KEAM 2022 - Syllabus, Eligibility, Application form, 2022 Notification

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Exam Summary

Exam Name Kerala Engineering Architecture Medical
Commonly Known As KEAM
Organizing Authority Commissioner of Entrance Examination (CEE), Kerala
Official Website
Exam Type University Level Entrance Examination
Programs Offered Engineering courses
Mode of Exam Pen-Paper (OMR Based)
Number of questions Chemistry & Physics-120

Math – 120

Section Math/Biology, Physics, Chemistry
Total Marks Part 1- 480

Part 2- 480

Type of questions MCQ
Exam duration 2 shifts- 2.5 hours each
Eligibility Criteria Candidates should have passed their 12th grade with a minimum aggregate of 60%.
Exam Date  –

What is KEAM?

KEAM stands for Kerala Engineering Architecture Medical. It is a state level entrance examination conducted by the Commissioner of Entrance Examination (CEE), Kerala. After successfully passing this exam, students can get admission in courses of various engineering streams.

From 2016, KEAM is conducted for admission in engineering courses only. Students who want to seek admission in medical and architecture courses in the institutions under Kerala government will now have to clear NEET and NATA respectively.

Structure of KEAM exam

KEAM will be conducted in pen and paper mode (OMR based) only. The examination will be conducted only on the notified date. There will be no provision of re-examination for absentee candidates. The examination will be conducted in two shifts. Each shift’s duration will be of two and a half hours. The distribution of subjects in the respective shifts is as follows:

  • Paper I – Chemistry and Physics
  • Paper II – Mathematics

Both papers will consist of 120 questions each. Each question will be having equal weightage. Maximum marks for both the papers will be 480 marks.

All the questions will be of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) type consisting of five options with only one correct answer. Following will be the marking scheme:

  • For every correct response to a question, the candidate will get 4 marks.
  • There is a penalty for wrong answers. 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect response.
  • Questions for which multiple responses are marked will be treated as incorrect response and marks will be deducted accordingly.
  • There will be no negative marking for unanswered questions.
Subject Duration Total Questions Total Marks
Paper I: Chemistry and Physics 2.5 Hours 120 480
Paper II: Mathematics 2.5 Hours 120 480
Grand Total 5 Hours 240 960

The medium of the question paper will be in English. A candidate has to attempt both the papers to be eligible for admission.

Any candidate who fails to answer at least one question in both the papers will automatically get disqualified.

KEAM 2018 Eligibility Criteria


  • Only Indian citizens are eligible to write KEAM 2018.
  • Persons of Indian Origins (PIO) /Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) can also apply for the examination but they are not eligible for a reservation of any type.


Students belong to Kerala state will be categorized as:

  • Keralite,
  • Non-Keralite category I and
  • Non-Keralite Category II

Education Qualification:

  • Candidates must complete their age of 17 years as or on 31st December of the year of their first semester.
  • Candidates must have passed 10+2 or its equivalent examination from any recognized state/central board.
  • A minimum of 50% is required in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics for eligibility.
  • Those who have less than 50% marks in Mathematics are not eligible for appearing in the examination.
  • Students appearing in the Higher Secondary examination and are expected to pass in 2018 are also eligible to apply given they satisfy the above-mentioned conditions.

Age Limit:

  • There is no upper cap on the age limit for appearing in the examination.

Application forms and submission procedure

Forms for KEAM 2018 will be available in on the official website of the exam. The application will be available in the first week of January 2018 on the official website.

How to apply

  • Fill the online form with correct details by registering on
  • Upload recently clicked coloured passport size photograph, thumb impression, and signature.
  • Complete the payment process by using a preferred mode.
  • Send the printed/filled application by post to Office of Commissioner for Entrance Examination (Address given below).

Office of the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations, 
5th Floor, Housing Board Buildings, Santhi Nagar,
Thiruvananthapuram-695001, Kerala

The details filled in the application form should be according to the matriculation certificate. Any discrepancy detected will lead to rejection of the application.

Application fee

The examination fees are Rs 500/- for SC candidates and Rs 1000/- for general candidates. ST candidates are exempted from payment of examination fees. Candidates have the following available options for completion of payment:

  • Security Card available at selected post office
  • Demand Draft

The demand draft has to be drawn from a nationalized/scheduled bank in favour of the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations, payable at Thiruvananthapuram.

The examination fee is non-refundable. In no case, the request for refund of examination fees will be considered by Commissioner for Entrance Examination.

Admit Card

Admit card for KEAM will be released on the official website. Candidates have to regularly visit the official website for updates on downloading of admit card. Only those candidates will be issued admit cards who would have successfully completed the payment process.

Test city and center will be clearly mentioned on the admit card. In no case, the test city or the test venue will be changed. Candidates won’t be allowed to attempt the exam at any other alternative center.

For downloading of the admit card, the registration number will be required. Therefore, candidates should carefully note down their respective registration number. Admit card will not be mailed to the candidate. No separate communication will be done regarding this.

The admit card will bear the following information-

  • Roll Number
  • Name
  • Father’s Name
  • Photograph
  • Test City
  • Test center address
  • Test timings along with the reporting time
  • Conduct and pre-requisites for the examination

KEAM is expected to be conducted in last week of April 2018. The examination will be conducted only once. Hence, those candidates who don’t turn up for the examination will be automatically disqualified from the selection process.

Admission Procedure

Results of KEAM 2018 will be declared in the fourth week of May 2018.

After the declaration of results, a merit list will be prepared. In the merit list, there will be 50% weightage of KEAM score and 50% weightage of marks obtained in the qualifying examination (10+2 or equivalent examination).

Admission in engineering courses will be done on the basis of candidate’s rank secured in the final merit list. After that,  counselling process will begin in which seats will be allocated by Central Allotment Process. Candidates will have to choose their respective stream and reserve their seat in the selected college.

Candidates can then complete the admission procedure by visiting the particular college and submitting the examination fees and other relevant documents.


The notifications for this exam will start from early December 2017 and these notifications will be put up on the official website as well as printed in the local newspapers.

It is important to take a look at the eligibility criteria before applying for the exam. The eligibility criteria are mentioned on the application form and also on the notifications page for the exam.


All questions asked will be from the 11th grade and 12th grade syllabus, in accordance with the syllabus followed by the state. Questions will be asked from Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. Below are the following topics in each subject:

Subject Mathematics Physics Chemistry
Topics ·         Sets, Relations and Functions

·         Complex Numbers

·         Quadratic Equations

·         Algebra

·         Logarithms

·         Matrices and Determinants

·         Trigonometry

·         Coordinate Geometry

·         3D Geometry

·         Differential Calculus

·         Integral Calculus

·         Applications of Calculus

·         Sequences and Series

·         Binomial Theorem

·         Vectors

·         Permutations and Combinations

·         Statistics

·         Mathematical reasoning

·         Probability

·         Units and Measurement

·         Kinematics

·         Work, Energy, and Power

·         Thermodynamics

·         Rigid body Rotation

·         Gravitation

·         Mechanics of solids and fluids

·         Oscillations

·         Rotations

·         Properties of Solids and Liquids

·         Electricity

·         Electrostatics

·         Magnetic effects of current

·         Electromagnetic Induction and alternating current

·         Optics – ray optics and wave optics

·         Dual Nature of Matter

·         Semiconductor Devices

·         Communication Systems


·         Basic Concepts of Chemistry

·         Atomic Structure

·         States of Matter

·         Periodic Table

·         Thermodynamics

·         Chemical Equilibrium

·         Solutions

·         Electrochemistry

·         Chemical Kinetics

·         General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Metals

·         S block elements

·         P block elements

·         D and f block elements

·         Organic Chemistry

·         Purification of organic compounds

·         Polymers

·         Bio molecules

·         Chemistry in everyday life


The exam can only be taken through the pen and paper mode. The total number of questions asked including both the papers will be 240, 120 questions in each paper. The duration of each paper is 2 hours and 30 minutes. All questions asked will be of the objective type, specifically multiple choice questions. 4 marks will be awarded for every correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong one.

KEAM 2018 Important Dates

Events Dates
Release of Application 1st February 2018
Last date to submit the application 9th March 2018
Last date to submit application form with receipt of exam fees 10th March 2018
Release of Admit Card 10 March 2018
Exam Date 24th April 2018 – Physics and Chemistry

2nd April 2018 – Mathematics

Declaration of results Last week of May 2018
Counseling 1st and 2nd week of June 2018
Commencement of classes July 2018

List of KEAM Examination Centres

The following are all the places where the exam will be conducted:

  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Kollam
  • Pathanamthitta
  • Alappuzha
  • Kottayam
  • Ernakulam
  • Thodupuzha
  • Kattappana
  • Thrissur
  • Palakkad
  • Malappuram
  • Kozhikode
  • Wayanad
  • Kannur
  • Kasaragod

This exam is also conducted in many cities outside of Kerala. This is done in order to make the exam more accessible. The following are the list of exam centers outside Kerala:

  • Mumbai
  • Ranchi
  • Shillong
  • New Delhi
  • Dubai

This exam is conducted in numerous places across the state of Kerala and this is done to give students an opportunity to pursue their career in the stream of engineering. Students have the option of choosing their exam centers and hence, candidates can choose the exam center that is convenient for them.

Contact Details

If candidates are in doubt, they are requested to go through the FAQ page where the common questions and doubts encountered by the students. And if their doubt still persists, they can contact the authorities. The contact details are mentioned below:

  • Official Website
  • Phone number – 0471- 2332120, 2338487
  • Fax – 0471 – 2337228
  • Email id –
  • Address

The Commissioner for Entrance Examinations
Fifth Floor, Housing Board Buildings
Santhi Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram-695 001

List of colleges accepting KEAM score

The following are the list of colleges that accept the KEAM score:

  • Government Engineering College, Painavu
  • Government College of Engineering, Kannur
  • Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Kottayam
  • College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram
  • T K M College of Engineering, Kollam
  • N S S College of Engineering, Palakkad
  • Kelappaji College of Agrl. Engg and Technology, Malappuram
  • College of Food Technology, Thrissur
  • Model Engineering College, Ernakulam, Thrikkakara
  • College of Engineering, Poonjar
  • L B S College of Engineering, Muliyar P O
  • Calicut University Institute of Engineering and Technology

All the colleges located in the state of Kerala give admissions to students based on their score in the KEAM exam. To get a complete list of colleges please visit the official website.

KEAM Results

The cut off marks are the minimum mark that should be scored by a candidate in order to be eligible for an admission to a particular university. Each university will have a different cut off and hence it is advised that the candidates have a look at the cut off marks for each university before applying. The universities usually release the cut off marks just after the exam. Additionally, the cut off marks vary from one year to another. The following are the criteria on which the cut off marks depend on:

  • The number of applications
  • The difficulty of the exam
  • The number of colleges participating
  • Performance of candidates in the exam
  • Average mark of the KEAM exam

Score Validity

The score of the KEAM exam is valid only for a year. This means that students cannot carry on their score to the next year. If they want to apply the next year, they will have to write the exam again to be eligible for counseling.

Reservation/Seat Distribution

According to the conducting authority, every college accepting students based on the KEAM marks should reserve seats for students belonging to different categories. The following is the split up of reserved seats based on the category.

Category Percentage of Seat Reserved
Scheduled Caste 8%
Scheduled Tribe 2%
Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) 30%
State Merit (SM) 60%

It should be noted that all the candidates seeking for admission based on the above-mentioned reservations should produce a proof, namely a certificate stating that they belong to that particular category. Only then can they avail the benefits.

KEAM 2018 Counselling Schedule

For counseling, the authorities follow a centralized allotment process where candidates will get an admission based on their score in the exam and their choice of course. This process will be done through the online mode. All the information needed about the candidates like their score, choice of stream will be collected by the authorities beforehand based on which the seat allotment is done. Once the allotment is done, candidates will have to pay the admission fees and give a confirmation. If they fail to do so, their seat will be cancelled and will be allotted to another candidate.

While paying the fees, the candidates will be asked to bring certain documents that will be verified. If there are any discrepancies found, the candidate’s application will be immediately rejected. Candidates are asked to bring the original documents as well as the photocopy of the document. The following are the required documents:

  • The application form for the exam
  • Admit card of the exam
  • Government Proof – Passport, Aadhaar Card, License, PAN Card etc
  • Seat allotment slip

Once the verification process is complete, the candidates can proceed forward to pay the fees.

Once the online round of counseling is done, a spot round is conducted where all the left out seats are filled up. Here again, seats will be allotted based on the rank and score secured by the candidates. The entire counseling procedure is managed by the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations, Kerala and his team. It is this body of authority that decides the rules, regulations, and format of the counseling sessions.

As soon as the candidates finish all the formalities, he/she can start attending the classes at their chosen university. Usually, classes begin from the month of July.

Sample Paper

It is always beneficial to work on previous year’s question papers and sample papers before appearing for the exam. In doing so, the students will find out their preparation level. Based on their performance in these tests they will get an idea of which topics to work on. Also, this will give them some experience on how the actual exam will be structured.



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