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Karnataka State Eligibility Test 2024 ( KSET )

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Dewesh Nandan Prasad

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Updated on Mar 11, 2024 11:40 IST

KSET syllabus 2024 is prescribed by the Karnataka Exam Authority (KEA). The KSET syllabus is divided into two sections Paper I and Paper II. The KSET Paper I Syllabus includes topics from 'General Paper' and the KSET Paper II syllabus is released subject-wise for 40 subjects. Knowing the KSET syllabus is the first step towards exam preparation. Read below for more details on the KSET syllabus. Before going through the syllabus, look at the KSET exam pattern below. 

Q:   What is the syllabus for the KSET exam?


The KSET syllabus is divided into two sections that is Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 is common for all the candidates for any subject whereas the Paper 2 exam is subject specific which comprises the questions from the subject that the candidates opt to appear for the exam. The list of topics that is asked in the KSET Paper 1 exam has been given below for the candidates: a)Teaching Aptitude

b) Research Aptitude

c) Maths

d) Reasoning

e) Communication

f) Data Interpretation

g) Environmental Studies, etc. 


Q:   Which books I should refer to prepare for KSET Paper 1?


There are various books available in the market for KSET preparation, but that is not enough. The candidates must prepare from the previous year's question papers and practice exams to improve their scores and get mastery over the topics. Here are some of the best books that candidates can refer to for the preparation of KSET Paper 1:

a) Trueman's UGC NET/SET General Paper I by M. Gagan and Sajit Kumar

b) UGC NET/JRF/SLET General Paper-1 Teaching and Research Aptitude by Arihant Publications

c) UGC NET/SET (JRF & LS) Teaching & Research Aptitude (General Paper-I) by Pearson

d) UGC NET/SET General Paper-1 by McGraw Hill Education

e) UGC NET/SET (JRF & LS) General Paper 1 by N. A. Khan

f) UGC NET/SET (JRF & LS) General Paper 1 by RPH Editorial Board.


Q:   What is the difficulty level KSET exam?


The difficulty level of the KSET exam may vary from subject to subject and from one exam cycle to another. However, in general, the KSET exam is considered to be a moderately difficult exam that tests the candidates' knowledge, comprehension, analytical and reasoning abilities, and research aptitude. The exam consists of two papers - Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 is common for all candidates and tests the candidates' teaching and research aptitude, reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking, and general awareness. Paper 2 consists of questions based on the subject chosen by the candidate and tests the candidates' knowledge and understanding of the subject. The exam is conducted in an online mode and consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQs). The questions are designed to test the candidates' conceptual understanding and application of the subject. The exam is conducted for a total of 300 marks, with Paper 1 carrying 100 marks and Paper 2 carrying 200 marks. Overall, the KSET exam is considered to be a challenging exam that requires thorough preparation and a clear understanding of the exam pattern and syllabus


KSET Exam Pattern 2024

The KSET exam pattern differs for Paper I and Paper II. The table below contains the pattern of both papers as prescribed by the KSET Centre of the University of Mysore:



No. of Questions

KSET Marks

KSET Exam Duration

Paper I

General Paper on Teaching & Research Aptitude

50 MCQs


1 hour (9:30-10:30 AM)

Paper II

40 Subjects

100 MCQs


2 hours (11:00-1:00 PM)

Q:   How many attempts are allowed in KSET exam?


There is no limit to the number of attempts allowed for the KSET exam. As long as a candidate meets the eligibility criteria, they can appear for the exam in any number of attempts. The KSET exam is conducted twice a year, and candidates who are not able to qualify in one attempt can appear for the next cycle of the exam. However, it is important to note that candidates must fulfill the eligibility criteria for each attempt and pay the application fee for each attempt separately. Also, candidates who have already qualified for the KSET exam are eligible to appear again for the same subject and category.


Q:   Is it mandatory to appear for both papers of KSET exam?


Yes, it is mandatory for candidates to appear for both KSET Paper 1 and 2 to qualify for the KSET exam. The candidates have to qualify for both papers separately. Candidates who will qualify for one paper will not be considered as qualified for the KSET exam. Paper 1 consists 50 questions for 100 marks. Paper 2 consists 100 questions for 200 marks. The candidates are advised to study paper 1 as paper 2 or they will not qualify for the KSET exam.


Q:   What is the KSET marking scheme?


The candidates can check the KSET exam pattern below:


Total No of Questions

Marks Awarded for Each Correct Answer



2 marks



2 marks

Note: There is no negative marking scheme in the KSET exam


KSET Syllabus 2024: Paper I & Paper II

KSET syllabus 2024 is given below for Paper I and Paper II in the form of PDF file format. Candidates can check the syllabus by clicking on the link against the respective subject. Have a look:

Subject Code

KSET Subject Name

KSET 2022 Syllabus


General Paper (Paper I)

KSET Syllabus for General Paper



KSET Syllabus for Commerce



KSET Syllabus for Kannada



KSET Syllabus for Economics



KSET Syllabus for English


Political Science

KSET Syllabus for Political Science



KSET Syllabus for History



KSET Syllabus for Sociology



KSET Syllabus for Geography



KSET Syllabus for Hindi



KSET Syllabus for Management


Tourism and Administration

KSET Syllabus for Tourism and Administration



KSET Syllabus for Education


Library & Information Science

KSET Syllabus for Library & Information Science


Mass Communication & Journalism

KSET Syllabus for Mass Communication & Journalism



KSET Syllabus for Psychology


Social work

KSET Syllabus for Social Work



KSET Syllabus for Criminology



KSET Syllabus for Law



KSET Syllabus for Sanskrit


Physical Education

KSET Syllabus for Physical Education


Folk Literature

KSET Syllabus for Folk Literature



KSET Syllabus for Urdu


Public Administration

KSET Syllabus for Public Administration


Computer Science & Applications

KSET Syllabus for Computer Science & Applications


Physical Sciences

KSET Syllabus for Physical Sciences


Mathematical Sciences

KSET Syllabus for Mathematical Sciences


Chemical Sciences

KSET Syllabus for Chemical Sciences


Life Science

KSET Syllabus for Life Science


Environmental Sciences

KSET Syllabus for Environmental Sciences


Home Science

KSET Syllabus for Home Science


Electronic Science

KSET Syllabus for Electronic Science


Earth Sciences

KSET Syllabus for Earth Sciences



KSET Syllabus for Archaeology



KSET Syllabus for Anthropology



KSET Syllabus for Marathi



KSET Syllabus for Philosophy


Women Studies

KSET Syllabus for Women Studies



KSET Syllabus for Linguistics


Performing Arts

KSET Syllabus for Performing Arts



KSET Syllabus for Music


Visual Arts

KSET Syllabus for Visual Arts

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Q:   I'm going to face the KSET exam (English) for the first time. How do I prepare for the same?

The best way to prepare for languages is by reading material in the different languages. This activity helps to understand passages of comprehension better and also helps students to write essays. For English it is preferable to refer to Wren & Martin. This book is a perfect guide for improving your grammar, essay writing skills as well as your comprehension skills because it has exercises and examples for each topic. If possible ensure that you have a copy of the key to verify the answers to the exercises given in the same. Refer and Solve previous years question papers.

Q:   Is it possible to crack KSET exam in 1 year?


Yes, it is. Even 1 year is more you can crack it in 6 months. You can follow the below strategies to prepare for it. Tips and strategies for KSET exam It's always a problem for students How to prepare for the KSET Exam?

 So I am going to provide some tips and strategies you should follow for the KSET exam. Tips to prepare for the KSET exam:

Understand Paper Pattern and Syllabus: Before starting your preparation, you must have a clear idea about the syllabus and paper pattern. Analyze the type of questions, marking scheme, cutoff.

Also, check the whole syllabus and updates in a particular subject. Updates help you to know recent data and information regarding the subject.

Make Time Table Prepare a timetable according to the subject. Mark important topics and divide each topic in smaller units. Decide the time you should give to each unit to complete the syllabus within the duration. Paper Solving Activity Include this practice.

Solve as many papers as you can of the previous year. Follow the answer key after the paper to check your performance. Indirectly benefit to increase your speed and time accuracy.

Making Notes: Try to make notes while reading, so at the time of the revision, you don't need to study the whole unit. It saves your time. Prepare formula sheets and short tricks to solve the paper quickly and speedily.

Revision Always revise before the exam, so that you can remember whatever you have read and have a look at the notes and tricks you prepared. During revision, you get to know about the topics you least prepared. 


Q:   Is there any subject wise cutoff for KSET?


Yes, the Karnataka Exam Authority (KEA) releases the KSET cut off in PDF format which comprises subject and category-wise for the candidates who have taken the KSET exam. The candidates securing more than equal to cut off marks in their category will be considered qualified for the assistant professorship and PhD.


Q:   Do I have to take private coaching to crack the KSET exam or can I prepare for the KSET exam by myself?


It is not necessary to take private coaching to crack the KSET exam. You can prepare for the exam on your own by following a structured and disciplined approach to study. Here are some tips for preparing for the KSET exam without private coaching:

Understand the Syllabus: Before starting your preparation, go through the KSET syllabus for your subject and understand the topics and subtopics that are covered in the exam. 

Study Material: Collect and refer to good quality study material such as textbooks, reference books, and online resources to cover the entire syllabus.

Make a Study Plan: Make a study plan that suits your schedule and follow it consistently. Allocate time for each topic and subtopic, and revise regularly.

Practice with Previous Year's Question Papers: Solve previous year's question papers to get an idea about the exam pattern, types of questions, and difficulty level. This can help you to identify the important topics and prioritize your preparation accordingly. 

Take Online Mock Tests: Take online mock tests to evaluate your preparation level, identify your strengths and weaknesses, and improve your speed and accuracy.

Stay Motivated: Stay motivated and focused throughout your preparation. Set achievable goals, reward yourself for achieving them, and keep a positive attitude.

Stay Informed: Keep yourself updated with the latest news and updates regarding the KSET exam, such as exam dates, changes in the syllabus, and other important information. Therefore, it is possible to crack the KSET exam without private coaching by following a structured and disciplined approach to study. With the right study material, dedication, and hard work, you can achieve success in the exam


Q:   Can I apply for KSET exam if I have backlog in my post-graduation?


The following are the requirements for KSET Qualification for programs leading to Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellowships: 

It is recommended that candidates only appear in the post-graduation subject. Candidates may appear in a related subject if their post-graduation subject is not included in the list of subjects.

Candidates are eligible for this test if they have completed a master's degree or an equivalent exam from a university or other institution recognised by UGC in the humanities (including languages), social sciences, computer Science & applications, electronic science, etc. with at least 55 per cent of the possible points (not rounding off).

The above information is taken from the authority website conducting the examination and since there is not anything specified regarding the backlog and if you have cleared your backlog and fulfilled the other academic requirements then you can for sure appear for the exam.


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Answered a month ago

The KSET marking scheme is straightforward and designed to assess your knowledge objectively:

  • Marks per question: Each question in the KSET exam is worth 2 marks.
  • Negative marking: There is no negative marking for incorrect answers. This means there's no penalty for guessing if you're unsure about a q



Ritu Rathee

Contributor-Level 8

Answered 2 months ago

KSET application form 2024: The KEA (Karnataka Exam Authority) will release the KSET application form for the year 2024 oon on the official website. Candidates need to submit their KSET applications online and then submit the hard copy of the KSET application form along with the attendance slip to t


Dr. Uma Sinha

Scholar-Level 17

Answered 2 months ago

The KSET (Karanataka State Eligibility Test) cut off marks are released by the Karnataka Exam Authority (KEA) in the form of a PDF. The candidates can download the KSET Cut Off PDF on the official website without logging into the KSET registered account. The steps to download the KSET cut off PDF ar



Dewesh Nandan Prasad

Contributor-Level 10

Answered 2 months ago

No, the KSET Answer Key is not available in offline mode. The KSET Answer Key is typically released online on the official website of the Karnataka Exam Authority (KEA) and candidates can download it from there. However, you can download the KSET Answer Key and save it on your device for offline vie



Dewesh Nandan Prasad

Contributor-Level 10

Answered 2 months ago

The KSET (Karnataka State Eligibility Test) scorecard typically contains the following details:

  • Candidate's Name: The scorecard will display the name of the candidate who appeared for the KSET exam.
  • Roll Number: The unique roll number assigned to the candidate for the KSET examination will be mentione



Dewesh Nandan Prasad

Contributor-Level 10

Answered 2 months ago

Yes, candidates can challenge the KSET answer key for more than one question if they believe that there are errors or discrepancies in the answer key. The Karnataka Exam Authority (KEA) provides a specified time frame during which candidates can raise objections to the KSET answer key, and candidate



Dewesh Nandan Prasad

Contributor-Level 10

Answered 2 months ago

The KSET answer key is an important document for candidates who have appeared for the exam. The reasons describing the importance of the KSET answer key has been enlisted below for the candidates: a) Helps in calculating probable scores: The answer key contains the correct answers to all the questio



Dewesh Nandan Prasad

Contributor-Level 10

Answered 2 months ago

The Karnataka Exam Authority (KEA) allows the candidates who have take the KSET (Karnataka State Eligibility Test) exam to raise objections againt the KSET provisional answer key if they find any discrepancy in the interim answer key. However, the candidates have to present proof against the objecti



Dewesh Nandan Prasad

Contributor-Level 10

Answered 2 months ago

The Karnataka State Eligibility Test (KSET) application fee differs with categories. The category wise KSET application fee is given below:

  • Unreserved: INR 1150
  • OBC: INR 950
  • SC/ST/PwD: INR 650

The candidates are advised to go through the KSET notification for any recent updates regarding the KSEt applic



Dewesh Nandan Prasad

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Answered 2 months ago

The candidates can apply for the Karnataka State Eligibility Test (KSET) through the online portal of Karnataka Exam Authority (KEA). The steps to fill out the KSET application by following the steps given below:

  • Go to the official KEA website at kea.kar.nic.in
  • Click on the KSET 2024 registration link



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