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What is Karnataka PGCET?

Karnataka PGCET is an entrance exam for getting admissions into various PG courses in top private and government colleges in Karnataka. It is conducted by the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA). 

Students can easily get into colleges that accept admissions on a merit basis and on management quota basis through Karnataka PGCET. 

Courses in which you can take admissions through Karnataka PGCET are:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Computer Applications (MCA)
  • Master of Architecture (M.Arch)
  • Master of Technology (M.Tech)
  • Master of Engineering (ME)

Many top colleges in Bangalore provide the above-mentioned courses. Candidates can check out the different requirements and seek admissions in Bangalore. 

Close to 40,000 students apply for Karnataka PGCET every year. It makes the exam one of the most preferred state-level exams for a diverse range of courses. 

Karnataka PGCET 2022 Registration will begin again on 1st week of July 2022. To answer this exam, candidates must complete a bachelor's degree in their preferred field of study. 

Karnataka PGCET Exam Details:

Karnataka PGCET 2022 Date 

November 19, 2022 (ME/MTech)

November 20, 2022 (MBA/MCA)

Name of the Examination
Karnataka Post Graduate Common Entrance Test
Common Name
Karnataka PGCET
Conducting Body
Karnataka Examinations Authority
Frequency of the Exam
Once a Year
Exam Level
State Level Exam
Mode of Registration
Mode of Exam
Offline (Pen and Paper)
Medium of Exam
Exam Duration
120 Minutes
Total Number of Papers
Number of Days
Division of Exam
Divided into 2 parts on Day 1.
Day 1 Examinations

For M.Tech, ME, and M.Arch Aspirants

Type A: Courses offered by VTU, UVCE and UBDTCE

Type B: Courses offered by Kuvempu University and University of Mysore

Day 2 Examinations
For MBA and MCA  Aspirants
Type of Questions
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Karnataka PGCET Exam Dates:

Tentative Dates 
Registration Process

October 15, 2022 

Last Date for Fee Payment

October 29, 2022 

Hall Ticket

November 13, 2022 

Karnataka PGCET 2022 Exam Date

November 19, 2022 (ME/MTech)

November 20, 2022 (MBA/MCA)

Karnataka PGCET 2022 Answer Key Release Date

December 1, 2022  

Announcement of Karnataka PGCET 2022 Result

3rd week of December, 2022 

Counselling Date for Karnataka PGCET 2022

1st week of January, 2023 

Karnataka PGCET Registration: 

Candidates can register for Karnataka PGCET by following the below-mentioned steps: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA). 
Step 2: Candidates need to click on the "New User" Tab. 
Step 3: Details such as Name, Gender, Age, Nationality, Contact Details, and other information needs to be filled up by the candidate. 
Step 4: Candidates will receive their Unique ID and Password on the Email ID and Mobile Number provided by them. 

How to fill the Karnataka PGCET Application Form?

Step 1: Candidates need to login to their respective accounts using their User ID and Password, which they have got at the time of registration. 
Step 2: The above process shall lead them to the "Student Information Page". 
Step 3: In the "Students Information Page", candidates have to fill in their Details, Contact Details, Academic Details, Work-experience Details, and others. 
Step 4: Candidates need to save the above information and then upload the required documents. 
Step 5: After that, they will be directed to the Declaration Form wherein they have to check it and submit the form. 

Karnataka PGCET Application Fee: 

Fee (in Rs.)

Documents Required: 


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Karnataka PGCET Correction Window:

Candidates can access the Karnataka PGCET correction window by following the below-mentioned steps: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of the Karnataka Examinations Authority. 
Step 2: Log in to your student portal using your User ID and Password. 
Step 3: Take your cursor to the "Payment Status Tab" for the dropdown menu. 
Step 4: Click on the button that says: "Click here to Edit Application."
Step 5: Clicking on the above option will take the candidate to their application form. Here, they can edit the necessary details, as required. 
Step 6: After modifying the details, candidates have to click on the "Declare Button". 
Step 7: Candidates have to click on the final "Submit" button to apply with the modified information. 
Step 8: Print out of the application form can now be taken out and stored for further processes.

Karnataka PGCET Exam Centres:


Karnataka PGCET Syllabus and Books:

A) Karnataka PGCET Syllabus for M.Arch, M.Tech, and ME (Type A and Type B):
    - Mathematics:

2D & 3D  Analytical Geometry
Algebraic Structures
Differential Equations
Combinational Analysis
Linear and Nonlinear Equations
Set Theory
Number System

    - Mechanical Science:

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

    - Civil Engineering:

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

    - Chemical Engineering:

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

    - Biotechnology:

Bioprocess Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Plant and Animal Biotechnology
Process Biotechnology
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Recombinant DNA Technology
Characteristics of Animal Cells
Agricultural Biotechnology
Food Biotechnology
Environmental Biotechnology

    - Polymer Science & Technology:

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

    - Computer Science & Engineering:

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

    - Electrical Science:

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

    - Environmental Engineering:

Environmental Chemistry, Biology and 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
Fabric Manufacture
Chemical Processing of Textiles
Yarn Manufacturer: Ginning and Baling
Modern Yarn Production Methods
Fashion Design and Garment Technology

     - Architecture:

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

B) Karnataka PGCET MCA Syllabus:

General Mathematics
Computer Awareness
Analytical Ability
Logical Reasoning
General Knowledge

C) Karnataka PGCET MBA Syllabus:

Karnataka PGCET is also an important part of MBA aspirants. It allows them to seek admissions in some of the top colleges in Bangalore and the rest of Karnataka. 

Below is a detailed syllabus for Karnataka PGCET MBA Examination:

English Language
General Knowledge and Current Affairs
Quantitative Aptitude
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation

Karnataka PGCET Books: 

  • Karnataka PGCET ME / M.Tech Entrance Test by Chandresh Agrawal
  • General Knowledge 2021 by Arihant Publications
  • The Mega Yearbook by Disha Experts
  • MBA Entrance Examinations Guide by R.Gupta
  • Karnataka ME/M.Tech PGCET Mechanical Engineering by Chandresh Agarwal
  • M.Sc Mathematics Entrance Examination by Suraj Singh and Rashmi Gupta
  • MBA Entrance Examinations books by Arihant Publications
  • Success Guide for PGCET MCA by Vasantha Book House
  • A Competitive Guide for MCA Entrance Examination by S.Chand

Karnataka PGCET Exam Pattern:

Karnataka PGCET Exam Pattern for M.Arch, M.Tech, and ME (Type A and Type B):

Total Questions
Total Marks
Total Number of Parts

2 (Part A and Part B)

Number of questions
  • Part A: 50
  • Part B: 25
Marks Allotted
  • Part A: 1 mark each
  • Part B: 2 mark each
Negative Marking

No Negative Marking

Karnataka PGCET Exam Pattern for MBA:

Total Questions
Total Marks
Total Number of Parts

2 (Part 1 and Part 2)

Part 1 Subjects

Section A: English

Section B: General Knowledge

Part 2 Subjects

Section C: Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation

Section D: Quantitative Aptitude

Number of questions
  • Section A: 25
  • Section B: 25
  • Section C: 25
  • Section D: 25
Marks Allotted

1 mark each

Negative Marking

No Negative Marking

Karnataka PGCET Exam Pattern for MCA:

Total Questions
Total Marks
Total Number of Parts

2 (Part A and Part B)

Number of questions
  • Part A: 60
  • Part B: 20
Marks Allotted
  • Part A: 1 mark each
  • Part B: 2 mark each
Negative Marking

No Negative Marking

Karnataka PGCET Preparation Tips:

Candidates can follow the below-mentioned preparation tips for Karnataka PGCET: 

  • USP lies in getting the RIGHT Syllabus and Resources:
    Candidates should have a proper idea of the exam syllabus. It helps to chalk out a proper preparation plan.
    Along with a proper idea of the syllabus, candidates should also have the right set of resources. It shall help them to go about the process smoothly. In addition to this, they should also prepare their own set of notes that shall help them prepare for the exam. 
  • Strict Plan EQUALS Good Scores:
    Following a strict schedule is very important for the candidates. It helps them to maintain a proper flow in their preparation process.
    The schedule should dedicate more time to a candidate's weaker area as compared to the stronger areas. 
  • Find a NEW HOBBY in Revision:
    Candidates should do a regular revision of the topics because they can tend to forget them after a few days of a gap. Regular revision of the topics shall help the candidates to be in a proper flow to ace the examinations.
  • Rock the Mock:
    One of the biggest tricks to ace entrance examinations such as Karnataka PGCET is to get a proper hang of the previous year's question papers. Hence, it is highly recommended to practice mock papers that are in line with the previous year's question papers.
    It shall help the candidates to strategize a formula that will help them to go about answering the exam. This strategy can be changed as and when needed. One of the biggest advantages of answering mock exams is that candidates no longer are alien to the actual exam conditions. 
  • Foster Healthy Choices:
    Sometimes, due to the pressure created by such entrance examinations, candidates forget to follow their normal routine.
    It is very important to follow those as it will help in maintaining proper health and concentration during the preparation period. Also, they should have proper food and drink lots of water to keep the body energised. Entrance exams such as these take a huge toll on the candidate. Hence, it is very important to be calm and go about the process in a planned manner. 

Karnataka PGCET Admit Card:

Step 1: Visit the official website of the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA). 
Step 2: Log in with your credential for Karnataka PGCET 2021, i.e., your ID and Password. 
Step 3: Click on the section which says Admit Card for Karnataka PGCET 2022. 
Step 4: Check whether all the details on the Admit Card are correct or not. 
Step 5: Download the Admit Card onto an A4 size paper. 
Step 6: Make sure the print is of the highest quality, and all the details are properly mentioned. 

Karnataka PGCET 2022 Results:

Step 1: Visit the official website of the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA).
Step 2: Click on the "Result" tab on the homepage. 
Step 3: Candidates have to enter their Application Number and Date of Birth as their credentials on this page. Then click on "Submit".
Step 4: Karnataka PGCET 2022 Scorecard will now be displayed on the screen. 
Step 5: Candidates should take out a proper printout of the scorecard for future reference.

Karnataka PGCET 2022 Scorecard:

During the admission process, candidates have to provide their Karnataka PGCET 2022 Scorecard. Hence, it is recommended to preserve a proper print out of that scorecard for future reference. 

Below are the details that the scorecard carries:

  • Candidate's Name
  • Candidate's Category
  • PGCET Application Number
  • Rank
  • PGCET Score
  • Subjects
  • Karnataka PGCET 2022 Cut Off

Karnataka PGCET 2022 Cut off:

Along with the results for Karnataka PGCET, KEA also releases the cut-offs for all the courses. 

Below are the details of the cut-offs:

  • KEA shall release the Karnataka PGCET 2022 Cut offs on its official website. 
  • The cut-offs will be according to the Course, Category, and College. Cut-offs will help the students to get a basic idea of the colleges for which they are eligible. 
  • Cut-offs shall help further in the counselling process of Karnataka PGCET 2022.

Factors affecting Karnataka PGCET 2022 Cut off marks:

Factors on which the Karnataka PGCET 2022 cutoffs depend are as follows:

  • Number of candidates appearing for the examination. 
  • Difficulty level of the exam
  • Total number of seats available

Karnataka PGCET 2022 Counselling:

KEA will conduct the counselling for Karnataka PGCET through online mode. Following are the 5 stages of the Karnataka PGCET 2022 counselling process:

  • Online Registration
  • Document Verification
  • Filling of Preference Form
  • Allotment of Seats
  • Reporting to the Allotted College.

Below is the list of documents required during the counselling process:

  • Karnataka PGCET 2022 Application Form print out. 
  • Original Copy of the Bank Challan 
  • Karnataka PGCET 2022 Admit Card.
  • Class X or Equivalent Marksheet
  • Class XII or Equivalent Marksheet
  • Undergraduate Marksheet
  • Karnataka PGCET 2022 Scorecard
  • Provisional Undergraduate Degree 
  • 2 Recent passport size photograph.


- The eligibility criteria for Karnataka PGCET are to get at least 50% in the concerned undergraduate courses.

- Courses for which the Karnataka PGCET is conducted are ME, M.Tech, M.Arch, MCA, and MBA.

- Karnataka PGCET is an offline pen-paper based examination.

- The time allotted for the Karnataka PGCET is 120 minutes.

- No, there is no negative marking for Karnataka PGCET Examination.

- Candidates can get access to the application form for Karnataka PGCET by visiting the official website of the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA).

- Application fees for Karnataka PGCET are divided category-wise. It is Rs. 650 for the general category and Rs. 500 for the Reserved category.

- No, Karnataka PGCET can give you admission into 178 colleges across Karnataka. The rest of the colleges accept national level entrance exam scores or have their admission process.

- Counselling process for Karnataka PGCET will be conducted by the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA).

- Yes, you can apply for multiple courses offered under Karnataka PGCET.
Eligibility Criteria

Candidates have to meet the following eligibility criteria to apply for Karnataka PGCET: 
Courses Name
Karnataka PGCET Eligibility
Students need to hold a bachelor's degree, in any field, with a minimum of 55% or equivalent CGPA.
Students with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics, Statistics, or Computer Science with a minimum of 50% marks can apply for this course. 
M.Arch/ ME/ M.Tech
Students with a valid GATE score or an Engineering or Architecture Degree, with a minimum of 50% or equivalent CGPA, can apply for this course. 

The above-mentioned marks are for the general category students. Marks for the ST/ SC and OBC students need to be around 40% or equivalent CGPA. 

Candidates with prior work-experience can also apply for the exams. There is no minimum or maximum cap on the number of work experience for a particular course. 

Though, if a candidate is willing to go for a part-time course, then he/ she has to have a minimum work experience of 3 years. 

Karnataka PGCET allows certain students to avail reservation of seats while they apply for the examination. Only the students who are of the native origin of the state of Karnataka can be a part of this reservation process, provided they meet the criteria mentioned below. 

Below are some of the important rules concerning the reservation for Karnataka PGCET 2022:

  • People who belong to Category-1 in the state of Karnataka can enjoy this reservation. Category-1 people are those who belong to a certain caste in the state. 
  • Candidates belonging to the Hyderabad-Karnataka Region can also claim for reservation given that they can produce a legit eligibility certificate from their concerned Assistant Commissioner. 
  • Wards of ex-servicemen can also claim for the reservation. They need to obtain a certificate with their parent's home address. This certificate should be signed by both the Joint Director or the Deputy Director of the district and the Director of the Department of Sainik Welfare and Resettlement, Bangalore.
  • Candidates with physical disabilities of higher than 40% can avail a reservation of 3% of the total seats in all the Government and Government-aided Colleges in Karnataka.

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