KCET 2019 - Preparation Tips, Important Topics and Books
Saumya Vishnoi, 12 Apr 2019, #KCET
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KCET 2019: Karnataka Examination Authority(KEA) conducted Karnataka Common Entrance Test 2019 in offline mode on April 29 and 30. KCET is a state level entrance test conducted to invite admissions into various B.Tech programmes offered by government and private institutions of Karnataka. Eligible candidates were able to apply for KCET 2019 from February 1 to March 20 in online mode. Candidates preparing for KCET 2019 had to ensure that they were well familiar with the syllabus and exam pattern so that they could have a smooth planning of preparation. To boost up the preparation level, a student should have an idea about the important topics and books of KCET. Preparation tips by toppers and experts are compiled in the article to motivate the students by providing them guidance to prepare for KCET 2019.

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A student burns midnight’s oil and leave no stone unturned while preparing to ensure that he/she is ready for the exam but usually few questions act as hurdles for mind like how to start the preparation, what all books should be studied, what are the important topics which needs more focus and what are some tips for preparation strategy. To ease the stress and worry, Careers360 presents “KCET 2019- Preparation tips, important topics and books” which answers all such questions. Read the article on KCET 2019 to know all about preparation tips, important topics and books.

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Brief about KCET


Exam name

Karnataka Common Entrance Test


Commonly known as



Exam Type

State level


Exam Category

Undergraduate (UG)


Exam conducting authority

Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA)


Participating Institutes

220 Government colleges/ private aided/ private un-aided/ Universities of Karnataka



Admission to B.Tech programmes


Frequency of the exam

Once in a year (Annual)

KCET 2019- Important Dates

Candidates must refer to the table of important dates of KCET 2019 to ensure that they do not miss out any event. The dates given below in the table are tentative.



Notification for KCET 2019

February 1, 2019

Availability of online KCET application form

February 1 to March 20, 2019

Availability of KCET 2019 admit card

April 12, 2019

KCET 2019 exam

April 29 and 30, 2019

Announcement of KCET 2019 result

May 25, 2019

Counselling & verification of documents for KCET 2019

June 6 to 19. 2019

KCET 2019 Exam Pattern

Having a prior information about the type of questions which appear in exam, number of questions, total marks and marking scheme can help the students to plan the preparation strategy accordingly. KCET exam pattern gives a brief idea about all such details which boosts the confidence level of a student.





Mode of exam



Duration of exam

1 hour 20 minutes for each paper (paper-1 for Mathematics) and (paper-2 for Chemistry and Physics)


Type of questions



Total questions

180 (Physics- 60, Chemistry- 60, Mathematics- 60)


Total marks

180 (one mark for each question)


Negative Marking

No negative marking



English or Kannada

KCET 2019 Syllabus

The questions of the Karnataka CET will be based on the first and second PUC syllabi prescribed by the Department of Pre-University Education of Karnataka State.Students must go through the KCET syllabus to have the surety that no topic is left out and every topic is covered while preparing.

KCET Physics Syllabus

First Year PUC Syllabus

Second Year PUC Syllabus

Physical World, Units and Measurements, Motion in a Straight Line, Motion in a Plane, Laws of Motion, Work, Energy & Power, Systems of Particles and Rotational Motion, Gravitation, Mechanical Properties of Solids, Mechanical Properties of Fluids, Thermal Properties of Matter, Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory, Oscillations, Waves

Electric Charges and Fields, Electrostatic Potential and Capacitance, Current Electricity, Moving Charges and Magnetism, Magnetism and Matter, Electromagnetic Induction, Alternating Current, Electromagnetic Waves, Ray Optics and Optical Instruments, Wave Optics, Dual Nature of Radiation and Matter, Atoms, Nuclei, Semiconductor Electronics, Communication Systems

KCET Chemistry Syllabus

First Year PUC Syllabus

Second Year PUC Syllabus

Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry, Structure of Atom, Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties, Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure, States of Matter Gases and Liquids, Thermodynamics, Equilibrium, Redox reactions, Hydrogen, s – Block Elements, Some p – Block Elements, Organic Chemistry – Some basic principles & Techniques, Hydrocarbons, Environmental chemistry

Solid State, Solutions, Electrochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Surface chemistry, General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements, p-Block Elements, d and f Block Elements, Coordination Compounds, Haloalkanes and Haloarenes, Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers, Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic acids, Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen, Biomolecules, Polymers, Chemistry in Everyday Life

KCET Mathematics Syllabus

First Year PUC Syllabus

Second Year PUC Syllabus

Sets, Relations & Functions, Trigonometric Functions, Principle of Mathematical Induction, Complex numbers and Quadratic equations, Linear Inequalities, Permutations and Combination, Binomial Theorem, Sequence & Series, Straight Lines, Conic Sections, Introduction to 3D-Geometry, Limits & Derivatives, Mathematical Reasoning, Statistics, Probability

Relations & Functions, Inverse Trigonometric functions, Matrices, Determinants, Continuity and Differentiability, Application of Derivatives, Integrals, Application of Integrals, Differential Equations, Vector Algebra, Three Dimensional Geometry, Linear Programming, Probability

Previous year exam analysis of KCET

In 2018, KCET was conducted offline on April 18 and 19. According to the students who appeared in KCET found the difficulty level to be moderate. The result was declared on June 1. Sridhar Doddamani secured rank 1. The second position was clinched by Narayana Pai from Dakshina Kannada. In 2018, more number of girls (73,197) qualified in the exam than boys (72, 866) in KCET. A list of KCET toppers of 2018 is given below.

Name of Candidate


Sridhar Doddamani


Narayan Pai




Sai Pranav G.


Aneeta James

5th Rank (Also topper among girls)

How to prepare for KCET 2019?

Given below are the tips to prepare for KCET 2019

  • Make a study plan: To ensure a position in good scorers of KCET a student must prepare a study plan according to his/ her strengths and weaknesses.

  • Start Preparing before it is too late: A student preparing for KCET 2019 should make sure that timely preparation is started to avoid rush during the eleventh hour.

  • Make notes: The study method of making notes can prove to be fruitful in terms of achieving success.

  • Revision: Be consistent and revise regularly.

  • Practice: Practise sample papers and previous year papers to get better results.

  • Stay motivated: A student must not let himself/ herself get demotivated. Eating healthy and staying motivated is necessary to prepare well for any exam.

KCET 2019 Preparation tips by toppers

To guide the future aspirants on the road of KCET preparation, tips from the toppers are penned down. KCET toppers share their preparation strategies and messages for the future aspirants

  • KCET 2018 topper Debarsho Sannyasi (Rank 3): “Practising from previous years papers is the best method of preparation. Through them we come to know about the pattern, difficulty of questions and learn to manage time accordingly. I think in my case having good exam temperament, preparation and time management worked a lot. I think KCET is all about speed and exam temperament. Improve them first by more and more practice strictly in the stipulated time. Don’t panic in between exams. Lastly, I would like to say all the very best to all the future aspirants.”

  • KCET 2017 topper Prathik S Nayak (Rank 1): “I was tempted to use a phone in the beginning, but my father being the strict disciplinarian made sure that I did not have a mobile phone.”

KCET 2019 Preparation Tips by experts

Vishnu Dev (Academic Head Karnataka), Avanti Learning Centres share some preparation tips for KCET preparation.

  • Students should solve all the previous year KCET 2019 sample papers within the stipulated time as a test and analyse their performance after every test.

  • Timely revision of concepts is much more important than learning new things

  • Students need to make a balance between revising what they have been taught as well as learning new concepts.

  • Students should stop studying anything new around two-three months before the examination and should focus only on revision and testing.

  • No one is born genius it’s just one’s hard work and never giving up attitude that creates all the difference.”

Best books for KCET 2019 Preparation



Text books of Class 11 and 12 for Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics


Karnataka CET Engineering Entrance 16 Year's Solved Papers

Arihant Publications

Karnataka CET Explorer Engineering

MTG Editorial Board (Author)

Pradeep’s Fundamental Physics (Class 11 and 12)

K. L. Gomber and K. L. Gogia

Modern’s Abc of Chemistry, Part 1 and part 2

S.P. Jauhar

Important topics for KCET 2019




Wave Optics


Alkanes, Alkenes, and Alkynes

Heat and Thermodynamics


Principles and Processes of Extraction


3D Geometry

Alkanes, Alkenes, and Alkynes

Ray Optics

Sets, relations and functions

Mole Concepts

Modern Physics (Atomic Models)

Theory of Equation


Current Electricity


Chemical Kinetics

Electromagnetic Induction

Indefinite Integration

General Organic Chemistry

Physics of Nucleus

Definite Integration

Aldehyde Ketone

Wave motion

Complex numbers

Carboxylic Acid and its Derivatives

Solids and Semiconductor Devices

Sequences and Series

Ionic Equilibrium

Alternating Current

Continuity and Differentiability

s-Block Elements

Heating and Chemical Effect

Binomial Theorem

Redox reaction

EM Waves


Chemical Equilibrium



Alcohol Phenol Ether

Principles of Communication

Trigonometric Ratio

Atomic Structure


Chemical Bonding


p-Block Elements

Permutation and Combination

Periodic Classification of elements

Surface Chemistry

Co-Ordination compounds

Transition Elements

Gaseous State

Nuclear Chemistry

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except ncert which book I will study for kcet 2020 to score maximum marks

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 7th Dec, 2019

Other than NCERTs you can prefer these books for your preparation.

  • Karnataka CET Explorer Engineering by MTG Editorial Board (Author)
  • Pradeeps Fundamental Physics (Class 11 and 12) by K. L. Gomber and K. L. Gogia
  • Moderns Abc of Chemistry, Part 1 and part 2 by S.P. Jauhar

For more information in kcet you can follow the link below :


I hope this helps.


I am studying in 11 class and i have taken only NEET coaching and i dont have interest in it anymore .Now in the second year can i able to clear kcet ,is it possible to study the syllabus within a year.I want to take up veternary or else agriculture .Which has more scope .Iam from category 2A.

Arya 2nd Dec, 2019

Hi Nirupadi,

Basically, the Karnataka Common Entrance Test is much easier than national exams like NEET. Of you are prepared for NEET, you are more than prepared for KCET. However, if you are starting now, one year is enough for preparation if you work hard and productively.  You should clear your basics properly and be thorough with your NCERT syllabus.

Both Veterinarian Studies and Agriculture have great scope in India and you should opt for a career in which you are interested and skilled.


What all Exams can 2 year Dopper attempt? Can I attempt JEE, KCET, VITEE, BITSAT, NEET, COMEDK? Am I eligible for these exam

Rishi Garg 2nd Dec, 2019

You are eligible for all the exams you have listed except that for JEE Advaned. Because a student during Class 12th or one year dropper can appear for this exam.Two year droppers can't attempt this exam (JEE Advanced).

For any further doubts, Kindly let me know through comment section.


For kcet, the board marks counted will be only the theory marks or do practical marks also count?

Sonali Sahu Student Expert 1st Dec, 2019


Whole mark will be considered i.e.300 (Physics,Chemistry,mathematics) . There is no partial consideration like thoery and lab marks.  They will consider total marks and it holds 50% to the total score in KCET and rest 50% is score from the entrance exam.

That score will determine your final rank under general category. if you have any reservation then the board will decide by which factor your rank will get divided.

Hope it help!


will kcet be cancelled in the next year?

niharika cherry 27th Nov, 2019

Hi md ameen, KCET(Karnataka Common entrance test) is not cancelled for the year 2020 as already the application form has been released and the examination will be held  in april 2020, the exam will be conducted in offline mode. The application can be done until february 2020.

Hope this helps.

All the best.

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