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KEAM 2021: Application Form, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Result and Counselling
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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



150 x 200

10 kb to 30 kb



150 x 100

10 kb to 30 kb

Left Thumb Impression


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.


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