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Content Writer: Shubham S Nimje


Published on: Sat Feb 03 2024Updated on: Mon Feb 05 2024

The Kerala Entrance Examination (KEAM) serves as the stepping stone for aspiring engineers, medical professionals, and agriculturists seeking admission to various professional courses in Kerala. This article equips you with the knowledge and strategies to navigate the intricacies of KEAM, empowering you to achieve your academic goals.

Understanding the Exam:

  • What is it? KEAM is a state-level entrance exam conducted by the Commissioner of Entrance Examinations (CEE) for admission to Engineering, Medical, Pharmacy, Agriculture, and Veterinary courses in Kerala.
  • Who conducts it? The CEE, under the Government of Kerala, ensures a fair and transparent selection process.
  • When is it held? Typically, the exam is held in May, with the application window opening a few months prior.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Nationality: Indian citizen.
  • Educational Qualification: Passed the 10+2 examination (or equivalent) with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics (PCM) and Biology (for Medical/Agriculture streams) as mandatory subjects. Specific minimum marks requirements apply for different streams.
  • Domicile: Candidates must be domiciled in Kerala or possess specific reservations/categories to be eligible.

Exam Structure:

KEAM comprises two separate exams:

  • Engineering Entrance Exam:
    • Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics (PCM) – 120 questions, 480 marks (2.5 hours)
  • Medical Entrance Exam:
    • Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Zoology (PCBZ) – 120 questions, 480 marks (2.5 hours)

Both exams consist of objective-type questions (MCQs) with 4 marks for each correct answer and -1 mark for each incorrect answer.

Preparation Strategies:

  • Start Early: Begin your preparation well in advance, ideally in Class 11th, to comprehensively cover the vast syllabus.
  • Master the NCERT Textbooks: Form the foundation of your preparation by thoroughly understanding the concepts from NCERT textbooks for Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics.
  • Utilize Reference Books: Supplement your understanding with reference books like Arihant’s Objective Physics, Dinesh Objective Chemistry, and MTG Biology for NEET for additional practice and in-depth explanations.
  • Practice Previous Years’ Papers and Mock Tests: Familiarize yourself with the exam pattern, time management, and identify your strengths and weaknesses by solving past KEAM question papers and mock tests.
  • Consider Coaching Classes (Optional): Explore joining coaching institutes for structured guidance, doubt-clearing sessions, and access to experienced faculty, especially if needed.
  • Develop Test-Taking Skills: Learn effective time-management techniques, answer selection strategies, and build the ability to handle pressure during the exam.
  • Stay Focused and Motivated: Maintain a consistent study schedule, prioritize your well-being, and stay motivated by visualizing your success.

Additional Resources:

  • Official KEAM website: <invalid URL removed>: <invalid URL removed>
  • Previous years’ question papers and mock tests
  • NCERT textbooks and reference books


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