KEAM 2021 Eligibility Criteria, Qualification, Domicile & Age Criteria

KEAM 2021 EligibilityKEAM 2021 Eligibility Criteria is comprised of qualification, age & other criteria for appearing in the examination. KEAM is the Kerala Engineering entrance examination for those candidates who wish to pursue UG engineering courses from the prestigious private and government colleges of Kerala. Admission into MBBS/BDS and other medical allied subjects will be done through NEET 2021. Admission into B.Arch. courses will be done on the basis of NATA score. The KEAM is also known as Kerala CEE and it is organized by the Commissioner of Entrance Examination (CEE) Kerala. Check KEAM Eligibility from this article.

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KEAM 2021 Eligibility Criteria 

Before filling the KEAM 2021 Application Form, candidates must check the complete eligibility criteria. The eligibility details will be given below:

Nationality:

  • The appearing candidates should be an Indian citizen.
  • Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) will be also eligible to apply but they are not entitled to claim any reservation.

Category wise Eligibility:

The candidates seeking for the KEAM 2021 are categorized as follows:

Keralite:

The candidates who hold the domicile certificate of Kerala will come in this category. If the parents are the employee of All India Services of Kerala then the children will be considered as ‘Keralite’ and eligible to apply without claiming any reservation.

Non-Keralite-1:

The candidates who are not Kerala origin and even their parents also don’t have any residence proof of Kerala, but satisfying the following candidates:

  • Passed their qualifying examination from Kerala and Parents are posted in Kerala and employee of defense or central government.
  • The candidates whose parents are serving/served Kerala Government for a period of 2 years and appearing/appeared qualifying examination from Kerala will come in this category and eligible for applying.
  • In case, if the candidate is not the permanent resident of Kerala but spent 5 years of his/her study in Kerala then he/she is also eligible.
  • Those who do not have domicile certificate of Kerala but completed/pursuing their 8th to 12th studies from Kerala are also eligible for KEAM 2021.

Note: The candidates of Non-Keralite-1 will be considered for ‘State Merit’ seats of Engineering/B.Pharma/Architecture/Medical & Allied courses. These candidates will be eligible to claim any reservation.

Non-Keralite Category II:

Those who do not fall under Keralite or Non-Keralite-1 will come under Non-Keralite Category II. This category candidate will be eligible for admission to Government seats and Management quota seats in engineering courses in Government Controlled Self-financing Colleges.

Besides this, Non-Keralite Category II candidates will be eligible for applying to Government Seats in Government Controlled Self Financing Engineering Colleges only when the Keralite and Non-Keralite I (NK I) candidates are not available for admission.

These candidates will also be eligible for admission to Government Seats and Management Quota seats in Private Self Financing Engineering/Architecture Colleges.

NK II candidates will be also eligible for admission to a maximum of 10% seats under Management Quota in Private Self Financing Pharmacy colleges.

‘Non-Keralite Category II’ (NK II) candidates will be not eligible for admission to Medical and Allied Courses including MBBS/BDS and for admission to Government Engineering Colleges.

Age Criteria:

  • Lower Age Limit: The minimum age required for KEAM 2021 will be 18 years. The candidates who have completed 18 years of age as on the 31st December 2021 will be also eligible for applying.
  • Upper Age Limit: There will be no upper age limit for KEAM 2021 examination.

Qualification Criteria:

  • Appearing Candidates will be also eligible.

For Engineering Courses:

For B.Tech Courses (including Agriculture Engineering/Food Engineering & Technology/Dairy Technology/Food Technology):

  • Qualifying Examination: Candidates must qualify the Higher Secondary Examination or its equivalent thereto from a recognized board.
  • Minimum Marks: It will be required for the aspirants to pass qualifying examination with 50% marks in Mathematics separately and an aggregate of 50% marks in PCM subjects when put together.
  • If the candidates have passed the above examination with 45% marks in PCM put together, then he/she is eligible for admission under Management Quota in Private Self Financing Engineering Colleges/Government Controlled Self Financing Engineering Colleges.
  • In case, candidates not study chemistry subject, then marks secured in computer science subject will be considered.
  • If candidates have not studied computer science & chemistry subjects, then the marks scored in Biotechnology will be considered.
  • In case, candidates not study Chemistry, Biotechnology and Computer Science, the marks secured in Biology will be considered.

Note:

  • In two year Kerala Higher Secondary courses or examinations recognized equivalent thereto with the two-year course where the Board Examinations are conducted in both years, the total marks of two years in the respective subjects as shown in the mark lists of the respective Higher Secondary Boards will be considered for academic eligibility.
  • In Higher Secondary courses or examinations recognized equivalent thereto where Board Examinations are conducted only at the end of 12th class (final year), the marks in the respective subjects as shown in the mark lists of the respective Higher Secondary Boards will be considered for academic eligibility.
  • For all other types of Higher Secondary courses or examinations recognized equivalent thereto, the marks of the respective subjects as shown in the mark list of the respective Board of Examinations will be considered for academic eligibility.

For B.Tech (Dairy Technology):

  • Qualifying Exam: Candidates must pass the 10+2 or its equivalent examination from a recognized board.
  • Minimum Marks: Qualify the above examination with 50% marks in Mathematics/Biology separable & 50% marks in PCM/B put together.

Note: The Vocational Higher Secondary Examination, Kerala, has been recognized as equivalent to the Higher Secondary Examination, Kerala. 

For Agriculture Course (B.Arch.):

  • Qualifying Exam: The aspirants must have completed 10+2 or equivalent examination from a recognized board.
  • 10+3 Diploma (any stream) candidates will be also eligible to apply for this exam with 50% aggregate marks with Mathematics as one of the subject of the examination.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (after 10 years of schooling) candidates with not less than 50% marks in aggregate & with Mathematics as compulsory subject of examination can also apply.
  • Subjects: Candidates must pass the qualifying examination with Mathematics as a subject of study.
  • Minimum Marks: Pass the above exam with 50% aggregate marks.
  • NATA Score: The admission will be done on the basis of NATA scores.
  • There will be no relaxation in the minimum passing score of NATA to any category candidate.

For Pharmacy Courses:

For B.Pharma Course:

  • Qualifying Exam: Pass Higher Secondary Examination or its equivalent examination.
  • Minimum Marks: Pass the qualifying examination with 50% marks in Biology/Mathematics separately and 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Mathematics put together are eligible.

For Medical & Allied Courses:

For MBBS, BDS, and BSMS Courses:

  • Qualifying Exam: Candidates should pass higher secondary examination or its equivalent examination from recognized board.
  • Subjects: Pass the above examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology subjects.
  • Minimum Marks: Pass the above examination with 50% marks in Biology/Biotechnology separately & 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology put together.
  • NEET Score: Only NEET 2021 appearing candidates can apply for this exam.

For BAMS/BHMS Courses:

  • Qualifying Exam: Candidates must pass 12th or its equivalent examination from recognized board.
  • Subjects: Pass the above examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology subjects.
  • Minimum Marks: Pass the above examination with 50% marks in Biology separately & 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology put together.
  • NEET Score: Only NEET 2021 appearing candidates will be eligible to apply for this exam.

For BUMS Course:

  • Qualifying Exam: Candidates must pass 10+2 or its equivalent examination from recognized board.
  • Subjects: Pass the above examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology subjects.
  • Minimum Marks: Pass the above examination with 50% marks in PCB subjects & 50% marks separately in Biology.
  • Candidates should pass 10th class with Urdu or Arabic or Persian language as a subject or clear the test of Urdu in the Entrance Examination conducted by the University or Board or Registered Society authorized by the Government to conduct such examination or pre-Tib examination of one-year duration.
  • NEET Score: Only NEET 2021 appearing candidates will be also eligible to apply for this exam.

For B.Sc.(Hons.)Agriculture/Forestry, BFSc Courses:

  • Qualifying Exam: Candidates must pass 10+2 or its equivalent examination from recognized board.
  • Minimum Marks: Pass the above examination with 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry & Biology put together & 50% marks separately in Biology.
  • NEET Score: Only NEET 2021 appearing candidates will be eligible to apply for this exam.

For BVSc. & AH Course:

  • Qualifying Exam: Candidates must pass 12th or its equivalent examination from recognized board.
  • Minimum Marks: Pass the above examination not less than 50% marks in English, PCB subjects.
  • NEET Score: Only NEET 2021 appearing candidates will be eligible to apply for this exam.

For B.Sc. Degree Holders:

  • Qualifying Exam: Candidates, those pass B.Sc. degree with Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Botany or Biotechnology as Main subjects, and any one or two of the above subjects as Subsidiaries are eligible for admission to MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BHMS and BSMS courses.
  • Minimum Marks: Pass the above examination with 50% marks for Main & Subsidiaries taken together.

Relaxation:

  • For all the courses, candidates belonging to socially and Educationally Backward Classes will have a relaxation of 5% marks in the qualifying examination.
  • The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes candidates need only a pass in the qualifying examination.
  • However, for admission to MBBS/BDS courses, candidates belonging to SC/ST categories need 40% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology put together in the qualifying examination.
  • Candidates with Locomotors disability of lower limbs between 40% to 70% need only 45% marks in case of Biology/ Biotechnology and 45% marks in case of optional subjects put together for admission to MBBS/BDS courses (as per the Guidelines of Medical Council of India/Dental Council of India).
  • The candidates belonging to PD category will have a relaxation of 5 % marks in the qualifying examination for Engineering and Medical Allied Courses.
  • Provided that in cases where only grades are given for qualifying examination and marks are not mentioned, the grade covering 45% marks will be considered as the criterion for eligibility.

In case of any query regarding KEAM 2021 Eligibility Criteria, you may ask us by commenting below.

Displaying 103 Comments
  1. Sheena says:

    My Son was born in Chhattisgarh studied from LKG till 8th class in Dubai, then from 9th till 12th class in Kerela. I completed my schooling and graduated from Chattisgarh, but my husband born and graduated from Kerela and working in Dubai, so my son comes in which category and our aadhar card is enough for the nativity certificate

  2. Subash Babu says:

    I and my wife are Keralite but working in Delhi. I want to ask for my son, is he come in Keralite Catagory. He is preparing for neet and keam. Studying in Delhi school. Born at Kerala.

  3. Radhakrishnan says:

    I am working on gulf.
    My kid is studying here.
    Will she is eligible for State general quota?

  4. jegadeesh says:

    iam not malayali but i was born and bought up in kerala . and my birth certificate is in base of kerala. and i have completed my 12 grade. and i have studied here until my 12 grade which catogory iam belong to?? and my mother also have a birth certificate which is on base of kerala..

  5. nisha says:

    sir,
    My daughter & I are US citizens, residing in Kerala since 2011. we are both OCI holders. Which category do we belong to while filling the KEAM appication 2021 ? r we eligible for applying the non creamy layer quota? please reply.

  6. Nitheesh says:

    Sir i complete my plus two on 2012.Now I am 26 year old. Can i appear for keam

  7. Aarya Shashi says:

    I am a keralite and I have applied for KEAM and also given the NEET exam so I wanted to know about the further process. What do I have to do and how to check the merit list.?

  8. I.KRITHIKA says:

    I come under non keralite category 2.I have applied for neet2020 but how can i apply for keam 2020

  9. Sunil says:

    Sir,
    My daughter is born in UAE and studying in UAE from KG to 12th and her passport permanent address is Kerala address whether she can write the KEAM exam for general quote.

  10. reshma says:

    sir! i was born on mysore.but i am studying in tamil nadu.but my mother language is malayalam..my father is a malayali and mother is from mysore,karanataka..can i apply for this exam? if possible which category i belong to??

  11. Sheena Abraham says:

    I am a Keralite and have done my entire schooling & BTech in Kerala. My son was born in Chennai and will appear for CBSE Board Exams in March 2017. Is my son eligible to appear for KEAM 2017 and if so, which category can he apply under. Please give a reply.

  12. Remya V says:

    I would like to get admission for MBBS only. l belongs to OBC category. Do l have to apply for KEAM or only NEET, because after NEET the list of selected candidates from Kerala goes to Kerala only. So for me to get the benefits of OBC do l have to apply for KEAM 2017. pls reply.

    Thanks

  13. SIJI MANOJ says:

    My sisters daughter was born in UAE and she is studying in Dubai. Her father completed his studies in Kerala. Her mother studied in Chennai. Can my sister’s daughter appear in KEAM 2017 and she comes in which category. Please give a reply

  14. Rasmiya says:

    i am born and brought up in dubai and i’ve completed my higher secondary education in dubai.I am basically a keralite, my parents are born and completed their education in kerala.So to which category do I belong to?

  15. tarun says:

    I am from up….am i eligible for keam..

  16. Eldo Skaria says:

    Sir,
    We parents, are born and completed our graduate education in Kerala. Our daughter is born in Kerala, but studied outside Kerala and currently studying in GCC. She would be completing her 12th grade as an NRI in GCC. In which category does she belong to?
    Eldo.

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      your daughter can apply in Non-Keralite-1 category. but in case if you or your daughter possess domicile of Kerala and you can show the proof of residency in kerala then your daughter can apply in Keralite category.

  17. Rahul says:

    Sir I am born in Kerala but brought up in haryana…my parents are having their school certificate of Kerala …
    Am I eligible for keam and also if eligible then in which category
    Any one please..

  18. vishak vs says:

    i am born in tamilnadu….i studied tamilnadu state syllabus in tamilnadu……am i eligible for keam emgineering

    • smita nazier says:

      Iam a keralite. However, I completed my 12th grade in saudi arabia. Iam a muslim. Am I eligible for reservation under obc category?

      While applying for keam 2016 I had applied under general category. What should I do now so that I can avail the benefits of reservation

  19. Vinayakumar says:

    As per eligibility criteria minimum marks required is 45%.Self financing colleges are admitting students with less than 45% marks. Please comment

  20. sooraj j menon says:

    sir Iam forgot thumb impression in application form.is this application will be rejected?

  21. vineeth says:

    i have passed higher secondary examination with 53% in pcm iam eligible or not

  22. smruti says:

    Sir,
    I come under non keralite II bt ihv filled d form writng that I am a non keralite I……sir ,will my registration be rejected and as transaction is also over sir will my money be refunded?

  23. smruti says:

    Sir,
    I come under non keralite II ,sir am I eligible to apply for medical colleges keam

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      This category candidate can apply for admission to management quota seats in engineering course offered by the Government Controlled Self financing Colleges.

  24. .nikhil says:

    i have passed higher secondary examination with 42%
    iam eligible or n0t

  25. Haresh says:

    My daughter has passed out 12th from gujarat board and born in gujarat. Is she elegible for KEAM.

  26. Gemson says:

    Dear Sir,

    My Sister born in Kerala, but she has studied 1st to 12th Std in Bangalore.

    Please advice whether she is eligible for KEAM2016 and which category she belongs to.

  27. bibu thomas says:

    My son was born in uae and currently (AS LEVEL GRADE 12 and A LEVELGRADE 12 level) (edexel syllabus).I am born and brought up in kerala but his mother was born in uae but studied in kerala.Just want to know whether my son would be eligible to sit for KEAM 2017

  28. Vasudevan says:

    My son is born and brought up in Mumbai. I have a property in Kerala and my husband was born and has studied in Kerala all his education for 20 years. In which category my son can apply ?

  29. Sreedevi says:

    Dear Sir,
    My son passed out +2 CBSC last year. his marks in maths is 43, physics 55 and 50 in chemistry. we belong to hindu ezhava community. Is he eligible for KEAM 2016 Engineering?

  30. srikumar says:

    i am born and broughtup in tamilnadu. my daughter born and studying 12th std in ISC board in tamilnadu.which catagory she belongs to? if she appears for KEAM2016 is she eligible for BAMS or BHMS courses in govt qouta or management quota.please clarify. also clarify if income certificate is mandatory even if we are not claiming any concession.

  31. Moosa says:

    Sir..
    Pls send me the details of fee concession..nd howmuch income need for concession if selected in the Rank list..

  32. Jerusha T says:

    I am born in kerala but has studied grade 1 to 12 in UAE
    Which category do I belong to ?

  33. Abdul shukoor says:

    Sir
    My daughter born in dubai. Now she is stuying in kerlal (XI-XII). We born in kerala and residing in dubai. How can she apply for Nativity? Which catagory she belong?

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      Nativity Certificate is a document issued by State Governments in India certifying the Indian origin of an applicant who is or whose relations such as parents/grandparents etc lived in that particular state.
      If she meet any other eligibility of Non-Keralite Category I (NK I) then she belong to this category if not then she belong to the Non-Keralite Category II (NK II)

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      Nativity Certificate is a document issued by State Governments in India certifying the Indian origin of an applicant who is or whose relations such as parents/grandparents etc lived in that particular state.
      If she meet any other eligibility of Non-Keralite Category I (NK I) then she belong to this category if not then she belong to the Non-Keralite Category II (NK II).

  34. srikumar says:

    in response to my querry on 12jan 2016 you replied that my daughter is eligible for KEAM2016 medical entrance.can you please tell me which catagory she belongs

  35. srikumar says:

    i am malayalee born in tamilnadu. my daughter also born and studying 12th standard in ISC board in tamilnadu. is she eligible to appear for KEAM 2016 medical entrance

  36. Radhakrishnan says:

    For proving Nativity is photo copy of birth certificate enough?

  37. Ismail says:

    My son was born in Kerala and birth certificate from Kerala, and my wife is from Kerala, i am a resident of Tamil Nadu. My son has done his complete studies in UAE , is he eligible to write the KEE 2016,please advise.

  38. krishnapriya says:

    sir i am pass out my 12 at 2013 iam eligible for 2016 keam entrance exam?

  39. Nomy says:

    I’m born in Kerala and did my primary schooling there. But grades 1 – 12 in Sharjah, UAE.
    Is aadhar card a necessity to prove nativity in Kerala. Is birth certificate or passport copy enough?

  40. sreevidhya dinesh says:

    We are from kerala but my son was born in Chennai. both me and his father are born in kerala we are settled in kerala and he is studying in kerala since past 5 years.which category is he. His date of birth is 30.04.1999 presently doing plus two from a CBSE school in kerala is he eligible .please help it is not replied.

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      If he meet the eligibility criteria of Non-Keralite Category I (NK I) then he belong to this category. If not then he belongs to Non-Keralite Category II [NK II].

  41. sreevidhya dinesh says:

    We are from kerala but my son was born in Chennai. both me and his father are born in kerala we are settled in kerala and he is studying in kerala since past 5 years.which category is he. His date of birth is 30.04.1999 presently doing plus two from a CBSE school in kerala is he eligible

  42. SAKSHI says:

    I am from Delhi and studying also in Delhi. Am I eligible for KEAM Medical exam?

  43. subin says:

    Sir we are originally keralites.my father has property as well as own house in kerala. But parents as well as me all are studied in karnataka. In which category shall I apply for keam.can I appear for keam

  44. Mohammad Affan says:

    I was born in Kerala and completed all school and junior college life in Maharashtra my both parents are keralites so am i eligible for keam?

  45. Mohammad Affan says:

    I was born in Kerala and both of them are Keralites but I have completed all 1 to 12 standard studies in Maharashtra so am i eligible for keam.
    Please notify me.

  46. Karishma says:

    I am not a residential of kerala nor any of my parent is from kerala. Am i eligible to appear for this exam under category 2 for medical exam

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      If you meet the eligibility criteria of Non-Keralite Category I (NK I) then you are eligible to write this exam under this category.

  47. ANUSHKA ANIL KUMAR NAIR says:

    I am studying in 12th std in Pre University Karnataka board. My father has completed education in kerala. Can I apply for Medicine course in Kerala? In which category do I have to apply?

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      If you meet the eligibility criteria of Non-Keralites Category I[NK I] then you are eligible for the medical course.

  48. PRATIKSHA DUTTA says:

    Sir – I have studied in Mumbai only.Neither I am born in Kerala nor my Parents ever stayed there.
    Am I eligible to appear in KEAM Medical entrance ?
    Regards.

  49. Shawn says:

    Sir I am born in bahrain , both my parents are not born in kerala but I am doing 11th and 12th in kerala and my grandparents are born in kerala. Can I apply?

  50. AKANKSHA DESHMUKH says:

    iam student of cbse from chhattisgarh am i eligible to give KEAM exam (medical) by non keralite-II category

  51. sabu cherian says:

    my son was born in kerala having hospital birth certificate but completed his education in Udaipur,Rajasthan.His both parents are having SSLC certificates and done the degrees from Kerala.Which is his category?

  52. anu says:

    My son studying in gulf..which group he belong. …

  53. sunil mathew says:

    How NRI students will get nativity certificate ? Is it necessary to attach the nativity certificate along with online applications

  54. Roshini says:

    My Daughter is studying in Tamilnadu sylabbus secondary board but we are originally keralites but do not have any domicile address in our name in Kerala is she eligible under non Keralite

  55. Abhinand Nambiar says:

    Sir
    I am having hearing problem for my left ear.So am I able to write keam exam ( medical )

  56. Bindu says:

    Hi,
    I and my daughter are US citizens but PIO card holders.She has been studying in Kerala from Std I. I also own my own flat here in Kerala. Will we need to apply under Keralite or fall under non-Keralite I category.

    Thanks

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      She belong to the Non-Keralite Category I (NK I).
      If she doing her school studies in Kerala from standard VIII to XII

  57. vanitha says:

    Completed 12th science from maharashtra board can I eligible for keam medical entrance exam

  58. amulya says:

    sir i am born in kerala but i studied in Maharashtra from 6std upto 12std my parents are from kerala .so i am eligible for the exam?? ,in which category i will come and what are documents required ??????

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