KEAM 2018 Eligibility Criteria

KEAM eligibility criteria 2018 includes conditions of nationality, nativity, age limit, educational qualification etc. As per KEAM eligibility criteria 2018, candidates who are 17 years of age as on December 31, 2018 and have cleared/ appeared 10+2 with other stated requirements can apply for the examination. It is important for candidates to go through KEAM 2018 eligibility criteria before filling the application form. In case candidates fail to fulfill any of the KEAM eligibility criteria 2018 prescribed by CEE, Kerala, they will be disqualified from the entrance test / admission process. KEAM 2018 will be held for admission to undergraduate engineering courses in around 182 participating institutes across Kerala. Keep reading the article for complete details on KEAM 2018.

KEAM Eligibility Criteria 2018

Before filling KEAM application form 2018, it is very important for candidates to verify whether they fulfill the eligibility criteria of KEAM 2018. The criteria for admission as well as for appearing in KEAM 2018 is given below.

Age limit for KEAM 2018

  • There is no upper age limit to apply for KEAM 2018.
  • Candidates must be 17 years of age as on December 31, 2018.


  • Candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • Indian Citizens/ Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)/ Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) can also apply for KEAM 2018 but they will not be eligible for KEAM reservation of seats.

Academic Qualification required for KEAM 2018

  • Candidates who have passed their Higher Secondary Examination (HSC), Kerala with 50% of marks in Mathematics separately and 50% of marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics collectively will be eligible for admission in KEAM 2018.
  • Candidates who have passed their Higher Secondary Examination with 45% marks in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry/ Biotechnology/ Computer Science / Biology will be eligible for admission under Management Quota seats in Private Self-financing Engineering colleges/Government Controlled Self Financing Engineering Colleges.
  • Higher Secondary Examination in Kerala where their Board exam are held for both the years, their marks for both the years will be counted
  • If the Board exam is held at the end of Class 12 then marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics will be considered.

KEAM 2018 Candidate’s categories: Keralite vs Non-Keralite


Applicants belonging to Kerala will come under Keralite category. Candidates whose parents are officers in All India Service (AIS) (Non-Keralite) and posted under Kerala cadre are considered as Keralite as per Government rules. However, they will not be eligible for the reservation of communal/ special/ persons with disabilities or any concession in the fee structure.

Non-Keralite – I (NK – I)

Candidates who are not of Kerala origin but fulfill the below mentioned conditions will be considered eligible for admission.

  • A candidate who has pursued qualifying course in Kerala and also the son/daughter of the non-Keralite parents belonging to the Government of India/Defence Service posted in Kerala
  • Candidates who have studied 10+2 in Kerala with non-Keralite parents serving/served Government of Kerala for at least 2 years, including the period of study of the 10+2/HSC
  • For candidates who have stayed in Kerala for the minimum of five years within the period of twelve years of their study, but is a non-resident of Kerala
  • A Non-Keralite applicant who has studied in Kerala from class 8 to class 12
  • These candidates will not be eligible for admission under the reservation of communal/special/persons with disabilities or any concession in fee structure

Non-Keralite – II (NK – II)

  • Candidates who do not fall under any Keralite or Non- Keralite Category I (NK I) will be considered as Non-Keralite Category-II(NK - II)
  • Candidates belonging to this category are eligible for admission to Management quota seats in engineering courses in Government Controlled Self-financing Colleges
  • These candidates will not be eligible for admission under the reservation of communal/special/persons with disabilities or any concession in fee structure

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