KEAM 2020 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Syllabus and Books

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    Commissioner of Entrance Exams (CEE) has released KEAM Exam Pattern 2020 at its official website ( It specifies the number of questions, marking scheme, mode of the exam, duration of the exam, etc. By taking help of the exam pattern, candiates will able to get an idea about the basic intricacies of the entrance exam. The exam will be conducted in Offline mode. KEAM Aspirants can also make preparation strategy by going through KEAM 2020 Exam Pattern.

    • Engineering test comprises of 2 papers – Paper I (Physics and Chemistry) and Paper-II (Mathematics), conducted in two days sessions. Candidates appearing for B.Pharm must appear for Paper I only.   
    • The standard of the entrance test is that of a Higher Secondary or equivalent exam. KEAM 2020 Syllabus is based on Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics of Higher Secondary Level (10+2) or equivalent exam. Having knowledge of the entire exam pattern of KEAM and syllabus will help in preparing better for the exam. Download KEAM Practice Papers

    KEAM 2020 Exam Pattern Highlights

    Exam ModeOffline (pen-paper based)
    Number of Papers2
    Question Paper typeObjective (MCQs)
    Total no. of questions per paper120 (in each paper)
    Number of options per question5
    Marks awarded for correct answer4
    Marks deducted for wrong answer1
    Total marks per paper480 (in each paper)
    Frequency of the paperOnce a year
    Total sections ( In paper 1 & 2 combined)3
    Exam duration for each paper2 hours 30 minutes (150 Minutes)
    Medium of languageEnglish only

    KEAM Question Booklet Layout 

    KEAM 2020 Question Booklet Layout 

    Each question paper will have 4 versions as detailed below:

    Paper 1 – Physics and Chemistry | Versions: A1, A2, A3 and A4

    Paper 2 – Mathematics | Versions: B1, B2, B3 and B4

    • The question booklet version will be printed on the top left margin of the facing sheet of the question booklet.
    • If the Roll Number ends in an odd number, then the candidate should get a question booklet marked A1/B1/A3/B3.
    • If the Roll Number ends in an even number, then the candidate should get a question booklet marked A2/B2/A4/B4.
    • On receipt of the question booklet, ensure that the Version Code printed in the Admit Card and in the question booklet is the same.
    • If the candidate gets a question booklet where the version does not match the Roll Number, inform invigilator immediately, and get it replaced by a version that matches the Roll Number. 

    The question paper will be given in the form of a question booklet. It will be provided before the actual time prescribed for the commencement of KEAM, to help in understanding the instructions to be followed.

    KEAM Exam Pattern, KEAM Pattern, KEAM Paper Pattern

    KEAM Detailed Exam Pattern

    KEAM 2020 Detailed Exam Pattern 

    The test will comprise of 2 papers- Paper I and Paper II scheduled to be conducted on 2 consecutive days.

    • Mode of Examination: KEAM 2020 is conducted in an Offline mode by the Commissioner of Entrance Examination (CEE), Kerala. For marking the answer in KEAM Answer sheet, Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) system is used.. KEAM Aspirants must know how to mark the answers in the OMR sheet. In case the candidates mark the answer incorrectly in the OMR Sheet, it may lead to negative marking in the entrance examination.
    • As the exam is conducted in an offline mode, candidates may practice the past year question paper and have a look at the answer sheet layout to know how to mark the answers in the OMR sheet.
    • Level of Examination: KEAM 2020 is conducted for admission in Institutes/Colleges operating in the state of Kerala. Qualified candidates will  have a chance for admission into various government and private institutes available in the state of Kerala. Thus, it is a state-level examination. 
    • Question Type: It consists of objective type questions in the entrance examination. Candidates will get multiple choice questions for marking the answer for a particular question. Candidates needs to choose one correct option out of all the options available for answering. Read the features of KEAM Question type below:
    1. Number of option: Each question in KEAM 2020  contains five options in total. Out of these five options, candidates need to mark one option in the OMR sheet.
    2. Number of correct options: Out of these options, only one option is correct. Aspirants need to mark only one option in the PMR sheet.
    • Paper in Exam: Commissioner of Entrance Examination (CEE), Kerala has divided the KEAM examination for engineering admission into two papers, also candidates are required to appear for both the papers complied in KEAM 2020. Papers in KEAM 2020 are categorised as Paper 1 and Paper 2. A total of three subjects are divided into these two papers. The three sections in the paper are divided as follows:
    1. Paper 1- Physics and Chemistry
    2. Paper 2- Mathematics
    • Number of Questions and marks per section: As candidates already know that the exam is divided into two papers. Candidates are required to answer questions from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. The number of questions and marks has been divided among these three sections or the two papers of KEAM. Check the table given below containing the distribution of marks and questions among both the papersof KEAM.
    PaperSubjectTime allottedTotal questionsTotal marksType of questions
    Paper IPhysics/Chemistry150 minutes120480Objective (MCQ)
    Paper IIMathematics150 minutes120480Objective (MCQ)

    KEAM Marking Scheme

    • Duration of Exam: The entrance examination is conducted for two papers, both the papers are conducted on separate days. However, identical to marks and question distribution, the time duration of both the papers is also same. Both Paper 1 as well as Paper 2, are conducted within 150 minutes or two and a half hours each. Candidates need to answer all 120 queations compiled in one paper within this time frame.
    • Difficulty Level: The difficulty standard of the exam is as that of higher secondary standards or equivalent examinations, set by CEE Kerala. The syllabus for all the sections is similar to the higher secondary syllabus. In order to prepare well for the exam, candidates must know the exam pattern and syllabus for that particular exam.

    KEAM Marking Scheme

    Aspirants must know the marking scheme in order to decide how to attempt the questions in the entrance exam. There has been no change in the marking scheme.The marking scheme of KEAM 2020 is stated as follows:

    • 4 marks will be awarded to candidates for marking every accurate answer.
    • A penalty will be charged for marking incorrect or wrong answers i.e. negative marking is applicable. 1 mark will be deducted from the total score.
    • No mark will be deducted from the score of the aspirant for leaving a question blank or failure in attempting it.
    • The marking of two options on the OMR sheet will be considered as a wrong answer and penalty of -1 will be charged accordingly.

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    Qualifying Marks

    KEAM 2020 Qualifying Marks

    • In order to qualify for the engineering exam and have their names in merit list, a minimum of 10 marks in each of the papers is required.
    • Candidates who do not score the minimum stipulated marks will not qualify and hence will not be short-listed for admission to the respective course.
    • It should also be noted that applicants who fail to answer even a single question in each paper will automatically be disqualified and declared ineligible for further rounds of admission.
    • Applicants belonging to the reserved category (SC/ ST) will be exempted from the said rule and there will be no minimum requirement of marks in KEAM entrance test for such candidates.

    KEAM 2020 Tie-Breaking Procedure

    In case of a tie between the scores of two or more candidates following criteria will be applied to select the candidate:

    • A candidate with higher marks in Mathemetics in KEAM 2020 will be given preference.
    • If the tie persists, candidates who score more in Physics will be given preference.
    • If still there is a tie, then candidiates with higher standardized marks in Mathematics of the 12th standard will be ranked higher.
    • If still there is a tie, then higher standardized marks in Physics during 12th standard examinations will be considered.
    • When none of the above options work, then age will be used to break the tie. Candidate who is older in age will be ranked higher.

    KEAM 2020 Exam Schedule Highlight (Postponed)

    PaperSubjectsDate of ExamTime
    Paper 1Physics and ChemistryTo be announced10 am to 12:30 pm
    Paper 2MathematicsTo be announced10 am to 12:30 pm

    KEAM 2020 Syllabus

    KEAM 2020 Syllabus

    The syllabus for KEAM 2020 is based on Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics of Higher Secondary level (10+2) or equivalent exam. The entire syllabus for the test will be given in the prospectus available on the official website. Questions will be advanced in level and will require application of candidate’s knowledge so as to select the best students.

    Aspirants must note that questions will not be based on NCERT books or any other textbooks for that matter. The important topics of each subject that should be studied well are given below:

    KEAM 2020 Syllabus for Physics

    Introduction & MeasurementDescription of Motion in One DimensionDescription of Motion in Two & Three Dimension
    Laws of MotionWork, Energy & PowerMotion of System of Particles & Rigid Body Rotation
    GravitationMechanics of Solids & FluidsHeat & Thermodynamics
    Current ElectricityMagnetic Effect of Current & MagnetismEMI & Alternating Current
    Electromagnetic WavesOpticsDual Nature of Matter & Radiations
    Atomic NucleusSolids & Semiconductor DevicesPrinciples of Communications

    KEAM Physics Important Books

    Some reference books for KEAM 2020 Physics are mentioned below:

    KEAM Books, KEAM Physics Books
    Book namePublication/ Author
    Concepts of Physics I & IIH. C Verma
    Objective Physics Vol. I & IIArihant Publications

    KEAM 2020 Syllabus for Chemistry

    Basic Concepts and Atomic StructureBonding and Molecular StructureStates of Matter
    Periodic Properties of Elements & HydrogenS-Block Elements & Principles of MetallurgyP-Block Elements
    D-Block & F-Block ElementsThermodynamicsChemical Equilibrium
    SolutionsRedox Reaction & ElectrochemistryChemical Kinetics
    Surface ChemistryCoordination Compounds & OrganometallicsBasics Principles, Purification & Characterization of Organic Compounds
    HydrocarbonsOrganic Reaction MechanismStereochemistry
    Organic Compounds With Functional Groups Containing HalogensOrganic Compounds With Functional Groups Containing OxygenOrganic Compounds With Functional Groups Containing Nitrogen
    Polymers & BiomoleculesEnvironmental Chemistry & Chemistry in Everyday Life

    Important Books for KEAM Chemistry

    Some reference books for KEAM 2020 Chemistry are mentioned below:

    KEAM Books, KEAM Chemistry Books
    Book namePublication/ Author
    Organic ChemistryO. P Tandon
    Numerical ChemistryP. Bahadur

    KEAM 2020 Syllabus Mathematics

    Sets, Relation & FunctionsComplex NumbersQuadratic Equations
    Sequence & SeriesPermutations, Combinations and Binomial Theorem & Mathematical InductionMatrices & Determinants
    Linear InequationsMathematical Logic & Boolean AlgebraTrigonometric Functions & Inverse Trigonometric Functions
    Cartesian System of Rectangular CoordinatesLines & Family of LinesCircles & Family of Circles
    Conic SectionsVectors3D Geometry
    Statistics & ProbabilityFunctions, Limits & ContinuityDifferentiation
    Application of DerivativesDefinite and Indefinite IntegralsDifferential Equations

    KEAM Mathematics Important Books

    Some reference books students to score well in KEAM 2020 are mentioned below:

    KEAM Books, KEAM Math Books
    Book namePublication/ Author
    Math XI & XIIR. D Sharma
    Problems in Calculus in One variableI. A Maron

    Check detailed KEAM Syllabus

    KEAM 2020 Important Instructions

    Applicants must ensure that they follow some rules and regulations to maintain the decorum of the exam hall and to ensure that the examination proceeds properly.

    • Candidates must only bring their KEAM 2020 Admit Card, blue or black ball-point pen and a clipboard. Forbidden items like correction fluid, calculator, logarithm table, mobile phones etc. will not be allowed inside the exam centre.
    • Applicants must report at their respective centre 30 minutes before the exam commences.
    • They must ensure that they fill up the details properly on the question booklet and the odd-even rule for KEAM Roll number and Question Booklet number match accordingly.
    • To mark a response on the OMR sheet, students must darken the bubble in a prescribed way otherwise it will not be counted.

    Fequently Asked Questions

    KEAM Exam Pattern FAQs

    Ques. Is there any negative marking in KEAM 2020?

    Ans. As per KEAM Marking scheme, 4 marks will be added for every correct response, and 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect response. There will be no negative marking for unattempted questions.

    Ques. Is there an option to take the exam in an online mode?

    Ans. Till 2019, KEAM has been conducted in offline mode, and the same is expected this year. Any change in the mode of exam will be notified here.

    Ques.  What is the standard/level of KEAM 2020?

    Ans. The entrance examination will be of Higher Secondary level or equivalent examinations.

    Ques.  What is the total exam duration of KEAM 2020?

    Ans. There are 2 papers of 2.5 hours each conducted in 2 days.

    Ques.  What is the tie-breaking criteria in KEAM 2020?

    Ans. In case of a tie, the following tie-breaking criteria shall be considered:

    • Higher marks in mathematics in the entrance examination.
    • Higher marks in Physics in the Physics and Chemistry paper.
    • Higher marks in mathematics in the final year of Qualifying examination.
    • Higher marks in physics in the final year of Qualifying examination.
    • The age of the candidate will be considered, the elder candidate shall be taken into account.

    *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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