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Karnataka PGCET - Karnataka Post Graduate Common Entrance Test Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

The Karnataka Post Graduate Common Entrance Test  -PGCET will be held in one session separately for MBA, conducted for 100 marks with 150 minutes duration.

  • Each question paper will be off (Objective) Multiple Choice type.
  • The question paper will be in four different versions-
  1. Proficiency in the English Language: (Section – A) 
  2. General Knowledge : (Section - B) 
  3. Test of Reasoning and General Intelligence (Section – C) 
  4. Quantitative Analysis (Section – D) 

Test duration- 150 minutes

Marking System – Each question will have four different options.

Each question will carry ONE mark.

Syllabus Summary

No. Of Subject 3
No. Of Unit 11
No. Of Chapter 89
  1. Visual Reasoning
  1. Critical Reasoning
  1. Number series
  2. Letter Series
  3. Series Missing Numbers
  4. Odd one out
  5. Blood Relation
  6. Calender
  7. Clock
  8. Matrix
  9. Cubes
  10. Coding Decoding
  11. Direction and Distance test
  12. Ranking Tests
  13. Sitting Arrangement
  14. Linear Arrangements
  15. Matrix Arrangements
  16. Mathematical Puzzles
  17. Venn Diagram
  1. Strong & Weak Arguments
  2. Statements Assumptions
  3. Statements and Conclusions
  4. Statements & Inferences
  5. Logical Sequence of Words
  6. Analogies
  7. Verbal Classification (Odd one out)
  8. Syllogism
  9. Logical Deduction (based on syllogism)
  10. Course of Action
  11. Causes and Effects
  1. Reading Comprehension
  1. Sentence­ Jumble
  1. Nouns
  2. Pronouns
  3. Adjective
  4. Adverbs
  5. Prepositions
  6. Articles
  7. Verbs
  8. Tense
  9. Modifiers
  10. Parallelism
  11. Sentence Improvement
  12. Subject Verb Agreement
  1. Sentence completion
  2. Word Usage
  3. Synoymns
  4. Idioms and Pharses
  5. Cloze Test
  6. Antonym
  7. Analogy
  8. Homophones
  9. Confusables
  10. Migratory Words
  11. Phrasal Verbs
  1. Data interpretations
  2. Data Sufficiency
  1. Profit, Loss and Discount
  2. Percentage 
  3. Partnership
  4. Pipes and Cisterns
  5. Time and Work
  6. Time, Speed and Distance
  7. Ratio and proportion
  8. Age
  9. Averages
  10. Alligation and Mixture
  11. Circular Track & Upstream-downstream
  12. Compound interest
  13. Relative speed
  14. Simple Intrest
  1. Angles, lines
  2. Properties of Circles
  3. Area and Volume of 2D and 3D figures
  4. BODMAS/Simplification
  5. Quadratic equations
  6. Number System
  7. Probability 
  8. LCM and HCF
  9. Permutation and Combination
  10. Height and Distance
  11. Logarithm
  12. Linear Equation
  13. Indices
  14. Arithmatic and Geometric Prograssion
  15. Set Theory & Venn Diagram
  16. Geometry and Mensuration
  17. Properties of Quadrilaterals
  18. Properties of Triangles

How to prepare


Preparation Strategy

Candidates need to attempt most of the questions in less than 80 seconds. Selection of questions is crucial here.

Aspirants should focus on core topics and theory. The chief strategy should be to attempt familiar questions and leave non-familiar/non-comfortable questions. Candidates should be able to decide this within 10 seconds.

Speed will be also very critical Apart question learning to select a question, candidates should also to reject a question in less than 10 seconds.

Expect some calculation-heavy problems. These questions are meant to be left alone. Give it a try only if are not very close.

Focus on a basic quant syllabus. For Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, revise the Class 8-10 NCERT school books. Since fast calculations can save time, practice with tables, squares, cubes and decimal-fraction conversions.

Logical reasoning is as important as Quant and Data Interpretation. Questions in LR range from Numerical reasoning to Verbal Logic. Logical Reasoning can be practiced using puzzle books and other books on reasoning. You can also profit from working with R S Aggarwal’s book on Reasoning available easily.

English section usually consists of grammar, reading comprehension and vocabulary related questions. Candidates need to focus on an overall strategy of improving English language proficiency while preparing for verbal sections because most competitive exams have a similar syllabus.

While revising GK/Current Awareness, candidates need to go through top news stories regularly. Apart from that, focus on General Awareness Questions and static topics.

However, it would be advisable for a student to work on his/her speed mathematics as some of the questions under Data Interpretation tend to be calculation intensive.

For preparation on General Awareness, in addition to reading newspapers regularly, it would be advisable for a student to prepare from the following sources:

1) In the various issues of MBA Education & Careers magazine, focus on features like Business GK, Current Issues & Events, and Current Event Chronicle (this feature captures important tidbits).
In addition to the above, please run through the GK Model Papers feature titled, improve your GK.

2) Go through the GA Note (Study Material) booklet for stock GK (like history and geography).

3) Manorama & CSR Year Book - it helps in preparation for stock type questions
In Manorama Year Book and CSR, please  focus on the following chapters.

1. Who is who

2. What is what

3. Science scan

4. Human body

5. Computers

6. Landmarks of history

7. The Universe

Duration : 150 Minutes

Important Instructions

Initial TEN minutes will be given for the candidates to write / shade the particulars such as Name, PG CET Number, Version Code and Serial number of the question booklet on the OMR answer sheet in the boxes provided. The candidates who do not write / shade the correct PGCET Number and Version Code on the OMR answer sheets, the OMR answer sheets of such candidates will not be scanned and will not be assigned any rank. The candidates will have to mark correct options on the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) answer sheet, which will be supplied at the beginning of the test. Among the four options provided against a question, only one answer will be correct. The candidate should mark the correct answer by completely shading only one circle against a question number, using BLUE or BLACK ink ball point pen. More details about precautions to be taken while filling the particulars on OMR answer sheet is given below. The OMR answer sheet comprises of two sheets. The top sheet will be used for the purpose of marking correct answers and later scanning & evaluation and the bottom sheet will be returned to the candidates after completion of the test. The bottom sheet is coated with a special kind of chemical which acts as Carbon. When the candidate fills the circles on the top sheet, the pressure on the bottom sheet will automatically create a replica of the top sheet. The candidates are required to COMPULSORILY AFFIX THEIR LEFT HAND THUMB IMPRESSION in the space provided on the bottom portion of the OMR answer sheet (top sheet) with the ink-pad provided by the room Invigilator, after completion of the test. However, they need not affix their thumb impression on the replica (bottom sheet) of the OMR answer sheet. Thereafter, the invigilators will detach the bottom sheet from the top sheet at the perforations and hand over the bottom sheet replica to the candidates and they are allowed to carry the same with them. The top sheet will be retained by the invigilator for returning the same to the Deputy Chief Superintendent of the examination center and in turn to KEA. NOTE: The OMR answer sheets in respect of all the candidates who have affixed their left hand thumb impression will only be scanned and the results in respect of such candidates will be published. The OMR answer sheets in respect of candidates who have not affixed their left hand thumb impression, for any reason, will not be scanned. Also, the results in respect of such candidates will not be published.