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How to Check KCSE 2020 Results Via KNEC SMS Code 20076 or Online KNEC Portal

The long wait is finally over and KCSE 2020 candidates can now check their results. Education CS Professor George Magoha will lead the country in releasing this year’s KCSE at KNEC headquarters.

On the last day of KCSE 2020, CS Magoha assured all stakeholders that the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) results will be out by May 10.

A total of 26,597 teachers marked the examinations in 20 stations. KCSE 2020 exercise was done in 10,287 centres across the country with a total of 699,745 candidates participating.

Candidates who sat for the exam can check their results using three ways:

  1. Using  KNEC SMS code 20076
  2. Using an online KNEC portal
  3. Visiting respective school 


This is the most effective and fastest way of checking for the results. To get KCSE results 2020 by SMS a candidate is required to send an SMS with your Index Number to 20076.

The service is viable for all the three network providers in the country Safaricom, Airtel and Telkom networks.

The cost of each SMS is Shs25.

NB: Candidates must wait for official release of the results before sending an SMS.


To use this method to check 2020 results you only need to remember your index number and access your mobile phone or computer Here is the procedure:

  • Visit the Official KNEC website (knec.ac.ke)
  • Check  for the KCSE Results tab, click on it
  • Select the year you sat for the Exams
  • Enter your Index number.
  • Finally click the Submit button.
  • Your KCSE results should show on the screen after a while

Finally, candidates can check their KCSE 2020 results by visiting  their former schools a day after the official release of the exam.

KCSE 2020 Grading system

KNEC grades candidates who sit for 7 or o cmore KCSE subjects during the national examinations.

Results for candidates who do not meet certificate award requirements are indicated as follows:

  • W” – candidates whose results have been withheld for various reasons

  • X” – candidates who were absent during the examination

  • Y” – candidates involved in examination irregularities will have their results cancelled.

  • Z” – candidates who will not have met registration requirement

  • U” – candidates who will not have met the certificate award criteria

The examinations body puts all subjects into five groups. These groups include:

Group I – These are compulsory subjects all students must sit for during exams. They include English (101), Kiswahili (102), and Mathematics (121).

Group II – The group consists of four science subjects. However, a student must sit for at least two subjects during the exams. They include Biology (231), Physics (232), Chemistry (233), and General Science (237).

Group III – The group consists of five humanities subjects. A student must sit for at least one subject during the exams. They include History and Government (311), Geography (312), Christian Religious Education (313), Islamic Religious Education (314), and Hindu Religious Education (315).

Group IV – There are eleven subjects in this group. The subjects include: Home Science (411), Art and Design (442), Agriculture (443), Woodwork (444), Metalwork (445), Building Construction (446), Power Mechanics (447), Electricity (448), Drawing and Design (449), Aviation Technology (450), and Computer Studies (451).

Group V – The groups consists of subjects from languages and business studies. They include French (501), German (502), Arabic (503), Kenya Sign Language (504), Music (511), and Business Studies (565).

A student can choose the seventh subject from Group II or Groups III, IV or V. To get a mean grade based on the KCSE grading system 2019, KNEC averages a student’s score in all the seven (7) subjects.

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