KEAM 2020 Eligibility

Abhik Das Updated On: 14 Oct, 2019 13:23 IST

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Eligibility Criteria for KEAM 2020

As KEAM 2020 is conducted for Engineering, Pharmacy, Agriculture, Fisheries and Architecture courses at UG (Under Graduate) level. The eligibility criteria of the entrance exam differ from one course to another. PCM and PCB stream students of Class 12th in Kerala are eligible to appear for the state-level entrance exam, i.e., KEAM. The eligibility criteria of KEAM 2020 is specified by the Commissioner of Entrance Exams (CEE) Kerala, and each candidate should oblige to the rules and regulations prescribed the CEE. Candidates who have either completed Class 12th or pursuing Class 12th can register for the entrance exam, i.e., KEAM. However, the candidates need to choose the UG course that is relevant to their stream in Class 12th.

For example, candidates who wish to pursue the UG Agriculture course in Kerala must have studied Class 12th with PCB (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) as the stream. On the other hand, candidates aspiring to pursue B.Tech course must have studied/ passed Class 12th with PCM (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) as the stream. More details pertaining to the KEAM eligibility criteria can be checked below.

Applicants must check the eligibility criteria for KEAM 2020 before filling their respective application forms.

Detailed KEAM Eligibility Criteria 2020

Nationality Rule for KEAM 2020

Applicant must be an Indian citizen. Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)/ Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) can also apply for KEAM 2020 but they will not be eligible for reserved seats.

KEAM 2020 Age Criteria

The minimum age limit should be 17 years as on 31st December 2020. There will be no upper age limit to apply.

Number of Eligible Attempts for KEAM 2020

There is no restriction on the number of attempts for KEAM 2020 examination.

Educational Qualification required for KEAM 2020

The streamwise education qualification required for KEAM 2020 can be checked below -

For Engineering Stream:    

  • Qualifying Exam: Applicants must have passed Higher Secondary Examination, Kerala or its equivalent examination.

  • Minimum Marks: Applicants must have secured 50% marks in Mathematics separately and 50 % marks in PCM (short for Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics) subject together.

  • Relaxation: 5% relaxation in minimum marks for reserved category applicants.

Important Note: 

  • In case, the applicant has not studied Chemistry, the marks obtained in Computer Science will be considered. 

  • In case, the applicant has not studied Chemistry and Computer Science, the marks obtained in Biotechnology will be considered. 

  • In case the applicant has not studied Chemistry, Computer Science and Biotechnology, the marks obtained in Biology will be considered. 

For Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry and Pharmacy

The candidates must have passed Class 12th with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as the major subjects. 

For Architecture:

Applicants must have to qualify the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) examination and satisfy the nativity conditions stipulated in KEAM 2020 eligibility.

Nativity:

For the purpose of admission, there is made on the distinction of three types of categories i.e Keralite, Non-Keralite Category I (NK I) and Non-Keralite Category II (NK II). 

Keralite: Applicants of Kerala origin will be categorised as a Keralite. In which, children of All India Service (AIS) officers (Non-Keralites) allotted to Kerala cadre are also considered as Keralites but it is to be noted that they will not be eligible for Communal/ Special/ Persons with Disabilities reservation or any fee concession.

Non-Keralite Category I (NK I): Applicants will be classified as Non-Keralite Category I (NK I) if they are not of Kerala origin but satisfy any of the following situations:

  • I: The applicants who have qualified course in Kerala and their Non- Keralite parents are related to Government of India/ Defence Service, are posted to Kerala.

  • II: Applicants who have qualified course in Kerala and their Non- Keralite parents who are serving/ served Government of Kerala for a minimum period of two years.

  • III: Applicants who are not of Kerala origin but has been a resident of Kerala for a period of 5 years within the period of 12 years of their study.

  • IV: Applicants who are not of Kerala origin but who have undergone their school studies in Kerala from standard VIII to XII.

  • Note: Those applicants will be considered against ‘State Merit’ seats for Engineering/Architecture/B.Pharm/Medical & Allied courses. But they will not be eligible for Communal/ Special/Persons with Disabilities reservation or any fee concession.

Non-Keralite Category II (NK II):

  • Applicants who do not come under ‘Keralite’ or'Non Keralite Category I' will be classified as ‘Non-Keralite Category-II'.  Such applicants are eligible for admission to Government seats and Management quota seats in Engineering courses in Government Controlled Self-financed Colleges.

  • The ‘Non-Keralite Category-II’ (NK II) applicants will be considered for admission to the Government seats in

  • Government Controlled Self Financed Engineering Colleges only when the Keralite and Non-Keralite I (NK I) applicants are not available for admission.

  • The ‘Non-Keralite Category-II’ (NK II) applicants will not be eligible for Communal/ Special/ Persons with Disabilities reservation or any fee concession. They are also not eligible for admission to Medical and Allied Courses including MBBS/BDS and for admission to Government Engineering Colleges.

  • They are eligible to get admission of maximum 10% seats under Management Quota in Private Self Financed Pharmacy colleges subject to fulfilling the eligibility conditions.

Certificates to Prove Nativity:  Applicants will have to produce any of the following documents in order to prove their eligibility

Keralites:

  • The original copy of the relevant page of Secondary School Leaving Certificate of the candidate showing the birth place in Kerala. Or

  • The original copy of the relevant page of the Secondary School Leaving Certificate of either of the parents of the candidate showing Place of Birth in Kerala with the corroborative certificate to establish the relationship between the parent and the applicant. Or

  • The original copy of the relevant page of the Passport of the candidate, issued by Government of India, showing Place of Birth in Kerala or of either of the parents of the candidate showing Place of Birth in Kerala with the corroborative certificate to establish the relationship between the parent and the candidate. Or

  • The original copy of birth certificate from the authority competent to register birth (Panchayat/Municipality /Corporation) showing the candidate’s or either of the parents'in which case corroborative certificate to establish the relationship between the parent and the candidate is the necessary place of birth in Kerala, to be issued by a competent registering authority. Or

  • The original copy of the certificate from the Village Officer/ Tahsildar to show that the candidate or his/her father/mother was born in Kerala (This is to be obtained in the prescribed format along with the printout of the application). Or

  • The original copy of the certificate from the competent authority showing that the parent of the candidate is an All India Service officer allotted to Kerala cadre. 

Non-Keralites Category I [NK I]: 

  • The original copy of the Certificate to be issued by the Employer is to be obtained in the prescribed format in the application from the Head of the organisation, where the candidate’s parent (employee) is serving/served, and the ‘Certificate showing School studies in Kerala for Standards XI & XII’ is to be obtained from the Head of the institution where the candidate underwent his/her qualifying course in Kerala to satisfy the nativity condition .

  • The original copy of the certificate of residence from the Village Officer/ Tahsildar to the effect that the candidate has been a resident of Kerala State for a period of 5 years within a period of 12 years of his/her study (to be obtained in the prescribed format along with the printout of the application).

  • The original copy of the Certificate showing School Studies in Kerala from Std. VIII to XII obtained from the Head(s) of the educational institution(s) in Kerala in the case of candidates who have undergone school studies in Kerala to prove that the candidate has undergone his/her studies in the schools in Kerala from Std. VIII to XII. This certificate is to be obtained in the prescribed format.

Non-Keralites Category II (NK II):

Such applicants will have to produce the Certificate of Completion of Qualifying Examination in the prescribed format in the application to prove their nativity or copy of Passport issued by Government of India to prove Indian citizenship.

What after KEAM Eligibility?

After satisfying the KEAM eligibility criteria, the aspirants can start applying for the same. Only those candidates will receive their KEAM admit card who will successfully fill and submit the KEAM online/offline application form. The candidates can check out more about the KEAM 2020 application process here!

FAQs

I have passed +2. Should I obtain course certificate in the printout of application?

No need to obtain course certificate for such candidate. All candidates who have passed +2 or equivalent can attach a self-attested copy of their pass certificate and mark list of the said examination instead of course certificate. All candidates who have just appeared for the +2 or equivalent examinations and awaiting results should submit the course certificate in the body of the application itself, otherwise, it is liable to be rejected.

I had already attempted the KEAM (B.E / B.Tech) entrance examination 02 times. Can I apply for Exam?

There is no restriction on the number of chances. Hence, you can apply for this year, as well.

What is the maximum Age Eligibility Criteria?

Applicants must have completed 17 years of age as on December 31, 2020.

I have completed my studies from Class VIII to Class XII from Kerala State but from different schools. From which school should I get the proof of study from Class VIII to Class XII?

You can get the certificate from the Head of the Institute where you have completed the Class XII. As you have done your study from two different Institute hence, initially you need to produce a certificate from the head of the Institute where you have studied the class VII and submit the same to the Head of the Institute from where you are currently studying Class 12 to get the exact certificate.

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