KEAM Eligibility Criteria 2020
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KEAM Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Commissioner for Entrance Examinations (CEE), Kerala has released the KEAM eligibility criteria 2020 for students seeking admissions in engineering courses in the state. The eligibility criteria of KEAM 2020 specify the parameters like nativity, domicile, age limit, qualifying exam and marks etc. Candidates seeking admissions in the participating institutes of KEAM must fulfill the eligibility criteria specified by the exam conducting authorities to be considered for admissions. Candidature of those candidates who will fail to meet the KEAM 2020 eligibility criteria will be rejected by the authorities. Read the complete article to know more about detailed eligibility criteria and other important details relating to the exam.
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KEAM Eligibility Criteria 2020

The detailed parameter wise eligibility criteria of KEAM 2020 is given below:


  • Candidate applying for KEAM 2020 must be Indian nationals.

  • Persons of Indian Origin (PIO)/ Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) will also be eligible for admissions through KEAM 2020, however, such candidates will not be entitled to any kind of reservation.

Age Limit

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  • Candidate must be minimum 17 years of age as on December 31, 2020. There is no relaxation in the minimum age.

  • There is no maximum age limit for students wishing to appear for KEAM 2020.

Academic Qualification

  • Candidate must have passed their Higher Secondary Examination, Kerala or equivalent exam with minimum 50% aggregate score along with 50% marks in Mathematics separately and 50% marks in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry put together.

  • For admissions in private self finance engineering colleges in Kerala under Management Quota, candidates must secure minimum 45% marks in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry put together.

  • In case a candidate has not studied Chemistry in their class 12, marks of Computer Science will be considered for aggregate score. Further, the candidate has also not studied Computer Science along with Chemistry, the marks in Biotechnology will be considered. In case candidate has not studied any of the given subjects, the scores of Biology will be taken into consideration.

Qualifying Marks-

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  • Candidates must have secured 50% marks in Mathematics separately.

  • Candidates must have an aggregate of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics together.


Candidates will be categorised as Keralite, Non-Keralite Category I (NK I) and Non-Keralite Category II (NK II). In order to prove that candidate is an Indian citizen of Kerala origin, he or she has to submit certain documents.


  • Candidates from Kerala origin will be categorised as Keralite.

  • Children of All India Service (AIS) officers (Non-Keralites) allotted to Kerala cadre will also be categorised as Keralites but such candidates will not be eligible for Communal/ Special/ Persons with Disabilities reservation or any fee concession.

KEAM Eligibility Criteria 2020 : Non-Keralite Category I (NK I)

Candidates who are not of Kerala origin but fulfill the below given conditions will be considered for admissions under the Non-Keralite Category I (NK I).

  • Candidates who have qualified their qualifying examination in Kerala and their Non-Keralite parents a Government of India/ Defence Service, posted to Kerala.

  • Candidates who have completed their qualifying courses from Kerala and their Non- Keralite parents who are serving/ served Government of Kerala for a minimum period of two years.

  • Kerala who does not belong to Kerala but are residents of Kerala and have completed a minimum of 5 years of their study out of 12 years in the state.

  • Candidates who do not hail from Kerala but have completed their class 8 to 12 in Kerala.

KEAM Eligibility Criteria 2020 : Non-Keralite Category II (NK II)

  • Candidates belonging to this category will be deemed eligible for admission to government and management quota seats in B.Tech programmes offered by government-controlled self-financing colleges and private self-financing engineering.

  • However, students must note that candidate belonging to this category will get admission in the above given institutions only when the Keralite and Non- Keralite I (NK I) candidates are not available for admission.

  • Students must note that Communal/ Special/ Persons with Disabilities reservation or any fee concession will not be given to candidates belonging to this category.

Note: Candidates who belong to any of the three categories given above will be admitted in respect of seats reserved for the nominees of Government of India, Administration of Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Administration and Jammu & Kashmir.

Documents to be produced as proof for eligibility

Students seeking admissions under the above given categories will have to show some documents of proof against their eligibility. In case, candidates are unable to produce the given documents will not be considered for admissions under the given category.

KEAM 2020 Eligibility Criteria for Keralites

Candidates belonging to Keralite category will have to produce the following documents to prove their KEAM 2020 eligibility.

  • Original copy of Secondary School Leaving Certificate of the candidate showing the birth place in Kerala.

  • Original copy of Secondary School Leaving Certificate of any of the parent of the candidate denoting their birth place to be Kerala along with corroborative certificate that establishes a relationship between the candidate and the parent.

  • Original copy of Passport of the candidate issued by the Government of India showing birth place to be Kerala or passport of any of the parent showing their birth place to be Kerala along with a supporting document establishing the parent’s relationship with the child.

  • Birth certificate from a competent authority (Panchayat/ Municipality/ Corporation) showing the candidate’ birthplace to be Kerala or birth certificate of any of the parent of the candidate along with a supporting document that establishes candidate’s relationship with the parent.

  • Certificate from Tahsildar/ Village Officer denoting that the candidate or either of the parents was born in Kerala. Students will have to attach the document along with the printed application form in the prescribed format.

  • Certificate from a competent authority stating that the candidate’s parent is an All India Service officer allotted to Kerala cadre.

KEAM 2020 Eligibility Criteria for Non-Keralites Category I (NK I)

Candidates belonging to Non-Keralites Category I (NK I) will have to submit the following documents to prove their KEAM 2020 eligibility.

  • Certificate issued by the employer in the prescribed format from the Head of the organisation, where the parent of the candidate is serving/ served, along with a Certificate showing School studies in Kerala for Standards XI & XII from the head of the institution where the candidate has studied.

  • Certificate of residence from the Tahsildar/ Village Officer stating that the candidate has been lived in Kerala for a period of 5 years within a period of 12 years of the candidate’s studying period.

  • Certificate from the Head(s) of the educational institution(s) in Kerala stating that the candidate has studied in Kerala from Std. VIII to XII. Students must note that the certificate has to be submitted in the prescribed format along with the application form.

KEAM Eligibility Criteria 2020 for Non-Keralites Category II (NK II)

Candidates belonging to this category will have to produce a Certificate of Completion of Qualifying Examination in the prescribed format or their Passport issued by Government of India to prove their Indian citizenship.

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For keam terminal exm engineering the plus two marks obtained in phy,chem,maths are only added..or will the biology marks too be added

Anantika Kushwaha 21st Feb, 2020
Dear Candidate,

The qualification criterion for engineering courses in Keam Terminal Exam is that the candidate has to score 50% marks in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics put together.

If the candidate has not studied Chemistry, then the marks of Computer Science will be considered. If the candidate has not studied either of the two then the marks of Biotechnology will be considered.

If the candidate has not studied either of the three, then the marks of Biology will be considered.

I didnt understand the category code in the keam certificates uploading session.Where should i submit my cast certificate for minority (OEC).I have already submitted the Non creamy layer

Sanjay Khandelwal 20th Feb, 2020
In the category code you will have to fill the category number in which you belong to. If you are from minority there will a number for that or if it's category of caste then there will be number for which you belong. Read in the notification they will have the number there and fill in which you belong.

Sir, I want to study an b tech in TKM COLLEGE I applied keam.

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 19th Feb, 2020

If you want to study B.Tech at TKM College (Thangal Kunju Musaliar College of Engineering) then you can appear in KEAM examination.
The Minimum Eligibility for appearing in KEAM is to have 50% 12th.

I hope this helps.

Bsc agriculture course through the keam , last date of application

Rishikesh Shandilya 19th Feb, 2020
Hello Aspirant,

KEAM is entrence exam under kerela engineering architecture medical.This entrence provides admission in BTech course not for BSc.
Also candidates can fill online form till 25 Feb 2020.

Hope this helps you

In KEAM 20 registration by mistake i uploaded Income Certificate which was issued by Tahsildar. As per KEAM prospectus the said certificate should be issued by concerned Village Officer. My question is that shall i get opportunity to upload the correct t certificate during the correction period?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 16th Feb, 2020

Justin, while KEAM website isnt clear about all the corrections that you can make in your application form. But Tahsildar stays on the top of  the hierarchy. If you have a certificate issued by Tahsildar, it still stays valid because if Village officer is the head of a village, a Tahsildar is the head of a block of villages. So that should be absolutely fine. But if you still want to upload a certificate issued by the Tahsildar, usually uploaded images can be changed only if notified. Some uploaded images also have "Edit" option which means you can change the uploaded images during the correction window. KEAM will open its correction window during the 1st week of March tentatively. So please watch out for official information.

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