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Karnataka Diploma Common Entrance Test (Karnataka DCET)


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  1. Important Dates
  2. Exam Pattern
  3. Eligibility Criteria
  4. How to Apply?
  5. Examination Centers
  6. Admit Card
  7. KEA DCET Result
  8. Contact Details

The Karnataka Diploma CET is conducted for admission to 2nd Year Engineering Courses and for the first year Architecture Course under Lateral Entry Scheme for both Day and Evening Engineering Colleges.

Important Dates

Date of Notification 16-05-2016
Commencement of Entry of Application Online 17-05-2016
Last date to enter application details online 04-06-2016
Last date to pay the application fees in the bank 06-06-2016
Date of downloading of Admission Tickets by all the eligible Applicants on or after 20-06-2016
Last date for appearing to NATA 30-06-2016
DATE OF DIPLOMA COMMON ENTRANCE TEST 2016 (10.00 AM TO 1.00 PM) 03-07-2016
Date of Kannada language Test: (ONLY for Horanadu & Gadinadu Kannadiga candidates) (3.00 PM TO 4.00 PM) 03-07-2016
Last date for submission of NATA scores along with a copy of the 2nd PU / 12 Std. Marks card to KEA 04-07-2016
Date of publication of ‘DIPLOMA CET 2016' Provisional Answer Key 05-07-2016
Last date for submission of objections, if any, regarding Answer Key 08-07-2016
Date of publication of DIPLOMA CET - 2016 Results along with applied Answer Key 12-07-2016
after 5.00 p.m.
KEA is planning to introduce online verification of documents from this year. Otherwise Verification of Documents at Helpline Centres. Will be announced

Exam Pattern

Maximum Marks: 180
Test Duration: 3 Hours
Number of Questions:180 (Multiple choice)

Subjects Marks Remarks
Applied Mathematics 40 Common to all branches
Applied Science 40 Common to all branches
Engineering Paper: (Aeronautical/ Biotechnology /Ceramics / Civil / Chemical / Computer Science / Electronics & Communication/Electrical & Electronics / Environmental / Mechanical / Mining / Textile) 100 Separate Question Paper for all the engineering subjects as per the group to which they belong

Click here for Karnataka DCET Syllabus

Eligibility Criteria

The candidates should go through the eligibility criteria carefully before filling the application form.

Nationality: Candidate should be an Indian Citizen and must be a resident of Karnataka who hold the domicile certificate.
Age Limit: The candidates should be at least of 17 years of age

Educational Qualifications

  • Candidates seeking admissions to B.E/B.Tech Courses at Day Engineering College should have done diploma examination or equivalent qualification with minimum of 45% marks (40% for candidates belonging to SC/ST and Backward classes of Karnataka) in total in the final year.
  • Candidates seeking admissions to B.E/B.Tech Courses at Evening Engineering College should have done diploma examination or equivalent qualification with minimum of 45% marks (40% for candidates belonging to SC/ST and Backward classes of Karnataka) in total and at least two years of work experience in a Company /registered firm or industry.
  • Candidates who want admission to Arch Course needs to qualify any Diploma examination or equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks (40% for candidates belonging to SC/ST and Backward classes of Karnataka) aggregate along with 40% marks in NATA conducted by Council of Architecture.

How to Apply?

The candidates have to apply online. They can do so by the following steps

  • Open the official website and click on "DCET-2017 UG Online Application"
  • Follow the registration steps. Upon successful registration, the candidates will receive login details on their registered email address. An SMS will be sent to the registered mobile number. These details will be used to login on the website for further processes.
  • Locate "Student information" link, in which you have to start providing the required information.
  • After filling all the details, submit the form.
  • The candidates will enter the all the study details and select "save and next" button.
  • After that upload the scanned image of your recent Photograph, signature, and Left Hand Thumb Impression, Parent Signature
  • Click on "save and next" button.

After completing all these steps, you need to proceed to payments section. Proceed for application fee payment process and select the bank challan, download it and take the printout of same and make the payment in the respective bank.

Examination Centers

Bangalore Bellary
Bijapur Belgaum
Davangere Mangalore
Dharwad Gulbarga
Mysore Shimoga
Bagalkot Tumkur

Horanadu / Gadinadu Candidates must select BANGALORE as their Examination Center

Admit Card

The KEA DCET Admit Card will be available on the official website for downloading in July 2017. The Candidates will be able to download the admit card using the registration number/roll no that is being given to them.


Once the KEA DCET results are out, the authority will prepare a separate merit list of candidates for admission to B.E / B.Tech / B.Arch courses for Day and Evening Engineering Colleges.

The merit list will be displayed on the official website. The list will be made on the basis of the scores obtained in the Diploma Common Entrance Test and total marks scored in the final year (Fifth and Sixth Semester) of the Q.E on equal weight.

Contact Details

Karnataka Examinations Authority
Sampige Road, 18th Cross,
Malleshwaram, Bangalore - 560012.
Phone : 080 - 23568201,23568202,23468205,23461575
Fax : 080 - 23461576

e-mail: [email protected]


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