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KEAM 2021: Registration (Soon), Exam Dates, Eligibility, Pattern and Syllabus

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KEAM 2021 is expected to be scheduled in the month of July 2021. KEAM 2021 Registration will begin soon as notified by CEE Kerala. Candidates can expect the application forms to be released in the 1st week of May 2021. Check KEAM Registration

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 2021 Syllabus will be based on the 10+2 level, with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as the three subjects. KEAM 2021 Exam Pattern will consist of a total of 120 MCQ questions, which have to be attempted in 2 hours and 30 minutes. KEAM 2021 will be held as an offline pen and paper test. 

Important Note: KEAM was initially conducted for admission in courses of Engineering, Architecture and Medical in the colleges of Kerala. With NEET becoming the National level medical/dental entrance test, KEAM medical exam has been discontinued. Admission to Architecture and Medical courses are done on the basis of NATA and NEET scores. Information on certificates required for KEAM, NRI quota seats has been released on the official website.

KEAM 2021 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 Online
Exam Mode Offline (Paper-based test)
Exam Duration 2 hour 30 minutes on each day
Exam Frequency Annually
Medium of Examination English
KEAM Exam Dates

KEAM 2021 Exam Dates

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

Event Date
Online Application Release First week of May 2021
Last date for submission of application including Fee payment Last week of May 2021
Admit Card Release Second week of June 2021
KEAM Examination Date July 2021
Declaration of Results August 2021
Counselling Starts August 2021

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 Eligibility Criteria

KEAM 2021 Eligibility Criteria

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

Criteria Details
Citizenship must be a citizen of India;
PIO/ OCI cardholders can also apply
Age no upper age limit;
Must be of at least 17 years of age as on December 31, 2021.
Domicile Status Candidates belonging to Keralite, Non- Keralite Category I (NK I) and Non-Keralite Category-II (NK II) have to produce a nativity certificate
Qualifying Examination Qualified class 12th or equivalent exam from a recognized board;
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 Registration

KEAM 2021 Registration

KEAM 2021 Registration process is expected to start in the first week of May 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.
  • Step 2: Re-login to the KEAM application portal using the system-generated Application ID and password and fill the KEAM Application Form.
  • Step 3: Upload scanned images of your recent photograph, specimen signature, and left thumb impression as per the specifications given below:
Document Format Dimension (Pixels) File Size
Photograph JPG or JPEG 150 x 200 10 kb to 30 kb
Signature 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: Pay the Application Fee online using Debit/Credit Card or Internet Banking or offline through a Demand Draft.
  • Step 5: 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:
    • Affix your recent photograph of dimensions 3.5 x 4.5 cm in the designated position.
    • Place your left thumb impression in the provided space.
    • Sign the form and also get it signed by your parents/ guardian.
    • 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:

Course General SC
Engineering/Pharmacy/Both INR 700 INR 300
Architecture/Medical & Allied/Both INR 500 INR 200
Both 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 Admit Card

KEAM 2021 Admit Card

KEAM 2021 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 KEAM 2021 Admit Cards 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 second week of June 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. Though CEE tries to accommodate the applicants’ choice in terms of KEAM 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.

KEAM Exam Pattern

KEAM 2021 Exam Pattern

KEAM 2021 Exam Pattern highlights are presented below:

Papers Two papers, Paper 1 (Physics & Chemistry) & Paper 2 (Mathematics)
Duration 2.5 hours for each paper
Mode Offline, pen-paper based
Medium English
Question Type 120 MCQ in each paper
Score 480 marks per paper
Negative Marking Yes
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 Syllabus

KEAM 2021 Syllabus

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

Mathematics Algebra, Permutation and combination, Logarithms, Matrices, Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry, 3-Dimensional Coordinate geometry, Statistics and Probability, Theory & Application of Calculus
Physics 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
Chemistry 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 Answer Key

With the help of KEAM 2021 Answer Key, candidates can also calculate the probable score in the exam before the result declaration. KEAM 2021 Answer key will be available on the official website of KEAM, candidates can download it and match their answers to the questions asked in the entrance examination. For unsatisfied candidates, they are also allowed to challenge the authority for the same. 

KEAM Result

KEAM 2021 Results

Commissioner for Entrance Examination (CEE), Kerala will release KEAM 2021 Result in the 4th week of August 2021 in the form of rank lists. The rank list includes Application number, Name of the candidate, Marks obtained in each subject, Normalised score, Entrance test score and Rank. KEAM rank lists for Engineering, Architecture, B.Pharm, MBBS/BDS, Medical & Allied (except MBBS/BDS/BAMS) and Ayurveda will be published separately.

KEAM 2021 Rank list will be prepared by giving equal weightage to the marks obtained in Paper 1 and Paper 2 put together and the marks obtained for Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry/Computer Science/ Biology put together in the final year of the qualifying exam.

Steps to Check KEAM Result

  1. Visit the official website of KEAM 2021 i.e.
  2. Enter Roll No. and DOB/ Password and submit
  3. Check your KEAM 2021 Results 
  4. Download your Rank card.
KEAM Cut Off

KEAM 2021 Cut Off

KEAM 2021 Cutoff contains the opening and closing ranks of the participating colleges that accept KEAM scores. After the result declaration of KEAM 2021, Commissioner of entrance examination, Kerala will release the cut off list on its official website. Only those candidates who score equal to the exam Cut off will be allowed to participate in the counselling process. KEAM 2021 Cut Off will depend on various factors like:

  • Marking scheme of the exam
  • Difficult level
  • Total Number of seats available
  • Total Number of seats reserved
  • Previous year cut off trends
KEAM Counselling

KEAM 2021 Counselling Process

KEAM 2021 Counselling will begin after the declaration of result. Post-release of merit list, allotment of seats in various courses and college will commence.

  • Candidates who make it to the merit list have to register for the counselling session online.
  • Candidates without internet access need to register at various facilitation centers mentioned in the information prospectus.
  • Details like the course and college preferences, have to be filled while registering for KEAM 2021 Counselling.
  • CEE will conduct subsequent counselling sessions till all the seats are filled.

Documents required for KEAM 2021 Counselling

KEAM Aspirants are required to carry the original documents along with their photocopies. Following documents are given below:

  • KEAM 2021 Admit Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Transfer Certificate
  • High School Marksheet/Certificate
  • Eligibility Criteria from the University of Kerala
  • Migration Certificate
  • Physical fitness certificate
  • Receipt of Payment of KEAM Application fee
  • KEAM 2021 Datesheet
  • Memo issued by CEE

KEAM 2021 Reservation of seats

Aspirants can check KEAM Reservation that is followed at the time of KEAM Seat Allotment:

Category Percentage
State Merit (SM) 60%
Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) 30%
Scheduled Caste & Scheduled Tribes 10%
Scheduled Caste (SC) 8%
Scheduled Tribes (ST) 2%

KEAM 2021 Seat Allotment

KEAM 2021 seat allotment process will begin with the counselling process in online mode. The seat will be allotted through the Centralized Admission Process (CAP). It will be based on the candidate’s score in the entrance examination. The Authorities will release a merit list consisting of the names of qualified candidates. Only qualified candidates will be able to participate in KEAM 2021 Counselling and Seat allotment process. An allotment memo will be generated for the selected candidates.

KEAM 2021 Seat Allotment will depend upon the following factors:

  • Availability of seats
  • Merit list and preferences selected by the candidates out of available combinations
  • CEE Kerala will subsequently release lists of allotted seats till the total seats are filled.

Colleges accepting KEAM Score

Candidates can check the list of various colleges/Institutes accepting KEAM score are tabulated below:

Government Engineering College, Painavu, Idukki College of Engineering Adoor, Pathanamthitta
Government Engineering College, Kozhikode College of Engineering, Attingal, Thiruvananthapuram
Government College of Engineering, Kannur College of Engineering, Kottarakkara, Kollam
Government Engineering College, Thrissur College of Engineering, Karunagappally, Kollam
Model Engineering College, Thrikkakara, Emakuam College of Engineering, Pallippuram, Cherthala, Alappuzha
College of Engineering, Chengannur, Alappuzha  Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Pampady, Kottayan
College of Engineering, Poonjar, Kottayam Government Engineering College, Sreekrishnapuram, Palakkad
College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram Government Engineering College, Barton Hill, Thiruvananthapuram
College of Engineering, Kallooppara, Pathanamthitta Government Engineering College, Mananthavady, Wayanad

Check: KEAM Participating Colleges

Frequently Asked Questions

KEAM 2021 FAQs

Ques: Are applicants from states other than Kerala eligible to apply for KEAM 2021?

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 need 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 do 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:

Particulars Total Colleges Total Seats
Government Aided Engineering Colleges 12 5133
Colleges under Kerala Agricultural University and Kerala Veterinary & Animal Sciences University 2 299
Government Controlled Engineering Colleges 24 7119
Private Self-Financing Engineering Colleges 119 46525
Total 157 59076

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 2021 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 KEAM 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.

Ques. What is the procedure to claim SC/ST reservation?

Ans. Candidates seeking reservation under SC/ST category need to send a caste or a community certificate from the concerned Tahsildar in the specified performa along with the Application form.

Ques. I belong to a socially and educationally backward class. How can I claim for reservation?

Ans. You have to submit an original Non-Creamy Layer certificate with the KEAM Application form.

Ques. What does OCI/PIO stand for?

Ans. OCI is Overseas Citizen of India and PIO is the short form of Persons of Indian Origin.

Ques. What is the required age limit for KEAM?

Ans. Candidates must have completed 17 years of age as on December 31, 2021. There is no upper age limit for KEAM 2021.

Ques. Are the Income certificates made in other states valid?

Ans. Only the competent revenue authority in Kerala alone will be accepted.

Ques. I belong to general category. Do I have to submit the income certificate?

Ans. It is necessary for the candidates who need to avail fee concession/ scholarship based on income certificate.

Ques. Village officer denied providing the Income and Community certificate in the prescribed format of KEAM. Instead, an Income Certificate in e-district format was given. Will the authority accept it?

Ans. The e-district format certificates are also acceptable. Candidates will also have to provide certificate number and security code with the certificates while applying for KEAM.

Ques. What documents have to be submitted for – Scouts & Guides, Sports, NCC Cadets?

Ans. Candidates have to submit the following documents:

  • Scouts & Guides: Copy of Rashtrapati Guide Certificate signed by the President of India.
  • Sports Quota: A photocopy of the filled application form has to be submitted to the Secretary, Kerala State Sport Council, Thiruvananthapuram – 695001
  • NCC Cadets: A photocopy of the filled application form has to be submitted to the Deputy Director-General, NCC (Kerala), PB No.2212, Thiruvananthapuram-695010 through the respective NCC Unit Officers where the candidates have been enrolled as cadets.

Ques. While filling the Application form its showing ‘Session Time Out’? How to resolve the problem?

Ans. The specified time when the user does not work in the application form is called session timeout. Candidates have to log in again and avoid it again you should click on ‘Save’ button frequently after filling information to save the data.

Ques. For what factors my Application Form can get rejected?

Ans. Given below are the reasons for which KEAM Application form can be rejected:

  • If the affixed photograph in the application form is different from the uploaded photograph.
  • If the affixed photograph in the printed Application Form is not duly attested by the Head of the Institute where he/she last studied.
  • If the uploaded documents are not clear or not as per the required specifications.
  • If the print out of the application form and other documents reach after the last date specified.

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


Admission process for BTech
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)
last date of keem application
Hello, Feb 25, 2020 is the last date to apply for this exam.
Is there agriculture course available???
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.
Is there any reservation for OBC?

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

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

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

Can I use class 10 certificate or birth certificate for nativity
Hi Ashish, yes, both the certificates are considerable.
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?
YES, To pursue Bachelor of Fisheries Science from KUFOS Candidate have to qualify KEAM Exam.
when will keam application form will be available. as it does not appear on their official website till today i.e. 11/01/2017
From which date the apply for ayurveda course started
How will l get admission for bsc agriculture in government seet (kerala)

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