The common entrance examination (CET) is conducted for the purpose of the determining the eligibility/merit, for admissions of Karnataka candidates to the first year or first semester of full time courses in medical, dental, Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy, naturopathy, Yoga, engineering, technology and architecture courses in institutions within the state of Karnataka.
A parallel test is conducted by the Karnataka Private medical and dental colleges association under the name of consortium of the medical, engineering and dental colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK). This is independent of the government conducted CET and is used to fill some part of the seats of certain engineering/medical/dental colleges in Karnataka. The candidates should also note that the non-Karnataka students cannot appear for the CET. They can appear for the COMEDK examination.
Eligibility criteria for CET
The candidates are requested to appear for the CET if and only if the following eligibility criteria are met.
1. The candidate should have studied and passed in one or more Government or government aided educational institutions located in the state of Karnataka for a minimum period of seven years.
2. The candidate should have passed both 1st and 2nd year pre-university examination or the 11th or 12th standard examination within the state of Karnataka.
3. The candidate’s either of the parents should be Kannada, Tulu or Kodava and either of the parents should be of domicile of Karnataka.
4. The candidate should be of mother tongue of kannada, Tulu or Kodava and should have studied for a period of seven disputed Kannada speaking area of Sholapur or Akkalkot.
5. The candidate who is the son/daughter of defense personnel working in the state of Karnataka for a continous period of study for the 10th, 11th or 12th standard.
6. In the case of the candidate is a son/daughter of the personnel working in union government of India and has been posted in Karnataka for a period of one year, such candidates should have studied and passed the qualifying examination from any Government or government recognised institutions located in the state of Karnataka are eligible to apply for the examination.
7. The son/daughter of the members of parliament elected from Karnataka. Further, the candidate should have passed the Q.E from a university or board or any other institution located anywhere in India.
8. Son/daughter of serving of Karnataka cadre and of the Karnataka state government who has served or is serving outside the state of Karnataka during the candidate’s study outside the state.
The common entrance examination (CET) is usually conducted during the month of May. A candidate who had obtained a seat in any discipline through the KEA (CET cell) in any of the previous years will not be eligible to appear for the common entrance examination.