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Karnataka PGCET 2021: Exam Date, Registration

PGCET 2021 Karnataka MBA Exam Dates

Candidates can check below Karnataka PGCET Exam dates for the 2021 session for events:


Dates 2021 (Tentative)

Starting of application form

3rd week of May 2021

Online Registration Close

1st week of June 2021

Hall Ticket

4th week of June 2021

Karnataka 2021 PGCET Exam Date

1st week of July 2021

Releasing of Answer key

2nd week of July 2021

Declaration of Result

3rd week of August 2021

Counselling Start

1st week of September 2021

Let us take you through the Karnataka PGCET 2021 Registration.

Other Important Details

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

Contact Address: Sampige Road, 18th Cross, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru – 560012

Phone: 080 – 23460460

Email: [email protected]

Type of examination: State Level

Duration of Examination: 2 hours

Mode of Examination: Pen and Paper, MCQs

Total number of MBA seats: over 19,000

Total number of institutes: More than 200

PGCET Karnataka Exam 2021 Introduction

PGCET or Post Graduate Common Entrance Test is a popular state-level entrance exam conducted by the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA), and it serves as a gateway for admissions to the MBA programs run by the Karnataka-based business schools. Therefore, it’s imperative to clear this examination if you wish to pursue any postgraduate MBA program run by any of the Universities, Government, Private Aided or Private Unaided Business Schools in Karnataka.

Students from both Karnataka as well as other states are eligible to apply for this exam and it’s normally held in early July each year. It’s in the form of a pen and paper test which is of 2 hours’ duration.

Please note, if you’re seeking admission through the government seats of the MBA program, the procedure followed is in accordance with the ‘Karnataka Selection of Candidates for Admission to Masters of Business Administration and Master of Computer Application Courses Rules, 2005.’

PGCET 2021 MBA Exam Eligibility Criteria

For the full-time MBA programs

  • The candidate must have obtained his/her Bachelor’s degree (of minimum 3 years’ duration) from a recognised university/board or should have cleared an equivalent examination.

  • The student must have achieved at least 50% marks or more (in aggregate) in all of his/her subjects during all the 3 years of the degree examination.
  • The percentage requirement for candidates belonging to the Category I, SC and ST of Karnataka is slightly relaxed at 45% or more (in aggregate). Please note, application to these reserved category seats is available only to the Karnataka state candidates.
  • As per a letter issued by the VTU, Belgaum in August 2016, candidates who have obtained their Bachelor’s degree via some distance education program would also be eligible to apply to the MCA / MBA courses of the university as long as the awarding university is approved by the Distance Education Council of IGNOU, New Delhi.
  • Any candidate who has appeared for the final year examination of his/her Bachelor’s degree program and is expecting the final year results soon is also eligible to apply for PGCET 2021 and to any of the full-time MBA programs.

For the part-time MBA programs

  • The candidate must have obtained his/her Bachelor’s degree (of minimum 3 years’ duration) from a recognised university/board or should have passed an equivalent examination.

  • He/she should have secured minimum 50% marks (in aggregate) in all the three years of the Bachelor’s degree program. This minimum percentage requirement is relaxed to 45% for Category-I, SC and ST candidates of Karnataka.
  • Apart from the above requirements, the candidate should also have at least 3 years’ valid work experience as on July 2021. He/she should have obtained this work experience in an organisation situated within 40 km radial distance from the MBA institute where he/she seeks admission.

For the Government MBA Seats (being a Karnataka State Candidate)

A candidate seeking government-quota MBA seat through PGCET 2021, in any of the Karnataka MBA programs, needs to meet any of the following 3 conditions to be eligible to do so. Failing to comply by these criteria would mean that the candidate would be treated as a regular non-Karnataka candidate.

Condition 1

The candidate should have studied and passed in at least one government or government recognised educational institute based in the State of Karnataka for a minimum time period of 7 years starting from the 1st standard till the Bachelor’s degree program. He/she’s allowed to have obtained this education either in broken time periods or continuously, as in July  of the year in which the PGCET test is held (i.e. 2021).

Furthermore, the candidate must have appeared in and passed either the SSLC / 10th standard or 2nd PUC / 12th standard exam from a government recognised institute situated in the State of Karnataka. Any candidate who had taken more than one year to pass in a certain standard/class, his/her total years of academic study would be calculated based on only one year of study in that particular class/standard. The repeat year would be omitted from the calculation.

Condition 2

The candidate should have studied for and cleared his/her Bachelor’s degree program within the State of Karnataka. He/she should have obtained the Bachelor’s degree from an institute recognized or run by the Karnataka State Government and either of his/her parents should have studied in a government recognized institute in the State of Karnataka for a time period of 7 years.

Condition 3

He/she should be the son/daughter of an ex-serviceman who should have declared some place in the State of Karnataka as his hometown, at the time of joining the defence service. The proof of nativity (domicile) in this regard should be obtained from the ‘Deputy Director, Department of Sainik Welfare and Resettlement.’ In this case it won’t matter if this candidate had obtained his/her Bachelor’s degree from a Board / University / Educational Institute anywhere in India.

PGCET 2021 Karnataka Exam Application Process

Before delving into the exact details of the application process, let’s go over 3 very important points that you should keep in mind:

  • The particulars / information provided by the candidates in their PGCET 2021 online application form would be treated as final for admission to the MBA programs. So make sure that you provide absolutely correct details, which you can back up with documentary proof later.
  • Ensure that you satisfy all the eligibility clauses before applying for the government seat. Candidates not meeting any of the eligibility criteria may be refused admission to these seats.
  • In the event that any information provided by a candidate (in the online application form) is found to be false, his/her seat may get cancelled anytime at a later date, even if he/she is actively pursuing the MBA program at that time. Furthermore, criminal proceedings may also be initiated by the government against any such candidate.

All candidates must note that the entire PGCET 2021 application process would be online and the PGCET Notification 2021 would be released by sometime around early to mid-May in 2021. It’s most likely to start sometime around mid-May 2021. You are advised to carefully go through the eligibility criteria (detailed above) prior to applying for this exam.

Steps to fill up the PGCET 2021 Karnataka Exam Application Form

Following are the steps you must follow to fill up the PGCET 2021 Karnataka Exam application form:

  • Visit the official website of the examination conducting body (KEA) and click on the ‘PGCET Online Application.’
  • Thereafter, click ‘New User? Click Here to Register’ and fill up all the required information into the candidate registration form, followed by a click on the ‘Submit’ button.
  • You’ll receive a ‘user ID’ and ‘application number’ upon submission, a copy of which will be sent to your registered email ID and phone number too.
  • At this point, you’ll get redirected to the login page wherein you’ll need to provide your user ID and password to log in.
  • After you have logged in successfully, you’ll be asked to fill up and save your ‘Student Information.’
  • After you’ve saved the student details, the platform would urge you to upload a scanned copy of your photograph, your signature, parent’s signature and your left hand thumb impression. You’d need to save all these and then click on ‘Next.’ The table below details the documents you need to upload, their file size, dimensions and file format:
Documents to be scanned File dimensions File size File format
Left thumb impression 3.5 cm x 1.5 cm 5KB to 40KB JPG/JPEG
Signature 3.5 cm x 1.5 cm 5KB to 40KB JPG/JPEG
Photograph 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm Upto 1 MB JPG/JPEG

Please note: The thumb impression shouldn’t be blurred, the signature must be on a white background and the photograph should be your most recent one.

  • Thereafter, you can take a printout of the challan (in triplicate). Karnataka-based OBC and general category candidates need to pay a fee of Rs. 650 for the exam, while the fee for the Category 1, SC and ST candidates is Rs. 500. This fee would need to be paid at any of the branches of the specified banks. The concerned bank will retain one copy of the challan and hand you over the remaining two copies.
  • Please keep in mind that before you head out to the bank to pay this fee, you should download your filled-up application form and obtain the Principal’s seal and signature from your college.

PGCET 2021 Karnataka Exam Pattern

The PGCET 2021 Karnataka MBA examination will be a 2-hour long pen and paper exam carrying 100 marks in total and consisting of 100 questions.

Every question will carry 1 mark each and will be a multiple-choice type. There’ll be different versions of the question paper and each question will have 4 different options for the answer. The candidates need to mark the correct answers on an OMR answer sheet, using nothing else but a black or blue ink ballpoint pen.

Although there is no negative marking for incorrect answers, no marks will be awarded for a question for which multiple answers have been selected. The answer key is normally published on the KEA’s official website within 3 days of the entrance test.

Following is the expected PGCET 2021 Karnataka MBA Exam Pattern

Part 1 Section A - Proficiency in English language 25 marks
Part 1 Section B – General Knowledge 25 marks
Part 2 Section C – Reasoning and General Intelligence 25 marks
Part 2 Section D – Quantitative Analysis 25 marks

After a candidate completes the test, he/she will need to affix his/her left hand thumb impression on the provided space at the bottom of the OMR answer sheet, and then hand it over to the invigilator. If you need, you can carry a replica of the filled up OMR answer sheet and retain it for a time period of one year (for reference purposes and for comparing against the released answer sheet by the KEA).

PGCET 2021 Karnataka MBA Exam Syllabus

The syllabus for the PGCET 2021 Karnataka MBA test is expected to be as follows:

Section A – Proficiency in English language

  • Idioms and phrases

  • One word substitution
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Grammar
  • Pairs expressing relationships
  • Sentence correction
  • Famous books in English literature

Section B – General Knowledge

  • Economics

  • Global environment
  • Current affairs
  • Personalities and achievements
  • Indian business environment
  • Social events
  • Management
  • Cultural events
  • Awards
  • Historical events
  • Sports
  • Political events
  • Humanities
  • Science and technology

Section C – Reasoning and General Intelligence

  • Analytical ability

  • Verbal ability
  • Related aspects
  • Diagrams
  • Logic
  • Analogy
  • Puzzles

Section D – Quantitative Analysis

  • Statistics

  • Arithmetic
  • Related quantitative aspects
  • Data analysis and interpretation

PGCET 2021 Karnataka MBA Exam Test Centres

Although the final list of the test centres would be released by the KEA at the time of the exam’s notification, you can expect the PGCET 2021 Karnataka to be held in the following cities:

  • Bengaluru
  • Bagalkot
  • Bijapur
  • Bellary
  • Belgaum
  • Chikkamagaluru
  • Dharwad
  • Davanagree
  • Gulbarga
  • Hubli
  • Mysore
  • Mangalore
  • Mandya
  • Raichur
  • Shimoga
  • Tumkur

PGCET 2021 Hall Ticket Download or Admit Card Download

All candidates who register for the PGCET 2021 MBA exam will be able to perform the PGCET 2021 Hall Ticket download starting mid-June 2021. These Admit Cards or Hall tickets will be available upon submission of the corresponding application numbers and date of births, and will consist of the candidate’s details, venue details, examination timings and instructions related to the examination.

Things to Remember When You Reach the PGCET 2021 Karnataka Test Venue

  • Every candidate must carry his/her admit card or hall ticket to the test venue, as without he/she’ll not be allowed to sit for the examination.
  • It is advisable to reach the venue of the examination at least 1 hour ahead of the scheduled time. You’ll find complete information related to the venue, timing etc. on the hall ticket.
  • Carefully go through all the instructions provided on the OMR answer sheet before starting writing the exam. All correct answers should be marked only and only on the OMR answer sheet.
  • Affix your left hand thumb impression on the space provided at the bottom of the OMR answer sheet, after completing the exam. You mustn’t forget to do this before handing over your answer sheet to the invigilator.
  • You can carry a replica of your filled up OMR answer sheet and retain it to check your accuracy levels later. The conducting body will most likely post the answer key on its official website 3 days after the examination date.

KU PGCET Results 2021 MBA

The KU PGCET Results 2021 MBA are expected to be announced sometime during the last week of July 2021. The announcement will be followed by preparation of the merit list, based on which the candidates will be invited to appear for the counselling sessions and seat allocations (across the various Karnataka-based Business Schools).

The merit of the candidates would be decided solely by the marks obtained by them in the PGCET 2021 examination. In the event that two or more candidates get the same merit, the final merit will be decided based on the total aggregate marks obtained by them in their Bachelor’s degree program or equivalent. If the total aggregate marks in the Bachelor&rsquo's degree program or equivalent are same too, the candidates would be merited based on their age. The elder candidates would be placed ahead of the younger ones.

PGCET 2021 Exam Counselling

The PGCET counselling 2021 would most likely start around August 2021, post the declaration of the results. All candidates who meet the required marks criteria and make it to the merit list would qualify to participate in the counselling rounds.

Following is the list of documents you’ll need to carry at the time of counselling:

  • 10th Standard or SSLC or equivalent examination’s mark sheet
  • 12th Standard or 2nd PUC or qualifying examination’s mark sheet
  • Passing Certificate and Passing Degree Mark Sheet
  • Study Certificate
  • Domicile Certificate (if applicable)
  • Valid Caste Certificate (if applicable)
  • Physical Disability Certificate (if applicable)
  • Income Certificate (if the candidate is claiming caste reservation)

PGCET 2021 Exam MBA Expected Seat Allocation Schedule

Following is the expected seat allocation schedule for PGCET 2021 MBA Karnataka Entrance Examination:

Event Tentative Dates
Display of Seat Matrix & Fee Structure Around second week of August 2021
Options’ entry by the eligible candidates Between second and third week of August 2021
Mock Seat Allocation Results Third Week of August 2021
Option Changing Facility Provided to Interested Candidates Last Week of August 2021
Real Seat Allocation Results Last Week of August 2021
Allotment Confirmation, Fees Payment, Download of Admission Order and College Reporting Last Week of August 2021
Last Date for College Reporting Last Week of August 2021

Colleges that will Accept the PGCET 2021 Exam MBA Scores

You can seek admission to more than 200 MBA colleges that are expected to accept PGCET Exam 2021 scores for admission to their MBA programs. Some of the prominent ones among them are:

  • GIBS Business School, Bengaluru
  • Amrita School of Business, Bengaluru
  • Adarsh Institute of Management and Information Technology (AIMIT), Bengaluru
  • Acharya Bangalore B-School (ABBS), Bengaluru
  • Alliance Ascent College - Alliance University, Bengaluru
  • PES School of Engineering, Bengaluru
  • Alliance School of Business - Alliance University, Bengaluru
  • Bengaluru Institute of Technology, Bengaluru
  • Don Bosco Institute of Technology (DBIT), Bengaluru
  • BMS College of Engineering, Bengaluru
  • Jain University (JU) Bengaluru
  • M S Ramaiah Institute of Management (MSRIM), Bengaluru
  • Reva Institute of Technology and Management, Bengaluru
  • Jyoti Niwas Institute of Management (Women), Bengaluru
  • Christ University (CU) Bengaluru
  • JSS Academy of Technical Education, Bengaluru
  • M P Birla Institute of Management Associate Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Bengaluru
  • Dayananda College of Science, Arts and Commerce, Bengaluru
  • Canara Bank School of Management Studies, Bengaluru
  • Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur
  • Osmania University, Hyderabad
  • Kousali Institute of Management Studies, Dharwad
  • B N Bahadur Institute of Management and Science, University of Mysore
  • Maharani’s Arts and Commerce College for Women, Mysore
  • Gokaraju Rangaraju Institute of Engineering and Technology, Hyderabad
  • CMR College of Engineering and Technology, Hyderabad
  • Dayanand Sagar University, Bengaluru
  • Guru Nanak Institutions Technical Campus, Ibrahimpatnam
  • Bapuji Institute of Engineering and Technology, Davanagree
  • Srinivas Institute of Technology, Mangalore
  • St. Aloysius Institute of Business Administration, Mangalore
  • Dr Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar
  • University BDT College of Engineering, Davanagree
  • Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam, Tirupati


Please note, the above provided dates and information may be changed from time to time, sometimes without any prior notice, by the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA). Therefore, it’s always best to cross-check with them by visiting them personally, visiting their website (http://kea.kar.nic.in), emailing them or contacting them via a phone call before drawing any conclusions or making any decision/s.