MBBS Admission in Karnataka 2024 – The Complete Information For You

Greetings everyone! Have you qualified for NEET UG 2024, or have you just completed your 12th standard and are you planning to pursue your career as a doctor?

Well! Then you must be looking for admission to the most demanded course, MBBS or Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. Then, you must consider admission to MBBS in Karnataka as well.

“Karnataka,” Firstly, this word is popular for its amazing climate, and the grand education industry is the second most popular thing that comes to our mind. Of course, ”you name it, and Karnataka will have it”! 😀

Area-wise, ranked 6th largest state in India, it also ranks 1st in position when it comes to the states with the highest number of medical colleges. Hence, every medical aspirant considers MBBS admission in Karnataka by default!

Before that, I would like to introduce myself – I am Sidharth PS, an educational consultant and counselor with more than 17 years of experience in the education industry. I mainly guide students for health and science courses and help students in securing admission in reputed colleges in India.

In this blog, I am going to give you detailed guidance about the entire MBBS admission process in Karnataka. This will clear almost 80% of your doubts about MBBS admission in Karnataka.

In case if you are having doubts after reading this article, you can contact me for personal guidance.

MBBS Admission Process in Karnataka

MBBS admission in Karnataka is conducted through two exams, NEET UG and UG-CET. The NEET UG exam is compulsory for anyone who wants to claim an MBBS seat there, while UG-CET is required for Karnataka students applying for government MBBS seats.

MBBS Admission in Karnataka- Overview
Qualifying ExamNEET UG 
UG-CET (only Karnataka students)
Admission ProcessKarnataka NEET UG Counseling
Admission AuthorityKarnataka Examinations Authority (KEA)
Registration Websitehttp://kea.kar.nic.in/
Registration FeesRs.500/- to Rs. 5500/- (category based)
Security Deposit Rs. 1,00,000/- (if applicable)
Total MBBS seats 11595

The admission to the MBBS course is conducted through the Karnataka NEET UG counseling. The entire MBBS admission process is managed by the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA), and the steps are given below;

  1. Online Registration http://kea.kar.nic.in/.
  2. Registration fees.
  3. Security fees, if applicable.
  4. Documents Verification at KEA.
  5. Verification slip.
  6. Merit List.
  7. Seat Matrix and Fee Structure.
  8. Choice-Filling.
  9. Mock Allotment.
  10. Option entry editing.
  11. Final Allotment Result.
  12. Reporting to KEA for Verification of Documents.
  13. Writing at the Allotted College.

Online Registration 

You have to register online through the KEA website (http://kea.kar.nic.in/) for the MBBS admission process.

The first step in registration is to provide all your UGNEET details, Identity details, email and phone number, 10th and 12th qualification details, reservations, password, etc., to receive your login ID.

Carefully note the login details; they are required throughout the counseling. 

Once your initial registration is completed, you will have to proceed to complete the remaining details required in the form. 

Documents like the NEET result, mark sheets, photograph, signature, etc. need to be uploaded in the specific format and size (usually 50-100kb in pdf/jpeg)

You have to verify your entered credentials, and the registration process is time-consuming.

The tip here is to keep all your documents and information handy before you start filling out your form. Also, try to use high-speed internet. 

Registration fees

The registration fee is the last step after you declare the form for final submission. Once you fill in the registration details, you should check it once again before paying the registration fees. 

The prescribed KEA registration fee charged for participating in the MBBS admission is:

KEA Registration Fee UG NEET In INR (one-time, non-refundable)
Karnataka SC/ST/Cat-1/PWD/ GM/2A/2B/3A/3B studentRs. 500/- 
Non-Karnataka studentRs. 2500/- 
NRI Ward/NRI/OCI/PIO/Foreign Nationals studentRs. 5,500/- 

The registration fee can be paid only through a payment gateway (Credit Card or Debit Card, Internet banking, or bank challan).

However, I suggest the bank challan option, as that has been proven to be successful and stress-free.

Security fees, if applicable

Until the 2023 second round of the NEET-UG counseling, security fees weren’t applicable in Karnataka. However, from the mop-up round onwards, a refundable security deposit was charged in KEA counseling.

Payment of Rs.1,00,000/- lakh was compulsory for everyone to participate in the option entry round. 

The security fees have to be paid online only (debit card/internet banking/credit card/ bank challan), and again, a reminder to keep the receipt of payment saved. 

Documents Verification at KEA

In Karnataka, physical document verification before option entry is mandatory for certain candidates only. 

These apply to candidates who have claimed reservations as per Government of Karnataka norms/Linguistic Minority/Religious Minority/NRI ward seats during the online application form submission.

On the other hand, students who haven’t claimed any category are not required to go for this round. 

However, after allotment, they have to report to the KEA office in Bangalore.

Verification slip 

The verification slip is a mandatory document that signifies the status of your eligibility.

The verification slip will be released to eligible MBBS applicants after document verification. 

Details of the candidates, such as verified documents, caste, category, rank, secret key code, etc, will also be present on the slip. These details are required to participate in the option-entry round.

Merit List 

The KEA will also publish the merit list of MBBS applicants online. You must ensure that your name is on the eligible student list.

Seat Matrix and Fee Structure

The KEA publishes the information related to MBBS seats and fee structure a day or two after the verification slip is released. 

Various categories apply to seats, and these also dictate the annual tuition fees of MBBS in Karnataka. You can find the complete details in the subsequent sections below.

You can filter your options by referring to this information. 


The choice-filling round is announced simultaneously and lasts for 24 to 36 hours. So, you have to plan your choices before entering your options.

Additionally, the choice-filling process in Karnataka is tricky, so you have to be very cautious and sure about what and how you are filling your choices. 

The number of options has no specific limit!

Mock Allotment

The result of the mock allotment is a unique feature of the Karnataka NEET counseling. 

Based on the rank and options entered by students, a mock allotment result will be will be carried out. 

This allotment process is only carried out to give the candidate a clear idea about their indicative result. 

Based on the mock allotment, you can edit your college preferences for the final result. 

Editing of Options

This round is available for a day or two. If it is necessary to add/delete/enter fresh options after the mock result, you can change your preferences for option entry for the final allotment.

Final Allotment

The final allotment can be the same or vary from the mock result. Anyways, your allotment is based on rank and preferences ordered for MBBS colleges.

Next, you can accept the allotted seat and confirm by paying the tuition fees through the payment gateway. 

If you accept the allotment, ensure that you pay the designated tuition fees within the specific time limit given by the KEA to avoid losing your admission completely!

Reporting to KEA for Document Verification

Further, you have to report to the KEA for document verification and submission of your original documents. 

All categories of students who have confirmed their MBBS admission have to visit the designated authorities as per the given rank-wise bell times.

Once your reporting procedure is complete, you will be handed your admission order for MBBS.

Reporting at the Allotted College

Immediately after you receive your final admission letter from the KEA, on the same day or next, report to the allotted medical institute. 

You have to carry your admission order and sets of photo-stated documents of all your originals submitted to the KEA. 

And finally! You are done with your MBBS admission.

If you are a student from other state, then you can go through my detailed post about MBBS admission for other state students in Karnataka.

Eligibility Criteria for MBBS Admission in Karnataka

It is very important to be aware of the eligibility clauses before applying for admission to MBBS anywhere. Hence, the eligibility criteria for MBBS admission in Karnataka are also important for you.

It states that you must have passed 12th Std with English as one of the Languages.

Additionally, obtain 50% of marks in aggregate in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology subjects, and 40% aggregate case if you are SC/ST/OBC in the 12th exam.

You must be 17 years of age at the time of admission.

Mandatory to qualify for the NEET UG exam with the minimum qualifying percentile or score. You can check the below table for NEET qualification score in the last two years.

Minimum Cut-off Score – MBBS Admission in Karnataka
YearQualifying percentile (General Category)Qualifying percentile (PH-General)Qualifying percentile (SC/ST/OBC/ – PH)

MBBS Seats and Fees in Karnataka

Karnataka has 24 government colleges, 32 private colleges, and 12 deemed universities. Together, Karnataka has 68 Medical Colleges providing the MBBS curriculum. So, the figure is huge, and yet the race to allotment is still competitive.

Hence, a detailed understanding of the various seat reservations might help.

There are four seat categories for MBBS admission in Karnataka, which are the G – Government Seats, P – Private Seats, N – NRI Seats, and the Q – Others Seats.

Seat CategoriesReservation 
G – Government Seat40%
P – Private Seat40%
N – NRI Seat15%
Q – Others Seat5%
Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore
Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Science,Bengaluru
ESI Medical College,Bangalore15011,01,00/-N/AN/AN/A
Chitradurga Medical College and Research Institute, Chitradurga15060,100/-N/AN/AN/A
Government Medical College,Mysore15060,100/-N/AN/AN/A
Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences, Mandya
Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences, Hassan
Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences,Hubli
Belgavi Institute of Medical Sciences,Belgaum/Belgavi
Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences,Bellary
Bidar Institute of Medical Sciences,Bidar
Raichur Institute of Medical Sciences,Raichur
Shimoga Institute of Medical Sciences,Shimoga
ESI Medical College,Gulbarga
Chikkamagaluru Institute of Medical Sciences, Chikkamagaluru15060,100/-N/AN/AN/A
Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences,GULBARGA
Gadag Institute of Medical Sciences,GADAG
Chamarajanagar Institute of Medical Science,CHAMARAJANAGAR15060,100/-N/AN/AN/A
Karwar Institute of Medical Science,UTTARA KANNADA
Kodagu Institute of Medical Sciences,MADIKERI
Chikkaballapura Institute of Medical Science,Chikkaballapura
Koppal Institute of Medical Sciences, Koppal15060,100/-N/AN/AN/A
Yadgiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Yadgiri15060,100/-N/AN/AN/A
Haveri Institute of Medical Sciences, Haveri15060,100/-N/AN/AN/A
Sri Basaveshwara Medical College and Hospital, Chitradurga1501,414,46/-10,92,852/-28,12,700/-28,12,700/-
BGS Global Institute of Medical Sciences,Kengeri, Bangalore
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Medical College, Bangalore
East Point College of Medical Sciences and Research Center,Bangalore
Jaya Jagadguru Murugharajendra Medical College,Davangere District
Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore
K.Venkataramana Gowda Medical College and Hospital, Dakshina Kannada
S. Nijalingappa Medical College and Research Centre, Bagalkot2501,414,46/-10,92,852/-35,12,700/-35,12,700/-
Shymanuru Shivashankarappa Institute Of Medical Sciences,Davangere
Shridevi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Hospital,Tumkur
Siddaganga Medical College and Research Institute,Tumakuru1501,414,46/-10,92,852/-25,12,700/-25,12,700/-
Sri Chamundeshwari Medical College, Hospital and Research Inst. Channapatna, Ramanagara1501,414,46/-10,92,852/-24,12,700/-24,12,700/-
Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College,Kalaburgi
St John Medical College, Bangalore
The Oxford Medical College Hospital and Research Center,Bangalore
Akash Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre,BANGALORE
M.V.J.Medical College and Research Hospital,Channasandra, Bangalore
Vydehi Institute of Medical Science and Research Centre, Bangalore
Kanachur Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre,MANGALORE
Ameen Medical College, Vijayapur1501,414,46/-10,92,852/-
Father Muller Institute of Med. Education & Research,Mangalore
A.J.Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalore
Srinivasa Institute of Medical Research Center,Mangalore
Subbaiah Institute of Medical Science,Shimoga
Navodaya Medical College,Raichur2001,414,46/-10,92,852/-
Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Bellur, Mandya Dist.
Dr. Chandramma Dayananda Sagar Institute of Medical Education,Harohalli hobli, Ramanagara
SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital,Dharwad
M.S.Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore
Khaja Bande Navaz Institute Of Medical Sciences, Gulbarga
Sri Madhusudan Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and
Research, Muddenahalli,CHIKKABALLAPURA
Sapthagiri Institute of Medical Sciences,Bangalore
Jawaharalal Nehru Medical College,Belgaum
Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeswara Medical College, Mysore
Kasturba Medical College, Hampanakatta,Mangalore.2501,444,96/-N/A17,80,000/-49,200$
Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore
K.S.Hegde Medical Academy, Mangalore
Jagadguru Gangadhar Mahaswamigalu Moorusavirmath Medical College,Dharwar
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal250N/AN/A17,80,000/-49,200$
Shri B M Patil Medical Colege, Hospital and Research Centre, Bijapur200N/AN/A17,00,000/-25,00,000/-
Sri Devaraj URS Medical College, Kolar150N/AN/A17,60,000/-45,200$
Sri Siddhartha Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bangalore150N/AN/A10,50,000/-50,000$
Sri Siddhartha Medical College, Tumkur200N/AN/A17,75,000/-50,000$
Rajarajeshwari Medical College, Bnagalore250N/AN/A23,00,000/-55,000$

In government colleges of Karnataka, 15% of MBBS seats are filled through All-India Quota, and 85% of MBBS seats are state quota seats.

Few minority colleges and deemed universities also contribute 25% of MBBS seats in the government category of seats.

However, state quota seats are only open for Karnataka domicile-bearing students. A certain number of Private seats are also available for admission to all eligible students.

The N seats are open for NRI/OCI/Foreign Nationals, while Q seats are commonly known as management seats, which are available to all eligible students.

The advantage of getting an allotment in the G or P seat is that the MBBS tuition fee is low for these categories compared to the NRI and Q quota seats. The details are given below;

If you need a detailed insight about fees, then you can also go through my detailed article about management quota fees in Karnataka for MBBS.

Documents Required for MBBS Admission in Karnataka

Documents Required for MBBS Admission in Karnataka

The original copies of all these documents are mandatory during the reporting process.

  1. Final printout of the Online Application form.
  2. Original Copy of the Challan for having paid the fees. 
  3. UG NEET Admit Card.
  4. UG NEET Score Card.
  5. Identity Proof, anyone (Driving License / Voter ID / Passport / PAN / Aadhar Card).
  6. SSLC / 10th Standard Marks Sheet.
  7. 2nd PUC / 12th Standard Marks Sheet.
  8. 2nd PU /12th standard Study Certificate/ School Leaving Certificate.
  9.  Two recent passport-size photographs.

Remember to carry two additional sets of photocopies of all these documents, along with the original set.

If you need the general list, then you can check the documents for MBBS admission.

How Can I Help You?

Since MBBS is a course that will shape your career and also might cost you a fortune.  Hence, getting your desired degree in a good and decent college is most important! 

The good news is that I have visited all these medical colleges personally. So, I have evaluated the patient flow, infrastructure, academic facility, fee structure, and other applied fees keenly. Apart from that, I have reviewed the opinions of past students as well. 

You can’t ignore the fact, that lakhs of students appearing in the NEET UG exam will surely stir strong competition for MBBS seats. So, proceeding ahead with a proper strategy,  that can amplify your chances of allotment!

Every year, I, have guided many medical aspirants for a long time now. Due to this, I can guide you with more specific information regarding your preferred medical institutions and help you get your MBBS seat in one of them!

In short I can help you in:

  • Choosing the best college in your budget.
  • Choosing a college according to your rank and quality of education.
  • The complete counseling conducted by KEA or MCC.
  • Finance planning and more.

Why Choose Zoom Colleges?

In ZoomColleges, we believe in professional guidance. Our team of experts  has catered admission guidance to a huge number of medical and dental aspirants every year; in fact for 17 years now! 

Precisely, the MBBS admission process is planned only after a detailed analysis of factors like your rank, budget, location preferences, etc. Additionally, getting an MBBS seat at an affordable fee structure in a good medical college is also our priority! 

‘Transparency is the currency of Trust’, Hence, throughout the admission process, our goal is to guide our MBBS aspirants with unfiltered information and real scenarios. It is based on our research and records we have gathered through our experience over these years.

So having an experienced mentor can be beneficial to plan your MBBS admission  smoothly. And, surely choosing ZoomColleges can make it happen for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply for MBBS admission in Karnataka?

You have to participate in the Karnataka State Counseling for getting an MBBS seat in Karnataka which is conducted by the KEA under the medical directorate and government of Karnataka.

How can I participate in the Karnataka NEET counseling for MBBS admission?

You have to first register online through the KEA website http://kea.kar.nic.in/ to participate in the Karnataka NEET counseling for  MBBS admission.

How many MBBS seats are there in Karnataka?

There are 11595 MBBS seats in Karnataka including all categories in government and private colleges, and deemed universities.

Can I apply for MBBS admission in the government seats in Karnataka?

Yes, if you are a student who has qualified NEET UG exam and belongs to the state of Karnataka, you can apply for the state reservation and government MBBSseats of the state. 

What are the fees of MBBS in management seats in Karnataka?

The annual MBBS fees for management seats in Karnataka range between an average of Rs. 20,00,000/- lakhs to Rs. 40,00,000/- lakhs depending on the medical college.

How can I get a low fee structure in a private for MBBS in Karnataka?

The lowest fee structure for MBBS is offered in the Government seats and private seat category in private medical colleges. The fee is approximately Rs.1,44,496/-  and Rs.10,92,895/-  for G category and P category seats respectively. 

However, the P category MBBS fees in few private universities are higher than the above-mentioned figure. 

If you have a good rank, you can get allotment in these categories and get a low fee structure for MBBS.

How many medical colleges are there for MBBS admission in Karnataka?

There for 68 medical colleges for MBBS admission in Karnataka including government colleges, private colleges, and deemed universities.

Is it compulsory to give NEET for MBBS admission in Karnataka?

Yes, it is compulsory to appear and qualify for the NEET UG exam in the relevant year to take MBBS admission in Karnataka.


In Karnataka, the various seat categories, reservations, and certain regulations make the MBBS Admission process complex. 

However, awareness about the steps and rules that apply to the procedure can make it simpler comparatively!

The fact that chances of getting admission in MBBS are based on rank. However, how you target the NEET UG counseling also influences results. 

Therefore, before you go ahead with the MBBS admission process in Karnataka, you must learn about the various institutes you are interested in.

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About Sidharth PS

I am Sidharth PS, the co-founder of ZoomColleges.com, a career counselor and educational blogger with more than 17 years of experience in the field of career guidance and college admissions. I will be majorly sharing about different colleges which I visited and the admission procedures of different courses.

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