KCET 2020- Preparation Tips, Important Topics and Books: Karnataka Examination Authority(KEA) will conduct the KCET 2020 in an offline mode on April 22 and 23. Candidates seeking admission through KCET 2020 should be aware of important topics and best books to prepare for the exam. KCET is an entrance exam that is conducted for admissions to undergraduate courses to the participating institutes in Karnataka. Before starting the preparation, candidates should get themselves familiarized with the important dates, exam pattern and syllabus of KCET 2020. Read the complete article to know about the KCET 2020 preparation tips, important topics, best book and many more.
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KCET 2020 - Preparation Tips, Important Topics and Books

KCET 2020 Overview



Name of the Exam

Karnataka Common Entrance Test

Commonly Known As


Conducting Body

Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA)

Level of Examination




Mode of Exam

Offline (Pen and Paper-based)

Application Mode



Admission to BTech Programmes

KCET 2020 Important Dates

Candidates who are planning to appear in KCET 2020 should know the timeline of all the important events. The admission process through KCET 2020 includes various events starting from the release of application form to the commencement of classes. Candidates can check the important dates of KCET 2020 below.

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KCET 2020 Important Dates


Important Dates

Release of online application form

February 5, 2020

Last date to submit the application form of KCET 2020

March 2, 2020

Final date to pay application fee in specified bank/e-post officeMarch 6, 2020
Availability of KCET application form for the second time
March 7 to March 16, 2020

Correction facility of application form

March 19 to 25, 2020

Release of admit card

April 10, 2020

KCET 2020 (Mathematics)

April 22, 2020 (2:30 PM to 3:50 PM) [Announced]

KCET 2020 (Physics & Chemistry)

April 23, 2020 [Announced]

(Physics - 10:30 AM to 11:50 AM)

(Chemistry - 2:30 PM to 3:50 PM)

Declaration of Result

Last week of May 2020

Counselling of KCET 2020

First week of June to Third week of August 2020

KCET Exam Pattern 2020

Candidates can check the details about the examination from the KCET 2020 exam pattern released by the authorities. Having a prior knowledge about the types of questions that will be asked in KCET 2020 will allow candidates to prepare an examination strategy accordingly.

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KCET 2020 Exam Pattern



Examination Mode

Offline (Pen and Paper Based)

Exam Duration

1 Hour 20 Minutes per paper

Medium of Paper

English and Kannada


Paper I – Mathematics

Paper II – Physics and Chemistry

Number of Questions

Paper I – Mathematics (60 Questions)

Paper II – Physics (60 Questions) and Chemistry (60 Questions)

Type of Questions

Objective (Multiple Choice Questions)

Total Number of Questions

180 Questions

Marking Scheme

One mark will be awarded for every correct response

Negative Marking

There will be no negative marking

KCET Syllabus 2020

KEA has released the detailed syllabus of KCET 2020 on the official website to let students know the topics from where the question paper will be prepared. Candidates seeking admission should go through the KCET 2020 syllabus to increase the chances of scoring high.

KCET 2020 Syllabus for Physics

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 2020 Syllabus for Chemistry

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 2020 Syllabus for Mathematics

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’s KCET Analysis

Last year, KCET was conducted on April 29 and 30, 2019 in an offline mode. As per the candidates who appeared for KCET 2019, the exam was on a tougher side. Talking about the section-wise difficulty level:

  • Maths was lengthy and difficult

  • The difficulty level of Physics was moderate but had questions that required critical thinking and conceptual understanding.

  • The difficulty level of Chemistry was from easy to moderate. Many questions were from NCERT.

How to prepare for KCET 2020?

  • Speed - It is strongly believed that speed is one of the key factors to ace any exam. According to the candidates who appeared in KCET 2019, inability to attempt all the questions was an important reason for unsatisfactory results. Therefore, it is advised to practice as many KCET 2020 sample papers as possible. Practice significantly helps with time management.

  • Understanding Topics - KCET 2020 might have questions that require high conceptual understanding. Therefore, it is very important for a candidate to understand the topics and concepts clearly.

  • Strategy - Formulating right strategy is another important step towards acing KCET 2020. Candidates should go through the exam pattern of KCET 2020 along with the detailed syllabus before starting the preparation. Prior knowledge of the exam pattern and syllabus helps to formulate a strategy in a better way.

  • Analyze your mock test - Solving previous years’ paper or mock test will definitely improve the score but only when it is analyzed properly. Candidates should always analyze and evaluate the score after each attempt. This will help in understanding the strengths and weaknesses.

Best Books for KCET 2020 Preparation

Having the right book is essential to boost preparation. There are many books that are highly recommended by people for candidates who will appear for KCET 2020. Candidates can find the best books for KCET 2020 below:

KCET 2020 - Best Books for Preparation

S. No.


16 Year's Solved Papers Karnataka CET Engineering Entrance by Arihant Publications

Karnataka CET Explorer - Engineering by MTG Editorial Board

Textbooks of Class 11 and 12 for Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics - NCERT

Physics for Karnataka CET and COMEDK

Physics for Karnataka CET and COMEDK by K. L. Gomber and K. L. Gogia

Modern’s Abc of Chemistry, Part 1 and part 2 by S.P. Jauhar

Important Topics for KCET 2020




Wave Optics


Alkanes, Alkenes, and Alkynes

Heat and Thermodynamics


Principles and Processes of Extraction


3D Geometry

Alkanes, Alkenes, and Alkynes

Ray Optics

Sets, Relations, Functions

Mole Concepts

Modern Physics (Atomic Models)

Theory of Equation


Current Electricity


Chemical Kinetics

Electromagnetic Induction

Indefinite Integration

General Organic Chemistry

Physics of Nucleus

Complex Numbers

Aldehyde Ketone

Wave Motion

Sequences and Series

Carboxylic Acid and its Derivatives

Solids and Semiconductor Devices

Continuity and Differentiability.

Ionic Equilibrium

Alternating Current

Binomial Theorem

s-Block Elements

Heating and Chemical Effect


Redox Reaction

EM Waves


Chemical Equilibrium


Trigonometric Ration

Alcohol Phenol Ether

Principles of Communication


Atomic Structure


Chemical Bonding

Permutation & Combination

p-Block Elements

Periodic Classification of elements

Surface Chemistry

Co-Ordination compounds

Transition Elements

Gaseous State

Nuclear Chemistry

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - KCET 2020 - Preparation Tips, Important Topics and Books

Question: Will the authorities send the KCET 2020 admit card through post?


No, the authorities will not send the hardcopy of the admit card of KCET 2020 via post. Candidates will have to download it from the official website.

Question: What is the marking scheme of KCET 2020?


For each correct answer, answer will be allotted one mark. There will not be a negative marking.

Question: Who is the conducting body of KCET 2020?


KCET 2020 will be conducted by Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA).

Question: How many papers will be there in KCET 2020?


KCET 2020 will be conducted in two papers. Paper 1 - Mathematics and Paper 2 - Physics & Chemistry.

Question: What will be the medium of KCET 2020?


KCET 2020 will be conducted in two languages - English and Kannada.

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Which subjects are included to get seat for veterinary through kcet?

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020

For admission in Bachelor of Veterinary Science through KCET examination, the eligibility criteria for appearing in KCET requires a candidate to have 50% marks with Physics,Chemistry, Biology and English as subjects.
The syllabus of KCET includes 60 questions each from PCB and a kannada language test of 50 marks with 50 MCQs.

I hope this helps.

when will kcet 2020 exam conducted?

Sharon Rose Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020
KCET 2020 has been postponed without any rescheduled date.So you have to wait until there is further announcement regarding the exam date.It depends on the intensity of the current outbreak in the country and around the world.Keep yourself updated so that you won't miss any important information.

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I will get 255/300 in board and 60/180 in kcet what will be the ranking

Devanshi Adhikari 7th Apr, 2020

Hello aspirant,

According to your marks you will get rank in between 70,250 - 72,750.

Hope this helped. For more information or rank prediction you can visit career360 website.

Thank you.


wat was the cutoff of kcet 2019 ?

Maria Sunny 6th Apr, 2020


The cut off for KCET 2019  was 50% for general category candidates and 40% for SC/ST candidates.The cut off is different for different colleges. Separate cut offs are made for Karnataka and Hyderabad- Karnataka candidates.

Detailed cut offs for various colleges are available in the links below :




Still we have not received KCET refund for 2018-19, whom or where we have to check the status. please advise.

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020

Can you please share more details regarding the online payment and for what purpose you did the payment.If you have do it in 2019 then its already too late now and your money should have been refunded to you.It might be possible that your refund would have been initiated but wasn't reverted by bank.So, reach out to your brach where your bank account was opened and tell them your concern and they will assist you regarding the matter.Alsoninwould suggest you to avoid that for few months as you must be aware of COVID-19, so its not a good time to go out. You already have waited so long so better wait for another one or two months.

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