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Who all should Appear for the KEAM Exams


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Age Criteria
Applicants should be at least 17 years of age by 31st of December in the current year to be eligible for KEAM examinations. There is no upper age limit though.

Academic Criteria

For Medical and Agricultural Course Aspirants

  • Medical and Agricultural course aspirants should have passed Class XII with 50% marks in Biology and 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology taken together.

  • Admission to MBBS or BDS courses is only granted when a general category student secures 50% marks in Paper I and II taken together. For SC/ST/SEBC candidates, admission is granted if they secure 40% marks in Paper I and II taken together.

  • Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry course aspirants should have at least 50% aggregate marks in English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology in Class XII or have completed the 3-year B.Sc. degree course with Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Botany, or Biochemistry as Main, and any one or two of the above subjects as Subsidiaries and 50% marks overall.

For Engineering Course Aspirants:

  • Engineering course aspirants should have passed Class XII with 50% marks in Mathematics and 50% marks in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry taken together. Candidates may choose Biology, Biotechnology or Computer Science as their third subject instead of Chemistry. Students with 50% marks in the 3-year Diploma in Engineering program are also eligible for engineering courses.

  • Agricultural University does not grant admission to diploma holders in engineering though. Students who want to do B.Tech in Dairy Science and Technology should have cleared Class XII with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics or Biology with 50% marks overall and 50% marks in Mathematics or Biology separately. Biology students need to do a makeup course in Basic Mathematics while Mathematics students need to do a makeup course in Applied Biology to gain entry into the program.

For Architecture Course Aspirants

  • Students who want to join the Architecture course should have cleared Class with Mathematics with 50% marks overall or have 10+3 Diploma in any stream with 50% marks overall or have International Baccalaureate Diploma with 50% marks with Mathematics as a compulsory subject after clearing Class X.

  • It is compulsory for students to score at least 40% marks (80 out of 200) in the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) to be eligible for admission in the Architecture course.

Please Note:

  • Candidates belonging to backward classes having a family income less than or equal to Rs 4.5 lakh per annum are allowed a relaxation of 5% marks in the qualifying examination.

  • Students appear for their qualifying examination can take the entrance examination on a provisional basis. However, they will only be give admission to the courses, if they are able to achieve more than the minimum scores listed.

  • Rounding off of the percentage of marks to the nearest whole number is not allowed for determining minimum marks eligibility.

Nativity Criteria

  • Indian citizens and PIO or OCU cardholders who have studied in Kerala from Class VIII to XII and are 17 years of age are eligible to apply for KEAM.  Candidates are categorized as:

  • Keralites: If one of the parents of the candidate was born in Kerala or is an All India Service (AIS) officer allotted to Kerala cadre with Keralite status; candidate has resided in Kerala for 5 years within a period of 12 years; or candidate has studied in Kerala from class VIII to XII, he or she is considered a Keralite.


  • Category I: Candidates who completed their qualifying course in Kerala and are wards of central government or state government employees who have served Kerala for at least 2 years are eligible for government seats on the basis of their ‘State Merit’.

  • Category II: All candidates who do not fall under above two categories are considered Non-Keralite Category II candidates and are not eligible for admission against reserved seats. They are granted admission only to ‘State Merit’ seats in private self-financing engineering colleges and management quota seats in government-sponsored self-financing engineering institutions.