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KEAM 2019 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Syllabus and Books

Updated On - April 3rd 2019 by LOKESH GUPTA

KEAM Exam Pattern 2019: The Commissioner of Entrance Exams (CEE) will release the paper pattern at its official website ( The engineering test comprises of 2 papers – Paper I (Physics and Chemistry) and Paper II (Mathematics), conducted in two days sessions. This year, KEAM 2019 is scheduled on May 2 for Paper 1 while Paper 2 will be held on May 3, 2019 in offline mode; an OMR sheet is provided to mark answers.

  • The standard of the entrance test is that of Higher Secondary or equivalent exam. Candidates appearing for B.Pharm must appear for Paper I only.
  • The syllabus for KEAM 2019 is based on Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics of Higher Secondary level (10+2) or equivalent exam. Check KEAM Syllabus
  • Having knowledge of the entire exam pattern of KEAM and syllabus will help in preparing better for the exam. Solving previous year question paper is also a good way to enhance your preparations. Download KEAM Practice Papers

KEAM 2019 Layout of Question Booklet

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


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. 

Other Highlights of Exam Pattern

Exam ModeOffline (pen-paper based)
Number of Papers2
Question Paper typeObjective (MCQs)
Total no. of questions per paper120
Marks awarded for correct answer4
Marks deducted for wrong answer1
Total marks per paper480
Exam duration for each paper2 hours 30 minutes
Medium of languageEnglish only

KEAM 2019 Exam Pattern in Details

KEAM 2019 common entrance exam will be held on May 2 – 3, 2019. The test will comprise of 2 papers- Paper I and Paper II scheduled to be conducted on 2 consecutive days.

  • The subjects tested in Paper I will be Physics and Chemistry. It will comprise of 120 objective questions to be solved within 150 minutes.
  • Similarly, Paper II will have 120 numerical problems of Mathematics to be solved at the same time.
  • The Mathematics paper is compulsory for all engineering aspirants while Paper I is compulsory for Pharmacy.
  • Both the papers will be available in the English language only.
  • Applicants will receive the question sheet in the form of booklets and they will be required to mark their responses on an OMR sheet.
  • The maximum marks a student can score in each paper are 480.
  • Candidates must choose the most appropriate answer out of 5 alternative options.
PaperSubjectTime allottedTotal questionsTotal marksType of questions
Paper IPhysics/Chemistry150 minutes120480Objective (MCQ)
Paper IIMathematics150 minutes120480Objective (MCQ)

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 and it is the same as it was for the year 2018. It is similar to the marking scheme used in JEE 2019. The marking scheme of KEAM 2019 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.

KEAM Practice Papers, KEAM Sample Papers

KEAM 2019 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 paper 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 2019 Syllabus

The syllabus for KEAM 2019 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 2019 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

Reference Books:

Some reference books for KEAM 2019 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 2019 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

Reference Books:

Some reference books for KEAM 2019 Chemistry are mentioned below:

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

KEAM 2019 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

Reference Books:

Some reference books students to score well in KEAM 2019 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 detailedKEAM Syllabus

KEAM 2019 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 2019 Admit Card, blue or black ball-point pen and a clip board. 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 the prescribed way otherwise it will not be counted.

*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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