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DCET 2022 Exam Date
November 20, 2022
Name of the Examination
Diploma Common Entrance Test
Common Name
Conducting Body
Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA)
Frequency of the Examination
Once a Year
Exam Level
State-Level Examination

What is DCET?

The Diploma Common Entrance Test (DCET) is a state-level entrance examination that allows students to seek admission into 2nd Year Engineering Programs and 1st year Architecture Programs under the lateral entry scheme. 

Programs under the lateral entry scheme are offered by top evening and day colleges all across Karnataka. DCET is conducted by the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) every year. 

Apart from the DCET accepting colleges, candidates can also pursue programs under the lateral entry schemes in other colleges in Bangalore

These colleges pack in the best course curriculums for these courses. Therefore, candidates can check out the admission criteria of these colleges and seek admission in Bangalore

DCET 2022 exam will be announced soon.

To apply for the Diploma Common Entrance Test, candidates need to complete their Diploma in either Engineering or Architecture with the required qualifying marks.

DCET Exam 2022 Details:

Application Mode
Mode of Exam
Medium of Exam
Total Number of Papers
Total Marks
180 Minutes
Type of Questions
Multiple-Choice Candidates

DCET Exam Dates:

Tentative Dates
 Application process
September 27, 2022
Last Date for Paying Application Fee
October 7, 2022
Admit Card Release Date
November 12, 2022
Karnataka DCET Exam Date
November 20, 2022
Answer Key
To be announced
To be announced
Counselling Process
To be Announced

DCET Registration:

Candidates can register for Diploma Common Entrance Test by following the below-mentioned process: 

Step 1: Candidates have to visit the official website of the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA). 
Step 2: Click on the link for Karnataka DCET Application Process. 
Step 3: Click on "New Registration"
Step 4: Submit your details, such as Email ID, Mobile Number, Name, and others. 
Step 5: Candidates will have their Karnataka DCET Application Number, User ID, and Password sent to their registered Email ID and Mobile Number. 

How to fill up Karnataka DCET Application Form?

Step 1: Visit the official website of the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA). 
Step 2: Click on Karnataka DCET Application Process.  
Step 3: Log in using your DCET User ID and Password. 
Step 4: Karnataka DCET Application Form will be displayed on the screen of the candidate. 
Step 5: Candidates will need to enter the required details. 
Step 6: After providing the above-mentioned details, candidates have to select their preferred exam centre. 
Step 7: Candidates need to upload the required documents for the application process and pay the application fee. 
Step 8: Candidates have to check the submitted details properly. They must ensure no discrepancy as they will not be getting any correction window for the application process. 
Step 9: They have to click on the "Save and Submit" option. 

DCET Exam Fees:
Fees (In Rs.)
Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST)

Documents required for Karnataka DCET's Registration Process:  

Candidates need to upload the scanned copy of the following documents:

  • Class 10th Marksheet or Equivalent
  • Marksheet of Diploma or Equivalent
  • Certificate of Diploma or Equivalent
  • Work Experience Details
  • Caste Certificate (If Required)
  • Government ID Card

Apart from the above documents, candidates also have to scan their Recent Passport-size Photograph, Signature, and Left-thumb Impression in the required format. 

Below is the required format for these documents:

Recent Passport-Size Photograph

Dimension: 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm

Size: 40 KB

Format: JPG or JPEG

Left-Thumb Impression and Signature

Dimension: 6 cm x 2 cm

Size: 40 KB

Format: JPG or JPEG

DCET Exam Centres:

Diploma Common Entrance Test is conducted in 11 cities all over Karnataka. Below is the list of Exam Centres:


DCET Syllabus and Books:

DCET syllabus for both Engineering and Architecture Courses are the same. 

1) Engineering Mathematics:

Matrices and Determinants
  • Addition, Subtraction, and Multiplication of Matrices
  • Operations related to Determinants
  • The magnitude of a Vector
  • Position of Vector
  • Product of Vectors
  • Expression of Vector in terms of Position Vectors
  • Area of Figures and Force.
  • Random Experiments
  • Sample Space
  • Types of Events
  • Mutually Exclusive Events
  • Exhaustive Events
Complex Numbers
  • Definition of Complex Numbers
  • Conjugate of Complex Numbers 
  • Algebra of Complex Numbers
  • Modulus of Complex Numbers
  • Principal Value of Argument 
Limits and Continuity
  • Integral and Differential Calculus
  • Limits and Continuity
  • Trigonometric Limits
  • Rules of Differentiation
  • Successive Differentiation
  • Logarithmic Differentiation
  • Rules of Integration
  • Integration using Substitution by Parts
  • Definite Integrals
  • Trigonometric Ratios
  • Trigonometric Ratios of Allied Angles
  • Multiple and Sub-multiple Angles
  • Transformation Formulae 
  • Inverse Trigonometric Functions
Coordinate Geometry
  • Formation of Equation on a Straight Line
  • Equation of Line through a Point
  • Equation of Line Parallel or Perpendicular to a Line

Books for Engineering Mathematics:

Author (s)
Higher Engineering Mathematics
B.S. Grewal
Advanced Engineering Mathematics
Erwin Kreyszig
Further Engineering Mathematics: Programmes and Problems
Dexter Booth and Ken Stroud
Basic Engineering Mathematics
J. Bird
Engineering Mathematics 
H.K. Das
A Textbook of Engineering Mathematics
N.P. Bali
Advanced Engineering Mathematics
Rajendra K. Jain and S. R. K. Iyengar

2) Applied Science:

  • Measuring Instruments
  • Scalars and Vectors
  • Parallel Forces
Properties of Solids and Liquids
  • Properties of Solids
  • Properties of Liquids
  • Surface Tension
  • Viscosity
Heat and Properties of Gases
  • Concept of Heat and Temperature
  • Transmission of heat
  • Gas Laws
Wave Motion
  • Simple Harmonic Motion
  • Waves
  • Propagation of Sound Waves in Air
  • Vibrations
  • Stationary Waves
Modern Physics
  • Electromagnetic Waves
  • Laser
  • Nano-technology
  • Communication System
  • Optical Fibre
Industrial Chemistry
  • Electrolysis
  • Corrosion
  • Batteries
  • Fuel Cells
  • Metallurgy
  • Polymers
  • Composite Materials
  • Ph Value

Books for Applied Science:

Publisher/ Author (s)
Applied Science Student Book
Applied Science
Frances Annets, Roy Llewellyn, and Sue Hocking
Principles of Applied Science
David Goodfellow, Ismail Musa, and Sue Hocking
Mathematical Methods in Engineering and Applied Sciences
CRC Press
Applied Science

3) Engineering:

Below is the DCET syllabus for the specific engineering branch that the candidates wish to apply for: 

I) Civil Engineering:

Materials of Construction
Construction Technology
Water Supply Engineering
Engineering Mechanics and Strength of Materials
Design of RCC
Design of Steel Structures
Construction Management
Estimation and Costing
Sanitary Engineering
Concrete Technology
Water Resources Engineering
Transportation Engineering

Books for Civil Engineering:

Authors/ Publishers
Civil Engineering: Through Objective Type Questions
S.P Gupta and S.S Gupta
A Handbook on Civil Engineering
Made Easy
Civil Engineering: Objective Type
J.K. Gupta and R.S. Khurmi
Civil Engineering
Dr. P. Jaya Rami Reddy

II) Chemical Engineering:

Physical Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Instruments Engineering
Chemical and Polymer Technology
Chemical Process Calculation

Books for Chemical Engineering:

Authors/ Publishers
Objective Type Questions and Answers in Chemical Engineering
Dr. Ram Prasad
Chemical Engineering
O.P. Gupta

III) Computer Science Engineering:

Digital and Computer Fundamentals
Operating Systems
Data Structures using C
Database Management Systems
Design and Analysis of Algorithms
Computer Networks and Security
Programming with C
OOPs with Java
Web Programming

Books for Computer Science Engineering:

Authors/ Publishers
Objective Computer Science and Information Technology Subtitle For Competitive Examination
Robert Ribeiro
Handbook of Computer Science & IT
Arihant Experts

IV) Mechanical Engineering:

Manufacturing Technology
Strength of Materials
Thermal Engineering
Fluid Mechanics and Pneumatics
Material Science and Measurements
Theory of Machines

Books for Mechanical Engineering:

Authors/ Publishers
Mechanical Engineering
R.S. Khurmi
Handbook of Mechanical Engineering
Shukla Gaurav
Mechanical Engineering: Handbook For Formulas
Navy Feroz
Mechanical Engineering (O.T.)
R.S. Bansal
Objective Mechanical Engineering
P. K. Mishra

V) Electrical and Electronics Engineering: 

Elements of Electrical Engineering
Electrical Circuits
DC Machines and Alternators
Transformer and AC Motors
Transmission Distribution and Utilisation 
Switchgear and Protection
Digital Electronics
Communication and Computer Networks
Industrial Drives and Control
Electrical Estimation and Costing
Electrical Measurements
Power Electronics
Electrical Power Generation
Energy Management
Analog Electronics

Books for Electrical and Electronics Engineering: 

Authors/ Publishers
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
B.L. Theraja and Er. V.K. Pandey
Electrical and Electronics Engineering for Competitive Exams
Harish C. Rai
Objective Electrical Engineering
Asian Editorial Team
Tancet Electrical & Electronics Engineering
M. Presh Nave
An Integrated Course in Electrical Engineering
J.B. Gupta

DCET Exam Pattern:

Test Duration
180 Minutes
Total Number of Questions
Total Number of Sections
Division of Sections 

Section A: Applied Science

Section B: Engineering Mathematics

Section C: Engineering Courses

Questions in Each Section

Section A: 40

Section B: 40

Section C: 100

Level of Questions
Questions will be Between Easy and Moderate Level.
Marking Scheme
+1 for Each Correct Response
Negative Marking 
No Negative Marking

DCET Preparation Tips: 

Candidates can follow the below-mentioned preparations tips for Diploma Common Entrance Test: 

  1. Become DCET Exam Syllabus PRO:

Diploma Common Entrance Test covers many topics; hence, candidates should have a proper idea of the exam syllabus. Having a clear-cut knowledge of the syllabus will help the candidate prepare a proper preparation plan for the exam. Candidates should also check for regular updates regarding the syllabus. 

  1. Go for the right DCET Exam Resources:

Candidates must ensure that they only go for resources that suit their level of understanding and help them prepare better. However, they shouldn't select the resources just for the sake of it. 

  1. Mentor yourself with the Right Mentor:

For a crucial exam, candidates should select the right mentor for themselves. The right mentor shall help them prepare better and guide them to exam success with a well laid-out strategy. 

  1. Acclimatise yourself to a Strict Preparation Schedule:

Candidates should follow a meticulous preparation schedule for the Exam. Having a proper preparation schedule is crucial for the exam. In addition, it would help the candidate to be in a rhythm for the preparation process of the exam. 

  1. USP lies in Revision & Mock Tests: 

Revision forms an integral part of the preparation process. Revision helps the candidates to maintain a proper grasp of the topic as that can be forgotten after a few weeks of preparation.

Candidates need to get acclimated to the kind and level of questions asked in the examination. Hence, they need to solve multiple mock tests to get used to it. Therefore, they should give a minimum of 8 to 10 mock tests before the examination. It will help them get familiar with the exam conditions. 

  1. Maintaining Proper Health:

Candidates should be fit physically as well as mentally for the rigorous preparation process. In addition, they should have healthy food and drink at least 4 to 5 litres of water regularly. 

Apart from maintaining a proper food cycle, candidates should also incorporate a proper exercise routine to remain fit and to be in a good state of mind during the preparation process.

DCET Admit Card:

Candidates can download their DCET Admit Card by following the below-mentioned steps: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of KEA. 
Step 2: Click on the link "DCET Admit Card".
Step 3: Submit the DCET Application Number. 
Step 4: Karnataka DCET Admit Card will be displayed on the screens of the candidate. 
Step 5: Candidates should check the details mentioned on the DCET Admit Card. If the details are correct, then they should download the admit card for further processes. 

If the candidates encounter any discrepancies, then they should contact the respective authorities. They shall rectify the details and update the correct admit card within a few days. 

Along with the Admit Card, candidates should also carry a Government approved ID Card to the DCET Exam Centres. 

DCET Answer Key:

KEA shall release the DCET Answer Key a few weeks after the exam. Below are the steps to check the DCET Answer Key:

Step 1: Visit the official website of KEA. 
Step 2: Click on the link to download the "DCET Answer Key".
Step 3: Submit the DCET Application Number. 
Step 4: Karnataka DCET Answer Key will be displayed on the screens of the candidate. 

KEA shall decide the timeline to raise objections against the Answer Key. Candidates have to apply for the corrections as per the prescribed online format by the Karnataka Examinations Authority. KEA will not charge any fees for raising an objection against the answer key. 

DCET Results:

Candidates can check out the DCET results by following the below-mentioned steps: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of KEA. 
Step 2: Click on the link to download "DCET Result".
Step 3: Submit the DCET Application Number. 
Step 4: Karnataka DCET Scorecard will be displayed on the candidate's screens. 
Step 5: Candidates should check for any discrepancy on the DCET Scorecard. If there aren't any discrepancies, then candidates can download the scorecard for further processes. On finding any discrepancy, candidates should immediately report it to the concerned authorities. 

DCET Merit List:

KEA will release the Merit List for the further admission process. Candidates shall be invited for the subsequent rounds of counselling based on the merit list.  

The merit list for the engineering courses will be prepared based on the following marks:

  • 50% of the marks obtained in DCET
  • 50% of the marks secured in the final year examination of their Diploma in the relevant branch of engineering. 

For the architecture courses, candidates' NATA scores will be additionally considered for the merit list. 

The candidate's cumulative scores should clear the DCET cut-off, and only then will they be eligible for featuring in the DCET Merit List. The cut-offs of the candidates will depend on the following factors:

  • Total Number of Seats Available in the DCET Colleges.
  • Total Number of Applicants for DCET. 
  • Difficulty Level of DCET.
  • Previous Year Cut-offs.

KEA will release separate merit lists for the below-mentioned group of courses:

  • Day Engineering College Courses
  • Evening Engineering Courses for all Colleges except those in Bangalore and Mysore
  • Evening Engineering College Courses in Bangalore
  • Evening Engineering College Courses in Mysore
  • Day and Evening Architecture College Courses

DCET Tie-breaker:

2 or more candidates can have the same score and might have scored the same rank. 

There can also be candidates who might have scored the same marks and are interested in the same field of engineering. 

For a situation like the above, KEA has a few tie-breaker procedures in place. Below is a list of those:

  • Sectional Marks Obtained in DCET
  • Marks obtained in Diploma 2nd Year
  • Marks obtained in Diploma 1st Year
  • Age Factor 

DCET Counselling Process:

KEA shall conduct the DCET Counselling Process for the candidates featured on the Merit List. 

These candidates will be allotted their respective colleges and courses based on their position on the merit list. 

Below is the list of documents that are required for the DCET Counselling Process:

  • DCET Exam Application Form
  • Original Copy of the Challan
  • DCET Scorecard
  • DCET Admit Card
  • Class X or Equivalent Marksheet
  • Diploma or Equivalent Marksheet
  • 2 recent passport-size colour photographs
  • Rural Study Certificate for Rural Category Reservation. 
  • Kannada Medium Study Certificate for Kannada Medium Quota
  • Valid Caste Certificates

DCET Colleges:

Many colleges in Karnataka accept DCET marks for granting admission into both engineering and architecture courses. Below is the list of the DCET Colleges in Karnataka:

College Name
KLS Gogte Institute of Technology
CMR Institute of Technology
RNS Institute of Technology
Atria Institute of Technology
ACS College of Engineering
Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College of Engineering and Technology
Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management
Vijaya Vittala Institute of Technology
Gopalan College of Engineering and Management
K.S. Group of Institutions


- For Engineering, candidates have to acquire a minimum of 45% in their Diploma or equivalent examination. Along with this, they need to have a minimum of 2 years of work experience. For architecture, candidates have to score at least 50% in their Diploma or equivalent examination and a minimum of 40% in the NATA.

- Karnataka DCET is conducted by the Karnataka Examinations Authority every year.

- Candidates need to have a minimum of 2 years of work experience to apply for the engineering programs offered by many evening and day colleges across Karnataka.

- The duration of the DCET exam is 180 minutes.

- KEA conducts DCET only in Karnataka. It conducts the exam in 11 cities across Karnataka.

- No, DCET doesn't have any negative marking.

- CMR Institute of Technology, RNS Institute of Technology, Vijaya Vittala Institute of Technology, and ACS College of Engineering are some of the best DCET colleges in Bangalore.

- DCET 2022 Exam will be conducted soon.

- Yes, you can raise objections against the DCET answer key within the stipulated time.

- 5 branches of engineering will be considered for the DCET exam. They are: a) Civil Engineering b) Mechanical Engineering c) Chemical Engineering d) Computer Science Engineering e) Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Eligibility Criteria

Candidates have to meet the following eligibility criteria for DCET: 

For Engineering Courses:

  • Candidates have to complete their Diploma or equivalent degree in engineering. 
  • Candidates should score a minimum of 45% in the last year of their Diploma or equivalent examination. Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Schedule Caste (SC) candidates have to score 40%.
  • A minimum of 2 years of work experience is required for applying for the examination. Candidates have to work in either the government or private sector in the branch of engineering, which they are planning to pursue through further studies. 

Eligibility criteria for engineering courses are the same for evening and day colleges accepting DCET 2021 marks in Karnataka. 

For Architecture Courses:

  • Candidates must have completed their Diploma or Equivalent Degree from a recognized institution in Architecture. 
  • They must score an aggregate of 50% in their Diploma or equivalent exam. Along with that, candidates have to score 40% in the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA).
  • A minimum of 2 years of work experience is required for applying for the examination. 

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