PGCET 2021: Exam Date, Application Form, Notification, Last Date, Full Form, Official Website

Exam Date

Oct 13, 2021

Result Date

Aug 17, 2021

Apr 7, 2021 | Architecture , Computer


Get admission into the top Private and Government institutions of Karnataka with the help of PGCET 2021. 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 2021 

Latest Updates:

  • The second round seat allotment for Karnataka PGCET 2020 is released. Candidates who have taken part in the counselling round can proceed with further admission processes. This will be the final counselling round for the 2020 exam. Candidates can visit the PGCET Counselling page for the direct link.
  • January 5, 2021: The second round counselling schedule for Karnataka PGCET 2020 is released. The process will begin from January 7, 2021.
  • December 29, 2020: The first round seat allotment for admissions through Karnataka PGCET 2020 is released.


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 2021, 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.

GATE Aspirants: If the candidate is qualified in GATE 2021 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 2021 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 2021 exam

Karnataka PGCET 2021 at a glance
Name of the Examination Karnataka Post Graduate Common Entrance Test
Acronym Karnataka PGCET
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
Official Website

Karnataka PGCET 2021 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 will be conducted on Oct 13, 2021 tentatively. The official exam dates are yet to be announced. 

Candidates can refer to the tentative exam dates, which are highlighted in the tabular column below:

Exam dates for Karnataka PGCET 2021 (Tentative)
Important Events Dates (Tentative)
Release of Online Application Form  Sep 16, 2021 
Last date to submit the PGCET application form  Sep 21, 2021 
Extended Application Window  To be announced
Application Window Correction Facility  To be announced
Last date to pay the fees  To be announced
Admit Card issue date  Oct 7, 2021 
PGCET 2021 Exam dates  Oct 13, 2021 
Answer Key release date  To be announced
Results Declaration   To be announced 
Counselling for PGCET 2021   Sep 1, 2021 

Karnataka PGCET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) sets the eligibility criteria for the Karnataka PGCET 2021. 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 2021 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.

Course-wise eligibility criteria for PGCET exam is given in the table below:

Karnataka PGCET 2021 Eligibility Criteria
Course Eligibility Criteria
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 2021 exam. Some important points regarding reservation of seats in Karnataka PGCET 2021 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 2021 Registration

The Karnataka Examinations Authority will release the application form on its official website from Sep 16, 2021. Karnataka PGCET 2021 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 2021 application process.


PGCET 2021 Registration

Registration is the first step in the Karnataka PGCET 2021 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 2021 Application Process.

Uploading Documents

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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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.

Fee Payment

The candidates need to familiarise themselves with the procedure of paying the Karnataka PGCET 2021 Application Fee. The procedure for the same is given below:

  • To complete the Karnataka PGCET 2021 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 2021 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 2021 Application Form will tentatively be available from Sep 16, 2021 on the official website and the last date to submit the exam form will be Sep 21, 2021. The official dates are yet to be announced by the organizing authorities. 
  • Mode of payment: Candidates can pay the Karnataka PGCET 2021 registration fee either through online or offline mode.
  • Online payment: Applicants can make their payment for Karnataka PGCET 2021 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.

Documents specification

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 2021 exam is given in the table below:

Karnataka PGCET 2021 Important Documents
Document Dimensions Format Additional Details
Photograph File Size: 5KB - 40KBDimension: 3.5 cm X 4.5 cm JPG/JPEG It should be a recent passport size color photograph.
Signature File Size: 5KB - 40KBDimension: 3.5 cm X 4.5 cm JPG/JPEG The candidate should sign on white paper with blue or black ink. And signature should not be in capital letters
Left Thumb Impression File Size: 5KB - 40KBDimension: 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 2021 

Candidates must have the below-mentioned documents at the time of filling the Karnataka PGCET 2021 application form.

  • Recent passport size color 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 2021 Exam Pattern

Before preparing for the exam, candidates must be aware of the exam pattern of Karnataka PGCET 2021 exam. It will help the candidates to know the type of questions that are being asked, the time allotted for the entire exam, total marks for the paper and many more. 

The Karnataka PGCET 2021 is an offline exam i.e. Paper & Pen-based Test (PPT). Karnataka PGCET 2021 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 Details
Medium of the exam English
Duration of the exam 150 minutes
Maximum time to answer all the questions 120 minutes
Mode of the exam Pen and Paper Based Test (PBT)
Types of questions MCQ
Marking scheme One mark for every correct answerNo negative mark for wrong answers
Number of sections in the question paper Four
Number of answer options per question Four

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.

Marking scheme:

  • The question paper of Karnataka PGCET 2021 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 2021 examination.

Course-wise Pattern for Karnataka PGCET 2021 
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 2021 Syllabus

The Karnataka Examinations Authority tests candidates' strength in subjects which he/she has opted in their undergraduate course. Therefore, the Karnataka PGCET 2021 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 2021.

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.

The detailed syllabus of the Karnataka PGCET 2021 exam is listed below:

Karnataka PGCET MCA Syllabus

  • Mathematics
  • Computer Awareness
  • Analytical Ability and Logical Reasoning
  • General Awareness
  • General English

Karnataka PGCET MBA Syllabus

  • Proficiency in the English Language
  • General Knowledge
  • Test of Reasoning and General
  • Quantitative Analysis


  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Process Biotechnology
  • Chemical/ Bioprocess Engineering
  • Plant and Animal Biotechnology
  • Characteristics of Animal Cells
  • Immunology
  • Recombinant DNA Technology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Food Biotechnology
  • Environmental Biotechnology

Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Analytical Geometry of 2-d
  • Analytical Geometry of 3-d
  • Differential Calculus
  • Integral Calculus
  • Differential Equations
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Combinational Analysis
  • Linear and Non-Linear Equations
  • Set Theory
  • Relations
  • Number System
  • Logic
  • Algebraic Structures
  • Computer Science
  • “C” Computer Language

Polymer Science & Technology

  • Fluid Mechanics and Statics
  • Chemical Process Calculations
  • Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Polymer Science
  • Polymerization Kinetics
  • Processing Technology
  • Polymer Manufacturing


  • City Planning
  • Housing
  • Visual and Urban Design
  • History of Architecture
  • Development of Contemporary Architecture
  • Planning Theory
  • Techniques of Planning

Mechanical Science

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Materials
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Strength of Materials
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Theory of Machines
  • Design of Machine Elements
  • Production Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering and Management

Civil Engineering

  • Elements of Civil Engineering & Strength of Materials
  • Building Engineering Science
  • Surveying
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Structures
  • Geo-Technical Engineering
  • Water Supply and Sanitary Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Hydrology
  • Irrigation

Chemical Engineering

  • Process Calculations
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Mechanical Operations
  • Thermodynamics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Mass Transfer
  • Reaction Kinetics
  • Process Control
  • Pollution Control Engineering
  • Process Industries

Computer Science & Engineering

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Logic Design and Computer Organization
  • Formal Languages and Automata Theory
  • System Software
  • Operating Systems
  • Databases
  • Computer Networks
  • Web Technologies

Environmental Engineering

  • Environmental Chemistry, Biology and Ecology
  • Microbiology
  • Ecology
  • Water Supply and Treatment
  • Wastewater and Treatment
  • Solid and Hazardous Wastes Management
  • Atmospheric Pollution and Control
  • Transport Processes and Water Quality Assessment
  • Environmental Impact Assessment

Textile Technology

  • Textile Fibers
  • Yarn Manufacturer: Ginning and Baling
  • Modern Yarn Production Methods
  • Fabric Manufacture
  • Chemical Processing of Textiles
  • Fashion Design and Garment Technology

Electrical Science

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Electric Circuits and Fields
  • Analog and Digital Electronics
  • Control Systems
  • Microprocessors

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 2021 Admit Card 

The authority will release the Karnataka PGCET 2021 hall ticket tentatively on Oct 7, 2021 at the official website. Candidates should know that Karnataka PGCET 2021 Admit Card will neither be dispatched nor be sent via email or post or courier under any circumstances.

Karnataka PGCET 2021 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.

Applicants should keep a copy of their Karnataka PGCET 2021 Admit Card till the end of the admission process.

How to download Karnataka PGCET 2021 Admit Card?

Applicants 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 2021 application ID and Password.

Step 2: Now click on "Get Admit Card" and you will be able to access your Karnataka PGCET 2021 admit card.

Step 3: Download the Karnataka PGCET 2021 admit card and take the printout in an A4 size sheet.

Documents required along with PGCET 2021 Admit Card

Candidate should also bring any valid Government/Private ID proof along with the Karnataka PGCET 2021 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
  • Passport
  • Voter ID.

Details present on Karnataka PGCET Admit Card

The admit card of Karnataka PGCET Admit Card contains the following details.

  • Name of the candidate
  • Roll number
  • Father’s name
  • Exam venue
  • Examination date
  • Time of exam
  • Allotted examination centre
  • Photograph of the candidate
  • Scanned signature

Note: It is compulsory for candidates to carry their Karnataka PGCET 2021 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 2021 admit card, candidates must inform the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA).

Karnataka PGCET 2021 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 2021 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 2021 examination.

List of Test Cities in Karnataka
Bangalore Davanagere Gulbarga Dharwad
Hubli Bijapur Shimoga Mangalore
Mysore Belgaum Bagalkot Tumkur
Bellary Raichur Mandya Chikkamagaluru

Note: The final centre that is allotted for the candidate will be mentioned on the Karnataka PGCET 2021 Admit Card of the candidate.

Karnataka PGCET 2021 Answer Key

The exam authority will released the Karnataka PGCET 2021 Answer Key after the exam has been conducted. Candidates can visit the official website of Karnataka PGCET and download the answer key. The authority provides an option for the candidates to raise objections against the answer key in case they found any discrepancies in the answer key. For raising objection they have to pay a prerequisite amount in favour of the exam authority and submit their objections within the specified dates along with a valid proof against that answer. The last date to raise the objection against the answer key is from October 21 to October 24, 2020. The authority will publish the final answer keys after checking all the objections which are raised against the answer key.

How to download the Karnataka PGCET 2020 Answer Key?

Candidates must follow these steps to download the Karnataka PGCET Answer Key:

  1. Visit the official website of Karnataka PGCET.
  2. Click on the list of courses for which the answer key is available.
  3. Download the answer key of Karnataka PGCET as per the preferred programs.
  4. Click on the link and download the question paper along with the answer key.

Karnataka PGCET 2021 Result

The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) will announce the Karnataka PGCET 2021 Results on their official website. Candidates can check their Karnataka PGCET Results by visiting the official website.

The KEA usually releases the answer key within 3 days of the Karnataka PGCET Exam Date. Students can use this answer key to estimate a rough idea about their scores 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.

KEA has released the Karnataka PGCET 2020 results on December 7, 2020 and candidates can get more details by clicking here.

Note: Candidates who are applying for the Karnataka PGCET 2021 through GATE Score are required to check their GATE Results.

How to check Karnataka PGCET 2021 Result?

Steps to check Karnataka PGCET 2021 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 2021 results will be displayed on screen and candidates can download the results for future references.

Karnataka PGCET Scorecard Details

The scorecard of Karnataka PGCET contains the following details:

  • Name of the candidate
  • Candidate Type
  • PGCET Number
  • Rank
  • PGCET Score
  • Subjects

Karnataka PGCET 2021 Cut Off

The details regarding Karnataka PGCET 2021 Cut Off are given below:

  • The KEA will release the Karnataka PGCET 2021 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 2021 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.

Factors affecting PGCET 2021 Cutoff Marks

There are several factors on which the cutoff marks of PGCET depends. These includes:

  • Number of candidates who appeared for the exam
  • The difficulty level of exam
  • The total number of seats available
  • Number of candidates qualifying the exam

Key Points regarding Karnataka PGCET 2021 Cutoff

Candidates must remember these points regarding Karnataka PGCET 2021 Cutoff:

  • The cutoff will provide an idea about the last rank under each category who got admitted to a particular college/course during the previous year. 
  • The minimum ranks that the candidate will secure for getting admission is the cutoff of Karnataka PGCET 2021.
  • The cutoff marks of Karnataka PGCET 2021 will be available in PDF format.
  • The authority will release the Karnataka PGCET cutoff 2021 only in online mode.
  • The cutoff lists will be released separately for the candidates who qualified Karnataka PGCET and GATE qualified 
  • The authority will release the cutoff category, college and course-wise for the candidates who have appeared for Karnataka PGCET 2021.
  • The name of the college, course, category, and the last rank in the particular college for a particular course will be present in the Karnataka PGCET 2021 cutoff.

PGCET 2021 Counselling

The Karnataka PGCET 2021  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 2021 Counselling process which are the Online Registration, Verification of Documents, Filling of Preference Form, Seat Allotment, and Reporting to the Allotted College.

Karnataka PGCET 2021 Counselling Documents Required

Documents which candidates need to submit during Karnataka PGCET Counselling are mentioned as below:

  • Print out of the Karnataka PGCET 2021 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.
  • SSLC marks card
  • 2nd PUC marks card
  • Study certificate
  • Qualifying exam mark sheet
  • Degree certificate /Provisional degree certificate
  • Caste / caste income certificate

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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 Reference Books

Candidates appearing for Karnataka 2021 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 2021 reference books are listed below.

  • Karnataka PGCET ME / M.Tech Entrance Test by Chandresh Agrawal
  • MBA Entrance Examinations Guide 2021 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

Courses Offered

5 courses are offered through Karnataka PGCET 2021 and they are listed in the table below:

Karnataka PGCET 2021 Courses
S.No. Courses Offered
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)

Contact Details

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,
Malleshwaram West,
Bengaluru, Karnataka-560012.
Phone: 080 - 23460460
Fax: 080 - 23461576
E-Mail: [email protected]


What is the required eligibility for PGCET?

Eligibility criteria are different for MCA, MBA, M.Tech and M.Arch programmes. Please go through the eligibility section for complete information.

What is the mode of the exam?

Karnataka PGCET exam will be conducted in the offline mode.

What is the exam pattern for PGCET?

Karnataka PGCET exam pattern is different for MCA, MBA, M.Tech and M.Arch programmes. Please go through the exam pattern section for complete information.

Is there any negative marking?

There is no negative marking. So the candidates need to answer all the questions.

When can I avail the admit card?

Candidates can obtain the admit card from July 1, 2020 onwards.

What is PGCET?

PGCET (Karnataka Post Graduate Common Entrance Test) is a state level entrance examination conducted by Karnataka Education Authority. Through Karnataka PGCET, candidates to get admission in various postgraduate courses in Karnataka.

From when can I avail the PGCET application form?

Candidates can avail the PGCET application form on the official website from June 15, 2020.

Can I pay the application fee online?

Yes, You can pay the application fee online.

What is the application fee?

The application fee for General and OBC candidates is INR 650 and it is INR 500 for SC/ST candidates.

What is the syllabus for PGCET?

Candidates should prepare on Graduate level topics to appear for PGCET.

What is the frequency of the exam?

The examination is conducted once in every academic year by KEA.

I am qualified in GATE, do I need to attend in PGCET?

If the candidate has valid GATE score there is no need to attend the Karnataka PGCET.

Is there any descriptive test in PGCET?

No, only objective type questions will be asked.

What is the difference between PGCET and PGECET?

Although both PGCET and PGECET exams are conducted for admission into Post Graduate Courses such as MBA, MCA, M.Tech, M.E, M.Pharm, M.Sc etc., there is a difference in terms of what are all the courses offered by their respective conducting authorities. Full form of PGCET is Post-Graducate Common Entrance Test and full form of PGECET is Post-Graduate Engineering Common Entrance Test. The list of such entrance exams along with their offerings is given below: Karnataka PGCET - MBA, MCA, M.Arch, M.Tech and M.E. Gujarat PGCET - M.Tech, M.E RUPGCET - M.Sc, M.Tech, M.Com, M.A, M.Ed, M.P.Ed MCAER PG CET - MBA, M.Tech, M.Sc, M.F.Sc AP PGECET - M.E, M.Tech, M.Pharm TS PGECET - M.E, M.Tech, M.Arch, M.Pharm

Is there any part time course offered for MCA and MBA by the conducting authority?

Part time course is offered for MBA. In case of MCA, there is no part time course.

Were the Karnataka PGCET 2020 exam registration dates extended further?

Yes. Eventhough the last date of registeration of PGCET 2020 was June 28, 2020, the conducting authority reopened the application form in July 04, 2020 and was available till July 07, 2020.


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Siva Sivani Institute of Management, [SSIM] Secunderabad

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