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KEAM Syllabus 2023: Subject-wise Topics, Exam Pattern


KEAM Syllabus 2023: The Commissioner for Entrance Examinations (CEE) Kerala released the Kerala Engineering, Agricultural, and Medical Admission exam or KEAM syllabus on the official website. The KEAM syllabus 2023 contains a list of the topics, and candidates preparing for the exam must have a thorough understanding of the entire syllabus. Once they complete the syllabus, they should find out their strong and weak areas and work on them accordingly.

Candidates must have a well-structured study plan as well. For that, they need to go through the exam pattern and syllabus. While the exam pattern helps candidates understand the marking scheme, exam duration, the number of questions asked, and more, the syllabus gives them a concrete idea about the difficulty level of the exam. Continue reading the article to know the KEAM 2023 syllabus, exam pattern, and other details.

Latest Updates:
– KEAM 2023 admit card is released.

– KEAM 2023 exam will be conducted on May 17, 2023.

KEAM Syllabus 2023

Candidates must know what they must study to prepare for the exam. The KEAM 2023 consists of the following papers in the examination.

  • Paper-I: Physics and Chemistry
  • Paper-II: Mathematics

Candidates must thoroughly study all three topics to qualify for the KEAM 2023. Before we get into the details, candidates can go through the below table to get an overview of the exam:

Name of the ExamKerala Engineering Agriculture Medical (KEAM)
LevelState Level
Mode of the ExaminationPen and Paper-based (Offline)
FrequencyOnce A Year
Number of PapersPaper-I: Physics and Chemistry
Paper-II: Mathematics
Total Marks960 (480 Per Paper)
Total Number of Questions240 (120 Per Paper)
Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Official Websitecee.kerala.org

Subject-wise KEAM Syllabus 2023

The syllabus of KEAM contains topics derived from higher secondary, that is, Intermediate level (10+2).

KEAM Mathematics Syllabus

Candidates can go through the below table to know the Mathematics syllabus of KEAM:

AlgebraLinear Equations
Sequences and Series
Complex Numbers
Quadratic Equations
Sets, Relations, and Functions
Permutations, Combinations, Binomial Theorem and Mathematical Induction
Mathematical Logic and Boolean Algebra
Matrices and Determinants
TrigonometryTrigonometric Functions
Inverse Trigonometric Functions
GeometryConic Sections
Three-Dimensional Geometry
Cartesian System of Rectangular Coordinates
Lines and Family of Lines
Circles and Family of Circles
CalculusDefinite Integrals
Indefinite Integrals
Application of Derivatives
Functions, Limits, and Continuity
Differential Equations

KEAM Physics Syllabus

Candidates can go through the below table to know the Physics syllabus of KEAM:

Physical World and MeasurementPhysics: Scope and Excitement
Nature of Physical Laws
Physics, Technology, and Society
Need for Measurement: Units of Measurement
Systems of Units
Si Units, Fundamental and Derived Units
Length, Mass and Time Measurements
Accuracy and Precision Of Measuring Instruments Errors in Measurement
Significant Figures
Dimensions of Physical Quantities, Dimensional Analysis, and Its Applications.
KinematicsThe Frame of Reference, Motion in a Straight Line: Position-Time Graph, Speed and Velocity.
Uniform and Non-uniform Motion, Average Speed, and Instantaneous Velocity.
Uniformly Accelerated Motion, Velocity-Time, and Position-Time Graphs, Relations For Uniformly Accelerated Motion (Graphical Treatment). Elementary Concepts of Differentiation and Integration for Describing Motion.
Scalar And Vector Quantities: Position and Displacement Vectors, General Vectors and Notation, Equality of Vectors, Multiplication of Vectors by a Real Number
Addition and Subtraction Of Vectors.
Relative Velocity
Unit Vectors
Resolution of a Vector in a Plane – Rectangular Components
Scalar And Vector Products of Vectors
Motion in a Plane
Cases of Uniform Velocity and Uniform Acceleration – Projectile Motion
Uniform Circular Motion.
Laws Of MotionIntuitive Concept of Force. Inertia, Newton’s First Law of Motion
Momentum And Newton’Ssecond Law of Motion Impulse
Newton’s Third Law of Motion
Law of Conservation Of Linear Momentum and Its Applications
Equilibrium of Concurrent Forces
Static and Kinetic Friction, Laws of Friction, Rolling Friction, Lubrication
Dynamics of Uniform Circular Motion: Centripetal Force, Examples of Circular Motion (Vehicle On Level Circular Road, Vehicle on Banked Road).
Work, Energy, and PowerWork Done by a Constant Force and a Variable Force
Kinetic Energy, Work-Energy Theorem, Power, Notion of Potential Energy, Potential Energy of a Spring, Conservative Forces
Conservation of Mechanical Energy (Kinetic and Potential Energies)
Non-conservative Forces
Motion in a Vertical Circle, Elastic and Inelastic Collisions in One and Two Dimension.
The Motion of System of Particles and Rigid BodyCentre of Mass of a Two-Particle System, Momentum Conservation and Centre of Mass Motion. Centre of Mass of a Rigid Body
Centre of Mass of Uniform Rod, Circular Ring, Disc, and Sphere
Moment of a Force, Torque, Angular Momentum, Conservation of Angular Momentum With Some Examples
Equilibrium of Rigid Bodies, Rigid Body Rotation and Equation of Rotational Motion, Comparison of Linear and Rotational Motions
Moment of Inertia, Radius of Gyration. Values of M.I. For Simple Geometrical Objects (No Derivation).
Statement of Parallel and Perpendicular Axes Theorems and Their Applications.
GravitationKepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion
The Universal Law of Gravitation
Acceleration Due to Gravity and Its Variation With Altitude and Depth.
Gravitational Potential Energy
Escape Velocity, Orbital Velocity of a Satellite. Geostationary Satellites.
Properties of Bulk MatterElastic Behaviour, Stress-Strain Relationship, Hooke’s Law, Young’s Modulus, Bulk Modulus, Shear, Modulus of Rigidity, Poisson’s Ratio
Elastic Energy. Pressure Due to a Fluid Column
Pascal’s Law and Its Applications (Hydraulic Lift and Hydraulic Brakes).Effect of Gravity on Fluid Pressure. Viscosity, Stokes’ Law, Terminal Velocity, Reynold’s Number, Streamline, and Turbulent Flow.
Critical Velocity, Bernoulli’s Theorem and Its Applications. Surface Energy and Surface Tension, Angle of Contact, Excess of Pressure, Application of Surface Tension Ideas to Drops, Bubbles, and Capillary Rise. Heat, Temperature, Thermal Expansion
Thermal Expansion of Solids, Liquids, and Gases.
Anomalous Expansion. Specific Heat Capacity: C p, C v – Calorimetry
Change of State – Latent Heat. Heat Transfer – Conduction and Thermal Conductivity, Convection and Radiation
Qualitative ideas of Black Body Radiation, Wein’s Displacement Law, and Green House Effect Newton’s Law of Cooling and Stefan’s Law.
ThermodynamicsThermal Equilibrium and Definition of Temperature (Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics). Heat, Work, and Internal Energy
First Law of Thermodynamics. Isothermal and Adiabatic Processes
Second Law of Thermodynamics: Reversible and Irreversible Processes
Heat Engines and Refrigerators.
The Behaviour of Perfect Gas and Kinetic TheoryEquation of State of a Perfect Gas, Work Done on Compressing a Gas.
Kinetic Theory of Gases: Assumptions, Concept of Pressure. Avogadro’s Number. Kinetic Energy and Temperature; Rms Speed of Gas Molecules
Degrees ofdom, Law of Equipartition of Energy (Statement Only) and Application to Specific Heat Capacities of Gases
Concept of Mean Path.
Oscillations and WavesPeriodic Motion – Period, Frequency, Displacement as a Function of Time. Periodic Functions. Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM) And Its Equation
Oscillations of a Spring – Restoring Force and Force Constant
Energy in SHM – Kinetic and Potential Energies; Simple Pendulum – Derivation of Expression for Its Time Period
Free, Forced and Damped Oscillations (Qualitative Ideas Only), Resonance.
Wave Motion. Longitudinal and Transverse Waves, Speed of Wave Motion. Displacement Relation for a Progressive Wave. Principle of Superposition of Waves, Reflection of Waves, Standing Waves in Strings and Organ Pipes, Fundamental Mode and Harmonics. Beats. Doppler Effect.
ElectrostaticsElectric Charges and Their Conservation. Coulomb’s Law – Force Between Two Point Charges, Forces Between Multiple Charges Superposition Principle and Continuous Charge Distribution. Electric Field, Electric Field Due to a Point Charge, Electric Field Lines
Electric Dipole, Electric Field Due to a Dipole
Torque on a Dipole in a Uniform Electric Field. Electric Flux, Statement of Gauss’s Theorem and Its Applications to Find Field Due to Infinitely Long Uniformly Charged Straight Wire, Uniformly Charged Infinite Plane Sheet and Uniformly Charged Thin Spherical Shell (Field Inside and Outside). Electric Potential, Potential Difference, Electric Potential Due to a Point Charge, a Dipole and System of Charges
Equipotential Surfaces, Electrical Potential Energy of a System of Two Point Charges, and Electric Dipoles in an Electrostatic Field. Conductors and Insulators, Charges, and Bound Charges Inside a Conductor. Dielectrics and Electric Polarisation, Capacitors and Capacitance, Combination of Capacitors in Series and Parallel, Capacitance of a Parallel Plate Capacitor With and Without Dielectric Medium Between the Plates, Energy Stored in a Capacitor, Van de Graaff Generator.
Current ElectricityElectric Current, Flow of Electric Charges in a Metallic Conductor, Drift Velocity and Mobility, And Their Relation With Electric Current; Ohm’s Law, Electrical Resistance, V-I Characteristics (Linear and Non-linear), Electrical Energy and Power, Electrical Resistivity And Conductivity. Carbon Resistors Colour Code for Carbon Resistors
Series and Parallel Combinations of Resistors
Temperature Dependence of Resistance. Internal Resistance of a Cell, Potential Difference and Emf of a Cell, Combination of Cells In Series and Parallel. Kirchhoff’s Laws and Simple Applications. Wheatstone Bridge, Metre Bridge. Potentiometer – Principle and Applications to Measure Potential Difference and for Comparing Emf of Two Cells
Measurement of Internal Resistance of a Cell.
Magnetic Effects of Current and MagnetismConcept of Magnetic Field, Oersted’s Experiment. Biot – Savart Law and Its Application to Current Carrying Circular Loop. Ampere’s Law and Its Applications to Infinitely Long Straight Wire, Straight and Toroidal Solenoids. Force on a Moving Charge in Uniform Magnetic and Electric Fields. Cyclotron. Force on a Current-Carrying Conductor in a Uniform Magnetic Field. Force Between Two Parallel Current- Carrying Conductors – Definition of Ampere. Torque Experienced by a Current Loop in a Magnetic Field; Moving Coil Galvanometer – Its Current Sensitivity and Conversion to Ammeter and Voltmeter. Current Loop as a Magnetic Dipole and Its Magnetic Dipole Moment. Magnetic Dipole Moment of a Revolving Electron. Magnetic Field Intensity Due to a Magnetic Dipole (Bar Magnet) Along Its Axis and Perpendicular to Its Axis. Torque on a Magnetic Dipole (Bar Magnet) In a Uniform Magnetic Field
Bar Magnet as an Equivalent Solenoid. Magnetic Field Lines
Earth’s Magnetic Field and Magnetic Elements. Para-, Dia- And Ferro – Magnetic Substances with Examples. Electromagnets and Factors Affecting Their Strengths. Permanent Magnets.
Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating CurrentsElectromagnetic Induction; Faraday’s Law, Induced Emf and Current
Lenz’s Law, Eddy Currents. Self and Mutual Inductance. Alternating Currents, Peak and RMS Value of Alternating Current/Voltage
Reactance and Impedance
LC Oscillations (Qualitative Treatment Only), Lcr Series Circuit, Resonance
Power in AC Circuits, Wattless Current. AC Generator and Transformer.
Electromagnetic WavesNeed for Displacement Current. Electromagnetic Waves and Their Characteristics (Qualitative Ideas Only). Transverse Nature of Electromagnetic Waves. Electromagnetic Spectrum (Radio Waves, Microwaves, Infrared, Visible, Ultraviolet, X-Rays, Gamma Rays) Including Elementary Facts About Their Uses.
OpticsReflection of Light, Spherical Mirrors, Mirror Formula. Refraction of Light, Total Internal Reflection and Its Applications, Optical Fibres, Refraction at Spherical Surfaces, Lenses, Thin Lens Formula, Lens- Maker’s Formula. Magnification, Power of a Lens, Combination of Thin Lenses In Contact Combination of a Lens and a Mirror. Refraction and Dispersion of Light Through a Prism. Scattering of Light – Blue Colour of the Sky and Reddish Appearance of the Sun at Sunrise and Sunset.
Optical Instruments: Human Eye, Image Formation and Accommodation, Correction Of Eye Defects (Myopia and Hypermetropia) Using Lenses. Microscopes and Astronomical Telescopes (Reflecting and Refracting) And Their Magnifying Powers. Wave Optics: Wavefront and Huygens’ Principle, Reflection and Refraction of Plane Wave at Plane Surface Using Wavefronts.
Proof of Laws of Reflection and Refraction Using Huygens’ Principle. Interference, Young’s Double Hole Experiment and Expression for Fringe Width, Coherent Sources and Sustained Interference of Light. Diffraction Due to a Single Slit, Width of Central Maximum.
Resolving Power of Microscopes and Astronomical Telescopes.
Polarisation, Plane Polarised Light
Brewster’s Law, Uses of Plane Polarised Light and Polaroids.
Dual Nature of Matter and RadiationPhotoelectric Effect, Hertz and Lenard’s Observations
Einstein’s Photoelectric Equation – Particle Nature of Light. Matter Waves – Wave Nature of Particles, De Broglie Relation. Davisson-Germer Experiment.
Atoms and NucleiAlpha – Particle Scattering Experiment; Rutherford’s Model of Atom
Bohr Model, Energy Levels, Hydrogen Spectrum. Composition and Size of Nucleus, Atomic Masses, Isotopes, Isobars
Isotones. Radioactivity – Alpha, Beta and Gamma Particles/Rays and Their Properties
Radioactive Decay Law. Mass Energy Relation, Mass Defect
Binding Energy per Nucleon and Its Variation With Mass Number
Nuclear Fission and Fusion.
Electronic DevicesEnergy Bands in Solids (Qualitative Ideas Only), Conductors, Insulators And
Semiconductor Diode – I-v Characteristics in Forward and Reverse Bias, Diode as a Rectifier
I-v Characteristics of Led, Photodiode, Solar Cell, and Zener Diode
Zener Diode as a Voltage Regulator. Junction Transistor, Transistor Action, Characteristics of Transistor
Transistor as an Amplifier, Transistor as a Switch (Common Emitter Configuration) and Oscillator. Logic Gates (OR, AND, NOT, NAND and NOR).
Communication SystemsElements of a Communication System (Block Diagram Only)
Bandwidth of Signals (Speech, TV and Digital Data)
Bandwidth of Transmission Medium. Propagation of Electromagnetic Waves in the Atmosphere, Sky and Space Wave Propagation. Need for Modulation. Production and Detection of an Amplitude-Modulated Wave.

KEAM Chemistry Syllabus

Candidates can go through the below table to know the Chemistry syllabus of KEAM:

1. Surface Chemistry – Adsorption, Colloids
2. Environmental Chemistry and Chemistry in Everyday Life
3. Basic Concepts and Atomic Structure – Laws of Chemical Combination, Atomic Structure
4. Bonding and Molecular Structure
5. States of Matter – Gaseous State, Liquid State, Solid State
6. Periodic Properties of Elements and Hydrogen – Classification of Elements, Hydrogen
7. S-Block Elements and Principles of Metallurgy – Alkali Metals, Alkaline Earth Metals, Principles of Metallurgy
8. P-Block Elements – General Characteristics of p-block Elements, Boron, Silica, Group 18 Elements
9. D-Block and F-Block Elements – d-Block Elements, f-Block Elements: Lanthanides
10. Thermodynamics – System and Surrounding, First Law of Thermodynamics, Second Law of Thermodynamics
11. Chemical Equilibrium – Physical and Chemical Equilibria, Equilibria Involving Chemical Systems, Concepts of Acids and Bases
12. Solutions – Types of Solutions, Colligative Properties
13. Chemical Kinetics
14. Redox Reactions and Electrochemistry – Oxidation and Reduction, Faraday’s Laws of Electrolysis, Corrosion and its Prevention
15. Basic Principles, Purification and Characterisation of Organic Compounds
16. Coordination Compounds and Organometallics
17. Hydrocarbons – Classification of Hydrocarbons, Alkanes and Cycloalkanes, Alkenes and Alkynes Aromatic Hydrocarbons
18. Organic Reaction Mechanism – Electronic Displacement in a Covalent Bond, Common Types of Organic Reactions
19. Stereochemistry – Stereoisomerism
20. Organic Compounds with Functional Groups Containing Halogens – Haloalkanes and Haloarenes, Polyhalogeno Compounds
21. Organic Compounds with Functional Groups Containing Oxygen – Alcohols, Phenols, Ethers, Some Commercially Important Compounds, Aldehydes, and Ketones, Carboxylic Acid
22. Organic Compounds with Functional Groups Containing Nitrogen – Amines
23. Polymers and Biomolecules – Polymers, Biomolecules, Reducing and Non-reducing Sugars, Polysaccharides, Proteins, Vitamins

KEAM 2023 Exam Pattern: Marking Distribution

Candidates can refer to the below table to understand the KEAM exam pattern and marking scheme.

KEAM Mark Distribution

Candidates can go through the below table to know the KEAM 2023 mark distribution:

PaperNumber of QuestionsTotal Marks
Paper 1: Physics and Chemistry120 Questions120 x 4= 480
Paper 2: Mathematics120 Questions120 x 4= 480

Marking Scheme

The negative marking in the KEAM falls under the below-mentioned conditions.

Answer Per QuestionNegative Marking
Incorrect Answer-1 Mark Will Be Deducted from the Total Score
Un-attempted QuestionNo Negative Marking
Multiple Answers for Each Question (More Than One Answer)-1 Mark Will Be Deducted from the Total Score

Tips to Prepare for KEAM Syllabus 2023

Some important tips to prepare for the KEAM 2023 are mentioned below.

  1. Know the details – Completely understand the exam pattern and the syllabus for KEAM 2023.
  2. Planning – Formulate a plan for studying, with breaks in between.
  3. Get the study material – Compile the important books with all the topics from the syllabus. Solve previous year’s papers and mock test series.
  4. Make notes – Create short notes on all the topics while studying for KEAM. Write down brief notes, summaries, and formulas. Notes come of use whenever quick revision is required.
  5. Take breaks – Take adequate amounts of breaks between study hours.
  6. Stay healthy – Eat healthily and drink plenty of water to stay fit.
  7. Previous year’s question papers – Solve the last year’s question papers to practice for KEAM 2023. This helps candidates understand the exam pattern, question weightage, frequently asked questions, and the marking scheme.
  8. Solving previous year’s KEAM question papers – It can help candidates point out their mistakes, improve their weak points and improve time management skills.
  9. Mock test  Solve mock test papers as a source of revision. Embibe provides a whole range of mock test papers for candidates to practice with the same difficulty level, exam pattern, and marking scheme.
  10. Revision – Use the short notes prepared to revise all the topics.

KEAM Mock Tests 2023

Candidates can check out the below box and attempt KEAM mock tests 2023 below.

Online Mock Test Series
Test Series 1 – Physics & Chemistry
Test Series 1 – Mathematics
Test Series 2 – Physics & Chemistry
Test Series 2 – Mathematics
Test Series 3 – Physics & Chemistry
Test Series 3 – Mathematics
Test Series 4 – Physics & Chemistry
Test Series 4 – Mathematics
Test Series 5 – Physics & Chemistry
Test Series 5 – Mathematics

While preparing for KEAM, candidates must use appropriate study material for good preparation. KEAM toppers every year recommend books to prepare for KEAM. The toppers have used these books and, thus, can be trusted completely to study for KEAM. Some recommended books candidates may refer to while preparing for KEAM 2023 are listed below.

Recommended Books for Physics Preparation

The following are the recommended books for Physics.

Name of the BookAuthor
NCERT Physics Part 1 and Part 2 Textbook for Class XIINCERT
Concepts of Physics Vol 1 and Vol 2H.C. Verma
Understanding Physics SeriesD.C. Pandey

Recommended Books for Chemistry Preparation

The following are the recommended books for Chemistry.

Name of the BookAuthor
NCERT Chemistry Part 1 and Part 2 Textbook for Class XIINCERT
Fundamentals of PhysicsHalliday, Resnick, and Walker
Physical ChemistryP. Bahadur
Inorganic Chemistry O.P. Tandon
Problems in PhysicsA.A Pinsky
Organic Chemistry (Theory & Practice)Arihant Experts

Recommended Books for Mathematics Preparation

The following are the recommended books for Mathematics.

Name of the BookAuthor
NCERT Maths Part 1 and Part 2 Textbook for Class XIINCERT 
Objective Mathematics by R.D. Sharma
Complete MathematicsMC Graw Hills
Higher AlgebraHall Knight

Recommended Books Which Covers All Subjects

The following are the books covering all subjects.

Name of the BookAuthor
Engineering Entrance Question Bank for JEE and KeralaA.C. Martin
15 Year’s Solved Papers Kerala CEE Engineering Entrance Exam Arihant Experts

You may also check:

KEAM Important Chapters 2023KEAM Previous Year Question Papers
KEAM 2023KEAM Exam Pattern 2023

Here we have provided the answers to some frequently asked questions related to KEAM 2023 Syllabus.

Q: From where can I find the KEAM syllabus?

Ans: Candidates can check this page to know the complete syllabus of KEAM 2023.

Q: What are the important topics for Calculus in the KEAM syllabus?

Ans: Important topics for Calculus provided in the KEAM Syllabus 2023 are Definite Integrals, Application of Derivatives, Functions, Limits and Continuity, Differential Equations, and Differentiation.

Q: Can you list some good books to prepare for the KEAM Physics section?

Ans: Here are some excellent books for Physics to prepare for the KEAM Syllabus 2023: NCERT Physics Part 1 and Part 2 Textbook for Class XII, Concepts of Physics Vol 1 and Vol 2 by HC Verma, and Understanding Physics Series by DC Pandey.

Q: How many papers are there in KEAM 2023 exam?

Ans: The candidates will have to attempt two papers in KEAM 2023 exam. The first paper will cover the syllabus from Physics and Chemistry, while the second paper will cover questions from Mathematics.

Q: What are the most important topics from the KEAM Chemistry syllabus?

Ans: The important topics from the KEAM Chemistry syllabus are Bonding, Atomic Structure, S, P, D, and F-block elements, and Thermodynamics.

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