KEAM 2021 Application Form , Dates, Eligibility, Pattern and Syllabus

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    KEAM 2021 is an annual, state-level entrance exam to undergraduate programs in Engineering in about 150+ institutions in Kerala. The examination is conducted by the Commissioner of Entrance Examination (CEE), under the Government of Kerala.

    • KEAM is an offline, pen-paper mode test conducted over two days for Papers 1 and 2. Wherein Paper 1 covers Physics and Chemistry, and Paper 2 covers Mathematics.
    • Candidates who are looking to gain admission in the B. Pharma program need to qualify only Paper. The minimum age of a KEAM applicant should be 17 years as on 31st December 2021.
    • Application Process is online and can be accessed through the official website, tentatively from the first week of February 2021.
    • CEE defines the Eligibility Criteria for KEAM applicants into three categories: Keralite, Non-Keralite Category I (NK I), and Non-Keralite Category II (NK II).
    • KEAM Result can be accessed on the official website along with Cutoffs and closing ranks for the colleges in Kerala.

    The exam was earlier used to be conducted for admission into Engineering, Architecture and Medical programs. However, since NEET has been mandatory throughout the country for medical programs and NATA for degrees is Architecture, hence, KEAM is being conducted only as an Engineering entrance for Kerala colleges.

    KEAM 2021 Exam Highlights



    Exam Name

    Kerala Engineering Architecture Medical Exam (KEAM)

    Conducted By

    Commissioner for Entrance Exam, Kerala (CEE Kerala).

    Official Website

    Exam Type

    State Level Examination

    Mode of Application


    Exam Mode

    Offline (Paper-based test)

    Exam Duration

    2 hour 30 minutes on each day

    Exam Frequency


    Medium of Examination


    KEAM 2021 Dates

    KEAM 2021 Exam Dates

    The official notification for KEAM 2021 is expected to be released by the CEE on the official website around November 2020. Considering the timeline for the examination over the past couple of years, a tentative schedule of events for KEAM 2021 can be chalked thus:



    Key Detail

    Online Application Release

    1st Week of February, 2021

    Official Notification expected to be released in November 2020.

    Last date for submission of application including Fee payment

    1st Week of March, 2021

    Online through the official website.

    Admit Card Release

    2nd Week of April, 2021

    To be downloaded and printed from the official website.

    KEAM Examination Date

    Two consecutive days for Paper 1 and 2, in the 3rd week of April, 2021

    120 Questions of 480 marks in Each Paper. 4 marks for each correct answer and -1 for each wrong answer.

    Declaration of Results

    4th Week of May 2021

    KEAM 2021 Application Number and Password required to view Result.

    Counselling Starts

    3rd Week of June 2021

    Conducted over 3 Rounds plus an additional round for vacant seats, if any.

    Please note that the above timeline is strictly tentative in nature and the final schedule for KEAM 2021 will be released only with the official notification.

    KEAM 2021 Eligibility

    KEAM 2021 Eligibility Criteria

    Eligibility criteria for KEAM 2021 as specified by CEE can be listed thus:

    Citizenship: Applicant must be a citizen of India. However, PIO/ OCI cardholders can also apply for the examination.

    Age: There is no upper age limit but applicants should be of at least 17 years of age as on December 31, 2021.

    Domicile Status: CEE, for admission purpose, categorizes candidates on the basis of their nativity, into three categories-

    1. Keralites are candidates that are domicile of Kerala. Wards of All India Services Officers posted under the Kerala cadre are also considered as a part of this category, provided a proof of service document of the parents in Kerala is presented in support of the claim.
    2. Non – Keralite 1 or NK 1 category candidate are those who have lived in Kerala for at least 5 years during the study period of 12 years. Wards of non-Keralite parents who are either in defense services or are GOI employee also comes under the purview of this category.
    3. Non – Keralite 2 or NK 2 category covers all the candidates who do not qualify the above two categories and will be considered for admission through management quota in self – financing colleges controlled by the Government.

    Qualifying Examination: KEAM applicants should have qualified class 12th or equivalent exam from a recognized board having scored a minimum of 50% marks in PCM with an individual score of at least 50% in Mathematics. Students appearing for their 12th Board examination are also eligible to apply.

    KEAM 2021 Registration

    KEAM 2021 Application Process

    Registration process for KEAM 2021 is expected to start in the first week of February 2021. CEE will release the date for the availability of the application form and start of the registration process through an official notification. The entire process is conducted online on Applicants should keep the following documents handy proceeding with the registration process:

    1. A valid Email ID and an active Mobile Number.
    2. Scanned images of Applicant’s Photograph, Signature and Left-Hand Thumb Impression (as per specifications).
    3. Mark sheet of Class 10th.
    4. Income Certificate
    5. Category Certificate (if claiming reservation)
    6. Community Certificate

    Steps to fill Online Application Form for KEAM 2021:

    Step 1: Register using a valid email id and active mobile number on the KEAM Application portal. A system-generated unique Application Number will be allotted to each applicant who in turn needs to provide with a password of minimum 8 characters.

    Step 2: Candidates need to re-login to the KEAM application portal using the system-generated Application ID and password in order to fill the KEAM Application Form. Mandatory details like qualification, contact, category and reservation information will have to be filled in the application form. Please note that you have the advantage of ‘Save and Preview’ before final submission of the form.

    Step 3: Upload scanned images of your recent photograph, specimen signature, and left thumb impression as per the specifications given below:



    Dimension (Pixels)

    File Size


    JPG or JPEG

    150 x 200

    10 kb to 30 kb


    JPG or JPEG

    150 x 100

    10 kb to 30 kb

    Left Thumb Impression

    JPG or JPEG

    150 x 100

    10 kb to 30 kb

    Step 4: You can pay the Application Fee online using Debit/Credit Card or Internet Banking or offline through a Demand Draft.

    Step 5: Once the payment is done and application form is filled and reviewed, candidates should get prints of the form for record as well as send a physical copy to the CEE.

    In the copy that is to be sent to CEE, you must:

    1. Affix your recent photograph of dimensions 3.5 x 4.5 cm in the designated position.
    2. Place your left thumb impression in the provided space.
    3. Sign the form and also get it signed by your parents/ guardian.
    4. Get the form attested by either the Head of your school/ college or by a Gazetted Officer.

    Step 6: Post the application form print out, along with all supporting documents to The Commissioner for Entrance Examination, 5th Floor, Housing Board Buildings, Santhi Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695 001

    KEAM 2021 Application Fee

    The tentative application fee for KEAM 2021 is tabulated below:





    INR 700

    INR 300

    Architecture/Medical & Allied/Both

    INR 500

    INR 200


    INR 900

    INR 400

    KEAM 2021 Form Correction

    Applicants are allowed a short ‘Form Correction Window’, in case they wish to make any changes to some specific details in the KEAM Form. CEE allows this facility only once, after the form submission deadline is over, and for a very short period of time. Changes can be made through the KEAM Application portal, in sections such as Communication Address, Uploaded Images, ID details, etc. The steps involved in Form Correction are:

    1. Login to the KEAM application portal using Application Number and password.
    2. Make the intended changes in the Form and submit.
    3. Take a print out of the re-submitted application form.

    KEAM 2021 Admit Card

    KEAM 2021 Admit Card

    KEAM Admit Card is an important document with information like the Applicant’s name, roll number, exam center and timings along with exam day instructions printed on it. Not only is it mandatory to carry the KEAM Admit Card in person on the exam day, but it will also be required to be presented during counseling and admission.

    CEE releases Admit Card available on its official website for candidates to download and take prints. Please note that the KEAM Admit Card will not be sent to you by post or any other means. You would be able to access the KEAM 2021 Admit Card tentatively by the first week of April 2021.

    You need to enter your KEAM Application number and your DoB to access the Admit Card.

    KEAM 2021 Exam Center

    KEAM is conducted in multiple centers all over Kerala as well as select metro cities like Mumbai and New Delhi and one international location, i.e., Dubai. At the time of KEAM application, candidates are required to choose their preferred exam center. Through CEE tries to accommodate the applicants’ choice in terms of exam centers, however their decision in this regard is the final.

    Applicants will do well to visit their assigned exam center a day before the exam to avoid any confusion on the D-day. Also, please bear in mind that no reading materials, mobile phones, etc. are not allowed inside the exam hall.



















    New Delhi


    KEAM 2021 Pattern

    KEAM 2021 Exam Pattern

    KEAM 2021 Exam Pattern highlights are presented below:


    Two papers, Paper 1 (Physics & Chemistry) & Paper 2 (Mathematics)


    2.5 hours for each paper


    Offline, pen-paper based



    Question Type

    120 MCQ in each paper


    480 marks per paper

    Negative Marking


    Marking Scheme

    4 marks for each correct answer, -1 for each incorrect answer

    Note: Candidates seeking admission into B. Pharm, will have to write Paper-I (Physics & Chemistry) only.

    KEAM 2021 Syllabus

    KEAM 2021 Syllabus

    CEE prescribes the KEAM Syllabus as that of 10+2 or equivalent level. A brief syllabus outline is presented below:


    Algebra, Permutation and combination, Logarithms, Matrices, Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry, 3-Dimensional Co-ordinate geometry, Statistics and Probability, Theory & Application of Calculus


    Introduction and Measurement, Laws of Motion, Work, Energy and Power, Heat and Thermodynamics, Gravitation, Mechanics of solids and fluids, Oscillations, Waves, Electrostatics, Current electricity, Electromagnetic induction and alternating current, Optics, Dual Nature of Matter and Radiations, Atomic nucleus, Solids and Semiconductor devices


    Basic concepts and atomic structure, Bonding and molecular structure, Periodic properties of elements and hydrogen, Solutions, Redox reactions and Electrochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Surface chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Purification and characterization of organic compounds, Hydrocarbons, Polymers and biomolecules, Environmental chemistry and Chemistry in everyday life

    KEAM 2021 Results

    KEAM Result 2021

    CEE publishes KEAM Result on its website in the form of rank lists, which includes Application Number, Candidate Name, Subject-wise Marks secured, Normalized score and Rank. Rank list for Engineering and B. Pharm will be published separately.

    You will be able to download your KEAM Result in the following way:

    1. Access your KEAM candidate login using the application number and DOB/ Password
    2. Check your KEAM 2021 Results and download your Rank Card.

    KEAM 2021 Counselling Process

    KEAM 2021 counseling process is expected to start by the 3rd week of June 2021. CEE will conduct the counseling sessions until all the seats are filled. Candidates who feature in the CEE Merit List are required to register online for the counseling sessions. You can also register for the same at the designated facilitation centers specified in the KEAM information booklet.

    At the time of registration for counseling, details like the course and college preferences have to be specified by the candidates. During counseling, once a seat is allotted, you are required to submit the admission fee to confirm your seat. Please bear in mind that in case you fail to remit the fee/ join the college, you will not be eligible for any further seat allotment in any stream.

    KEAM 2021 Seat Allotment

    KEAM seat allotment is done through the Centralized Admission Process (CAP) alongside the counseling sessions. Allotment of Seats depends on several factors, namely,

    1. Seat Availability
    2. Merit list
    3. Candidate preferences

    KEAM 2021 FAQs

    KEAM 2021 Frequently Asked Questions

    Ques: Are applicants from states other than Kerala eligible to apply for KEAM?

    Ans. Yes, applicants from other states are also eligible to apply for KEAM 2021

    Ques: How can I get admission into the Architecture program.

    Ans. To gain admission into the Architecture program, you need to qualify NATA and that score will be used to allot a seat in your desired program to you.

    Ques: I want to appear for KEAM in Dubai. What would be my application fee?

    Ans. Applicants opting for Dubai as their preferred exam center needs to pay an additional 12000 INR alongside the stipulated KEAM application fee.

    Ques: Do government colleges in Kerala take admission through KEAM?

    Ans. Yes, Government Colleges in Kerala does accept meritorious students on the basis of their KEAM scores.

    Ques. What are the factors that I need to take care of to safeguard my KEAM Application Form from getting rejected?

    Ans. While filling the KEAM application form, you need to take care not to make the following mistakes in order to avoid your application being rejected:

    • The uploaded photograph and the one affixed on the application form print out should be identical.

    • The photograph affixed on the application form print out should be duly attested by the Head of your last institute.

    • Documents uploaded should be clear and ditto as per the specifications.

    • The application form print out and supporting documents should reach within the deadline.

    Ques. How many colleges take admission through KEAM and what is the number of seats available?

    Ans. KEAM is accepted by approximately 157 colleges in Kerala. The table below presents the different type of institutions and the seats available with them:


    Total Colleges

    Total Seats

    Government Aided Engineering Colleges



    Colleges under Kerala Agricultural University and Kerala Veterinary & Animal Sciences University



    Government Controlled Engineering Colleges



    Private Self-Financing Engineering Colleges






    Ques. How do I get the confirmation that my application form has been received at the CEE’s office?

    Ans. You can check your Application Status on the KEAM official website’s homepage. CEE also sends SMS confirmation on the registered mobile number.

    Ques. How do I get to know whether my KEAM Application Fee Payment is successful or not?

    Ans. Once you successfully complete the fee payment process, the ‘payment’ tab on the candidate’s login will turn green in color.

    Ques. I forgot my KEAM Application Number. How can I retrieve it?

    Ans. You can retrieve your Application Number by clicking on the ‘Forget Application Number’ tab on the KEAM official website. You would be required to enter details like name, DoB, password and security code. Your Application Number will be displayed on the screen.

    Ques. What is the process to retrieve the password for the KEAM candidate login?

    Ans. Please click the ‘Forgot Password’ tab on the KEAM official website to create a new password. You will be prompted to enter your Application Number, DoB and email ID to create a new password.

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College

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    Mohammad Fahad

    Admission process for BTech

    06 Apr, 2020 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Mohammad, the admission will be on the basis of entrance exam in addition to it you should be a 12th passout with minimum of 50% marks in (physics,chemistry, Maths)

    06 Apr, 2020 11:13
    last date of keem application

    last date of keem application

    11 Feb, 2020 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hello, Feb 25, 2020 is the last date to apply for this exam.

    11 Feb, 2020 16:10

    Is there agriculture course available???

    04 Jan, 2020 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Yashashwani, kindly mention the college/university in which you are seeking admission so that we can provide you information regarding availability of this course.

    04 Jan, 2020 10:56
    Jalaja P K

    Is there any reservation for OBC?

    16 Feb, 2019 12:51
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Jalaja, kindly go through the Reservation Criteria in the exam from here.

    16 Feb, 2019 13:01
    Jalaja P K

    If the date of Birth is 06/01/2002 can apply for KEAM this year?

    16 Feb, 2019 12:37
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Kindly check the Eligibility Criteria of the exam from here to find whether you are eligible or not.

    16 Feb, 2019 13:19
    Ashish Saji Oommen

    Can I use class 10 certificate or birth certificate for nativity

    07 Feb, 2019 11:49
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Ashish, yes, both the certificates are considerable.

    07 Feb, 2019 12:31

    My son is studying in std 11 in CBSE syllabus wit pcb subjects outside kerala. He is interested in B F SC at KUFOS,Panangad. Is it necessary for him to clear KEAM exam for admission for this course .Which entrance exam should he clear?

    12 Mar, 2018 00:20
    Bhawna Vedwal

    YES, To pursue Bachelor of Fisheries Science from KUFOS Candidate have to qualify KEAM Exam.

    29 May, 2018 12:41

    when will keam application form will be available. as it does not appear on their official website till today i.e. 11/01/2017

    06 Mar, 2017 11:59

    From which date the apply for ayurveda course started

    06 Mar, 2017 11:59
    anshu aleyas

    How will l get admission for bsc agriculture in government seet (kerala)

    06 Mar, 2017 11:59

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