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KEAM 2021 Eligibility - Qualification, Age, Reservation and Domicile

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KEAM Eligibility Criteria is decided by CEE, Kerala for candidates seeking admission to Engineering and Pharmacy programs in the state. As per KEAM 2021 Exam Pattern, the minimum academic qualification required to appear for KEAM 2021 is passing or appearing in Class XII or Higher Secondary examination with minimum 50% marks. Candidates are required to appear for both the papers i.e. Paper 1 (Physics and Chemistry) and Paper 2 (Mathematics)

KEAM 2021 Eligibility Criteria specifies various parameters like Nationality, Domicile, Qualifying Marks, Age, Relaxation in marks, etc. Applicants should have completed 17 years of age as on December 31, 2021. There is no relaxation for minimum age and there is no upper limit for the exam. Only Indian Nationals can apply for KEAM. However, OCI (Overseas Citizens of India) and PIO (Persons of Indian Origin) candidates will also be treated at par with Indian Citizens for the limited purpose of admission.

Eligibility Criteria Highlight

KEAM 2021 Eligibility Criteria Highlight

Criteria Eligibility
Nationality Indian Citizens including OCI (Overseas Citizens of India) and PIO (Persons of Indian Origin)
Age Candidate should complete 17 years of age on December 31, 2021
Qualifying Marks Must have secured a minimum 50% marks in Mathematics as well as 50% marks in aggregate in Physics and Chemistry
Qualification for B.Tech Must have passed HSC exam of Kerala or its equivalent with 50% marks in Mathematics or Biology
Relaxation in marks Candidates from the socially backward category will have 5% relaxation
Domicile Candidates belonging to Keralite, Non- Keralite Category I (NK I) and Non-Keralite Category-II (NK II) have to produce a nativity certificate.
Exam Dates

KEAM 2021 Exam Dates

Candidates preparing for the entrance examination must know about the dates of KEAM 2021. Tabulated below are the tentative dates of the exam:

Events Dates
Availability of KEAM Application form  1st week of February, 2021
Last date to apply for KEAM 2021 1st week of March, 2021
Admit Card Release 2nd week of April, 2021
Exam Date for Paper 1 (Physics and Chemistry)  3rd week of April, 2021
Exam Date for Paper 2 (Mathematics) 3rd week of April, 2021
Declaration of Result 4th week of May, 2021
Commencement of Counselling 3rd week of June, 2021
Detailed Eligibility

KEAM 2021 Detailed Eligibility Criteria

KEAM is a single tier entrance exam conducted in Kerala for admission to Architecture, Engineering and Medical courses. The candidates can also seek admission to allied courses like B.Sc. (Hons.), Veterinary and Fishery. Candidates must fill KEAM Application form or required entrance form according to the course they choose to apply for. 

Applicants should have completed 17 years of age as on December 31, 2021. There is no relaxation for minimum age and there is no upper limit for the exam.

Qualification for Medical/Allied Courses

The academic qualification needed for engineering and medical/allied courses are different. The minimum academic qualification required for admission to any course is passing class XII or higher secondary examination with science subjects. Candidates appearing for the exam can also apply for KEAM 2021. The academic qualifications needed for several medical/allied courses will be different. It is as given below.

MBBS, BDS, BSMS

  • Candidates have to pass higher secondary examination of “Board of Higher secondary education, Kerala” with 50% marks in Biology/Biotechnology, Physics and Chemistry put together.
  • Candidates need to secure 50% marks in Biology separately.
  • In the absence of Biology, Biotechnology will be considered as a relevant subject
  • Only NEET qualifiers for the same academic sessions are eligible to apply for the exam. 

BAMS/ BHMS

  • Candidates have to pass higher secondary examination of “Board of Higher secondary education, Kerala” with 50% marks in Biology/Biotechnology, Physics and Chemistry put together.
  • Candidates need to secure 50% marks in Biology separately.
  • In the absence of Biology, Biotechnology will not be considered as a subject.
  • Only NEET qualifiers for the same academic sessions are eligible to apply for the exam.

BUMS

  • Candidates who are seeking admissions in main Kamil-E-Tib-O-Jarahat (Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery- BUMS) have to pass higher secondary examination of “Board of Higher secondary education, Kerala” with 50% marks in Biology/Biotechnology, Physics and Chemistry put together.
  • Also, candidates need to secure 50% marks in Biology separately.
  • Candidates should have to pass 10th standard with Urdu or Arabic or Persian language as a subject or should have cleared Urdu entrance examination conducted by Kerala Government.
  • Only NEET qualifiers for the same academic sessions are eligible to apply for the exam.

B.Sc. (Hons.)Agri., B.Sc. (Hons.)Forestry, BF Sc. courses

  • Candidates have to pass higher secondary examination of “Board of Higher secondary education, Kerala” with 50% marks in Biology/Biotechnology, Physics and Chemistry put together.
  • Also, candidates need to secure 50% marks in Biology separately.
  • In the absence of Biology, Biotechnology will not be considered as a subject

BVSc. & AH course

  • Candidates have to pass higher secondary examination of Board of Higher secondary education, Kerala with 50% marks in Biology, Physics, Chemistry and English put together

B.Sc. Degree Holders

  • Candidates have to pass B.Sc. degree (Three-year course) with Physics/ Chemistry/Zoology/Botany or Biotechnology as main, and 2 of the above-given subjects as subsidiaries.
  • Candidates need to secure a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in main and subsidiaries together.
  • Also, they have to qualify the higher secondary education with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as main subjects.

Qualification for Engineering courses

Candidates who want to get into Engineering courses have to fulfill the criteria given below.

  • Candidates have to pass higher secondary examination of Board of Higher secondary education, Kerala with 50% marks in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry put together.
  • Also, candidates need to secure 50% marks in Mathematics separately.
  • Candidates who have passed the higher secondary examination from the Board of Higher secondary education, Kerala with 45% marks in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry put together are eligible for admissions under management quota.
  • In case a candidate has not studied Chemistry, then the marks obtained by the candidate in Computer Science will be considered.
  • In case a candidate has not studied Chemistry and Computer Science, then the marks obtained by the candidate in Biotechnology will be considered.
  • In case a candidate has not studied Chemistry, Computer Science and Biotechnology, then the marks obtained by the candidate in Biology will be considered.

Qualification for Architectural courses

Candidates who want to get into Architectural courses have to fulfill the criteria given below.

  • Candidates have to qualify for the higher secondary examination or any other equivalent examination.
  • Also, those candidates who have qualified a 10+3 diploma in any stream with Mathematics as one of the subjects can also apply for KEAM 2021.
  • Along with the above-given eligibility criteria, candidates need to qualify the NATA examination with minimum eligibility marks so as to be considered for Architectural courses.

Qualification for Pharmacy Courses

The admissions to Pharmacy Courses are done based on the mark obtained by the candidate in the Physics & Chemistry Paper and the rank list prepared based on that. All candidates who want to join Pharmacy courses based on their rank in KEAM entrance examination have to fulfil the following criteria.

  • Candidates should be Indian citizens.
  • Candidates have to pass the higher secondary examination with 50% marks in Biology/ Mathematics separately and Biology/ Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry put together.

Relaxation in marks

  • Candidates belonging to socially and economically backward classes have a relaxation of 5% marks in the qualifying examination.
  • They only need 45% marks in Mathematics/ Biology and 45% marks in Mathematics/ Biology, Physics and Chemistry put together.
Nativity Based Eligibility

KEAM Eligibility on the Basis of Nativity

All the candidates who want to appear for KEAM 2021 should be of Indian nationality. Person of Indian Origin (PIO)/ Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) can also be treated as Indian Citizens. But they can’t be considered for reservations. Candidates who want to take admissions to professional courses will be categorized as Keralite, Non- Keralite Category I (NK I) and Non- Keralite Category II (NK II).

Keralite

  • Those candidates who are of a Kerala Origin are considered to be a Keralite.
  • Also, the children of all Indian Service (AIS) Officers (Non- Keralite) allotted to the Kerala Cadre are also considered as Kerala Origin. But they won’t be eligible for any kind of reservation.
  • In order to show that the candidates are of Kerala Origin, they have to produce a certificate showing their father or mother was born in Kerala.

Eligibility for Non-Keralite I

The candidate who is not of Kerala origin but fulfils the following criteria will be categorized into Non-Keralite category I (NK I ).

  • Those candidates who have undergone qualifying course in Kerala and who is a son/daughter of a Non-Keralite person belonging to some government sector or in Defence sector posted in Kerala.
  • Those candidates who have undergone qualifying course in Kerala and who is a son/daughter of a Non-Keralite person is serving or served the government of Kerala for a minimum period of 2 years.
  • A candidate who is not of Kerala origin but is a resident of the state of Kerala for a duration of 5 years within the period of 12 years of study.
  • A candidate who is not of Kerala origin but has undergone his/her studies in Kerala from Standard 8th to 12th.

NOTE: Non-Keralite Category I candidates will not be considered for any kind of reservation or any kind of fees concession.

Eligibility for Non-Keralite II

  • Those candidates who didn’t come under the category of Keralite or in Non-Keralite category- I can be considered as Non-Keralite category-II. Such candidates are eligible for taking admission in government or self-financing Engineering colleges in Kerala. They can either take a government seat or management seat for admission.
  • But Non-Keralite category-II will only be considered in government seats in government-controlled self-financing colleges only when the candidates of Keralite category and the candidates of Non- Keralite category I are not available for admission.
  • “Non- Keralite category II” is not eligible for special or communal reservations and also fee concessions.
Documents to prove Nativity

Documents to prove Nativity for KEAM 2021

Candidates have to submit the printed copy of the Application form during their KEAM Counselling. They have to submit the documents which confirm the candidate's nativity if they apply under the Keralite or Non- Keralite category. The list of documents required to prove the nativity of the candidate is given below:

Documents Required for Keralite Category

In order to prove that the candidate is a Keralite, they have to submit any one of the below-given documents along with the print out of the application itself.

  • True copy of SSLC certificate showing place of birth in Kerala.
  • True copy of SSLC certificate of either of the parents showing place of birth in Kerala.
  • True copy of the Passport of the candidate or either of his/her parents showing place of birth in Kerala.
  • Birth Certificate of the candidate showing place of birth in Kerala.
  • Certificate from Village Officer/Tehsildar showing place of birth in Kerala.
  • Certificate from competent authority showing either of the parents is an All India Service Officer.

Documents Required for Non-Keralite Category I (NK I)

In order to prove that the candidate belongs to Non-Keralite Category I (NK I), they have to submit any one of the below given documents along with the print out of the application itself.

  • Certificate from the Head of Organisation where the parents of the candidate is/are working, and a Certificate from the Head of the Institution where the candidate is studying.
  • Certificate from the Village Officer showing that the candidate is a resident of Kerala for a period of 5 years.
  • Certificate from the Head of the Institution showing that the candidate has undergone schooling from VIII to XII.

Documents Required for Non-Keralite Category II (NK II)

They have to bring a “Certificate of Completion of Qualifying examination” to prove the nativity, and also a copy of their Passport.

Eligibility FAQs

KEAM 2021 Eligibility FAQs

Ques. I am a Non-Keralite candidate. Can I apply for KEAM 2021?

Ans. Yes. Non Keralite candidates are also eligible to apply for KEAM 2021. Non Keralites are divided into 2 categories i.e NK I & II. Non-Keralite Category I candidates will not be considered for any kind of reservation or any kind of fees concession. Non- Keralite category II is also not eligible for special or communal reservations and also fee concessions. 

Ques. What is the age limit for KEAM 2021?

Ans. To apply for KEAM 2021, Applicants should have completed 17 years of age as on December 31, 2021. There is no relaxation for minimum age and there is no upper limit for the exam.

Ques. What are the minimum marks required to apply for KEAM 2021?

Ans. For engineering courses, 50% marks in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry put together. Also, candidates need to secure 50% marks in Mathematics separately. For admission in Medical and architecture courses, candidates should have passed NEET and NATA respectively.

Ques. Will there be any relaxation in marks in KEAM 2021 for students of backward classes?

Ans. Yes. Candidates from the socially backward category will have 5% relaxation for KEAM eligibility.

Ques. How much do I need to score in maths in my higher secondary exams in order to be eligible for engineering courses through KEAM 2021?

Ans. Candidates need to score at least 50% in mathematics in their higher secondary exams in order to be eligible for engineering courses through KEAM 2021.

Ques. What are the required academic qualifications for MBBS through KEAM 2021?

Ans. The following academic requirements need to be met for admission to MBBS courses through KEAM 2021

  • Candidates have to pass higher secondary examination of “Board of Higher secondary education, Kerala” with 50% marks in Biology/Biotechnology, Physics and Chemistry put together.
  • Candidates need to secure 50% marks in Biology separately.
  • In the absence of Biology, Biotechnology will be considered as a relevant subject
  • Only NEET qualifiers for the same academic sessions are eligible to apply for the exam.

Ques. Are people residing outside India eligible for KEAM 2021?

Ans. Persons of Indian Origin (PIO)/ Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) are eligible for KEAM 2021 along with other Indian nationals.

Ques. What are the documents required to prove KEAM eligibility under the Keralite category?

Ans. Candidates applying for KEAM 2021 through the Keralitie eligibility category need to provide the following documents

  • True copy of SSLC certificate showing place of birth in Kerala.
  • True copy of SSLC certificate of either of the parents showing place of birth in Kerala.
  • True copy of the Passport of the candidate or either of his/her parents showing place of birth in Kerala.
  • Birth Certificate of the candidate showing place of birth in Kerala.
  • Certificate from Village Officer/Tehsildar showing place of birth in Kerala.
  • Certificate from competent authority showing either of the parents is an All India Service Officer.

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

Comments


11 Comments
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divakar sharma
What is the cutoff for admission in B.Pharm?
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shivangi srivastava

The cut- off for KEAM is generally announced by the conducting body on the official website after the result declaration. The cut- off for medical or B.Pharma according to the previous year trends ranges from 16544 to 55894 according to the college. For detailed cut- off, you may view: KEAM Cut- off 2021.

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laxmi mishra
Can student who is in final year of graduaton apply for the exam?
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shivangi srivastava

According to the basic eligibility criteria, the candidates must have qualified class 12th or equivalent exam from a recognized board with a minimum of 50% marks aggregate in PCM with an individual score of at least 50% in Mathematics. There is no upper age limit as such, therefore you may even apply if you are in final year of graduation.

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jatin sharma
Do I need domicile certificate before applying for this exam?
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shivangi srivastava

Hello Jatin, for domicile the candidates are required to belong to any of these categories- Keralite, Non-Keralite Category 1 or Non-Keralite Category 2. To prove their domicile the candidates will be required to submit certain documents including their domicile or nativity certificate. For a detailed procedure and queries, please visit: KEAM Eligibility and Domicile.

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tanishka shah
How many attempts are allowed in the exam?
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aniket ranjan

There is no such restriction. You can attempt it as many times you want. The eligibility criteria to appear for KEAM entrance exam is HSC exam of Kerala or its equivalent with minimum 50% marks in Mathematics as well as 50% marks in aggregate in Physics and Chemistry.

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mizna harmain
Can KEAM be given by students of foreign nationality?
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aniket ranjan

No, Foreign national are not eligible for KEAM entrance exam. Only Persons of Indian Origin (PIO)/ Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) along with Indian nationals are eligible for KEAM entrance exam. PIO and OCI are eligible But they can’t be considered for reservations.

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shaji mathew
Considering the CBSC exam schedule will there be any change in KEAM exam schedule ?
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devnath tiwary

Dear Shaji Mathew

Greetings from Collegedunia. You can appear in KEAM Examination 2021 in the 3rd week of April, 2021 and you can apply from the 1st week of February 2021. There can be a changed schedule after the change in the CBSE Exam schedule for Class 10 & 12. For more details, kindly go through this link – KEAM 2021 Exam Dates

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uday kiran
I am uday kiran and i completed 2nd puc. Can i apply to bsc optometry course in kerala. What should be done for that?
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diya suresh

Hi Uday, KEAM is an annual exam that is conducted for admission to UG degree course in engineering and architecture stream. For B.Sc courses usually colleges admit on merit basis or entrance test basis, hence it is advisable to check with the desired college. To know more details visit KEAM 2021.

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ambar ahirawar
How many questions are in KEAM?
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aditi arun

Hello Ambar,

There are a total of 120 questions carrying 4 marks each. To know about the exam pattern, please visit – KEAM Exam Pattern

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jewel rose george
IS EWS ELIGIBLE FOR GOVERNMENT COLLEGES ONLY?
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manika gupta

Hi Jewel, EWS is a reservation that is applicable across all ademic and Employment sectors. Regarding Medical Colleges, every Government Medical College will follow 10% EWS reservation as this is a Government ruling. Only 10 Private Medical Colleges qualify to accomodate EWS reservation.

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aditya r
I am born in Chennai in 2002. But living in Kerala since 6 years old. Can I apply for KEAM exam as a Keralite ? In which category should I apply in ? (keralite or non-keralite(I) or non-keralite(II). Which document should I upload for Nativity certificate.
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Aditya, you can apply as a Keralite only if you have done schooling of at least 5 years in Kerala, otherwise, you will be treated as non-Keralite candidate.
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saniya
I AM SANIYA i HAVE COMPLETED MY 12TH IN MUMBAI I WANT TO APPLY FOR KEAM EXAM 2020,ACTUALLY I AM MALAYALI BUY MY BORN AND BOUGHT IN MUMBAI. TO APPEAR FOR THE ABOVE SAID EXAM WHAT ARE THE DOCUMENTS I HAVE TO SUBMIT
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shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Saniya, it is not necessary to submit domicile of Kerala to appear in this exam. Any student can apply for this exam without claiming reservation.


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