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Karnataka Post Graduate Common Entrance Test (PGCET) 2018 for admission to MBA 2018-20 is scheduled on July 1, 2018 (Tentative date). Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) will release the PGCET 2018 notification and exam schedule in the second week of May 2018.


PGCET is a popular yearly MBA entrance examination for admission to MBA colleges in Bangalore and rest of Karnataka. It is for students who want to pursue MBA at Post Graduation level from Government / University / Private Aided / Private Un-Aided MBA colleges in Karnataka.


The entire schedule for PGCET 2018 will be announced in May. The candidates from Karnataka state and outside Karnataka state are eligible to apply and appear in the PGCET 2018.  Karnataka PGCET – MBA exam is a paper based test of 2 hours duration.


PGCET 2018 (MBA) exam Important Dates & Schedule

PGCET 2018 Notification Release
May 15, 2018    
Commencement of Online application process
May 17, 2018
Last date for Submission of Online Application
June 1, 2018 upto 5.30PM
Application fee
Last date to pay fees in the Bank
June 2, 2018 in Banking hours
Admit Card (Hall ticket) down load begins from
June 2, 2018
PGCET – MBA 2018 Exam date
July 1, 2018 (2.30PM to 4.30PM)
Declaration of Answer Key 2018
3 days after exam
Declaration of Results
July 30, 2018

Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) Government of Karnataka conducts PGCET for admission to MBA and other post graduate programmes every year in Government seats as well as for management quota seats.


The Karnataka state candidates as well All India candidates can appear in the exam and explore admission opportunity to various MBA colleges in Karnataka with PGCET scores.


Notification for PGCET 2018 (MBA) exam will be released by KEA vide in the second week of May 2018. The Karnataka Post Graduate Common Entrance Test (PGCET) 2018 will be conducted for the purpose of determining the eligibility/merit, for admission of Karnataka and non-Karnataka candidates to 1st year / 1st semester full time / part time MBA as well as MCA / M.E. / M. Tech. / M. Arch courses and for admission to 2nd year Lateral Entry to MCA Course in Government / University / Private Aided / Private Un-Aided professional educational institutions in the state of Karnataka.


Admissions to the MBA programme beginning 2018 for Government seats shall be made in accordance with the Karnataka Selection of Candidates for Admission to Master of Business Administration and Master of Computer Application Courses Rules, 2005.


As per the letter from VTU, Belgaum dated 11-08-2016, the qualifying examination (degree) obtained through distance mode would be considered for admission to MBA / MCA courses, provided the awarding University has approval from Distance Education Council (IGNOU), New Delhi.

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Exam dates and schedule

  • Notification date: 15-05-2018 10:00 AM (Confirm)
    Registration – Online: 17-05-2018 10:00 AM to 01-06-2018 05:30 PM (Confirm)
    Late Registration – Online: 02-06-2018 05:00 PM (Confirm)
    Admit Card Release: 02-06-2018 10:00 AM (Confirm)
    Exam Date & Timings- Online: Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 14:30 to 16:30 (Confirm)
    Result: 30-07-2018 10:00 AM (Tentative)

PGCET (MBA) Eligibility & Application Process

For Full Time MBA courses
A candidate who has passed Recognised Bachelor’s Degree of minimum of 3 years duration examination or equivalent examination and obtained an aggregate minimum of 50% marks taken together in all the subjects including languages in all the years of the Degree Examination is eligible for admission to MBA courses. (45% of marks in Qualifying Exam in case of SC, ST and Category-I of Karnataka candidates) (Reservation is applicable only for Karnataka State Candidates).


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PGCET (MBA) Exam Pattern

  • The PGCET-2018 (MBA) exam will be held in paper pen mode in one session exclusively for MBA admission.
  • The exam will be conducted for 100 marks in 2 hours (120 minutes) duration.
  • Each question will be of (Objective) Multiple Choice type.
  • The question paper will be in different versions.
  • Each question will have 4 different options.
  • Each question will carry ONE mark.
  • The candidates have to mark the correct answers on the OMR answer sheet using BLUE OR BLACK INK BALL POINT PEN ONLY.
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PGCET (MBA) 2018 Admit Card

PGCET 2018 Admit Card will be issued by Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) in the first week of June 2018. Candidates who have paid the requisite application fee for the exam can download the Admit Card from KEA website and take the print of the same.


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PGCET (MBA) Exam Syllabus

PGCET 2018 broad syllabus for the Post Graduate Common Entrance Test for MBA PG Courses in Bangalore and rest of Karnataka  is detailed below:


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PGCET (MBA) 2018 Mock Test

To help Karnataka PGCET 2018 exam takers prepare and perform better, experts at have prepared PGCET Mock test with answer keys, solutions and Expected Questions… Prepared by India’s Top Experts. Take these PGCET Online Mock Tests to assess your preparation in revised Karnataka PGCET 2018 exam pattern with 100 questions. This PGCET Mock Test is completely free for you.

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PGCET (MBA) Exam Analysis

There are 4 sections in the PGCET (MBA) entrance test. The test has 100 questions. There is No negative marking. Each correct answer carries 1 mark and the total score is 100 marks.


Those who appear in PGCET (MBA) exam do a lot of guess work as there is no negative marking. But a little carelessness in marking the answer on the OMR sheet turns the table and all the correct answers get into wrong ones due to incorrect marking.


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PGCET (MBA) Exam Result

PGCET 2018 (MBA) exam result is proposed to be declared in the last week of July 2018 around July 30. After the result declaration counselling process will begin for allotment of seats in Government/ Government aided and management quota in B-schools affiliated to Universities in Karnataka.


The merit of the candidate, who appears for Post Graduate Common Entrance Test– 2018 for MBA and MCA Courses, will be determined separately for each course only on the basis of marks obtained by candidates in the Post Graduate Common Entrance Test - 2018.


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PGCET (MBA) Exam Cities

Following are the test centres for PGCET 2018. At each test centre (test city) there can be number test venues depending upon the number of candidates at the centre. Besides, there may be more test centres for PGCET 2018 under announcement by the KEA.

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