Karnataka PGCET

Karnataka Post Graduate Common Entrance Test

Karnataka Post Graduate Common Entrance Test

Mode of ExamOnline
Level of ExamState Level

Karnataka PGCET or Karnataka Post Graduate Common Entrance Test is administered by Karnataka Examination Authority every year. Karnataka PGCET acts as the gateway exam for admission into PG courses including MBA, MCA, M.E., M.Tech. and M.Arch in the state of Karnataka. Karnataka PGCET is an offline exam with as many as 100 MCQs to be answered within 150 minutes. Read on to know about Karnataka PGCET, its application process, eligibility criteria, pattern, syllabus and more.

The table below mentions the key highlights of the Karnataka PGCET exam. Before heading on to know complete details of the exam, take a look at the highlights.



Exam name

Karnataka PGCET

Karnataka PGCET full form

Karnataka Post Graduate Common Entrance Test

Conducting body

Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA)

Exam level


Courses on offer


Karnataka PGCET 2021 exam dates (Released)

13-Nov-2021 for ME/MTech/MArch 

14-Nov-2021 for MBA/MCA

Exam purpose

Admission into PG courses offered by over 178 institutes in Karnataka

Mode of exam

Offline (Pen and Paper)

Duration of test

150 minutes

Language of the test


Official website


MBA admission based Karnataka PGCET exam is done for full-time and part-time programmes. Karnataka PGCET eligibility criteria for MBA admission is as follows.

Karnataka PGCET Eligibility Criteria for Full-Time MBA

  • Candidates must pass a three-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognised institute.
  • Qualifying marks in the bachelor’s degree examination is specified below based on the social category of the candidate
    • Unreserved Candidates: 50% aggregate marks
    • SC, ST and Category-I of Karnataka Candidates: 45% aggregate marks

Karnataka PGCET Eligibility Criteria for Part-Time MBA

  • In addition to the Karnataka PGCET eligibility for a full-time MBA course, candidates must have a work experience of not less than three years as on July 31, 2021.
  • The establishment or the workplace of the candidate must be within 40 KM radial distance from the institution he/she is seeking admission in.

Karnataka PGCET Eligibility Criteria for Government Seats

Candidates should have studied and passed from a government recognised educational institution located in Karnataka for a minimum period of seven academic years commencing from 1st standard continuously or in broken period and must have passed class 10th or class 12th from a government recognized institution located in Karnataka.


The candidate should have passed the qualifying examination from Karnataka. In addition, either of the parents must have studied for a period of seven years in Karnataka


Children of ex-servicemen who had declared a place in Karnataka as their home town at the time of joining the defence services. In addition, such candidates should have passed the qualifying exam from a University or Board located anywhere in India.

As already discussed, Karnataka PGCET 2021 will have four sections. Karnataka PGCET question paper will have questions from the following four topics.


Number of Questions and Marks

Proficiency in English Language


General Knowledge


Test of Reasoning and General Intelligence


Quantitative Analysis




Application Start Date :

3rd September 2021

Application End Date :

12th October 2021

Exam Date :

13th September 2021

Result Date :

30th November 0000

Conducted By :

Official Website : http://www.kea.kar.nic.in