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Karnataka PGCET -
Karnataka PGCET - Karnataka Post Graduate Common Entrance Test
Pen & Paper | National Level Exam
Application Fee - General / OBC - Rs.650 | SC / ST - Rs.500
Important Dates
Registration Date
May 24, 2017
Admit Card Date
Jun 20, 2017
Test Date
Jul 02, 2017
Result Date
Jul 23, 2017

How to Prepare for Karnataka PGCET 2017

Aspirants should focus on core quant topics and theory.  Try and finish all the topics in the next two months. Thereafter, do not touch new topics or comfortable areas. 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 in the exam. Apart from 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 them a try only if they are not very close.

So focus on CAT and CMAT syllabus.

Verbal ability section usually consists of grammar, reading comprehension. There’s no different strategy for VA section. Focus on basic grammar rules that you learned during your school days. Candidates need to focus on an overall strategy while preparing for verbal sections because most competitive exams have a similar syllabus. Do a lot of reading from various sources. Candidates need to focus on an overall strategy for MBA exams while preparing for verbal sections because all the exams have a similar syllabus.

While revising GENERAL AWARENESS, candidates need to go through top news stories regularly. Apart from that, focus on static topics.

Except for the section on General Awareness, all the other sections of the exam get well covered with a good preparation for CAT. However, it would be advisable for a student to work on his/her speed the exam. 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:

Also, 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.

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

Who is who

What is what

Science scan

Human body


Landmarks of history

The Universe

While preparing for this section, a student should focus on issues related to National & International Events, World Bodies, and Foreign Trade-related information.

Finally, practicing past years' question papers, as well as Mock Tests of various players, are perhaps the best source for preparation. It provides an opportunity to plug the loopholes in the preparation of entrance exam and one should give maximum importance to these question papers.

Karnataka PGCET 2017 Important Instructions

  • All candidates are directed to see the website of KEA .in atleast twice every day for updates. Likewise the instruction / information will also be sent to the mobile number furnished by the candidates in the online application form. KEAor the Government shall not be responsible for any action / consequence resulting due to non-diligent follow up of notices, notifications and publications appearing on the KEAwebsite on CET- by the Candidates.
  • The candidates must compulsorily verify their qualifying examination marks printed on the result sheets without fail, if there is any discrepancy with reference to qualifying examination marks, the same should be brought to the notice of this office immediately for assignment of new ranks, if necessary.
  • If the qualifying examination marks of the candidates change after revaluation or re-totaling then the candidates are required to submit a copy of the latest marks card indicating the change in marks if any to the KEAfor assignment of revised / new rank.
  • All the candidates (GM, SC, ST Category – I, 2A, 2B, 3A & 3B category candidates) must compulsorily produce the STUDYCERTIFICATE (wherever necessary) obtained from the head of the institution where the candidate has passed the 10th standard / SSLC examination, by mentioning the Standards, Academic years, Mother Tongue as per the admission register of the institution.
  • KEAwill allot the seats ONLINE in the order of merit and based on the priority of options obtained from the candidates. Candidates have to enter the options of their choice on the specified URL at KEAWebsite on their own arrangements. Candidates will have the choice to enter as many number of options as they desire. Candidates may note that they should enter their options carefully by following the prescribed procedures.
  • According to the candidate's final option entry, college and course will be allotted. The candidate has to report to the finally allotted college /course compulsorily and candidate does not have the right to admit to the previous college and course selected. Therefore, he/she is advised to enter their options carefully.

Karnataka PGCET FAQ

1) Tell me something about PGCET ?

PGCET is the entrance test for admission into M.B.A. and M.C.A. courses (full time/part-time) of all Universities and their affiliated colleges in Karnataka. This test is conducted in the month of June/July. Admission to colleges is based on students performance in the test.

2) Who conducts the KEA PGCET entrance exam ?

Karnataka Exams Authority is the conducting body for KEA PGCET exam.

3) What are the eligibility criteria for Karnataka PGCET admission?

A candidate who has passed Recognised Bachelor’s Degree of minimum of 3 years duration examination or equivalent examination and obtained an aggregate minimum of 50% marks taken together in all the subjects including languages in all the years of the Degree Examination is eligible for admission to MBA courses. (45% of marks in Q. E. in case of SC, ST and Category-I of Karnataka candidates) (Reservation is applicable only for Karnataka Candidates).When is the exam going to be held for KEA PGCET? KEA PGCET entrance exam will be held on first week of July.

4) I am a Horanadu Kannadiga Candidate, but I have studied in Kannada medium from 1st to 10th standard outside Karnataka. Am I supposed to write Kannada Language Examination?

No. You are exempted from the writing Kannada language exam applicable to Horanadu Kannadiga.You have to fill up the clause code as ‘n’ in your application.

5) Is there any Woman reservation in the seat selection process?


6) How do I get the application form for admission?

Candidates can apply for PGCET only “Online”.
1.Online application is a user friendly application.
2.Candidates are required to select “PGCET” Online Application” by browsing URL on Offical Website.
3.Candidates have to click on “New User” Click Here to Register” on the home page of online application form.

7) For what amount I should draw the DD for KEA PGCET?

Candidates have to pay an amount of Rs.600/- for general and OBC (Rs.300/- for SC/ST Category-1) through NEFT from any Nationalized bank payable to account no.878333780 with NEFT/IFSC code iD1B000M010 at Indian Bank, Malleshwaram Branch, Bangalore and send the e-mail to Administrative Officer, KAE at

8) How to save options entered?

Just below the option entry panel, a button called "SAVE" is available on the website. Every time a candidate enters the options and wishes to exit the website, he has to click the button "SAVE" button and then he can log out from the website without any loss of information.

9) When is the exam going to be held for KEA PGCET?

KEA PGCET entrance exam will be held on first week of July.

10) Does a candidate have to enter all the options at once?

No, a candidate can enter and alter the entries as many times as he wants, but before the last date and time prescribed for option entry. But each time the candidate has to SAVE his options by clicking on the SAVE button.

11) How to make changes in options saved and entered?

After the process of options entry is over, if a candidate wants to change the options, he can do it by changing the preference order in the "Modify Selected Option" panel. Then save the options. He can see the changed order of preference in the "Selected Option View" which shows all the saved options. But this can be done only before the last date and time 'for option entry' is over.

12) When will I get my Admit Card?

Admit card will be available for view and print in Last week of June (onwards). You will have to log onto the KEA website with your registered User ID. You will be eligible for an Admit Card only upon submission of online application form. You will receive an automated email confirmation upon successful submission from Offical website.

13) What is the mode of conduction of Karnataka PGCET ?

Offline or Pen & Paper based exam.

14) What is the paper pattern for KEA PGCET?

The Karnataka Post Graduate Common Entrance Test -PGCET will be held in one session separately for MBA.
The questions are divided into four sections:-
1.Proficiency in the English Language
2.General Knowledge
3.Test of Reasoning and General Intelligence
4.Quantitative Analysis.

15) Is the evaluation of sheets done manually also?

No.It will be scanned.

16) In the brochure it is said that the documents to be verified in any helpline centre, on the notified dates, what does it mean?

After the declaration of the result KEA will publish the complete schedule for verification of documents. The schedule contains the date, time, rank ranges and other information’s regarding the documents. The candidate has to compulsorily verify their original documents on the specified date and time.

17) How to make changes in options saved and entered?

After the process of options entry is over, if a candidate wants to change the options, he can do it by changing the preference order in the "Modify Selected Option" panel. Then save the options. He can see the changed order of preference in the "Selected Option View" which shows all the saved options. But this can be done only before the last date and time 'for option entry' is over.

18) Is it essential that a candidate key in all his/her options in one sitting in front of your computer?

No, a candidate can enter as many times as he wants, 24 X 7, at any number of sittings, but before the last date and time prescribed for option entry. But each time candidate has to SAVE his options by clicking the SAVE button.

19) Till what time can a candidate make changes in the Option Entry Form?

Before the last date and time prescribed for Option Entry.

20) If any column is left blank while filling the Application Form what happens?

It will be rejected – please verify and confirm that every column has been filled before submitting the application.

21) In the Application Form few columns are not relevant to me. However you have said that all incomplete applications will be rejected. What to do in such circumstances?

The Application has to be filled up in all respects. Where ever any column is not applicable, the candidate shall write N.A. in the relevant column.

22) What is maximum Age Eligibility Criteria ?

There is no upper or lower age limit.

23) Will there be any negative marking?

No,There is no negative marking.

24) For how long is the Karnataka PGCET score valid?

The Karnataka PGCET score is valid for just one year.

25) Is it necessary to use the black ball point only?

Yes.You may use Blue Ball point pen also.

26) What is the Procedure of PGCET Seat Selection?

The seat selection process will be facilitated in different Counseling Centers connected by a high speed data network through Video conferencing mode. The candidate shall appear for counseling at his/her choice of counseling place given at the time of submission of application.
The selection of seat by a candidate and admission thereafter shall comprise of the following steps:
i) Registration of the Candidate at counseling centre
ii) Verification of the documents
iii) Exercising the option by candidates (Selection of seats in accordance with merit order) at the counseling centre where the availability of seat is displayed using a projector linked to a computer which is programmed to account for the ongoing selection and balance seats available institution-wise as per the seat matrix.
iv) The candidate shall make payment of admission fee as specified at the fee payment counter, immediately after the seat selection.
v) The candidate shall collect a provisional Admission Order signed by the Member Secretary, CPAC / a person authorized by Member Secretary, CPAC.
vi) Candidates can proceed to the allotted Institution and report there within the last date specified for admission.
vii) If a candidate is not satisfied with his/her selection in the first round and wishes to attend the casual round should not go and report to the Institution allotted in the first round, even if his/her casual round turn happens to be after the last date mentioned in the admission order issued during first round. Such candidates have to attend casual round. If they get more preferred institution, have to surrender the provisional admission order issued in the first round and get a fresh provisional admission order as per their new choice.
viii) In case the candidate feels that there is no better option for him / her in the casual round, he/ she can continue with the same option of first round, in which case the last date for admission shall be extended on the provisional admission order issued during first round.

27) Can I take a printout of My Options Entry sheet? If so, at what stage?

Provision is made to take the print out of options at every interval. Candidate has to SAVE his options whenever he changes his options. For the purpose of allotment of seats, the computer will consider the last saved options. So, it is advised that the candidates take print out of the final options at the end, i.e. if you have done your final option entry and if you will not change your options further, then you can take the print out of the entered and saved options for your reference.

28) What is the mode of conduction of Karnataka PGCET ?

Offline or Pen & Paper based exam.

29) May I use calculator in the examination?

No, use of calculator, mobile phone or any other electronics devices is strictly prohibited. All the rough work should be done on the rough paper provided to student during examination.

30) When are Karnataka PGCET Results Out?

10 working days after the test.

31) If I opt for allotment of seats what should I do?

Gap of 5 days will be given to the candidates from the date of hosting the allotment details on the website in the Admission Round to exercise their choice of willingness or unwillingness.

32) I have cancelled / surrendered my allotted seats, whether I am eligible to participate in the Casual Vacancy Round?

No, A candidate who has received the admission order and cancelled the allotted seat will have no further consideration in exercising the options for a fresh allotment of seats.

33) What would be the consequences if I don’t report to the college or inform the KEA after a seat is allotted to me?

A candidate should report to the college and inform KEA about it. The colleges are also supposed to inform KEA about the admission of the students to the college. In case a candidate does not report to the college nor inform the KEA such seats will be presumed to be vacant after the last date for report to the college is over, and this seat will be added to the seat matrix for allotment in the next round.

34) What Documents to be Produced During PGCET Seat Selection?

All Candidates have to compulsorily produce their Admission Ticket at the time of counseling. Apart from this, the following original documents are required to be produced:
a. SSLC Marks Card or Marks card equivalent to 10th standard .
b. PUC Marks Card or Marks Card equivalent to 12th standard .
c. All Degree Marks Cards.
d. Valid Caste Certificate obtained under rule 7 of the Karnataka Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes (Reservation of appointment etc.) Rules 1992
e. Income Certificate, if claiming admission under Caste reservation category.
f. Authentic documents certified by the Tahashildar / Competent Authority for claiming admission under Caste reservation category.
g. Study Certificate:
i. Seven year study certificate issued by Head Master / Principal, Primary or High School, counter signed by Block Education Officers.
OR ii. Seven year study certificate issued to “Grameena Abyarthi”, counter signed by Block Education Officers.
If a candidate fails to produce a valid Study certificate, he/she is considered under Non - Karnataka Category.

35) After allotment where I have to see the allotted details?

The details of allotments made in respect of all the candidates will be hosted on the website of KEA and also on the notice boards of help line centres.

36) Will the results be available online?

Yes, on Karnataka PGCET Offical website.