KCET Exam Pattern 2019

Last Updated - February 09 2018

KCET 2019 is an offline exam comprising 3 papers in general – Biology/Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics, depending on the course applied for. Each KCET 2019 paper will consist of 60 objective questions which required to be finished in 80 minutes. The examination is held for 2-days in a row, split into 4-sessions, one each for Mathematics, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry.

KCET 2019 is scheduled to take place tentatively in April 2019 while the Hall Ticket is expected to be allocated in April itself. Conducted by Karnataka Admissions Authority (KEA), KCET enables candidates to seek admission into Under Graduate programs in B. Tech, MBBS, BDS, B. Arch, B. Sc. (Agriculture, Sericulture, Forestry, Horticulture etc.), Indian School of Medicine & Homeopathy, B-Pharma, and D-Pharma in the state of Karnataka.

It is important to note that election for admission to MBBS/BDS programs and B. Arch program is on the basis of only valid NEET and NATA scores respectively. All those appearing for KCET 2019 exam should make sure that they go via its exam format, marking scheme, syllabus and advisable books which have been further mentioned in the article.

Highlights Table of KCET 2019 Exam Format

Exam Format Highlights
Number of Papers3
Method of KCET 2019Offline, Paper-based Test
Period of the exam80 minutes for each Paper
Medium of the Question PaperEnglish/Kannada
Total number of questions60 MCQs in each Paper
Marking SchemeEach accurate response is honored 1 mark, no penalty for the wrong responses

KCET Exam Format 2019 Detail

KCET candidates should study KCET Exam Format and syllabus cautiously. For Pharma programs, aspirants required to appear for Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics/Biology papers. Farm Science participants required to appear for Physics, Chemistry, and Biology papers, while candidates for Engineering and Technology courses required to take the Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics papers.

KCET 2019 will be organized over two days, each day having two sessions or two papers each. On day 1 of KCET, test for Biology, and Mathematics papers will be scheduled, while on day 2, test Physics, and Chemistry papers will be scheduled. The question paper will be objective in nature, with each question having four various responses to choose from.

The responses will have to be marked on OMR answer sheets with a blue or black ballpoint pen. Torn or soiled answer sheets and options not marked properly may lead to a lower score. Since the answer sheets will be read by OMR machines to score each aspirant’s responses, it is important that the marks are allotted in strict accordance with the instructions printed on the sheets.

Each paper, i.e., Biology/Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry will have 60 MCQs, each carrying a score of 1 mark. So, each accurate response will be honored 1 mark, while no marks will be deducted for an inaccurate response or for unresponsive questions.

The following table highlights the number of questions and marking scheme of KCET 2019:

Number of Papers3
Number of Questions in each paper60
Marks for each Accurate Response1
Penalty for wrong response or unresponsive questionNone

Syllabus for KCET 2019

The question papers of KCET 2019 will be based on the First and Second PUC (10+2 level) syllabi prescribed by the Department of Pre-University Education of Karnataka. The Kannada language test will cover the subject’s syllabus of the 4th standard.

The table below lists the topics covered in Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics for KCET 2019:

BiologyCell Biology & Genetics; Histology & Plant Anatomy; Diversity of Plant Life on Earth; Introduction to Ecology; Taxonomy; Study of Human Tissues; Digestion; Circulation; Respiration; Nervous System; Human Reproduction; Origin of Life; Organic Evolution; Animal Resources & Human Welfare; Developmental Biology; Diversity of Animal Life; Study of Cell & Cell Division.
MathematicsAlgebra – Set Theory, Mathematical Logic, Matrices & Determinants, Vectors, Groups; Analytical Geometry – Circles, Orthogonal Circles, Hyperbola, Ellipse, Equation of Tangent & Normal;
Trigonometry – Inverse Trigonometric Functions, Complex Numbers;
Calculus – Continuity & Differentiation, Derivatives, Integration, Integrals and its Application, Differential Equation.
PhysicsSI Units; Dynamics; Motions of a particle in one dimension; Statics; Hydrostatics & Hydrodynamics; Heat; Waves & Sound; Theory of Light; Geometrical Optics; Physical Optics; Electro Statics; Present Electricity; Modern Physics.
Kinetic Theory of Gases, Stoichiometry, Atomic Structure, Long Form of Periodic Table, Chemical Bonding, Specific Matter (Ozone, Hydrogen Peroxide, Sulphur, Nitrogen, Halogens, Carbon Silicon Phosphorous, Ceramics), Atomic Structure, Environmental Pollution, Thermodynamics & Thermochemistry; Chemical Equilibrium Reaction, Kinetics, Surface Chemistry, Electro Chemistry, Solids, Radioactivity, Metallurgy, Coordination Compounds, Organic Chemistry (Alkyl Halides, Aromatic Halogen Compounds, Alcohols, Phenols, Aldehydes & Ketones, Acids, Esters, Amines)

Preference Books of KCET 2019

Aspirants may consider referring to the books listed below in preparation for KCET 2019

Name of the BookPublisher/Author
Physics for Karnataka CET and COMEDKCengage Learning
Mathematics for Karnataka CET and COMEDKCengage Learning
Chemistry for Karnataka CET and COMEDKCengage Learning
Biology for Karnataka CET and COMEDKCengage Learning
Physics (Part I & II)NCERT
Chemistry (Part I & II)NCERT
Biology (Part I & II)NCERT
Mathematics (Part I & II)NCERT
15 years’ Solved Papers (2000 – 2014) Karnataka CET Engineering EntranceArihant Publications

Use of OMR sheet for KCET 2019

KCET 2019 is an offline test. Examinees required to mark their responses on an OMR sheet. It is crucial that the following points are kept in mind while marking responses on the OMR sheet.

  • Examinees will be allocated a 2-page OMR Sheet to mark their responses. Both the pages will have identical layout.
  • Examinees should not, under any circumstances, separate or unsettle the alignment of the two sheets.
  • Only Black Ball Point Pen required being used for darkening the circles.
  • Instructions regarding suitable technique to mark on the OMR sheet will be printed on the question paper and examinees must adhere to these instructions.
  • At the end of the examination, Page 2 of the OMR set will be handed out to the examinees by the examiner for the records.
  • The responses to the questions should be marked on Page 1 by darkening the suitable circle of the corresponding question. For example, if the response to question no 3 is option D, the examiner required to darken the circle D against serial number 3 on the OMR sheet. All responses are needed to be marked on Page 1 of the set.

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