KCET Eligibility Criteria 2021

Updated By Sakunth Kumar on 11 Jan, 2021 12:12

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KCET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

KCET 2021 eligibility criteria is determined by the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) for all the candidates willing to appear for the entrance exam. The eligibility criteria will mention all the requirements including citizenship, qualifying examination, qualifying marks, domicile, subject combination, category, etc. Before filling the application form for KCET 2021, candidates must carefully go through the eligibility criteria. Candidates must note that the eligibility criteria of KCET 2021 would be different for different categories of candidates. All candidates planning to take KCET 2021 should satisfy the eligibility norms.

KCET eligibility criteria

 

KCET 2021 Domicile Rules

Candidates satisfying any of the domicile rules mentioned below are eligible to appear for KCET. The domicile rules for KCET 2021 are as follows -

RulesCodeDomicile NormsApplicability of Kannada Language Test
Domicile Rule 1A
  • The candidate should have studied and passed in one or more Government or Government recognised educational institutions located in the State of Karnataka for a minimum period of SEVEN academic years commencing from 1st standard to 2nd PUC / 12th standard as on 1st July of the year in which the Entrance Test is held and must have appeared and passed either SSLC / 10th standard or 2nd PUC / 12th standard examination from Karnataka State.
  • If the candidate had taken more than one year to pass a class or standard, the years of academic study is counted as one year only.
No
Domicile Rule 2B
  • The candidate should have studied and passed either 1st and 2nd year Pre-University Examination or 11th and 12th standard examination within the State of Karnataka from an Educational Institution run or recognized by the State Government and that either of the parents should have studied in Karnataka for a minimum period of SEVEN years.
No
Domicile Rule 3C
  • The candidate and either of the parent’s mother tongue should be Kannada, Tulu or Kodava and either of parent was domiciled in the state of Karnataka, such candidate should have passed the qualifying examination from a University or Board or any other Institution located outside Karnataka and should be residing outside the State of Karnataka as on 1st May of 2021. Provided that the candidate shall undergo a Kannada Language Test conducted by KEA.
  • These candidates must score a minimum of 12 marks in Kannada Langauge Test apart from minimum qualifying marks in KCET to be eligible for the admission process.
Yes
Domicile Rule 4D
  • A candidate whose mother tongue is Kannada, Tulu or Kodava should have resided and studied for a period of SEVEN YEARS between 1st and 12th standards in disputed Kannada speaking area of South Sholapur or Akkalkot or Jath or Gadhinglaj Taluks of Maharashtra State or Kasargod or Hosadurga or Manjeshwar Taluks of Kerala State. These candidates shall undergo a Kannada Language Test conducted by KEA.
  • These candidates must score a minimum of 12 marks in Kannada Langauge Test apart from minimum qualifying marks in KCET to be eligible for the admission process.
Yes
Domicile Rule 5E
  • In the case of a candidate who is son or daughter of defence personnel who has worked continuously in Karnataka for a minimum period of one year in Karnataka during the Two year period of study of candidates in PUC / 11th and 12th Standard course. The candidate should have studied and passed the qualifying examination from any Government or Government recognised educational institution located in the State of Karnataka
No
Domicile Rule 5F
  • Son or daughter of serving Defence personnel from Karnataka who at the time of joining the Defence service had declared his / her hometown a place in the State of Karnataka. Proof of such domicile should be obtained and produced by obtaining the extract from the AG’s branch (Army Hqs) respective branch of integrated HQ of MoD for Officers and respective Record Offices for JCOs / OR. Further, the candidate should have passed the Q. E. from a University or Board or any other institution located anywhere in India.
No
Domicile Rule 6G
  • In the case of a candidate who is a son or daughter of a defence personnel who had served in Karnataka for at least one year and is posted on duty in Field / Active Service and whose family is permitted by Defence Authorities to continue to stay in Karnataka. Such candidate should have studied and passed the qualifying examination from any Government or Government recognised educational institution located in Karnataka
No
Domicile Rule 7H
  • Son or daughter of ex-servicemen who at the time of joining the defence service had declared a place in Karnataka as his home town, proof of such domicile should be obtained and produced from the “Deputy Director, Department of Sainik Welfare and Resettlement” of that District and the same should be countersigned by the Director Department of Sainik Welfare and Resettlement. Further, the candidate should have passed the Q. E. from a University or Board or any other institution located anywhere in India
No
Domicile Rule 8I
  • In the case of a candidate being a son or daughter of an employee of the Union Government or an employee of the Union or Karnataka State Government Undertaking or Joint Sector Undertaking, who is liable to be transferred anywhere in India as per the terms and conditions of his employment and has worked in Karnataka for a minimum period of one year in Karnataka during the Two year period of study of candidates in PUC / 11th and 12th Standard course. and such candidate has studied and passed the qualifying examination from any Government or Government recognised educational institution located in the State of Karnataka
No
Domicile Rule 9J
  • Son or daughter of a working or retired employee of the Union Government or employee of Union or Karnataka State Government undertaking or Joint Sector undertaking where such employee;
  • (a) had declared to the employer at the time of joining service any place in Karnataka to be his home town; 
  • (b) had studied in any Government or Government recognised educational institution or institutions located in Karnataka for a minimum period of seven years, and was or is liable to be transferred anywhere in India as per the terms and conditions of his employment. Further, the candidate should have passed the Q. E. from a University or Board or any other institution located anywhere in India.
No
Domicile Rule 10K
  • Son or daughter of Members of Parliament elected from Karnataka. Further, the candidate should have passed the Q. E.(Qualifying Exam) from a University or Board or any other institution located anywhere in India
No
Domicile Rule 11L
  • Son or daughter of serving or retired employee:(a) belonging to All India Service of Karnataka cadre; and (b) of the Karnataka State Government, who has served or is serving outside the State of Karnataka during the period corresponding to Candidate’s study outside the State from 1st standard to 2nd PUC or 12th standard examination can be added to make up the seven years study within Karnataka as required
No
Domicile Rule 12M
  • Son or daughter of Jammu & Kashmiri migrants, proof of such migration (IDENTITY CARD) should be obtained and produced from the jurisdictional “District Magistrate and Deputy Commissioner” of any state in India
No
Domicile Rule 13N
  • The candidates who have studied TEN full academic years in Kannada Medium from 1st standard to 10th standard in places outside the state of Karnataka. Such candidates need not appear for Kannada Language Test conducted by KEA. Provided the candidate should have studied and passed the qualifying examination from any Government or Government recognised educational institution.
No
Domicile Rule 14O
  • Son / Daughter of working or Retired employee in Central Armed Police Force service, who at the time of joining the CAPF service (Central Armed Police Force) had declared the hometown as a place in the State of Karnataka, proof of such domicile having been produced by obtaining the extract from the Record Office of the CAPF Unit where the Parent’s service record are maintained. Further, the candidate should have passed the Q. E. from a University or Board or any other institution located anywhere in India.
No

You can click on the link below for the list of documents required for admission for each code mentioned above - 

Documents Required for Admission through KCET (for above Codes)

KCET 2021 Course-Wise Eligibility Criteria

The course-wise eligibility criteria for KCET 2021 is as follows -

Name of the CourseEligibility Requirements
B.Tech
  • The candidates must have passed Class 12th with a minimum of 45% of marks in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/ Biology/ Biotechnology.
  • English should be one of the compulsory languages in Class 12th.
  • For SC/ ST, the minimum qualifying marks is 40%
B.Arch
  • The candidates must have passed Class 12th with a minimum of 50% of marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
  • The candidates must have appeared for NATA or JEE Main Paper 2.
  • For SC/ ST, the minimum qualifying marks in Class 12th should be 45%.
  • B.Sc Agriculture
  • B.Sc Horticulture
  • B.Sc Sericulture
  • B.Sc Forestry
  • B.Tech Bio-Technology
  • B.Tech Agriculture Engineering
  • B.Tech Food Technology
  • B.Tech Dairy Technology
  • B.F.Sc
  • The candidates must have passed Class 12th with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology (PCMB) as the subjects.
  • For admission through Agriculture Quota, the candidates must have to undergo a Practice Test, which will have 50% weightage in the admission process. 
B.VSc & AH
  • The candidates must have passed Class 12th with English, Biology, Physics and Chemistry as the major subjects.
  • There will be a Practical Test for B.VSc & AH applicants. 
B.Pharma
  • The candidates must have passed Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as the major subjects in Class 12th.
  • For the General category, the minimum qualifying marks in Class 12th should be 45% and the same for SC/ ST is 40%. 
Lateral Entry B.Pharma
  • The candidates must have passed Diploma in Pharmacy
Naturopathy & Yoga
  • The candidates must have passed Class 12th with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as the major subjects.

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FAQs about KCET Eligibility

Is Practical Test mandatory for admission in B.Sc Agriculture through KCET?

Only those candidates aspiring for admission in B.Sc Agriculture through Farmers/ Agriculture Quota will have to undergo a practical test. 

Which category candidates need to appear for Kannada Language Test through KCET?

Karnataka residents who studied outside Karnataka or resided in disputed Kannada speaking area of South Sholapur or Akkalkot or Jath or Gadhinglaj Taluks of Maharashtra State or Kasargod or Hosadurga or Manjeshwar Taluks of Kerala State. These candidates shall undergo a Kannada Language Test conducted by KEA.

What is the minimum 12th score needed to appear in KCET exam?

The candidate must have scored a minimum of 45% (40% for reserved category) in class 12th to appear for KCET test. The candidates from B.Arch stream need to have a minimum of 50% (45% for reserved category) in class 12th for appearing in KCET.

What is the age limit to appear in KCET exam?

The minimum age to apply for KCET is 17 years. There is no upper age limit to apply for KCET.

What is the eligibility for Diploma students in KCET Exam?

Diploma students cannot apply for KCET exam. However, they can apply for Karnataka Diploma CET (KDCET) for lateral entry into B.E and B.Arch programmes offered by KCET Participating Institutions.

How many attempts can I give in KCET Exam?

Only once can the students apply for KCET Exam.

What is the eligibility of OBC category for appearing in KCET Exam?

The eligibility to apply for KCET for OBC (2A, 2B, 3A and 3B) candidates is same as the eligibility criteria for SC and ST candidates.

What is the eligibility of ST category for appearing in KCET Exam?

ST category candidates with an aggregate of 40% at the 10+2 level where they have studied Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects in addition to either of the subjects - Chemistry/Computer/Electronics/Biology/Biotechnology are eligible to apply for KCET. The rest of the eligibility criteria remains same.

What is the eligibility of SC category for appearing in KCET Exam?

SC category students must at least have an aggregate score of 40% in the qualifying level (class XIIth) exam (or equivalent). SC candidates must have studied Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects at the qualifying level along with either of the subjects - Chemistry/Computer/Electronics/Biology/Biotechnology to be eligible for KCET. The rest of the eligibility criteria remains same.

What is the eligibility of General EWS category for appearing in KCET Exam?

Candidates who had PCM and PCB subjects in their qualifying examination can apply. For General category and other categories, the minimum marks required in 12th Class is different for every course.

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