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By Sneha Dasgupta

Karnataka PGCET 2021: Dates, Registration, Eligibility, Exam Pattern

18th October, 2021

PGCET (Post-Graduate Common Entrance Test) is an entrance exam conducted by the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) every year. This exam acts as a gateway exam to gain admission into flagship post-graduate courses such as MBAMCA, M.E., M.Tech. and M.Arch in the state. 

The Karnataka PGCET Exam of 2021 has been postponed to November. Previously, the exam was scheduled to be conducted on 22nd and 23rd October.

This is an offline exam with as many as 100 MCQs, that have to be answered within 150 minutes.

Keep reading to know more about the relevant details concerning Karnataka PGCET 2021, including its application process, eligibility criteria, exam pattern and important dates that you should bear in mind.

If you are still reading, we presume you successfully registered for the exam, with the last date to register being October 3. The revised schedule of Karnataka PGCET 2021 is expected to be up on the official website of KEA soon.

PGCET Important Dates

PGCET 2021 EVENTSDATESPOINTS TO NOTE
Hall Ticket Issue DateTo be announcedThe application form is released online.
Exam Dates November 2021 The entrance test will be held in two sessions in 14 cities across Karnataka.
Release of provisional answer keysTo be announcedYou can download the answer keys from the official website.
Release of final answer keyTo be announcedYou can check your final answer key and result by putting in your roll number.
Declaration of resultTo be announcedYou can find the result online.

Karnataka PGCET Eligibility Criteria

This exam is held for full-time and part-time programmes. The eligibility criteria for MBA admission in Karnataka PGCET is as follows.

Eligibility criteria for a full-time MBA

  • You should hold a three-year bachelor’s degree from any recognised institute.
  • The cut-off marks for the results in the bachelor’s degree examination are specified below.
    Unreserved Candidates: 50% aggregate marks.
    SC, ST and Category-I of Karnataka Candidates: 45% aggregate marks.

Eligibility criteria for a part-time MBA

  • In addition to the eligibility criteria specified for a full-time MBA course, you must have relevant work experience of not less than three years, as of July 31, 2021.
  • Your workplace must be within a 40 KM radial distance from the institution you are seeking admission to.

Eligibility criteria for government seats

You should have studied for a minimum period of 7 years, and passed the 10th and 12th standards from an educational institution that is located in Karnataka and recognised by the state government.

OR

You should have passed the qualifying examination from Karnataka. Additionally, either parent must have studied for a period of 7 years in Karnataka.

OR

Children of ex-servicemen, who had declared a location in Karnataka as their home town at the time of joining the defence services, are also eligible. Moreover, such candidates should pass the qualifying exam from a university or board that is located in India.

Note: You should note that you are not permitted to round off the aggregate score.

Karnataka PGCET Registration

The first stage of the Karnataka PGCET requires you to fill the application form. You can download the exam hall ticket to appear for the exam. Your exam score will enable the counselling process for your admission. You can learn more about the PGCET registration process in the following two steps.

Step 1

You can fill the application form by entering some important details which include personal, academic and communication-related details. After filling the form, you will be required to pay the application fee to further the admission process. 

You may pay the application fee through a Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking. Here are the details for the PGCET application fee for different categories:

  1. Unreserved category: Rs 650
  2. Reserved category: Rs 500

In case you need to make a correction on your application form, you will have access to a window for the same.

Step 2

You can gain access to your admit card online at kea.kar.nic.in as KEA releases the admit cards a week before the exam day. You can download the PDF file of the Karnataka PGCET hall ticket, and print the same before the exam day.

It is important to note that you would not be allowed entry if you don’t carry a hard copy of the admit card.

Documents required for PGCET

Here are the documents you need for the PGCET application form:

  • Coloured photograph in a digital form.
  • Valid email Id and contact number.
  • Scanned signature.
  • Scanned left thumb impression.
  • Qualifying degree.
  • Income certificate.
  • Caste certificate or any other certificate that might be required.

Karnataka PGCET Exam Pattern

Mode of examPen and paper
Medium of examEnglish
Duration150 minutes
Number of questions100
Total marks100
Type of questionsMCQ
Marking scheme+1 for every correct answer
No negative mark for incorrect answers
No. of sections 4
No. of answer options per question4

PGCET Syllabus

The PGCET exam has four sections. So, the syllabus will consist of topics in these sections:

SECTIONSQUESTIONS AND MARKS
Proficiency in English25
Reasoning and Logic25
General Knowledge25
Quantitative Analysis25
Total100

PGCET Admit Card

You can gain access to your admit card online at kea.kar.nic.in as KEA releases the admit cards a week before the exam day. You can download the PDF file of the Karnataka PGCET hall ticket, and print the same before the exam day.

It is important to note that you would not be allowed entry if you don’t carry a hard copy of the admit card.

Karnataka PGCET Preparation

As you have read above, this exam has four sections. You must prepare for the exam keeping in mind the pattern and syllabus of the exam. In case you are wondering where to start from, here are a few preparation tips for the Karnataka PGCET 2021 exam:

  1. You must divide time equally for all the four sections of the exam as all four sections hold equal weightage in the exam.
  2. Study the books recommended by toppers from previous years and subject experts to prepare for all four sections.
  3. Practice is the key to success. Get hold of mock tests and previous year’s question papers to get an idea of the standard of difficulty. This will also help in improving your speed and accuracy.
  4. Prepare notes for last-minute preparation.
  5. Bookish knowledge is not the only way to prepare for this exam. You must take care of your health by providing yourself with proper nutrition, a stress-free environment and abundant sleep to gear up for the exam.

PGCET Result

The dates for the PGCET Exam result are yet to be announced. You can download the PGCET exam results from the official website.

How to check PGCET Results?

If you wish to learn how to download your results, you can follow these easy steps:

  • Go to the official website
  • Click on “Karnataka PGCET result 2021”
  • Enter your registration number
  • Click on the “Submit” button
  • Your results will be displayed on the screen
  • Download the PDF file of the results

PGCET Test Centres

You can choose your preferred exam centre while filling the application form. Here is a list of cities where you can opt for your test centre:

  • Bagalkot
  • Bangalore
  • Belgaum
  • Bellary
  • Bidar
  • Bijapur
  • Chamarajnagar
  • Chikkaballapur
  • Chikmagalur
  • Chitradurga
  • Davangere
  • Dharwad
  • Gadag
  • Gulbarga
  • Hassan
  • Haveri
  • Kodagu
  • Kolar
  • Koppal
  • Mandya
  • Mangalore
  • Mysore
  • Shimoga
  • Raichur
  • Ramanagara
  • Tumkur
  • Udupi
  • Uttara Kannada
  • Yadgir

FAQs About PGCET 2021

When can I apply for PGCET 2021?

You can apply for the exam online by logging into the official website of KEA. There is no offline facility to fill the application form for PGCET any longer. 

Who are eligible for PGCET?

This exam is held for full-time and part-time programmes. The eligibility criteria for MBA admission in Karnataka PGCET is as follows:
Eligibility criteria for a full-time MBA-
You should hold a three-year bachelor’s degree from any recognised institute.
The cut-off marks for the results in the bachelor’s degree examination are specified below.
Unreserved Candidates: 50% aggregate marks.
SC, ST and Category-I of Karnataka Candidates: 45% aggregate marks.
Eligibility criteria for a part-time MBA-
In addition to the eligibility criteria specified for a full-time MBA course, you must have relevant work experience of not less than three years, as of July 31, 2021.
Your workplace must be within a 40 KM radial distance from the institution you are seeking admission to.
Eligibility criteria for government seats-
You should have studied for a minimum period of 7 years, and passed the 10th and 12th standards from an educational institution that is located in Karnataka and recognised by the state government.
OR
You should have passed the qualifying examination from Karnataka. Additionally, either parent must have studied for a period of 7 years in Karnataka.
OR
Children of ex-servicemen, who had declared a location in Karnataka as their home town at the time of joining the defence services, are also eligible. Moreover, such candidates should pass the qualifying exam from a university or board that is located in India.

Is PGCET difficult?

The level of the Karnataka PGCET 2021 exam is easier in comparison to other MBA entrance tests. However, preparation is the key to success. A smart study method is sure to fetch you a good score.

Is the PGCET exam easy?

The PGCET exam is considered easier in comparison to other MBA entrance exams.

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