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KEAM 2018 Exam Pattern

Last Updated - May 04, 2017

KEAM 2018 Exam Pattern will be released by The Commissioner of Entrance Exams (CEE) on its official website ( The information brochure along with the exam pattern will be released in the month of January 2018.

Kerala Engineering Architecture Medical test will consist of objective questions in the form of multiple choice questions (MCQs). It is a pen and paper based test i.e. the mode of exam is offline. The duration of KEAM is 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) for each paper. The medium of language will be English only.

The test comprises of 2 papers- Paper I (Physics and Chemistry) and Paper II (Mathematics). The total number of questions in each paper is 120. Each question carries 4 marks and negative marking is applicable. For every incorrect answer, 1 mark will be deducted from the total score. The maximum marks a candidate can get in each paper is 480. Every question will have 5 alternative options suggested as answers, out of which aspirant must choose one that seems the most appropriate answer.

The standard of the entrance test will be that of Higher Secondary or equivalent exam. There has been no change in the pattern of KEAM exam and it will be the same as that for 2017.

KEAM 2018 will be held in the month of April 2018. It is conducted by the CEE, Kerala for admission into the first year of various Engineering, Agriculture and Pharmacy courses in various institutes across Kerala for the academic year 2018-2019.

KEAM 2018 Exam Pattern Highlights Table

KEAM 2018 Exam Pattern will give applicants an idea about what to expect in the exam. The details about various aspects related to the entrance exam like the type of questions that will be asked in the test, marking scheme, total number of questions, mode of the test, time duration of the exam, etc. are given in the following table:

Exam ModeOffline (pen-paper based)
Number of Papers2
Question Paper typeObjective (MCQs)
Total no. of questions per paper120
Marks awarded for correct answer4
Marks deducted for wrong answer1
Total marks per paper480
Exam duration for each paper2 hours 30 minutes
Medium of languageEnglish

KEAM 2018 Exam Pattern in Detail

KEAM 2018 common entrance exam will be held in the last week of April 2018. The test will comprise of 2 papers- Paper I and Paper II scheduled to be conducted on 2 consecutive days. The subjects tested in Paper I will be Physics and Chemistry. It will comprise of 120 objective questions to be solved within 150 minutes.

Similarly Paper II will have 120 numerical problems of Mathematics to be solved in the same time. The Mathematics paper is compulsory for all engineering aspirants while Paper I is compulsory for Pharmacy. Both the papers will be available in the English language only. Applicants will receive the question sheet in the form of booklets and they will be required to mark their responses on an OMR sheet. The maximum marks a student can score in each paper are 480. Candidates must choose the most appropriate answer out of 5 alternative options.

PaperSubjectTime allottedTotal questionsTotal marksType of questions
Paper IPhysics/Chemistry150 minutes120480Objective (MCQ)
Paper IIMathematics150 minutes120480Objective (MCQ)

KEAM 2018 Marking Scheme

Aspirants must know the marking scheme in order to decide how to attempt the questions in the entrance exam. There has been no change in the marking scheme and it is the same as it was for the year 2017. It is similar to the marking scheme used in JEE 2018. The marking scheme of KEAM 2018 is stated as follows:

  • 4 marks will be awarded to candidates for marking every accurate answer.
  • A penalty will be charged for marking incorrect or wrong answers i.e. negative marking is applicable. 1 mark will be deducted from the total score.
  • No mark will be deducted from the score of the aspirant for leaving a question blank or failure in attempting it.
  • The marking of two options on the OMR sheet will be considered as a wrong answer and penalty of -1 will be charged accordingly.

KEAM 2018 Qualifying Marks

In order to qualify in the engineering entrance examination and thereby become eligible to figure in the Engineering merit list, an aspirant has to score a minimum of 10 marks each in Paper I and Paper II of KEAM 2018 entrance test. The candidates who do not score the minimum stipulated marks will not qualify and hence will not be short-listed for admission to the respective course. It should also be noted that applicants who fail to answer even a single question in each paper will automatically be disqualified and declared ineligible for further rounds of admission.

Applicants belonging to the reserved category (SC/ ST) will be exempted from the said rule and there will be no minimum requirement of marks in KEAM entrance test for such candidates.

KEAM 2018 Syllabus

The syllabus for KEAM 2018 is based on Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics of Higher Secondary level (10+2) or equivalent exam. The entire syllabus for the test will be given in the prospectus available on the official website. Questions will be advanced in level and will require application of candidate’s knowledge so as to select the best students.

Aspirants must note that questions will not be based on NCERT books or any other textbooks for that matter. The important topics of each subject that should be studied well are given below:


KEAM 2018 Syllabus for Physics

Introduction & MeasurementDescription of Motion in One DimensionDescription of Motion in Two & Three Dimension
Laws of MotionWork, Energy & PowerMotion of System of Particles & Rigid Body Rotation
GravitationMechanics of Solids & FluidsHeat & Thermodynamics
Current ElectricityMagnetic Effect of Current & MagnetismEMI & Alternating Current
Electromagnetic WavesOpticsDual Nature of Matter & Radiations
Atomic NucleusSolids & Semiconductor DevicesPrinciples of Communications

Reference Books:

Some reference books for KEAM 2018 Physics are mentioned below:

SubjectBook namePublication/ Author
PhysicsConcepts of Physics I & IIH. C Verma
Objective PhysicsArihant Publications


KEAM 2018 Syllabus for Chemistry

Basic Concepts and Atomic StructureBonding and Molecular StructureStates of Matter
Periodic Properties of Elements & HydrogenS-Block Elements & Principles of MetallurgyP-Block Elements
D-Block & F-Block ElementsThermodynamicsChemical Equilibrium
SolutionsRedox Reaction & ElectrochemistryChemical Kinetics
Surface ChemistryCoordination Compounds & OrganometallicsBasics Principles, Purification & Characterization of Organic Compounds
HydrocarbonsOrganic Reaction MechanismStereochemistry
Organic Compounds With Functional Groups Containing HalogensOrganic Compounds With Functional Groups Containing OxygenOrganic Compounds With Functional Groups Containing Nitrogen
Polymers & BiomoleculesEnvironmental Chemistry & Chemistry in Everyday Life 

Reference Books:

Some reference books for KEAM 2018 Chemistry are mentioned below:

SubjectBook namePublication/ Author
ChemistryOrganic ChemistryO. P Tandon
Numerical ChemistryP. Bahadur


KEAM 2018 Syllabus Mathematics

Sets, Relation & FunctionsComplex NumbersQuadratic Equations
Sequence & SeriesPermutations, Combinations and Binomial Theorem & Mathematical InductionMatrices & Determinants
Linear InequationsMathematical Logic & Boolean AlgebraTrigonometric Functions & Inverse Trigonometric Functions
Cartesian System of Rectangular CoordinatesLines & Family of LinesCircles & Family of Circles
Conic SectionsVectors3D Geometry
Statistics & ProbabilityFunctions, Limits & ContinuityDifferentiation
Application of DerivativesDefinite and Indefinite IntegralsDifferential Equations

Reference Books:

Some reference books students to score well in KEAM 2018 are mentioned below:

SubjectBook namePublication/ Author
MathematicsMath XI & XIIR. D Sharma
Problems in Calculus in One variableI. A Maron

Important Instructions

Applicants must ensure that they follow some rules and regulations to maintain the decorum of the exam hall and to ensure that the examination proceeds properly.

  • Candidates must only bring their KEAM 2018 Admit Card, blue or black ball-point pen and a clip board. Forbidden items like correction fluid, calculator, logarithm table, mobile phones etc. will not be allowed inside the exam centre.
  • Applicants must report at their respective centre 30 minutes before the exam commences.
  • They must ensure that they fill up the details properly on the question booklet and the odd-even rule for KEAM Roll number and Question Booklet number match accordingly.
  • To mark a response on the OMR sheet, students must darken the bubble in the prescribed way otherwise it will not be counted.



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