KEA CET Exam. KEA CET Karnataka Common Entrance Test is conducted by the KEA (Karnataka Examination Authority) every year. It is organized for admission into Engineering, Technology, Architecture, Bachelor of Yoga and Naturopathy (BNYS), Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc. & A.H.), Farm Science courses i.e., B.Sc. (Hons) Agriculture, B.Sc. (Hons) Sericulture, B.Sc. (Hons) Horticulture, B.Sc (Hons) Forestry, B.Tech (Bio-Technology), B.Sc.(Hons) Community Science, B.Tech (Agricultural Engineering), B.Tech (Food Technology), B.Tech (D. Tech), B.F.Sc (Fisheries), B.Sc. (Hons) Agri. Business Management] B. Pharma, Pharma-D and 2nd-year B-Pharma (Lateral Entry) course, in Government / University / Private, Aided / Private Un-Aided Professional Educational Institutions in the State of Karnataka.

Admission to dental/ medical or AYUSH courses will be provided based on NEET scores. And for architecture courses, admission will be provided through NATA or JEE Main scores.

What is New this Year

· Information with regard to caste, income and 371(j) will be verified through Web-service based on the Caste / Caste Income Certificate RD Number and 371(j) RD number entered by the

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candidate in the online application form. Candidate has to enter the correct RD number carefully in the online application. In case, the RD detail does not match with the data, the schedule will be given in the month of June 2023 to appear for physical verification.

· SC, ST and Cat-1 candidates should obtain an income certificate and enter the RD number of the income certificate carefully, to avail of the benefit of fee exemption.

· General Merit candidates if their annual income is below Rs.8.00 Lakhs, then obtain the income certificate from the concerned Tahasildar and enter the RD number of the income certificate carefully, to claim Supernumerary Quota (SNQ).

· Candidate name, father name, mother name and date of birth will be obtained from the Karnataka SSLC board based on the SSLC register number through SATS. Therefore, candidates who have passed SSLC from Karnataka must enter their correct SSLC register number in the online application form.

Application OpensFeb
Application submission’s last dateApril
Admit Card4-5 days before the exam
Exam DateThe second week of May
For Kannada Language Exam-Horanadu and Gadinadu and Kannadiga)May
Provisional Answer KeyLast Week of May
Final ResultThe second week of June


The KEA CET exam will be held in offline mode (Pen and Paper-based) exam. Question papers contain multiple-choice questions having four alternatives.

The duration of the exam will be 320 minutes and 80 minutes for each subject.

The paper will be of a total of 180 marks.

1 mark will be awarded for each correct answer. There will be no negative marking in the exam, therefore no marks will be deducted for the incorrect response

AdmissionSubjects Required
Farm Science courses (B.Sc. Agriculture, Sericulture, Horticulture etc)PCMB
Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal HusbandryPCB
BPharmaPCM or PCB
Lateral Entry to Pharma CoursePCM or PCB
Pharma DPCM or PCB
Naturopathy and YogaPCB


Courses Offered:

· B.Tech (Agriculture Engineering, Dairy Technology, Food Technology, Food Science and Technology.

· Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry

· B.Sc. (Home Science)

· B.Sc. Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Sericulture), B.Sc. Agro Bio-Technology

· B.Pharma

· B.F.Sc. (Fisheries)

· B.Sc. (Agro Marketing)

· Pharma-D

KEA CET Application Fee:

·The fee structure for General/ OBC candidates is Rs.500 and for SC/ ST/Women candidates is Rs.250.

· For candidates who are from outside India fee is Rs 5000/- and for the candidates who are from outside Karnataka fee is Rs 750/-.

·Candidates may pay the application fee by submitting a challan to one of the designated banks or e-post offices.

·Upon signing the documents in the registration form, candidates will be able to download the challan.


· Qualification: Students should have passed the 12th level or its equivalent from a recognized board or authority.

· Appearing: Those appearing for the 12th level can also apply.

· Qualifying Subjects: Students must have passed 12th level with Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics/ Biology from a recognized board.

· Minimum marks: In the qualifying marks, students must have secured 45% marks (40% marks for reserved categories) in PCM/ PCB subjects.

Other Courses:

B.Pharma: Candidates must have passed class 12th with 45% marks in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/ Biology from a recognized board. 5% of relaxation for the SC/ ST category.

· 2nd Year B. Pharma-: Passed in Diploma in Pharmacy Examination from an institution approved by the Pharmacy Council of India Under Section 12 of the Pharmacy Act and has secured a minimum of 45% marks. (40% for SC, ST, Cat-1, 2A, 2B, 3A and 3B category candidates


Pharma-D- Passed in 2nd PUC / 12th Std with Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. OR Passed in Diploma in Pharmacy Examination from an institution approved by the Pharmacy Council of India Under Section 12 of the Pharmacy Act.


B.V.Sc. & A.H.: Candidates must have cleared 12th with 50% marks in PCB and English. 5% of relaxation for the SC/ ST category.


B.Arch: Candidates must have passed class 12th with 50% marks. Mathematics should be a compulsory subject. Candidates must hold a valid scorecard of JEE Main (Paper 2) or NATA.


BDS/ MBBS/ AYUSH courses: Candidates must have passed 12th with 50% marks in PCB. In 12th, English must be a compulsory subject. Besides, candidates should have a valid scorecard of NEET.

B.Sc. (Hons) Agriculture, B.Sc. (Hons) Sericulture, B.Sc (Hons) Horticulture, B.Sc (Hons) Forestry, B.Tech. Biotechnology, B.Sc. (Hons) Community Science, B.Tech (Agri. Engg), B.Tech (Food Technology), B.Tech (Dairy Technology), B.F.Sc. (Fisheries), B.Sc. (Hons) Ag. Business Management.

· Passed in 2nd PUC / 12th Std / Equivalent exam with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology as optional subjects.

· In the case of Agriculturist Quota, the merit list will be prepared based on 25% marks each, secured in concerned combinations in II years PUC (PCMB) & CET and

· 50% marks secured in the Practical Test. b. Minimum of 50% marks in Practical Examination is required to claim a seat under Agriculturist Quota



· Any student who gets admission to a course in Engineering, Architecture, Medical, Dental or Indian Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy, B.Sc. (Agri.), B.V.Sc etc through CET conducted by KEA can avail of this loan. Eligible students can avail of loans up to Rs. 5.00 Lakhs for the course at 6% interest by applying through any local nationalized Bank in the State. For details visit KEA Website


· Interested candidates belonging to religious minorities’ viz., Muslim, Christian, Jain, Buddhist, Sikh and Parsi communities can apply to KMDC for the sanction of Educational loans


The question papers of the Common Entrance Test will be based on the First and Second PUC syllabi

prescribed by the Department of Pre-University Education of Karnataka State.


The Common Entrance Test will be held on TWO days in FOUR different sessions for four subjects. On the first day, the test will be conducted for Biology and Mathematics subjects in two sessions and on the next day test will be conducted for Physics and Chemistry subjects in two sessions as per the date and time notified. Each paper/subject will be conducted for 60 marks each with a duration of 80 minutes.

Each question paper will be of Multiple Choice Questions (Objective) type. The question paper in each subject will have different versions and each question will have four different options. Each question will carry ONE mark. The candidate is expected to attempt all the questions, in order to obtain maximum marks. In other words, there is no choice of questions.

THERE WILL BE NO NEGATIVE EVALUATION WITH REGARD TO WRONG / INCORRECT ANSWERS BUT MARKS WILL NOT BE AWARDED IN RESPECT OF MULTIPLE ANSWERS for the same question. The version code of the question paper will be boldly printed on the facing sheet of the question paper.

The version code of the question papers given to a student may be different OR may be the same for different sessions.

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