The following table contains the list of test centres for the PGCET 2020 examination.
Note: The final centre that is allotted for the candidate will be mentioned on the Karnataka PGCET 2020 Admit Card of the candidate.
Karnataka PGCET 2020 Result
The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) will announce the Karnataka PGCET 2020 Results on their official website. Candidates can check their Karnataka PGCET Results by visiting the official website.
The KEA will release the answer within 3 days of the Karnataka PGCET Exam Date. Students can use this answer key to estimate a rough score by cross-checking their answers with it.
Merit list will be prepared separately for MBA, MCA, ME / M.Tech / M.Arch. PGCET Merit list will be solely be based on marks obtained in the written exam i.e. Karnataka Post Graduate Common Entrance Test.
Note: Candidates who are applying for the Karnataka PGCET 2020 through GATE Score are required to check their GATE Results.
How to check Karnataka PGCET 2020 Result?
Steps to check Karnataka PGCET 2020 Result are given below:
- Step 1: Candidates need to visit the official website of the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA)
- Step 2: On the homepage of the website, click on the result tab.
- Step 3: Enter your application number and date of birth as credentials to log in. Click on "Submit".
- Step 4: The Karnataka PGCET 2020 results will be displayed on screen and candidates can download the results for future references.
Karnataka PGCET 2020 Cut Off
The details regarding Karnataka PGCET 2020 Cut Off are given below:
- The KEA will release the Karnataka PGCET 2020 Cut Off ranks for all disciplines course wise, category wise and college wise on the official website.
- Cut off can be referred by students to get an idea about which college he/she might get.
- You should give options in Karnataka PGCET 2020 Counselling purely based on your interests.
- After cut off ranks are released, you are advised to make a list of colleges which you want to join based on your cut off and your interest
PGCET 2020 Counselling
The Karnataka PGCET 2020 Counselling process is expected to be conducted after the exams are over. The KEA conducts the counselling both through online mode via option entry by candidates.
There are five stages in the Karnataka PGCET 2020 Counselling process which are the Online Registration, Verification of Documents, Filling of Preference Form, Seat Allotment, and Reporting to the Allotted College.
Karnataka PGCET 2020 Counselling Documents Required
Documents which candidates need to submit during Karnataka PGCET Counselling are mentioned as below:
- Print out of the Karnataka PGCET 2020 Application Form.
- Original Copy of the Challan.
- Admit Card.
- Class X or equivalent Marks Card.
- Class XII or equivalent Marks Card.
- Degree marks card of all semesters/ years.
- Provisional Degree Certificate/Degree Certificate/Course completion certificate.
- Study Certificate (If applicable).
- Two recent photographs(passport size.
Allotment of Seats
The verification of documents and allotment of seats includes the following stages.
- Registration of a Candidate: Every candidate who has secured rank in Karnataka PGCET 2020 should report to the nearest Helpline centre as per the schedule posted on the official website for registration of candidate and verification of documents.
- Verification of Documents: Candidates will have to get their original documents verified at the Helpline centre to be eligible for option entry
for allotment of course seat. After the verification process, all the documents will be returned back to the candidate along with an acknowledgement card and verification slip.
- The entry of options by candidates: The college wise, course wise and category wise seat details, available for allotment will be published on the official website as "PGCET 2020 OPTION ENTRY". The candidate shall enter the college and course of his/her choice from among the seats available. They can enter any number of options as he/she wishes to pursue.
- Process of allotment of seats and admission: The allotment of seats will be conducted in the two rounds - First round and Second round and each round consists of 3 phases.
- Remittance of fees and Reporting to college: Candidates need to pay the fee after the allotment process, as prescribed in the official website. Date and time of reporting to college will be informed to candidates after all the admission procedure is over.
How to Prepare for Karnataka PGCET?
Preparation for any Exam is of two types. The preparation that is done through coaching centres - where you go to the centre that teaches you concepts, and then there is self-preparation, where you try your best at beating the exam alone. People generally prefer coaching centres because those centres provide us with a fixed schedule and resources to prepare for the exam, and in turn, we have to pay them.
Self-determined students can motive themselves in order to give the exam. Preparation tips for giving the exam are notified as below:
Secure all the sources relevant to PGCET
Before starting your preparation for the Karnataka PGCET 2020 exam make sure that you secured all of the relevant material that would be useful for you. There are numerous study materials and reference books out there. Out of them, you need to select the right ones that you think would actually help you in your preparation for PGCET. Gathering all of this will give you a clear picture of how much you have to complete over the period you have allotted yourself.
Construct a Custom Preparation Schedule
Preparation for an exam doesn't be fruitful if you are not following a definite structure. Thus, you need to create a proper schedule that is suitable for your day to day life. It should incorporate the equal distribution of study sessions for each subject, some time for solving previous year papers, and most importantly periodic revisions.
But just constructing a good schedule for sake of creating one is of no use. You have to commit yourself to that schedule until your goal is reached.
Evaluate and Improve Yourself
If you are not periodically evaluating yourself you would never know where you are lacking and where you are strong. So you need to attempt all sample question papers, mock tests you can get your hands upon. There are so many of them available on the internet. By taking these tests you will be able to evaluate yourself and then try to improve accordingly.
Karnataka PGCET 2020 Reference Books
Candidates appearing for Karnataka 2020 exam must prepare well for the exam, and to prepare well and crack the exam, you need to have good reference books. Candidates must be well aware of the exam pattern, syllabus and the best reference books available in the market.
Each course will have its own reference book since the PGCET exam is conducted for candidates applying to different postgraduate courses. Candidates must buy the books according to their course and requirement. Few of the PGCET 2020 reference books are listed below.
- Karnataka PGCET ME / M.Tech Entrance Test by Chandresh Agrawal
- MBA Entrance Examinations Guide 2020 Edition by R.Gupta
- GATE and PGECET for Computer Science and Information Technology by Ramaiah K Dasaradh
- How To Prepare For The Karnataka PGCET Entrance Test Study Package by Chandresh Agrawal
5 courses are offered through Karnataka PGCET 2020 and they are listed in the table below:
|1||MCA (For Normal and Lateral Entry; Only Full Time)|
|2||MBA (For admission into the 1st year; Both Part-time and Full Time)|
|3||M.Tech (Both Part-Time and Full Time)|
|4||ME (Both Part-Time and Full Time)|
|5||M.Arch (Both Part-Time and Full Time)|
In case of any discrepancies at any stage of the exam contact the exam conducting authorities. Their contact information is given below:
18th Cross, Sampige Road,
Phone: 080 - 23460460
Fax: 080 - 23461576
E-Mail: [email protected]