About KSET 2019

Karnataka State Eligibility Test (KSET) is conducted by University of Mysore for the recruitment of Assistant Professors across the institutes/colleges/universities of Karnataka state. KSET is held in offline mode for 39 papers. The registration for the state level exam began in August and continued till September. Candidates have to take two papers - Paper I and Paper II. Paper I is held for 1 hour wherein candidates have to answer 50 questions for 100 marks. Paper II is conducted for 2 hours wherein candidates have to answer 100 questions for 200 marks. An eligibility certificate is issued to the qualified candidates once they qualify the exam.

Frequency: Vacancy Based
Languages English, Hindi +4 More
Conducting Body: University of Mysore
Duration 3 Hours

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KSET 2019 Important Dates

Upcoming Dates and Events

22 Jan, 2020 - 18 Feb, 2020 (Tentative)

Application | Mode: Online

23 Mar, 2020 (Tentative)

Exam | Mode: Offline

KSET 2019 Eligibility Criteria

General category candidates with at least 55% marks (without rounding off) and Schedule Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Persons with Disability (PWD), OBCs [Cat-I, IIA, IIB, IIIA and IIIB] having 50% marks (without rounding off) in Masters Degree OR equivalent (in the subjects opted for KSET) recognised by UGC can apply.

Candidates pursuing Masters Degree or equivalent or candidates appeared in the final year of their Masters exam and whose result is awaited or candidates whose qualifying exams have been delayed can also apply. However, such candidates (if they qualify KSET) will be offered provisional admission and the eligibility certificate to such candidates will be issued only after producing the proof of having passed the Masters degree or equivalent exam within two years from the date of K SET result.

OBCs (SC, ST & Other Backward Classes) category candidates from states other than Karnataka shall apply under General Category (GM) only.

Candidate already qualified in Previous K SETs are not eligible to apply again in the same subject. 

KSET Eligibility Criteria – Age 

There is no upper age limit for K SET.

KSET Eligibility Criteria  – Exemption 

Candidates who have passed UGC-NET/CSIR JRF exam before 1989 are exempted from taking K SET.

Candidates who have passed the States Eligibility Test (SET) accredited by UGC before June 1, 2002, are exempted from taking K SET.

KSET 2019 Application Process

Mode of Application : Online

Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card | Other

KSET application form is released in online mode. However, candidates can submit the online application form with a late fee of Rs. 150 till October 10. The hard copy of the filled in application form had to be mandatorily sent along with the copy of the bank challan, category certificates, to the respective Nodal Centre. The application fee can be paid online through net banking, credit card/debit card or offline through e-challan at any SBI branch.  

Stage of KSET Application Form: 


Candidates have to register with e-mail id and password. A log in ID and password will be sent to the registered email and mobile number. 

Log in and filling the Application Form 

Candidates then have to log with the use of the log in ID and password sent to them on their email and mobile number. Enter personal, educational and KSET exam details, educational qualification, etc. They also have to upload their photograph in the prescribed size and format.

Fee Payment 

Fee payment can be done online or offline. Online payment can be done via net banking/credit/debit card/State Bank Buddy e-Wallet payment or offline through cash using the e-challan at the nearest State Bank of India branch.


Application Fee

General category

Rs. 1050


Rs. 850

Cat-I, SC, ST, PWD

Rs. 550

Submission of Application Form to the Nodal Centre 

After two working days from the date on which candidates have paid the fee, they have to log in with their email ID and password and take a print out of the submitted application form in A4 size. The hard copy of the printed application form has to be submitted to the Nodal centre chosen by the candidate. Along with the application form, candidates also need to submit the e-challan (for cash payment) or receipt generated on online fee payment along with attested copies of SSLC Marks Card, SC, ST, OBCs (Cat-I, IIA, IIB, IIIA, IIIB) and PWD certificates, Proof of qualifying examination certificate and final PG Degree Marks Card. Further, the candidates have to affix personal photograph (passport size) at the designated place on the application hard copy with the signature across the photograph. It should be attested by a gazetted officer with seal.

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General Offline, Online Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 1050
OBC Offline, Online Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 850
ST, SC, General, OBC PWD Offline, Online Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 550
SC, ST Offline, Online Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 550

KSET 2019 Syllabus

General paper on teaching and research aptitude
Teaching aptitude
Research aptitude
Reading comprehension
Reasoning (including mathematical)
Logical reasoning
Data interpretation
Information and communication technology (ICT)
People and environment
Higher education system: governance, polity and administration
Anthropology Paper-II
Human genetics
Typo-technology and paleolithic cultural features
Holocene culture
Evolution, social structure and organization
Economic and political organization: religion and magic
Indian anthropology: basic concepts and issues
Anthropology Paper-III (part a and b) (Core and elective/optional)
Theories of evolution-physical and social
Distribution, characteristics, classification, position of man in animal kingdom
History and development, concept, scope and emerging trends
Red cell enzymes
Environmental archaeology
Earliest cultures {primitive hunter-gatherers}
Final hunter-gatherer and incipient cultivators (mesolithic cultures)
The meaning and nature of culture
Contribution to social-cultural anthropology
Weaker sections in Indian population
Archaeology Paper II and III (Core Group)
Definition, aim and scope of archaeology, history and growth of archaeology, history of India archaeology
Chronology and dating: relative, stratigraphy, typology, absolute, carbon 14, potassium argon, fission track, thermo luminescence, dendrochronology, pollen analysis, verve clay analysis
Geological, biological and cultural dimension of man
Hunting-gathering stage: paleolithic in Africa, Europe and south-east Asia, mesolithic in Europe and west Asia
Pre and early harappan village cultures of north and north-western India
Early occurrence of iron: chrono-cultural features
Architecture of structural stupas: north and South India
Origin and antiquity of coinage in India, techniques of manufacturing coins
Origin and antiquity of writing in India
Proposed area of research
Archaeology Paper III (B) (Elective/optional)
Geo-chronology and stone age cultures of India
Pre-Harappan cultures of India and border lands
Historical urbanization: northern black polished ware culture, extent, chronology, cultural traits
Architecture, structural features of ancient fortified settlements
Epigraphy as a source of history, origin of Indian scripts: different theories
Chemical science
Physical chemistry
Inorganic chemistry
Organic chemistry
Interdisciplinary topics
Commerce (Core group)
Business environment
Financial and management accounting
Business economics
Business statistics and data processing
Business management
Marketing management
Financial management
Human resources management
Banking and financial institution
International business
Commerce (Elective /optional)
Accounting and finance
Human resource management
International business
Income-tax law and tax planning
Computer science and applications
Discrete structures
Computer arithmetic
Programming in C and C++
Relational database design and SQL
Data and file structures
Computer networks
System software and compilers
Operating systems (with case study of unix)
Software engineering
Current trends and technologies
Parallel computing
Mobile computing
Windows programming
Simple applications
Advanced windows programming
Computer science and applications (core group)
Combinational circuit design, sequential circuit design, hardwired and microprogrammed processor design, instruction formats, addressing modes
Database concepts, ER diagrams, data models, design of relational database, normalisation, SQL and QBE, query processing and optimisation, centralised and distributed database
Display systems, input devices, 2D geometry, graphic operations, 3D graphics, animation, graphic standard, applications
Programming language concepts, paradigms and models
Analog and digital transmission, asynchronous and synchronous transmission, transmission media, multiplexing and concentration, switching techniques, polling
Definition, simple and composite structures, arrays, lists, stacks queues, priority queues, binary trees, b-trees, graphs
Object, messages, classes, encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism aggregation, abstract classes generalization as extension and restriction, object oriented design. Multiple inheritance, metadata
Software development models, requirement analysis and specifications
Introduction, memory management, support for concurrent process
Definitions, AI approach for solving problems
Computer science and applications (elective/ optional)
Theory of computation: formal language, need for formal computational models, non- computational problems, diagonal argument and Russel’s paradox
Models for information channel: discrete memoryless channel, binary symmetric channel, burst channel, bit-error rates
Linear programming: problem (LPP) in the standard form, LPP in canonical form
Neural Networks : perceptron model, linear separability and XOR problem
Unix: operating system, structure of unix operating system. unix commands, interfacing with unix, editors and compilers for unix
Criminology: definition and scope, criminology and other social science
Criminological thought in ancient india and abroad
Constitutional theories: body types, hereditary traits, endocrine glands
Criminological research: importance and types
Social change, social disorganization and social problems
Juvenile delinquency: concept and causes
History and theories of punishment
Prison system in India
Legal approaches
Victim logy ––concept, origin and development, need to study victims, victim typology, role of victim in criminal phenomenon––victim precipitation
Earth, atmospheric, ocean and planetary sciences
About the earth
Materials of the earth
Surface features and processes
Internal features and processes
The atmosphere
The hydrosphere
Geology and geography of India
Man and environment
Structural geology and geotectonic
Ore geology
Marine geology
Petroleum and coal geology
Precambrian geology and crustal evolution
Applied geology
Physical geography
Geophysical fields
Signal processing
Solid earth
Geophysical exploration
Geophysical inversion and interpretation
Physical oceanography
Dynamical oceanography
Ocean waves and tides
Air-sea interaction
Coastal and estuarine oceanography
Chemical oceanography
Marine geology
Marine biology
Physical meteorology
Atmospheric electricity
Cloud physics
Dynamical meteorology
Numerical weather prediction
General circulation and climate modeling
Synoptic meteorology
Aviation meteorology
Satellite meteorology
Economics (paper-II)
Micro-economic analysis
Macro-economics analysis
Development and planning
Public finance
International economics
Indian economy
Statistical methods
Economics (paper-III)
Theory of demand-axiomatic approach, demand functions, consumer behavior under conditions of uncertainty
Keynesian and post-keynesian approaches to theory of output and employment
Development and growth-role of institutions
Theories of taxation, types, incidence and effects
Monetary approach and adjustment in the balance of payments
Components of money supply
Industrial structure and economic growth
Population and economic development-interrelation between population development and environment, sustainable development
Role of agriculture in Indian economy-share of agriculture, interrelationship between agriculture and industry
Application of differential and integral calculus in theories of consumer behavior, production and pricing under different market conditions
Economics (elective/optional)
Single equation linear model : assumption and properties of OLS
Theory of consumer behavior and theory of firms
The rise and fall of bretton wood and emerging international monetary system
Growth and productivity trends in Indian agriculture
Planning and economic development
Philosophical foundation of education
Sociological foundations of education
Psychological foundations of education
Methodology of educational research
Education (core group)
Western schools of philosophy : idealism, realism, naturalism, pragmatism, existentialism; with special reference to the concepts of knowledge, reality and values
Meaning and nature, education and Social change, constraints on social change (caste, ethnicity, class, language, religion, population and regionalism)
Process of growth and development
Intelligence-its theories and measurement
Personality-type and trait theories-measurement of personality Mental health and hygiene
Concept and principles of guidance and counseling, types of guidance and counseling
Sample : concept of population and sample various methods of sampling
Descriptive research, ex-post facto research. survey research, historical research
Universalization of elementary education in India
Construction and development of curriculum
Education (elective/optional)
Development of modern concept of educational administration from 1900 to present-day
Educational measurement and evaluation concept, scope, need and relevance
Meaning and scope of educational technology
Concept and nature of special education
Teacher education : historical perspective recommendations of various commissions on teacher education
Electronic science
Electronic transport in semiconductor, pn junction, diode equation and diode equivalent circuit
Superposition, the venin, norton and maximum power transfer theorems. network elements, network graphs, nodal and mesh analysis, zero and poles, bode plots, laplace, fourier and z-transforms
Rectifiers, voltage regulated ics and regulated power supply, biasing of bipolar junction transistors and JFET

KSET 2019 Preparation Tips

  • Be familiar with the exam pattern and the syllabus of KSET.

   • Make a study plan according to the syllabus and time

   • Get your hands on the best books to study. 

       Meet your daily targets without exception    

   • Taking more and more mock tests and practising sample papers and previous years (as many as you can) is a must

   • Candidates should make short notes during the preparation

   • Keep ample time for revision and use the short notes you have prepared.

   • Stay away from taking any new topic during the last lap of the preparation. 

KSET 2019 Exam Pattern

KSET Paper 1 Exam Pattern

KSET Exam Pattern – Paper I 

KSET exam will have 2 papers – paper I, II. Both the papers will be held in offline mode. Paper I will have 50 objective type questions for 100 marks. Candidates have to complete the test in 1 hour. Paper I is held to test the candidates on reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers.

KSET Paper 2 Exam Pattern

KSET Exam Pattern – Paper II 

Paper II will have 100 multiple choice, compulsory questions which have to be attempted in 2 hours. Each correct answer will fetch 2 marks with no negative marking for incorrect answers.  Paper II is held for the particular subject selected by the candidates. Earlier, there would be Paper II and Paper III, but now, as per the new scheme, only Paper II is held in place of Paper II and III. The entire syllabus of the former Paper II and III will be covered in Paper II only.

KSET 2019 Admit Card

KSET admission card or admit card is released by the University of Mysore in online mode. Candidates can download the admission card by entering their required credentials in the login page after its availability. The candidates are required to download the admit card, ensure that all the information on it is correct and take a printout of the same. The admission card of KSET can be downloaded by only those candidates who have submitted their application form with correct details before the deadline. Without showing the admit card at the exam centre, candidates can not sit for the exam. Along with the admission card, candidates also have to carry one photo ID proof, prescribed by University of Mysore. 

How to download KSET Admit Card

  • Visit the official admit card link and click on it
  • Enter the credentials required
  • Download the admit card and take print out    

KSET 2019 Exam Centers

State City
Karnataka Bengaluru

Documents Required at Exam

  • Admit card
  • Aadhaar card
  • Voter ID
  • PAN card
  • Passport
  • Driving license

KSET 2019 Answer Key

The University of Mysore releases the provisional KSET answer key separately for all 39 papers as per the respective codes in which they are held. Candidates can get access to the answer key online wherein they have to download it in the form of PDF. After downloading the provisional KSET answer key, candidates can compare their answers with it and calculate their probable scores. If they find any mistake or discrepancy in the answer key, candidates can exercise the option of challenging it with the documentary proof within the time frame and by paying Rs. 1000 per question. After considering and verifying all the grievances, the exam authority will release the final answer key of KSET. This final answer key cannot be challenged and is binding.  

How to download KSET Answer key

  • Click on KSET answer key link as per the code and subject you appeared in
  • Download the answer key
  • Compare answers and calculate your scores

KSET 2019 Result

University of Mysore will declare KSET result in online mode. Candidates have to enter their roll number only to check their result. As per the qualifying criteria set by University of Mysore, top 6% of the candidates who have taken the test will be considered qualified in KSET. However, these top 6% candidates will have to secure at least 40% marks (General Category) and minimum 35%  marks (reserved category) in paper I and II together.  

How to check KSET Result

  • Click on the result link on the official site
  • Enter roll number of KSET
  • Click on search button to know your result

KSET 2019 Cutoff

The cut off of KSET  will be released paper-wise. KSET cut off will carry the aggregate marks and cut off percentage as per the category of the candidates. Candidates who would have take the test have to secure the cut off to be eligible for eligibility certificate of Assistant Professor. KSET cut off is the minimum score/marks which candidates need to have secured to be considered qualified in the exam. The cutoff will be released in PDF and candidates can easily access it. It must be noted that KSET cut off will be different for different papers and as per the category of the candidates.

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Questions related to KSET

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actually i completed my B.sc degree with optional subjects are physics, electronics and maths, whether I am eligible for write KSET,KCET or not.

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 13th Jan, 2020


kset stands for karnataka state eligibility test, students who have passed master degree course or are in the final years of masters course or waiting for results may apply for kset exam.

kcet stands for  karnataka common entrance test for engineering, pharmacy and agriculture admission. students who have passed 12th course or appearing in 12th exam are eligible to apply for kcet exam.


when they will conduct kset exam in 2019

NAVNEET PANDEY 11th Jan, 2020

Hello divyatha

The date for KSET exam known as Karnataka state eligibility test is February 6th, 2020 and the results will be declared on 20th February 2020.KSET is conducted only once a year so please stay updated and prepare for the exam.

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