Karnataka PGCET MBA Counselling 2020 - Dates, Document Verification, Option Entry, Fee Payment, Instructions

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliPublished On: December 02, 2020 | Karnataka PGCET

The counselling process of Karnataka PGCET MBA 2020 involves multiple steps that the candidates must be aware of. Candidates must ensure they follow all of the important instructions to be successfully allotted a seat in an MBA college in Karnataka.

Karnataka PGCET MBA Counselling Process

Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) conducts the counselling process for Karnataka PGCET MBA 2020 for allotment of seats in MBA colleges in the state. The counselling process starts after the PGCET MBA results have been declared and the cutoff for the exam has been announced. The provisional answer key for Karnataka PGCET MBA was announced on October 21, 2020. Going by the timeline of the exam, the Karnataka PGCET 2020 MBA Counselling Process is expected to start in November 2020. All of the important details are available in this article.

Karnataka PGCET MBA Counselling 2020 Overview

Counselling is an essential step in the conduction of Karnataka PGCET 2020 in which candidates are allocated seats in MBA colleges based on their preference and merit. KEA releases the cutoff for marks for respective colleges and a merit list is prepared in which candidates are ranked according to their PGCET MBA 2020 score. Candidates are then allotted seats in their preferred college, depending on availability.

Important Dates for Karnataka PGCET MBA Counselling 2020

KEA is yet to release the official schedule for Karnataka PGCET MBA 2020 Counselling Process. The counselling dates for the first and second round of admissions will be updated in the table below once they are available on the official source.

Karnataka PGCET MBA ExamOctober 14, 2020
Karnataka PGCET MBA Provisional Answer KeyOctober 21, 2020
Karnataka  PGCET MBA Result DeclarationTBA
First Round of Counselling
Display of Seat MatrixTBA
Document Verification and Option EntryTBA
Mock AllotmentTBA
Last Date to Change OptionsTBA
Provisional Seat AllotmentTBA
Exercising Choices on Allocated SeatTBA
Payment of Fees and ReportingTBA

Karnataka PGCET MBA 2020 Counselling Process

Students appearing for Karnataka PGCET MBA counselling must have an understanding of the different stages involved in the process. The counselling takes place in the following steps.

Karnataka PGCET MBA Step-Wise Counselling Process

Each step has been explained in more detail below.

Step 1: Karnataka PGCET MBA 2020 Result and Cutoff Declaration

KEA will declare the Karnataka PGCET 2020 MBA result in the last week of October 2020 once it satisfies all the objections raised to the PGCET 2020 Provisional Answer Key released on October 21, 2020. KEA will also specify a Karnataka PGCET 2020 MBA Cutoff, which the candidates will have to clear in order to qualify for the shortlisting process. A merit list will also be created in which the candidates will be ranked according to their marks scored in the examination.

Step 2: Display of Seat Matrix and Invitation

KEA will display the complete list of Karnataka PGCET 2020 MBA Participating Colleges on the official website. The number of seats available in each college will also be displayed for the reference of the candidates participating in the counselling process. Candidates whose names appear in the merit list will be invited to participate in the counselling.

Step 3: Registration for Counselling

Invited candidates will have to report to the counselling centre to complete the registration process. The reporting time for Karnataka PGCET MBA 2020 Counselling will be released by KEA on its official website. Candidates will be provided with a time slot as per their ranks.

List of Karnataka PGCET 2020 MBA Counselling Centres

KEA will set up counselling centres in different cities across the state for the convenience of candidates. Given below is the list of counselling centres for Karnataka PGCET 2020 MBA.


Step 4: Document Verification

After the registration process, candidates will have to get their documents verified from the concerned authorities. The details that a candidate has provided in the PGCET 2020 MBA Application Form will be verified from their original academic documents. Only after the verification has been done, a candidate will be eligible for option entry. After successful verification, the candidate will be issued a verification skip and an acknowledgement card.

Documents Required for Karnataka PGCET 2020 MBA Counselling

The following documents must be taken by the candidate to the counselling centre along with one photocopy of each. The original document will be verified and returned to the candidate while the photocopies will have to be submitted at the document verification counter. Given below is the list of documents required.

Class 10th Mark Sheet & CertificateClass 12th Mark Sheet & Certificate
Graduation Mark SheetDegree Certificate
Karnataka PGCET 2020 Admit CardKarnataka PGCET 2020 MBA Score Card
A printed copy of Karnataka PGCET 2020 Application Form
Income Certificate (if applicable)Category Certificate (if applicable)
Domicile Certificate (for candidates belonging to Karnataka / Hyderabad region)

Also Read:List of Documents Required for Karnataka PGCET Counselling

Document Verification Schedule for Karnataka PGCET 2020 MBA Counselling

The detailed rank-wise schedule for the document verification round of Karnataka PGCET MBA Counselling will be posted on the official website of KEA.

Secret Key for Option Entry

Candidates whose documents are successfully verified will be issued a secret key. This secret key will be required to registered for the web-based option entry round. The secret key will be unique for each candidate and should be kept safe and confidential.

Step 5: Option Entry

In the Option Entry process, the complete list of colleges and seats available in MBA colleges will be displayed in the portal. The candidate will be required to choose colleges and courses, and arrange them in the order of preference. There is no limit to the number of options that can be chosen by the candidates.

The option entry process is web-based and can be accessed from any place. A candidate can use their personal computer or visit an internal cafe to complete this process. However, KEA recommended the following browsers to complete this process:

  • Internet Explorer version 8 or above
  • Mozilla Firefox version 10 or above
  • Google Chrome

Additionally, the site must be viewed at a resolution of 1024x720 or higher.

Registration for Option Entry

Registrations for the Option Entry round will be conducted on kea.kar.nic.in. Candidates will be required to create their password for this round. The following information will be required for the Option Entry registration process in Karnataka PGCET 2020 MBA Counselling.

  • Karnataka PGCET MBA Roll Number (CET Number)
  • Karnataka PGCET 2020 MBA Application Number (mentioned on the Application Form)
  • Secret Key Code
  • Mobile Number
  • Email ID

Candidates will also be prompted to create a New Password and Confirm it. They will also need to set a Secret Hint Question, which will be required in case a candidate forgets their password for Option Entry.

Once logged in, all of the details of the candidate will be displayed in the portal. This must be verified by the candidate and any discrepancies must be brought to the attention of the exam conducting authority.

Selection of Choices in Option Entry

Candidates will not be required to choose options in one go. They will have a window lasting a couple of days to do the same. The Detailed Option Worksheet will be available for download for the candidate. It will contain the following details.

  • Type
  • College
  • Option No
  • Course Description
  • College Description

KEA advises candidates to prepare a rough list of colleges and courses according to their preference to have an easier time when filling the options online. Candidates can take a printout of the Option Entry Worksheet and fill in their preferences as 1, 2, 3, 4... in the space given under Option No.

When candidates are satisfied with their options, they can move on to the online option entry process. This must be done by clicking on the Candidate's Option Entry link available in the portal and giving option numbers in the designated spaces.

Also Read:List of MBA Colleges Accepting Karnataka PGCET Rank/ Score - Fees, Seat Matrix

Modifying Options

Candidates can modify their saved options at any point before the deadline. The link to modify options will be available after logging into the Option Entry Portal. Candidates can simply change the preference of options as desired and click on Update to save the changes.

If a candidate wishes to delete a chosen option, they can just change its preference to 0 and click on Update. Candidates must ensure that they modify options as per their desire before the specified deadline. The options chosen by the candidates at the deadline are automatically frozen and considered for seat allotment.

Step 6: Seat Allotment

The Karnataka PGCET 2020 MBA Seat Allotment Process is conducted in multiple rounds. The seat allotment is conducted automatically by a computer as per the options entered by a candidate, their preference and the availability of seats in their desired course or colleges.

The reservation under various categories will also be considered during the seat allotment process. Reserved category students will be allotted seats first. Once they are filled, allotment for the remaining seats will be continued for all of the remaining candidates.

Only the candidates who have participated in the first round of counselling will be considered for the subsequent rounds. Exercising of options is a must after every round. More details can be found below.

Exercising Choices After Seat Allotment

After each round of seat allotment, there would be four choices available to a candidate on how to proceed.

Choice 1: Candidates who are satisfied with the seat allotment can refrain from participating in the further rounds of counselling. The seats allotted to such candidates will be finalised and made unavailable for further rounds of counselling. Such candidates can complete the fee payment and confirming their admission on the KEA website before the deadline. In case a candidate fails to do so, their allotted seat will be cancelled.

Choice 2: Candidates who are satisfied with their allotted seats but willing to participate in the next round can choose this option. They will be required to pay the allotment fees. However, they will still be included in the next round. If a better seat is allotted to the candidate, they will be upgraded and the previously allotted seat will be cancelled.

Choice 3: Candidates who are not satisfied with their allotted seat can opt to surrender their allotted seat but still be included in the next round. In such a case, a candidate will be considered for the next round of allotment with the options they have already entered. However, they will not be considered for the previously allotted seat.

Choice 4: Candidates can surrender their allotted seats and refrain from participating in further rounds. Their candidature for all subsequent rounds will be cancelled.

Karnataka PGCET MBA Seat Matrix 2020

Karnataka PGCET 2020 MBA Seat Allotment Fee

Candidates who wish to exercise Choice 1 or Choice 2 after seat allotment are required to pay the fee prescribed by KEA. The fee payment process for Seat Allotment is conducted offline in the following steps.

  • Candidates must download the challan for fee payment from the official website.
  • The challan will already have candidate's details mentioned such as Name, Allotment Details, Fee etc.
  • The fee must be paid in full at the chosen bank. Candidates will receive a fee payment receipt in return.
  • The details of the receipt must be provided on the KEA official website to confirm the seat.

Instructions for Candidates Appearing in Karnataka PGCET 2020 MBA Counselling

Given below are a set of important instructions that a candidate must go through before appearing for the counselling process for Karnataka PGCET MBA 2020.

  • Candidates must conduct their own proper research about colleges and courses before deciding preferences. They are also advised to consult their peers regarding this decision.
  • Candidates must take all of the required documents for verification along with one photocopy of each. The photocopies will be submitted at the verification centre. No original document will be submitted.
  • Candidates must bee the Secret Key Code confidential as it can be misused to register for the Option Entry process in their name. The Secret Key must be kept safe as the candidates will not be allowed to choose options without entering the key.
  • Candidates are allowed to modify options any number of times before the specified deadline. They must ensure that they are completely satisfied with their chosen preferences as no changes will be permitted thereafter.

Also Read:Karnataka PGCET 2020 MBA Exam Question Paper & Answer Key Analysis

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