KEAM Exam Pattern 2018

Last Updated - February 12 2018

KEAM 2018 Exam Format will be announced by The Commissioner of Entrance Exams (CEE) on its official website ( The information brochure along with the exam format will be announced 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 method of an exam is offline. The period of KEAM is 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) for each paper. The medium of language will be English only.

The test includes 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 eligible. The maximum marks an aspirant can get in each paper is 480. For every inaccurate response, 1 mark will be deducted from the total score. Every question will have 5 alternative options suggested as responses, out of which candidate must choose one that seems the most suitable response.

The standard of the entrance test will be that of Higher Secondary or equivalent exam. There has been no change in the format 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 organized by the CEE, Kerala for admission into the first year of different Engineering, Agriculture and Pharmacy courses in different institutes across Kerala for the academic year 2018-2019.

Highlights Table of KEAM Exam Format 2018

KEAM 2018 Exam Format will give participants an idea of what to expect in the exam. The details about different aspects concerned to the entrance exam like the type of questions that will be asked in the test, marking scheme, the total number of questions, a method of the test, a time period 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 honored for accurate response4
Marks deducted for wrong response1
Total marks per paper480
Exam period for each paper2 hours 30 minutes
Medium of languageEnglish

KEAM Exam Format 2018 in Detail

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

Similarly, Paper II will have 120 numerical problems of Mathematics to be solved at the same time. The Mathematics paper is mandatory for all engineering candidates while Paper I is mandatory for Pharmacy. The maximum marks a student can score in each paper are 480. Both the papers will be available in the English language only. Aspirants must choose the most suitable response out of 5 alternative options. Participants will receive the question sheet in the form of booklets and they will need to mark their answers on an OMR sheet.

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

Marking Scheme for KEAM 2018

Candidates 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 said as follows:

  • 4 marks will be honored to aspirants for marking every correct response.
  • A penalty will be charged for marking inaccurate or wrong responses i.e. negative marking is eligible. 1 mark will be deducted from the total score.
  • No mark will be deducted from the score of the candidate 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 response and penalty of -1 will be charged accordingly.

Qualifying Marks for KEAM 2018

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

Participants belonging to the reserved category (SC/ ST) will be exempted from the stated rule and there will be no at least requirement of marks in KEAM entrance test for such aspirants.

Syllabus for KEAM 2018

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

Candidates 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 Syllabus 2018 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
Present ElectricityMagnetic Effect of Present & MagnetismEMI & Alternating Current
Electromagnetic WavesOpticsDual Nature of Matter & Radiations
Atomic NucleusSolids & Semiorganizeor 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 the 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 for 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

KEAM 2018 Important Instructions

Participants 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.

  • To mark an answer on the OMR sheet, students must darken the bubble in a prescribed way otherwise it will not be counted.
  • Aspirants must only bring their KEAM 2018 Hall Ticket, blue or black ball-point pen, and a clipboard. Forbidden items like correction fluid, calculator, logarithm table, mobile phones etc. will not be allowed inside the exam center.
  • Participants must report at their respective center 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.

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