KEAM Exam Pattern 2024: Marking Scheme, Total Marks

Hafsha Qureshi
Hafsha Qureshi

Updated on - Feb 5, 2024

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  • 22 April 2024 :

    KEAM Application Form 2024 correction window will be activated between Apr 23 - 24, 2024.

KEAM exam pattern 2024 will be released by CEE Kerala at the official website i.e, The exam will have two sets of papers, i.e., Paper 1 & Paper 2. Candidates who will appear for the KEAM 2024 engineering entrance examination will have to attend both Paper-I and Paper II.

Candidates applying for B.Pharm will have to appear for only one set of papers, i.e., Paper-I. Paper-I will have Physics and Chemistry subjects whereas Paper-II will consist of Mathematics subjects.

Candidates must know the exam pattern of KEAM for better exam performance. Aside from the KEAM paper pattern PDF 2024, candidates must know the KEAM Marking Scheme and KEAM total marks of the KEAM 2024 exam. 

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KEAM Exam Pattern 2024: Highlights

KEAM exam pattern 2024 highlights have been shown below for the reference of the candidates.

KEAM 2024 Exam Pattern Highlights
Courses Offered B.Tech and B.Pharma Admissions
Exam Mode Offline - Pen and Paper Based Test (PBT)
Exam Duration

Paper 1: 2 hours and 30 Minutes

Paper 2: 2 hours and 30 Minutes

Timings 10 AM to 12.30 PM
Subjects Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
Type of Questions 120 Multiple Choice Questions with a Single Correct Response 
Marking Scheme

Correct Answer: +4 Marks

Incorrect Answer: -1 Mark

Total Marks in KEAM Exam

B.Tech: 960 Marks

B. Pharma: 480 Marks

Language English 
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KEAM Exam Pattern

KEAM Marking Scheme 2024

Examinees appearing in the KEAM 2024 exam must be aware of the marking scheme of KEAM 2024. Candidates can find the KEAM 2024 marking scheme below: 

  • Any correct answer will be awarded 4 marks
  • Any wrong answer will result in a deduction of 1 mark
  • Unattempted questions will not be considered in negative marking.
  • If multiple answers are marked in the OMR sheet, then a negative marking will be awarded and 1 mark will be deducted respectively.

KEAM 2024 Exam Pattern: Paper-Wise Distribution

KEAM exam pattern 2024 for Engineering programs is below.

KEAM Exam Pattern 2024 Paper Wise Distribution
Exam Date Paper Subject No. of Questions KEAM Total Score Duration Mode
May 2024 I Physics & Chemistry 120 120 x 4=480 2 Hour 30 Minutes CBT
May 2024 II Mathematics 120 120 x 4=480 2 Hour 30 Minutes CBT

KEAM 2024 Question Paper/Booklet

Candidates can read the section below and get an idea of how the question paper booklet for KEAM 2024 will look. 

  • The question papers will be given in the form of a question booklet. Candidates will be given the question booklet before the actual time prescribed for the commencement of the examination, to enable him/her to acquaint himself/herself with the instructions to be followed.

KEAM exam pattern

KEAM 2024 Question Paper Versions

Each question paper will have four versions as detailed below.

KEAM Question Paper 2024 Versions
Paper I Physics and Chemistry A1, A2, A3, and A4
Paper II Mathematics B1, B2, B3, and B4

Filling KEAM 2024 Booklets

Candidates can follow the steps given below while filling in their KEAM 2024 booklets during the exam. 

  • Candidate must write his/her name and roll number in the space that is provided in the question booklet. The Roll Number should be written carefully. A separate answer sheet (OMR answer sheet) having a copy of the original OMR sheet attached to it, will be given to mark the answers.
  • It is advised that candidates should not remove the copy of the OMR sheet from the original during the examination. All impressions made in the original OMR sheet will be carried over to the copy attached. If any candidate detaches the copy before the conclusion of the examination, his/her candidature is liable to be cancelled.
  • Each question will have five answers marked (A), (B), (C), (D) and (E). The most appropriate answer will have to be selected. Thereafter, using a ballpoint pen (blue or black ink) mark the bubble corresponding to the most appropriate answer. For example, if the answer for question number 2 is C, bubble C has to be darkened as shown below.

KEAM 2019 exam pattern

Here are some wrong methods of marking answers, 

  • If candidates already marked the bubble and re-attempting any fresh mark made by the erasure of an already marked bubble will lead to multiple marks with the consequent penalty of negative marks. 
  • The bubble should be filled. Candidates are advised not to make any special effort to mark bubbles artistically.
  • Any mistake in filling up the data part of the OMR sheet or in marking the answers will affect the valuation of the script adversely.
  • The candidate should not mark the answers in the wrong method as shown below,

KEAM exam pattern

KEAM Exam Instructions 2024

Kerala's Commissioner for Entrance Examinations (CEE) is holding the KEAM entrance exam in computer-based test (CBT) mode for admissions to engineering and medical degrees. Candidates must go through the instructions for KEAM Exam mentioned below.

  • Pre-exam, exam, and post-exam phases will be described separately.
  • Exam is conducted in a number of sets of questions and shifts.
  • Exam centre information in Kerala, including the district-by-district allocation is available.
  • Details about exam centres, including hardware, operating system processing speed, RAM Network and Keyboards, Software, LAN connectivity, Browser, and UPS and Generator working conditions, should be included in the Center Audit.
  • Hardware, software, networking, power backup, and generator are the minimum requirements for use in the exam centre.
  • A number of IT managers, invigilators, support staff, and other officials to be delegated to exam centres, as well as their qualifications.


How many papers are there in KEAM Exam 2024?

There are two papers in KEAM Exam 2024. Paper 1 consists of Physics and Chemistry, Paper 2 consists of Mathematics.

What is the weightage of marks in each paper?

Each paper is for a total of 480 marks.

How many questions are asked in KEAM Exam 2024?

Each paper has 120 questions, each worth 4 marks. 120*4=480 marks.

Is there negative marking in KEAM Exam 2024?

Yes, negative marking of -1 is present in KEAM Exam 2024.

What is the duration of KEAM 2024 Exam?

The duration of KEAM Exam 2024 is 2 and a half hours/150 minutes.



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