KCET Exam Pattern: Exam Mode, Negative Marking, Papers

KCET Exam Pattern: Exam Mode, Negative Marking, Papers

KCET Exam pattern comprises of the overall layout in which the question paper will be constructed. Candidates seeking admission into various UG courses offered by colleges in Karnataka need to appear for the KCET exam. The KCET exam pattern will help the students getting an idea of exam and related aspects such as how many sections will be there, what will be the mode of the exam, what will be the duration, what will be the marking criteria etc.

Through this article, students will be able to utilize their time in planning an effective exam strategy with the help of KCET exam pattern. Preparing for the examination by keeping in mind the exam pattern and syllabus will help the students getting an edge over their competitors. Students are encouraged to read further for more information.

KCET Exam Pattern

Exam Mode Offline (Pen & Paper based)
Language English or Kannada
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Papers Two i.e. Paper I and Paper II
Subjects Paper I (Biology and Mathematics)

Paper II (Physics and Chemistry)

Marking Scheme +1 mark will be awarded for right answer
Negative Marking Not Applicable


Papers Subjects Marks Duration
Paper-I Biology 60 1 Hour 20 Minutes
Mathematics 60 1 Hour 20 Minutes
Paper-II Physics 60 1 Hour 20 Minutes
Chemistry 60 1 Hour 20 Minutes
Total 240

Important Notes:

  1. For Horanadu and Gadinadu Kannadiga candidates, a separate Kannada language test will be conducted.
  2. The Kannada language test will be of 50 Marks and will be of class 4th
  3. Candidates giving Kannada language test must score minimum of 12 marks out of 50 to qualify the language test.
  4. Agriculture Quota: candidates seeking admission under this quota need to appear for a practical exam of 200 Marks.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

  1. Do I need to apply separately for each program?

No, only one common application will be available for all the courses.

  1. I am a Horanadu/Gadinadu Kannadiga Candidate, but I have studied in Kannada medium from 1st to 10th standard outside Karnataka. Do I need to write Kannada Language Examination?

No, you are exempted from giving the Kannada language test. All you need to do is fill up the clause code as ‘n’ in your application form.

  1. Is there negative marking for marking the wrong answer?

No, there are no negative marking criteria for KCET exam.

  1. Where will be the Kannada language test conducted?

The Kannada language test will be conducted in Bangalore only.

  1. I am a Non-Horanadu/Non-Gadinadu Kannadiga applicant; do I have to appear for the language test?

No you don’t need to give the language test as it is only applicable for Horanadu/Gadinadu candidate.


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