KEAM Exam Pattern 2019

KEAM Exam Pattern 2019

According to CEE notification KEAM 2019 exam will held on two days i.e., on 22nd and 23rd of April, 2019 for Paper I and Paper II. Engineering and Pharmacy course applicants can take up the exam. While applicants of Engineering must attempt both Paper I and Paper II, applicants for Pharmacy alone can attempt Paper I only.

Paper 1 – Physics and Chemistry exam will be conducted on 22rd April whereas Paper 2 – Mathematics will be conducted on 23th April. The exam centres are located in Kerala, New Delhi, Mumbai and Dubai (UAE). The examination mode is Offline and duration is 2 hours, 30 minutes.

There is Negative marking, for each incorrect answer One mark is deducted.

Candidates desirous of being considered for Architecture course should appear for the National Aptitude Test in Architecture(NATA) to be conducted by the Council of Architecture, India and to get qualified in NATA on or before 10.06.2019. Candidates included in the Engineering rank list will not be considered for admission to B. Arch. course based on their Engineering rank.


The Entrance Examination for Engineering courses will be conducted with a relative weightage of 5:3:2 in Mathematics,Physics & Chemistry

KEAM 2019 Exam pattern

Mode of the Examination Offline Mode (Pen and Paper based)
Subjects Physics, Chemistry (Paper I)and Mathematics(Paper II)
Duration 150 minutes for each paper (2 hours and 30 minutes)
Number of questions 120 questions for each paper
Total marks 480 marks (120Q x 4 marks) for each paper
Marking scheme For each correct answer, 4 marks will be awarded. Negative marking- For each incorrect answer One mark will be deducted. No mark will be deducted for unanswered question More than one answer indicated against a question will be deemed as incorrect response, and will be awarded negative marks.
Question Paper Each question paper will have 4 versions
Paper I - Physics & Chemistry Versions - A1, A2, A3 & A4
Paper II - Mathematics Versions - B1, B2, B3 & B4
Type of questions Objective type questions (MCQs) with 5 options

The candidates are advised not to attempt an answer, if they are not sure of the correct response, because mere guessing may lead to choice of wrong answers, with the consequent penalty of negative marks. However, the candidates who fail to answer at least one question in each paper will be disqualified and cannot find a place in the Engineering Rank list. Similarly, a candidate who fails to answer at least one question in Paper-I of the Engineering Entrance Examination will be disqualified and cannot find a place in the B.Pharm Rank list.

KEAM 2019 Questions and Marks Distribution

Subject Number of questions Total marks
Paper I Physics & Chemistry 120 480
Paper II Mathematics 120 480

KEAM 2019 Marking Scheme

Status Marks
Correct answer +4
Wrong answer -1
Unattempted question No Marks
More than one answer -1

Reporting for the Examination:

  1. Candidate should be present at the examination hall, 30 minutes before the prescribed time for the commencement of the examination.
  2. No candidate will be permitted to enter the examination hall, 30 minutes after the commencement of the examination.
  3. Candidates will be permitted to leave the examination hall only after completion of the examination.
Things to bring to the exam venue/Permitted things inside exam hall
  1. Admit card
  2. Ballpoint pen (either blue or black ink)
  3. A card board/clip board
Barred items
  1. Pencil
  2. Eraser
  3. Correction fluid
  4. Calculator
  5. Logarithm table
  6. Electronic gadgets
  7. Mobile phones

Question Paper:

Each question paper will have 4 versions as detailed below:

Engineering Entrance Examination:

Paper I - Physics & Chemistry Versions - A1, A2, A3 & A4.

Paper II - Mathematics Versions - B1, B2, B3 & B4.

  1. If the Roll Number ends in an odd number, then the candidate should get a question booklet marked A1/B1/A3/B3. If the Roll Number ends in an even number, then the candidate should get a question booklet marked A2/B2/A4/B4.
  2. On receipt of the question booklet the candidate should ensure that the Version Code printed in the Admit Card and in the question booklet are the same. And if it does not match, then he/she should draw the attention of the invigilator immediately, and get it replaced by a version that matches the Roll Number.
  3. If the question booklet does not bear a serial number, get it replaced by a new question booklet of the same version having a booklet number printed.

Answer Sheet:

  1. Separate answer sheet (OMR Answer Sheet) having a copy of the original OMR sheet attached to it, will be given to mark the answers. Candidates should not detach the copy of the OMR sheet from the Original during the course of Examination.
  2. The evaluation of the answer sheet of objective type papers will be done using the OPTICAL MARK READING (OMR) System.
  3. DO NOT: (i) Pin or staple (ii) Punch or tag (iii) Make holes anywhere (iv) Wet or soil (v) Tear or mutilate (vi) Wrinkle or fold the OMR Answer Sheet.
  4. The answer sheet has two parts – “CANDIDATE’S DATA” on the left side and “ANSWERS” on the right with a thin perforation in between, length-wise. Fill in all the entries on the left side (Candidate’s Data part) before beginning to answer questions.

Method of marking:


Correct way of marking

Correct way of marking in KEAM

Wrong methods of marking

Wrong methods of marking in KEAM


Malpractice is an activity that allows a candidate to gain an unfair advantage over other candidates. It includes, but not limited to:

  1. Having in possession of papers, books, notes, correction fluid, whitener, correction pen, blade, pencil, eraser, electronic devices or any other material or information relevant to the examination concerned
  2. Paying someone to write examination (impersonation) or prepare material
  3. Breaching examination rules
  4. Assisting another candidate to engage in malpractice or attempting to do so
  5. Contacting or communicating or trying to do so with any person, other than the Examination Staff, during the examination time in the examination hall
  6. Taking away the answer sheet out of the examination hall
  7. Threatening any of the officials connected with the conduct of the examination or threatening any of the candidates
  8. Using or attempting to use any other undesirable method or means in connection with the examination
  9. Manipulation & fabrication in online documents viz. Admit card, Allotment letter, Data sheet etc
  10. Forceful entry in Examination Hall with malafide intentions
  11. Possession of Calculators, Slide Rules, Log Tables, Geometry Box, Pencil box, Electronic Digital Watches with facilities of calculators, mobile phones, pagers or any other electronic gadget which are not allowed inside the Examination Hall
  12. Tampering of Barcode in the OMR sheet or mutilation of OMR sheet or marking unnecessary information on OMR
  13. Fabricated photograph uploaded to the online application

Parents/Guardians are advised to ensure that their ward does not indulge in unfair activities/malpractices which breach the examination rules. If any candidate is found to indulge in any such activity he/she shall be liable for punishment.


If a candidate is found to have indulged in any of the malpractice activities or similar practices, mentioned above during the course of KEAM, before or later on, shall be deemed to have committed malpractice at examination and his/her candidature in the entrance examination will be cancelled. Such candidates shall be debarred from appearing the entrance examination conducted by CEE for not less than two years and shall also be liable for criminal action and /or any other action as deemed fit by CEE. Decision of the CEE in this regard shall be final.


If candidates appearing for KEAM at any stage are found to have indulged in any case of impersonation i.e. not matching the photograph/signature/documents of the candidates etc. he/she shall be handed over to the Police by the Chief superintendent/Liaison Officer /Principal as the case may be and the cases shall be dealt as per the Indian Penal Code in this matter for further investigation. The matter shall also be reported to the CEE by the Chief Superintendent/Liaison Officer /Principal in writing.

Such candidates will be debarred permanently from appearing for the KEAM Entrance Examination conducted by the CEE in future in addition to the cancellation of his/her candidature in the KEAM entrance examination of the year.

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