Karnataka DCET 2024, Exam Date, Eligibility, Application Fee, How to Apply and More

Karnataka DCET 2024 is an entrance exam for diploma holders seeking lateral entry into BE and BArch programs in Karnataka.

by P Nandhini

Updated May 21, 2024

Karnataka DCET 2024, Exam Date, Eligibility, Application Fee, How to Apply and More

Karnataka DCET 2024

The Karnataka Diploma Common Entrance Test (DCET) 2024 is an entrance exam organized by the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) for students seeking admission into the second year of Bachelor of Engineering (BE) and the first year of Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) programs through lateral entry.

The KEA has reopened the registration window from May 20 to May 23, 2024, allowing students who missed the initial registration to apply. The exam is scheduled to be held in September 2024, and it aims to provide diploma holders an opportunity to further their education in engineering and architecture at various institutions in Karnataka.

Specifications Details
Exam Name Karnataka Diploma Common Entrance Test (DCET) 2024
Conducting Authority Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA)
Purpose Admission to 2nd year of BE and 1st year of BArch
Eligibility Diploma holders seeking lateral entry
Registration Reopened May 20 - May 23, 2024
Courses Offered Bachelor of Engineering (BE), Bachelor of Architecture (BArch)
Application Mode Online
Official Website cetonline.karnataka.gov.in
Exam Pattern Multiple-choice questions in relevant subjects
Admission Criteria Based on DCET scores and eligibility criteria

Exam Date

Event Date
Notification Release April 2024
Registration Start Date May 2024
Registration Reopened May 20 - May 23, 2024
Admit Card Release August 2024
DCET 2024 Exam Date September 2024
Answer Key Release September 2024
Result Declaration October 2024
Counseling Start Date October 2024
Document Verification October - November 2024
Seat Allotment November 2024
Commencement of Classes December 2024

Eligibility Criteria


  • Candidates must be Indian citizens.

Educational Qualification:

  • Candidates should have passed a diploma examination or an equivalent examination from a recognized institution.
  • For B.E./B.Tech courses, candidates must have secured a minimum of 45% aggregate marks in the final year of the diploma (40% for reserved categories such as SC/ST and OBC).


  • Candidates should have studied in Karnataka for a minimum of seven years from Class 1 to the qualifying examination.
  • Candidates who have not studied for seven years in Karnataka but whose parents are Karnataka domicile holders are also eligible.

Work Experience (for in-service candidates):

  • Candidates seeking admission through the work experience quota must have a minimum of two years of professional work experience in the relevant field after obtaining their diploma.

Age Limit:

  • There is no specific age limit for applying to Karnataka DCET.

Language Proficiency:

  • Candidates must be proficient in Kannada if they belong to the Horanadu and Gadinadu categories. They need to pass the Kannada Language Test conducted by KEA.

Application Fee

Category Application Fee
General INR 650
SC/ST/Cat-1 INR 500

Admit Card 

  • Go to the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) official website.
  • Look for the link labeled "DCET 2024 Admit Card" on the homepage.
  • Click on the link and enter your login details, such as your application number and date of birth.
  • After logging in, your admit card will be displayed on the screen.
  • Click on the "Download" button to save it to your device.
  • Make sure to print a hard copy of your admit card to bring with you on the exam day.

Exam Pattern

  • Sections:

    • Section A: Mathematics (40 questions)
    • Section B: Applied Science (40 questions)
    • Section C: Engineering Paper (Diploma) (100 questions)
  • Type of Questions: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).
  • Marks per Question: 1 mark each.
  • Total Marks: 180.
  • Medium of Exam: English.
  • Duration: 3 hours.

Exam Centres 

The Karnataka DCET exam is typically conducted across various centers in the state. Here's a list of some common exam centers:

  1. Bangalore
  2. Bellary
  3. Bijapur
  4. Belgaum
  5. Davangere
  6. Mangalore
  7. Dharwad
  8. Gulbarga
  9. Mysore
  10. Shimoga
  11. Tumkur

How to Apply?

  1. Visit the Official Website: Go to the official KEA website.

  2. Register: Click on the "DCET 2024 Registration" link and create an account using your email and phone number.

  3. Login: Use the credentials sent to your email to log in.

  4. Fill out the Application Form: Complete the application form with your personal details, educational qualifications, and preferred exam centers.

  5. Upload Documents: Upload scanned copies of your photograph, signature, and other required documents.

  6. Pay the Application Fee: Pay the application fee online using a credit card, debit card, or net banking.

  7. Review and Submit: Review your application form to ensure all details are correct, then submit it.

  8. Print Confirmation: After submitting, print the confirmation page for your records.

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