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Kerala B.Tech Admission (CAP) 2021 (Started) – Dates, Counselling, Choice Filling, Seat Allotment

Sakunth Kumar
Sakunth KumarPublished On: October 06, 2021 | KEAM

Kerala B.Tech admission process 2021 started on October 4. Find out all about B. Tech entrance exams, eligibility, selection process, fees important dates, and information on some of the best B.Tech colleges in Kerala here.

Kerala B.Tech Admission 2021

Kerala is one of the popular destinations for pursuing a B.Tech course in India. Students from any state can secure B.Tech admission in Kerala. However, 60% of engineering seats in Kerala are reserved for Kerala domicile or resident students. Commissioner of Entrance Exams (CEE) Kerala is responsible for conducting the engineering entrance exam and B.Tech admission or counselling process in Kerala.

About Kerala B.Tech Admission 2021

Kerala B.Tech Entrance Exam 2021, i.e., KEAM was conducted on August 5. B.Tech aspirants from Kerala must clear the state-level entrance test to secure B.Tech admission under the government quota. 

Entrance Exams Accepted by Kerala Engineering Colleges 2021

KEAM (Kerala Engineering, Architecture and Medical) is the entrance exam conducted by CEE Kerala for B.Tech admissions. Kerala resident students must clear the KEAM entrance test to secure B.Tech admission in Kerala. 

Students from other states can also appear for the KEAM entrance exam under certain conditions (check eligibility criteria section). JEE Main score is accepted by a few engineering colleges for institutional-level admissions or spot admissions or management quota admissions.

Eligibility Criteria for B.Tech Admission in Kerala 2021

The eligibility criteria for B.Tech admissions in Kerala are categorised into different aspects such as nativity, domicile rule, academic requirements and others. Details reading the same can be checked below –


  • Indian citizens are eligible for B.Tech admission in Kerala.
  • Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) are treated at par with Indian citizens. However, only a limited number of seats are reserved in engineering colleges for such students.
  • OCI/ PIO categories are not eligible for communal reservation.

Domicile Rules

Candidates applying for B.Tech admission in Kerala will be categorised into –

  1. Keralite
  2. Non-Keralite Category I
  3. Non-Keralite Category II


  • Kerala resident or a candidate with ‘Kerala’ origin will come under Keralite category.
  • These students must have passed Class 10 & 12 from Kerala.
  • State government reservation policies and government quota seats in engineering colleges will be applicable to these students.
  • Fee concession rules are applicable to Keralite category students.

Non-Keralite Category I

  • Candidates who have passed Class 12 in Kerala, and whose parents are non-Keralites working in Government of India or Defence service will come under the non-Keralite category.
  • A candidate who is not for Kerala origin but studied Class VIII to XII in Kerala will also come under this category.
  • A candidate who resided in Kerala for at least five years will be treated under the non-Keralite category.
  • The non-Keralite category will be treated against the state merit list, and these students are not entitled to communal reservation/ special reservation/ fee concession.

Non-Keralite Category II

  • Candidates who do not come under the above two categories will be treated as non-Keralite category 2.
  • These students will be granted admission in private engineering colleges on if seats are vacant after filling seats based on the above two categories.
  • These students can compete for 10% of seats available in private engineering colleges under management quota.

Academic Qualification

  • Apart from the above domicile rules, Kerala B.Tech aspirants must have passed Class 12 with a minimum of 50% of marks in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry/ Computer Science/ Biology/ Biotechnology.
  • Candidates with 50% or above marks in Class 12 will be considered for admission under government quota and fee concession category.
  • Candidates with 45% - 49% of marks in Class 12 will be considered for admission under government quota only in private engineering colleges. These students will not get admission in government engineering colleges.

Kerala Engineering Admission Important Dates 2021

CEE Kerala releases the important dates for Kerala B.Tech admissions in the last week of May. KEAM entrance exam results and Class 12 results of Kerala are released in the last week of May 2021. CEE Kerala can initiate the B.Tech admission process only after the announcement of Class 12 results and KEAM results. Given below are the tentative dates



KEAM 2021 Exam Date

August 5, 2021



Choice Filling

October 4 to 9, 2021

Trial allotment

Not Applicable

Round 1 seat allotment

October 11, 2021

Fee payment for round 1

October 12 to 16, 2021

Round 2 seat allotment

To be Notified

Round 3 counselling

To be Notified

CEE Kerala will conduct at least four rounds of counselling for Kerala B.Tech admissions. Finally, a spot round counselling will be conducted for students who do not secure a seat in previous rounds of admission process or students who have passed Class 12 in supplementary exams or for students who applying fresh for B.Tech admissions.

Kerala Engineering (B.Tech/ B.E) Admission Procedure 2021

Kerala B.Tech admission procedure starts with the preparation of a merit list of the candidates who have qualified KEAM entrance examination. The KEAM merit list for B.Tech admissions in Kerala is prepared by considering the following factors –

  • CEE Kerala gives equal weightage (50:50) to the score secured by the candidates in the KEAM exam and marks scored in Class 12 board exams on Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry/Biotechnology/Computer Science subjects.
  • The marks secured by the students in the above three subjects will be computed out of 300 after applying standardisation in all the three subjects.
  • CEE Kerala applies standardisation formula for computing the merit of the candidates based on their performance in KEAM and Class 12 board exams.
  • Based on the standardised score of each student, the merit list will be prepared. Each student will be allocated a rank for the purpose of seat allocation.

KEAM Cutoff: Students belonging to the General category must score a minimum of 10 marks in the KEAM entrance exam to be considered for the admission. Students who score less than 10 marks in the entrance test will not be allocated rank in the merit list. These students are not eligible for CEE Kerala Centralised Admission Process (CAP) for B.Tech courses.

For SC/ ST categories, there are no minimum qualifying marks for admission procedure. However, a student who fails to answer at least one question in KEAM will be disqualified for the admission procedure. In all, SC/ ST candidates must have a non-zero positive score.

CEE Kerala will publish category-wise provisional category lists for B.Tech admissions. The list is prepared based on the communal reservation policy of the state government.

Also Read: Engineering Entrance Exam Coaching Institutes in India

Kerala B.Tech Admission Reservation Policy 2021

B. Tech seats in government and private engineering colleges across Kerala are distributed as follows –

Name of the Category

Percentage of Seats Reserved

State Merit












Other Backward Christian


Kusavan and related communities (KN)


Viswakarma and related communities


Dheevara and related communities


Latin Catholic and Anglo Indian


Other Backward Hindu


Kerala B.Tech Counselling Procedure 2021

CEE Kerala conducts the Centralised Admission Process (CAP) for B.Tech admissions. Candidates who are included in the KEAM rank list are eligible to register for the counselling process. There is no separate application form for the Kerala B.Tech counselling process, and there is no registration fee for the same. Students with a valid KEAM score can register options on the official website of CEE Kerala. Different stages involved in Kerala B.Tech counselling process is elaborated below –

Procedure for Registering Options: Students who featured in the KEAM rank list can directly proceed with registering options on the official website of CEE Kerala by following the steps mentioned below –

  • Candidates who want to register options should have his/ her KEAM Roll Number, KEAM Application Number and Password (created during the KEAM application process).
  • Visit the CEE Kerala website and click on ‘Candidate Portal’
  • Enter the KEAM Roll Number and Password to view the option entry form.
  • A new page will open where the candidates must click on ‘Option Registration’.
  • A list of colleges and courses will be displayed as per your selection of district or region.
  • Register options as per your preference
  • The candidates are allowed to register as many as preferences for better admission chances.
  • Now, save the registered options
  • If you want, you can take the printout of the option entry form
  • Logout from the ‘Candidate Portal’

Rearranging Option Entry: The candidates can rearrange the options as many times as they can within the stipulated scheduled. Whenever the candidates change options, they will have to save the options and log out.

Trial Allotment: CEE Kerala will conduct the Trail/ Mock Allotment before the final seat allotment. The trial allotment will give an idea about the chances of getting admission in colleges that were selected by the candidates as the first preference. The trial allotment is just to give an idea, and there is no guarantee that trail allotment and final allotment will be the same.

The initial process of CEE Kerala CAP for B.Tech courses will be completed with the registering options and trail allotment. The next stage is the seat allotment. For more details, you can click on the link below.

KEAM 2021 Counselling Process

Kerala B.Tech Selection and Seat Allotment Process 2021

The selection of candidates for B.Tech admission in Kerala is purely based on the KEAM rank list, the candidate’s academic performance and options filled during the counselling process. The seat allotment process for B.Tech courses in Kerala involves different stages –

Final Seat Allotment: Within a few days after the conclusion of option registration, CEE Kerala will release the final seat allotment. Candidates must log in, check the seat allotment details, confirm it, and take the printout of the same.

Declining the Seat Allotment: If the candidates are not satisfied with the seat allotment, they can decline the allotment and opt for participation in further rounds of the counselling process.

Fee Remittance: Candidates who secured a seat must remit the first-year B.Tech fee by using credit/ debit card/ internet banking. The candidates can also remit the fees in any of the State Bank of India (SBI) branches by using the CEE Kerala bank account details available on the official website. Take the printout of the fee payment receipt.

Reporting to College: After fee payment, the candidates must report to the college with all the relevant documents.

For more details, click on the link below -

KEAM 2021 Seat Allotment

Documents Required for B.Tech Admission in Kerala

Candidates must report to the allotted institute within the scheduled date with the following documents (original and photocopy) –

  • KEAM Admit Card
  • Class 10 Certificate/ Date of Birth Certificate
  • Transfer Certificate (TC)
  • Class 12 Certificate
  • Fee Payment Receipt
  • KEAM Application Form Printout
  • Seat Allotment Letter

The Head of the Institution/ College Authorities will verify the documents of the candidates. CEE Kerala advises the candidates to refrain from sharing their KEAM password with the college authorities. After document verification, the college will inform the candidates about the date for the commencement of classes.

Also Read: Engineering Admissions without JEE Main Score

Top B.Tech Colleges in Kerala

Around 130+ B.Tech colleges in Kerala participate in the Centralised Admission Process (CAP) conducted by CEE Kerala for B.Tech admissions. Here is the list of some of the top Kerala B.Tech colleges –

Name of the College

Seat Matrix

Govt. Engineering College, Kozhikode


Govt. Engineering College, Thrissur


College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram


N.S.S. College of Engineering, Palakkad


T.K.M. College of Engineering, Kollam


Model Engineering College, Ernakulam


LBS College of Engineering, Muliyar


Al-Azhar College of Engineering & Tech., Perumpillichira


Axis College of Engineering & Technology, Ambanoly


Christ College of Engineering, Thrissur


Cochin College of Engineering & Technology


Carmel College of Engineering & Technology


Holy Kings College of Engineering and Technology, Ernakulam


Indira Gandhi Institute of Engineering & Technology for Women, Ernakulam


Kottayam Institute of Technology & Science


Marian Engineering College, Thiruvananthapuram


Malabar College of Engineering & Tech., Thrissur


Nirmala College of Engineering, Thrissur


Royal College of Engineering & Technology, Thrissur


SCMS School of Engineering & Technology, Ernakulam


Trinity College of Engineering, Trinity Hill, Poovada


Check more Kerala B.Tech colleges list below –

Engineering Colleges in Kerala, Location, and Fee Structure

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