Kerala Engineering Agricultural Medical - KEAM
KEAM stands for Kerala Engineering Agricultural Medical, which is an entrance examination for admission of students into various professional degree courses in the state of Kerala in India. KEAM is conducted by The Commissionerate of Entrance Examinations (CEE), a body run by the Government of Kerala. KEAM provides admission to various professional degree courses like Medical Courses, Engineering and Architecture Courses, Agriculture and allied Courses, Veterinary Course, in several Government run, financed or privately run colleges and institutes across the state of Kerala.
The KEAM entrance examination pattern is composed of two parts; one part is for the Engineering Courses, while the other part is for Medical Allied & Agriculture, Veterinary, Fisheries Courses. Each part has two papers, Paper I and Paper II with multiple choice (five options) objective type questions. All the papers consist of 120 questions with a time limit of 150 minutes. Four marks are awarded for each correct answer and one negative mark for each wrong answer. In the Engineering Courses Paper I contain questions from the subjects Physics and Chemistry and Paper II contains Mathematics questions. In the Medical Courses Paper I contain questions from Chemistry and Physics, while Paper II contains questions from Biology. The syllabus of KEAM entrance exam is similar to the syllabus of Class XI and Class XII of the Kerala State Education Board Higher Secondary Examinations and other equivalent recognized boards and institutes. All the four papers are held on separate consecutive dates.
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In order to be eligible to appear for the KEAM Entrance Exam a candidate needs to be an Indian citizen. Persons of Indian Origin (PIO)/Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card Holders will be treated at par with Indian citizens for the limited purpose of admission. However PIO/OCI candidates will not be eligible for any kind of reservation.
Both Keralites and Non-Keralites will be eligible to apply for the KEAM Entrance Exam.
A candidate of Kerala origin will be categorized as a Keralite and will only be eligible for claiming seats under Mandatory Quota in Government/Aided Colleges and special reservation quota unless otherwise specified in the prospectus. Supporting validated documents as mentioned in the KEAM prospectus need to be provided by such candidates to meet the categorization criteria. However reservation for Communal/Special/Persons with disabilities will not be open to such candidates.
The Non-Keralites category is divided into further two sub-categories: Non-Keralite Category I and Non-Keralite Category II.
Candidates belonging to Non-Keralite Category I are those who are not of Kerala origin but has undergone qualifying course in Kerala and son/daughter of Non-Keralite Government Employees (Govt. Of India/Defence Service, posted to Kerala; served/serving Kerala Govt. for minimum of two years) or residents of Kerala for more than 5 years within 12 years age or completed schooling of Class VIII to Class XII in Kerala. Candidates belonging to Non-Keralite Category I will be considered against State Merit seats for Engineering/Medical & Allied Courses. However they will also be not eligible for Communal/Special/Persons with disabilities reservation.
All the remaining candidates who dont fall either in the Keralite category, or in the Non-Keralite Category I, will come under the Non-Keralite Category II. Such candidates are only eligible for admission to Engineering Courses in Management Quota seats in Government controlled Self Financing Colleges and Government seats in Private Self Financing Engineering Colleges.
Candidates should have completed 17 years of age as of 31st December 2014, to be eligible for KEAM Entrance Exam 2014. There is no upper age limit for applying for KEAM 2014.
To be eligible for admission to BAMS/BSMS/BHMS Medical Courses a candidate needs to pass Kerala Board Higher Secondary Examination or its equivalent examination with 50% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Biotechnology can be considered for BAMS/BSMS in absence of Biology.
The criteria of eligibility for MBBS/BDS Courses will be as notified by the CBSE for NEET UG 2014/Medical Council of India (MCI) from time to time.
Candidates applying for KEAM Entrance Exam needs to pass Kerala Board Higher Secondary Examination or its equivalent examination with 50% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology for admission to B.Sc.Hon(Agri), B.Sc.Hon(Forestry) and BFSc. Courses.
50% aggregate marks in English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology in the qualifying examination will be the admission criteria for BVSc. & AH Course.
Those candidates who have passed the three year B.Sc. Degree Course with Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Botany or Biotechnology as Main subjects and any one or two of the above as subsidiaries, with 50% marks for Main & Subsidiaries taken together, while passing the Kerala Board Higher Secondary Examination or its equivalent examination earlier with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as optional subjects, will be eligible for admission to BAMS, BHMS and BSMS Courses.
To be eligible for admission to Engineering Courses, including B.Tech (Ag. Engg.) and B.Tech (Food Engg.) Courses under the Kerala Agricultural University and B.Tech (Dairy Sc. & Technology) under Kerala Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, a candidate needs to pass Kerala Board Higher Secondary Examination or its equivalent examination with 50% marks in Mathematics separately and 50% aggregate marks in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. Computer Science can be considered as alternative to Chemistry, or Biotechnology as alternative to both Chemistry and Computer Science. In case all the above three hasnt been opted by the candidate then Biology will be considered as alternative and marks shown in the marks list of the respective Board Examination will be deemed for eligibility.
Board of Technical Examinations awarded Diploma holders in Engineering, or those candidates who have passed an examination recognized as equivalent by the State Board of Technical Education after undergoing an institutional course of at least three years from an Institution approved by AICTE, securing a minimum of 50% marks in the final year Diploma Examination will be eligible for admission to the special reservation quota (DE).
Those candidates who have passed Kerala Board Higher Secondary Examination or its equivalent examination with 50% marks in Mathematics/Biology separately and 50% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics/Biology will be eligible of admission to the seats reserved for Dairy Firm Instructors of Dairy Development Department for B.Tech (D.Sc. & Tech.). However, the candidates admitted to the course have to take a make-up course in Basic Mathematics (2+0) credits or Applied Biology (1+1) credit as the case may be.
It is also to be noted that Diploma in Engineering is not recognized as the academic eligibility for admission to the Engineering Colleges affiliated to Kerala Agricultural University and Kerala Veterinary & Animal Sciences University.
Also Vocational Higher Secondary Examination, Kerala, has been recognized as equivalent to the Higher Secondary Examination, Kerala.
Furthermore, for the nominees of Government of India and nominees of reciprocal quota seats, who are selected on the basis of the marks in the qualifying examination, the academic eligibility as specified above is eligible.
Aggregate 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent examination from a recognized board with Mathematics as a subject or 50% aggregate marks in 10+3 Diploma (any stream) recognized by Central/State Governments or not less than 50 % aggregate marks in International Baccalaureate Diploma, after 10 years of schooling, with Mathematics as compulsory subject of examination, will be the minimum academic eligibility for admission to B.Arch.
In addition to abovementioned criterion, only those candidates who score 40% or 80% marks out of 200 (for all categories of candidates) in the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) will be considered for admission to B.Arch. course and there will be no relaxation in the minimum passing score of NATA to any category of candidate.
There is no provision for lateral admission to the second year or at any stage during the 5 year course in Architecture.
Board of Technical Examinations awarded Diploma holders in Engineering, or those candidates who have passed an examination recognized as equivalent by the State Board of Technical Education after undergoing an institutional course of at least three years from an Institution approved by AICTE, securing a minimum of 50% marks in the final year Diploma Examination will be eligible for admission to B.Arch. course.
Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Candidates whose annual family income is not more than Rs. 4.5 lakhs will be eligible for relaxation in marks in the qualifying examination.
Relaxation criteria in marks for SEBC/SC/ST and PD candidates in the qualifying examination for admission to MBBS/BDS Courses will be as notified by the CBSE for NEET UG 2014/MCI from time to time. However the inclusion of candidates under SEBC/SC/ST and PD categories will be as per the specified clauses in the KEAM prospectus provided that they are included in the Kerala State Rank list of NEET UG 2014.
The SEBC candidates and PD candidates with between 40% and 70 % lower limb Locomotory disability will have a relaxation of 5% marks in the qualifying examination for all courses except MBBS/BDS. Candidates who have appeared for the Higher Secondary or Equivalent Examination will be permitted to take the KEAM Entrance Exam provided they appear for the Higher Secondary or Equivalent Examination before appearing for KEAM and prove their academic eligibility on the date of admission.