COMEDK UGET vs KCET: Which one to attempt to study in Karnataka?

Both COMEDK and KCET are state level competitive exams for admission to colleges in Karnataka. But now it is very tricky to answer the question which exam to choose out of them. But in this blog we will try to elucidate about the topic in hand.

We will share the key differences of both the competitive exams and also know about the exam pattern, eligibility, and admission process after taking both the exams. After that, it will be based on the student’s priority to choose between COMEDK and KCET.


To begin with, let us understand the key differences between KCET and COMEDK:

Conducted by Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) Conducted by Private Colleges
Can help in getting admissions into Karnataka based government as well as private colleges Can help in getting admissions into private colleges in Karnataka
Only students from the state of Karnataka are eligible for the exam Student from all over the country can apply for the exam
Admission is based on the marks obtained in 10+2 also Admission is based solely on the score obtained in the entrance exam
Application Fee: INR 1800 Admission Fee: INR 250 – 500

Now that we are aware of the key differences between KCET and COMEDK, we can learn more about the differences between the eligibility, admission process, and exam pattern.

KCET vs. COMEDK – Eligibility

The basic eligibility of both KCET and COMEDK is that a candidate must have passed 10 + 2 from a recognized School with Physics, Chemistry, Maths and English as the major subjects. Also general category students must possess 45% and 40% for SC/ST/OBC category in the above mentioned subjects in  class 12.

However, to be eligible for taking the KCET, the candidate will have to possess an academic record of more than 7 years from a school recognized by the government of Karnataka. Whereas, candidates in possession of a passing certificate of 10 + 2 from a recognized school with the major subjects as specified from across the country can appear for COMEDK.

KCET vs. COMEDK Exam Pattern

The pattern for both KCET and COMEDK exams are almost the same. For KCET the number of questions are 180 which the students need to complete in 1 hr 20 minutes for each session.

However, the number of questions remains the same i.e180 times for completing the paper is 3 hours and both the exams have almost similar levels of difficulty. Candidates preparing for other competitive exams such as – JEE, etc. can also appear for KCET and COMEDK as the level of preparation includes the same dedication.

There is a difference in the marking scheme for KCET and COMEDK. The conducting authorities for KCET take 10 + 2 as well into  consideration to prepare the final results while the COMEDK ranking scheme is solely dependent on the marks obtained by the candidates in the COMEDK exam.

It is advisable to the candidates who are appearing for KCET to also appear for COMEDK as it may provide an extra option in case of unexpected results in one of the exams.

KCET vs. COMEDK – Admission process

For KCET, candidates first need to verify their documents and then register themselves for the counseling process. Once the documents are verified, candidates need to fill in the names of the colleges of their preferences in a sequential manner based on which the allocation of the seat will be done. Last but not the least, students have to pay the admission fee at their respective college.

During the counseling process of the COMEDK exams, students will have to register themselves first along with a payment of Rs 5000. Once the payment has been made, candidates will need to upload requisite documents. After this they will be offered to select the preferences of their colleges in sequence following which a mock seat allocation will be done.

The key difference in the admission process: Incase of KCET, students need to pay their fees at the last but for COMEDK they need to pay a part of their admission fees soon after registration.

Please Note: Candidates are advised to make a firm decision on the choice of branch and the college in which they want a seat beforehand to avoid last moment rush.

KCET vs. COMEDK Application Fee

The fee structure for KCET is very less in comparison to COMEDK. The application fee of COMEDK UGET is INR 1800. The KCET application fee is between INR 250 – 500. Hence, if students are looking to save a few bucks while applying, KCET is the right option.

List of Colleges that accept KCET

  • P E S Institute of Technology, Bangalore
  • B M S College of Engineering, Bangalore
  • Shri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysore
  • M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore
  • Bangalore Institute of Technology, Bangalore
  • R N S Institute of Technology, Bangalore
  • Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur
  • National Institute of Engineering, Mysore
  • B V B College of Engineering and Technology, Hubli
  • J S S Academy of Technical Education, Bangalore

List of Colleges accepting COMEDK

  • Acharya Institute of Technology, Bangalore
  • Acharya’s NRV School of Architecture, Bangalore
  • A C S College of Engineering, Bangalore
  • Alpha College of Engineering, Bangalore
  • Adichunchanagiri Institute of Technology, Chikmagalur
  • Angadi Institute of Technology and Management, Belgaum
  • Amruta Institute of Engineering and Management Science, Bangalore
  • Appa Institute of Engineering and Technology, Gulbarga
  • Alva’s Institute of Engineering and Technology, Moodbidri
  • AMC Engineering College, Bangalore

Which is better, KCET or COMEDK?

Both the exams KCET and COMEDK are conducted for the state of Karnataka to seek admission in engineering colleges. It depends on the candidate to consider the eligibility criteria and the score obtained in the exams before taking admission.

Candidates, who are eligible for both the exams may consider appearing for both. It will give a vast exposure to them in choice of college along with the preferred stream in which they want to seek admission. However, candidates who don’t belong from the state of Karnataka but want to take admission will have to appear for COMEDK only.

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