- CEE Kerala has announced new eligibility criteria for the KEAM BArch, which state that the candidates should have graduated from PCM category of 10+2 or must have Diploma graduation with Mathematics as a subject. Candidates now can only have passing marks int he qualifying exams rather than 50% of total marks. This was done to ensure equality among the candidates.
The candidates applying for KEAM 2021 examination must make sure that they carefully read the eligibility criteria for the examination. Failing to clear the eligibility criteria will result in the application form to be considered invalid and the candidate will be deemed ineligible for the same. All the eligibility details regarding the KEAM 2021 have been mention in detail.
- Minimum Eligibility: Minimum eligibility criteria as per KEAM notification is the candidate should have passed 10+2 or its equivalent with the minimum of 50% marks in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry.
- Management Quota: The candidates who have passed with an aggregate of 45% in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry are also considered as the eligible candidate for KEAM exam under management quota. Candidates can get admission in Private Self Financing Colleges/Government Controlled Self Financing Colleges.
- Eligibility For Engineering courses: To get admission in engineering courses the eligibility criteria for KEAM is 50% aggregate in Mathematics separately and 50% aggregate in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry together is required.
- Important Point: Before going to fill the Application Form of KEAM exam, every one of you must go through the KEAM Eligibility Criteria and if you fulfil the eligibility criteria then you can apply for the KEAM exam.
- Categories based on nativity or domicile: Candidates are differentiated according to Keralite, Non-Keralite I (NK I), Non-Keralite II (NK II) based on their nativity and also candidates can check in which category they come under, candidates can check the eligibility list of KEAM.
- Relaxation in marks: KEAM offer relaxation in marks based on the category. If the candidate belongs to the following categories, then they are eligible to take the benefit.
- P.H. Category Candidates: The candidate who comes under P.H. category i.e. Physically Handicapped category for them there is a relaxation of 5% marks. Candidate belongs to Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics background and has at least 45% aggregate in 10+2 or its equivalent are considered as eligible candidates for KEAM under PH category.
- Reservation Category: If the candidate comes under reserved categories such as scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (ST) and other backward classes (BC), there is a relaxation of 5% marks in aggregate. The candidate who comes under this category should have at least 45% marks in 10+2 or its equivalent and they need to have Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as their educational background.
- Marks Weightage: Marks obtained in KEAM exam and the marks obtained in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry in +2 will have equal weightage.
- Medical Courses: Candidate applying for the courses such as Medical, Agriculture, Forestry, Veterinary and Fisheries courses need to appear for NEET exam to seek admission.
- Sports Quota: Candidate can also get the reservation is they are coming under Sports Quota.
KEAM Eligibility Criteria Highlights
Following are the parameters of the Eligibility Criteria for KEAM:
- Educational Qualification.
- Qualifying Marks.
- Age Limit.
- Citizen: Only candidates with Indian citizenship are eligible to apply for KEAM. Candidates who are Persons of Indian Origin (PIO)/ Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) will also be considered as Indian citizens for admission. However, POI/OCI candidates will not be able to apply for any kind of reservation.
- Candidates seeking admissions to Professional courses will be categorized as Keralite, Non-Keralite Category I (NK I)and Non-Keralite Category II (NK II).
- Candidates of Kerala origin are categorized as a Keralite. Children of All India Service (AIS) officers (Non-Keralites) allotted to Kerala cadre are also considered as Keralites but, it is to be noted that they will not be eligible for Communal/ Special/ Persons with Disabilities reservation or any fee concession.
Non-Keralite Category I (NK I):
A candidate who is not of Kerala origin but fulfils any one of the following conditions will be categorized as Non-Keralite Category I (NK I):
- Qualifying Course: Candidates who have undertaken the qualifying course in Kerala and their Non- Keralite parents belong to Government of India/ Defence Service, posted to Kerala.
- Minimum Period: Candidates who have undergone the qualifying course in Kerala and their Non- Keralite parents who are serving/ served Government of Kerala for a minimum period of two years for KEAM examination.
- Residency: Candidates who are not of Kerala origin but, has been a resident of Kerala for 5 years within 12 years of their study for KEAM examination.
- Schooling: Candidates who are not of Kerala origin but, who have undergone their school studies in Kerala from standard VIII to XII come under Non-Keralite Category I.
- State Merit: Non-Keralite Category I candidates will be considered against ‘State Merit’ seats for engineering and other allied courses which come under KEAM but, will not be on the eligibility list for Communal/ Special/ Persons with Disabilities reservation or any fee concession during the KEAM admission procedure.
Non-Keralite Category II (NK II):
- Admission To: Candidates coming under this category will be on the eligibility list for admission to government and management quota seats in B.Tech programmes offered by government-controlled self-financing colleges and private self-financing engineering.
- Candidates in this category will be considered for admission to government seats in government-controlled self-financing engineering colleges only when the Keralite and Non- Keralite I (NK I) candidates are not available for admission.
- Reserved Seats: Candidates belonging to the above mentioned three categories will be admitted in the respect of seats reserved for the nominees of Government of India, Administration of Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Administration, and Jammu & Kashmir.
- Minimum Marks: Candidates who have passed Higher Secondary Examination, Kerala or examinations recognized as equivalent to it, with 50% marks in Biology/ Mathematics separately and 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology /Mathematics put together are on the eligibility list for KEAM Exam.
- For all the courses, candidates belonging to Socially and Educationally Backward Classes, will have a relaxation of 5% marks in the qualifying examination.
- They need only 45% marks in the case of Mathematics/Biology and 45% marks in the case of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Biology put together. The Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates need only a pass in the qualifying examination except who are seeking admission into MBBS/BDS courses.
- The candidates who are seeing admission into MBBS/BDS courses must have scored 40% aggregate in Biology separately and 40% aggregate in Biology, Physics, and Chemistry togetherly.
- The relaxation of marks in the qualifying examination extended to Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) candidates only will apply to Other Eligible Communities (OEC) candidates even if they are allotted to the unveiled seats of Scheduled Castes(SC)/Scheduled Tribes(ST) quota.
- No rounding off the percentage of marks to the nearest whole number is permitted. For example, a score of 50 marks out of 100 or 150 marks out of 300 alone will be considered as 50% aggregate and scores of 45 out of 100 or 135 out of 300 alone will be considered as 45% marks for determining eligibility for KEAM exam.
- Candidates should have attained the academic eligibility on or before the last date specified for submission of academic data.
- When it comes to the age limit, no relaxations are permitted. The applicant must be 17 years or more to be eligible to write KEAM. There is no upper age limit to apply for KEAM.
KEAM Exam Reservation Seats
Candidates should make sure to check on the KEAM Exam Reservation Seats that are being detailedly elaborated and mentioned below in the form of a table.
|Category||Percentage of Seats (in %)|
|Other Backward Hindu (BH)||3|
|Latin Catholic and Anglo Indian (LA)||3|
|Viswakarma and related communities (VK)||2|
|Other Backward Christian (BX)||1|
|Dheevara and related communities (DV)||2|
|Kusavan and related communities (KN)||1|
|Scheduled Tribes (ST)||2|
|Scheduled Castes (SC)||8|
Eligibility for Engineering course
|Courses||Qualifying Exams||Minimum Marks|
|For B.Tech||Candidates must qualify the higher secondary examination or equivalents from the recognized board||50% marks in PCM subjects 50% marks in Mathematics separately|
|B.Tech (Dairy Technology)||Candidates must have to pass 10+2 or equivalent from the recognized board||50% marks in PCM subjects 50% marks in Mathematics and biology separately|
Eligibility For Agriculture Course
|Course||Qualifying exams||Minimum Marks|
|Agricultural course (B.Arch)||Candidates must have to pass 10+2 10+3 for Diploma Candidates||Passing marks|
Eligibility For Medical and Allied Courses
|Courses||Qualifying Exams||Minimum Marks|
|For MBBS, BDS, BSMS Courses||Candidates must have to pass 10+2 or equivalent from the recognized board||50% marks in Biology/Biotechnology separately 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology put together.|
|For BAMS/ BHMS Courses||Candidates must have to pass 10+2 or equivalent from the recognized board||50% marks in Biology separately 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology put together.|
|For BUMS Course||Candidates must have to pass 10+2 or equivalent from the recognized board||50% marks in PCB subjects & 50% marks separately in Biology.|
|For B.Sc(Hons.) Agriculture/Forestry, BFSc Courses||Candidates must have to pass 10+2 or equivalent from the recognized board||50% marks in Physics, Chemistry & Biology put together & 50% marks separately in Biology.|
|For BVSc. & AH Course||Candidates must have to pass 10+2 or equivalent from the recognized board||50% marks in English, PCB subjects.|
- Candidates are advised to check the complete information about the eligibility criteria of KEAM exam as only eligible candidates are allowed to fill the application form and if a candidate fails to satisfy the eligibility criteria later in the process he/she will not be offered a seat under the KEAM examination.