The journey to successfully attempt engineering entrance examinations begins as and when aspirants join 10+1 standard (science stream). Aspirants invest at least 2 years of their lives in preparing for these examinations. One such sought-after engineering entrance examination is KEAM.
What is KEAM?
KEAM (Kerala Engineering Architecture Medical) is a state level entrance examination series for admissions to various professional degree (Engineering, Architecture and Medical) courses in the state of Kerala, India. The examination is conducted by the Commissioner for Entrance Exams (CEE).
Opportunities and Scope
The perks of hard work are always sweeter. The KEAM exam is not an easy nut to crack, but if successful it brings with it a tremendous scope for career opportunities. Here is a list of Top Engineering colleges where one can bag a seat through KEAM:
- College of Engineering, Trivandrum.
- Government Engineering College, Thrissur.
- Mar Athanasius College of Engineering, Kothamangalam.
- Rajagiri College of Engineering and Technology, Kochi.
- Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Kottayam.
- TKM College of Engineering, Kollam.
- College of Engineering, Chengannur.
- Government College of Engineering, Kannur
- Government Engineering College, Barton Hill, Thiruvananthapuram
- Government Engineering College, Wayanad.
- Government Engineering College, Idukki.
KEAM is on par with other state level entrance examinations like KCET, though it is easily one of the lengthiest papers. Here is how the examination looks like:
- The exam is conducted in the offline mode only.
- The exam consists of two papers: Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 consists a total of 120 questions of Physics and Chemistry whereas Paper 2 consists a total of 120 questions of Mathematics.
- To solve each paper, a candidate is given 2.5 hours. The total duration of the exam is 5 hours.
- The language of the question paper is in
- Every objective multiple type question carries +4 marks for each correct answer. For each incorrect answer, there will a negative mark of -1.
Check your eligibility
If you are aspiring to be an engineer and KEAM is in your radar, then know if you are eligible to attempt the exam. Here is the list of the eligibility criteria:
- Candidates must be Indian/NRI/FN/PIO.
- The minimum age to apply for the exam is 17 years as on 31st December on the year of the
- A candidate must score a minimum of 50% in Mathematics separately and 50% marks in physics, chemistry and mathematics collectively.
- Candidates with 45% marks in mathematics, physics and chemistry/ biology/ biochemistry/ computer science etc. will get admission in the management quota seats available in Private Self-Financing Engineering colleges/ Government Controlled Self-Financing Engineering colleges.
The registrations for KEAM begins from the 1st week of May till the last week of the month and the examination is conducted in the last week of April.
How much do you need to pay?
The application fees for KEAM engineering aspirants:
- General and OBC Category: Rs. 700.
- SC/ST: Rs. 300.
KEAM selection and counseling
If one qualifies the KEAM entrance test, he/she will have to participate in a counseling process to bag a seat in the elite engineering institutes of Kerala. Eligible candidates will be allotted seats based on their performance in KEAM entrance examination and choices opted in this process. The registration for counseling of KEAM must be done by the candidates online or at the designated Facilitation Centres (FC).
Preparing for KEAM
KEAM entrance test is an undergraduate level examination and with a clear understanding of the concepts and religious practice (of mock tests and previous year’s papers), the examination can be cracked with ease.