Kerala State Counseling Procedures

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Commissioner of Entrance Examinations (CEE) is the governing body for conducting the counseling process within Kerala. Within the state, 15% of All India Quota counseling is conducted by DGHS, whereas the rest 85% is conducted by the state governing body. After the declaration of NEET score, the governing body conducts the counseling for the eligible students.

Centralized Admission Process or CAP is conducted by CEE through Kerala Architecture, Engineering and Medical / KEAM to admit students to seats available in Government, Government controlled self-financed and private self-financed colleges of Kerala. This is conducted as per the state rank prepared on the basis of NEET scores.

Counselling Updates 2021 by CEE Kerala

Provisional Category list published for Medical, Medical Allied and Ayurveda Course20/12/2021
Medical & Medical Allied, and Ayurveda – Rank lists published14/12/2021
Medical and Medical Allied Courses : Facility for uploading certificates to prove various reservation claims and rectifying the defects in the certificates already uploaded4/12/2021
Attention to NRI candidates1/12/2021
Time extended for submission of NEET (UG) – 2021 details27/11/2021

Kerala NEET Cut-off 2020

College NameGeneral RankSEBC-EZH AVA RankSC RankST RankEWS RankAll India Merit Rank
Al-Azhar Medical College and Super Speciality Hospital, Thodupuzha8351922415128238595922
Amala institute of Medical Sciences, Amalanagar229424771191220450
Azeezia Medical College, Meeyannoor6646721014363222805721
Believers Church Medical College Hospital, Thiruvalla3981420813476216853511
DM WIMS Medical College and Hospital, Meppadi6821819014769222094440
Dr Somervell Memorial CSI Medical College and Hospital, Karakonam541862061427021947
Government Medical College, Ernakulam80822029077167172232
Government Medical College, Kannur95322039092176302548
Government Medical College, Kollam79022359359187002858
Government Medical College, Kottayam669842737015074
Government Medical College, Kozhikode328613508912325840
Government Medical College, Manjeri96222419295191133129
Government Medical College, Palakkad223612513192722806
Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram4526655977156981363
Government Medical College, Thrissur7489697404163131819
Jubilee Mission Medical College and Research Institute, Thrissur2114239112665
Karuna Medical College, Palakkad58126889141462936
KMCT Medical College, Manassery54306163134664571
Malabar Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Modakkallur6662747414603226434551
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Medical College, Kolenchery252225891268819713
MES Academy of Medical Sciences, Malaparamba28972983126012737
Mount Zion Medical College Hospital, Ezhamkulam69977740147046097
PK Das Institute of Medical Sciences, Ottapalam8955964514986228396291
Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Science and Research Centre, Thiruvalla261926681284020792
Sree Gokulam Medical College, Venjaramoodu4466527813837207953121
Sree Narayana Institute of Medical Sciences, Chalakka7650832514728202175266
Sree Uthradom Thirunal Academy of Medical Sciences, Vencode5331630014979237652781
T D Medical College, Alappuzha95511408899174602154
Travancore Medical College, Kollam4115454613362224423383

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Table of content

  • NEET admission Highlights
  • Important dates
  • Admission Procedures
  • Eligibility criteria
  • Application Form
  • NEET cut-off 2020 for Kerala
  • Merit List
  • NEET counseling 2021
  • Counseling process
  • Documents required for counseling
  • Seat Matrix
  • FAQs

NEET admission Highlights

Counseling BodyKEAM
Courses offeredMBBS/BDS
Results acceptedNEET
EligibilityNEET Qualified
Participating collegesGovernment and private colleges
Seats available85% government and 100% private
No of counseling roundsRound 1, Round 2, and Mop-up
Types of seatsGovernment, Govt. Aided, Private & NRI
CategoriesGeneral, SC, ST, OBC, EWS
No. of collegesGovernment: 10 Deemed: 1 Private: 19
Recognized collegesGovernment: 9 Private: 18 Deemed: 1
Permitted collegesGovernment: 1 Private: 1 Deemed: 0

Important Dates

Serial NumberEventsDatesTentative Dates for 2019
1.Release of Online Application Form  
2.Last date of submission of online application  
3.Declaration of Provisional State merit List  
4.Verification of Documents  
5.First round of Counseling  
6.Last date to report to the allotted college  
7.Second round of Counseling  
8.Last date to report to the allotted college  
9.Counseling for Mop up round  
10.Last day to report to the allotted college  

Admission Procedures and Counseling body

  • First fill up the NEET application form online
  • Generation of admit card
  • NEET entrance examination
  • Declaration of Result
  • College/State wise counseling
  • Seat Allotment
  • Admission

Important Links

NEET UGClick Here
NEET Mock TestClick Here
NEET Study MaterialClick Here
NEET Question BankClick Here
Sample PaperClick Here

Eligibility Criteria

  • Only the citizens of India or Person of Indian Origin are eligible for the counseling procedure.
  • 17 years is the minimum age of the candidates to take the admission in the medical colleges in Kerala.
  • The candidates must have cleared NEET UG exam with specified qualifying marks and percentile to be considered eligible for admission.

Candidates must be native of Kerala in order to be eligible to apply. On the basis of nativity candidates are categorized in following manner:-

  • Keralite: Online a Keralite candidate is eligible to claim admission on the basis of communal reservation.
  • Children of All India Service, Non-Keralite officers allotted in Kerala cadre will also be considered as Keralite but will not be considered for Communal/Special/PwD reservation or any fee concession.
  • Non-Keralite Category: This includes candidates who are not of Kerala origin but fulfill either of the criteria given below:
  • Completed qualifying course from Kerala and is son/daughter of Non-Keralite Employee of Government of India or defence posted in Kerala.
  • Completed qualifying course from Kerala and is son/daughter of Non-Keralite Employee / ex- employee of Government of Kerala for minimum of two years.
  • Residing in Kerala for minimum of 5 years including the qualifying year of Class 12 examination.
  • Studied in Kerala from Class 8 to 12

Apart from this the candidates should pass class 12 examinations with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English from a recognized board of education. To be eligible for the examination, the unreserved category candidate must secure 50% marks while that of PH category and unreserved category candidates must have secured 45%. And 40% for reserved category including PH reserved.

Candidates should also secure the minimum qualifying percentile in the NEET UG Exam as per the qualifying criteria mentioned in the table below.

Minimum qualifying criteria to take admissions in Kerala

Government Seats

Course(s)Compulsory Qualifying RequirementsGeneral CategoryGeneral PH CategoryReserved Category (SC/ST/OBC/PH)
              MBBS/BDS1Higher Secondary or Equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry & Biology50%45%40%
2Qualifying Percentile in NEET in the academic year504540

Management Seats

Course(s)Compulsory Qualifying RequirementsGeneral CategoryGeneral PH CategoryReserved Category (SC/ST/OBC/PH)
              MBBS/BDS1Higher Secondary or Equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry & Biology- Theory and Practical50%45%40%
2Qualifying Percentile in NEET in the academic year504540

NRI Seats

ExaminationAll Candidates
Higher Secondary or Equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry & Biology- Theory and Practical50%

Reservation Policy

  • In Government or Government supported Medical or Dental colleges, state institutions, grant-in-aid colleges and other institutions offering MBBS and BDS the admission will be taken under two segregates- 15% All India Quota Seats and 85% State Quota Seats. DGHS will conduct the counseling process of 15% All India Quota seats while CEE, the state governing body will conduct the counseling for the rest 85% of the seats on the basis of reservation through KEAM.
  • . In Private medical or dental colleges, the seats will be divided homogenously into 50% for State Quota and 50% for Management quota. Within this 50% state quota seats, the admissions will be done following the reservation policy of the state.
  • The reservation policy of the state is segregated into different categories in the table below.

Top MBBS Colleges in India

Top Government Colleges in IndiaTop Private Colleges in India
Top Colleges in KarnatakaTop Colleges in Maharashtra
Top Colleges in Tamil NaduTop Colleges in Andhra Pradesh
Top Colleges in Uttar PradeshTop Colleges in Rajasthan
Top Colleges in West BengalTop Colleges in Kerala
Top Colleges in Madhya PradeshTop Colleges in Bihar

Application Form

The candidates who want to get into MBBS and BDS courses from government and private colleges in Kerala need to fill the NEET counseling form in Kerala. You need to fill the counseling application form on the official website of KEAM.

Step 1: Visit the official KEAM website   

Step 2: Once you have registered, you will get a user ID and password. You need to log in with the credentials and fill in the NEET Kerala application form 2021. You need to fill in your personal information like your name, father’s name, mother’s name, address, mobile number, DOB, category, identification marks, nationality, and more.

Step 3: You need to choose the course and college you want to get into. The MBBS admissions in Kerala are based on the state merit position and the availability of seats.

Step 4: Fill in all your academic details, including your class 10 and class 12 marks.

Step 5: You need to check the declaration form, which mentions that all the information you filled in is valid. In case of discrepancies, legal actions will be taken.

NEET cut-off 2020 for Kerala

Here is the Kerala NEET cut off 2020

General PH146-129
SC/ST/OBC- PH128-113

NEET Merit List: Kerala

CEE will publish the merit list of the qualified candidates. The candidates who will register online for the counseling process are the only eligible one for 85% state quota counseling. The admission committee also releases the list of disqualified candidates. As per the secured ranks, the governing body will conduct the counseling process of the candidates. After the declaration of NEET UG merit list, the candidates will be eligible to appear for the state quota counseling. The state quota merit list will be available online it also includes the candidate’s name, father’s name, category, NEET roll number, NEET marks and State merit rank.  The candidates as per their merit rank are allowed to appear in the process for admission to MBBS/BDS courses in the colleges/institutions in Kerala.

Steps to check NEET merit list online

  • The candidates have to visit the official website of CEE to check their names in the merit list.
  • The updated merit list will be shown to the candidates after entering User ID and Password.
  • Candidates need to click on the ‘Search’ button to check their merit rank. Then they match their name and roll number in the merit list.
  • The State Rank as derived from NEET scores is also mentioned in the merit list.
  • The candidate has to take a print out of the merit list.

NEET Cutoff 2020

NEET 2020 Cut-off MaharashtraNEET 2020 Cut-off Tamil Nadu
NEET 2020 Cut-off Andhra PradeshNEET 2020 Cut-off Telangana
NEET 2020 Cut-off RajasthanNEET 2020 Cut-off Bihar
NEET 2020 Cut-off KarnatakaNEET 2020 Cut-off West Bengal
NEET 2020 Cut-off KeralaNEET 2020 Cut-off Uttar Pradesh
NEET 2020 Cut-off DelhiNEET 2020 Cut-off Odisha
NEET 2020 Cut-off HaryanaNEET 2020 Cut-off Punjab
NEET 2020 Cut-off Jharkhand NEET 2020 Cut-off Madhya Pradesh
NEET 2020 Cut-off Chhattisgarh NEET 2020 Cut-off Assam

NEET counseling

The admissions to MBBS/BDS are made through the MCC counseling process based on the NEET UG score. Candidates who qualify for the NEET exam can also apply for NEET admission to medical colleges. The NEET-UG counseling process is based on the All India Quota, State Quota, and Deemed Universities.

Process of NEET counseling in Kerala

Online Application/Registration: The interested candidates have to register online by filling up necessary details and paying non-refundable counseling fee in the official website of the governing authority. Candidates need to fill in the required details regarding their personal as well as educational information. The candidates will get user ID and password after the completion of the process.

College/Institute Selection: The candidates will be able to access the complete list of colleges both medical and dental in Kerala, and they have to pick the courses/college/institution they wish to join. Candidates will be able to fill in as many choices in the decreasing order of preference. They can keep a printout of the option filing sheet for future reference before submitting the online registration form. Candidates have to fill in fresh choices for the second round of counseling as per the available vacant seat as because the choices made in the previous round will not be considered.

Certificate/Document Verification: The candidates have to bring their original certificates/documents along with the self attested copies and passport size photos to the counseling centres to get verified on scheduled date and time. The documents in particular, NEET scores will be verified by the counseling committee.

Merit List declaration: Kerala state merit lists includes common merit list and reserved category merit lists including names of registered candidates will be displayed on the official website of CEE.

Admission & Seat Allotment: The counseling will be conducted in two rounds i.e., first and second. Results of seat allotment of every round will be displayed in the official website of the CEE. Admission will be based on NEET UG score and choices filled in by the candidates at times of filling up of the application form.

Reporting: Candidates have to report to the concerned college for admission with relevant certificates and documents for verification and prescribed tuition fees.

Documents required for counseling:

  • NEET UG admit card
  • NEET UG result/score card
  • Class 10 and 12 examination certificate and mark sheet
  • Proof of Nativity
  • Non-Creamy layer certificate from concerned Village Officer for community reservation claims.
  • Community certificate in original from relevant Tahsildar in case of applying for SC/ST quota.
  • Original Certificates in support for claims for special reservation in case applying for special reservation quota seats.
  • Inter-caste marriage certificate from concerned Tahsildar if applicable
  • Self-attested copy of medical certificate from District Medical Board in case applying for PwD quota
  • Income Certificate, if applicable
  •  NCC Certificate, if applicable
  • Sports Certificate, if applicable
  • Any other certificate, as applicable

Counseling procedure highlights

Seat Matrix as per reservation policy in Govt./ Govt. Aided Medical/Dental Colleges and State Quota seats in Private Medical/Dental Colleges:

Types of reservationCategoryReservation
1Scheduled Caste10%
2Scheduled Tribe10%
3Socially Economic and Backward Classes30%

Special Category Reservation in Government Medical and Dental Colleges:

Government Medical Colleges
CategoryTotal Seats
Ex-Servicemen Quota6
Defence Killed in Action5
Serving Defence Quota2
Jew Community1
Sports Quota7
NCC Quota2
                                                                Government Dental Colleges
Ex-Servicemen Quota2
Defence Killed in Action1
Serving Defence Quota1
Jew Community1
Sports Quota2
NCC Quota1

 State Medical Cutoffs:

The NEET 2018 ranks and marks secured by the last candidates to secure seats in the Government Medical Colleges of Kerala are given below based on the data available by Medical Counseling Committee (MCC) and State Counseling Authority, to be used for reference purpose only:

Admission Cancellation and Fee Refund:

  • If a seat has been allotted to a candidate after first round of allotment, it is compulsory for the candidate to remit the fee and report to the college for admission, even if s/he is not satisfied with the allotment. Only after fee is remitted and the candidate has reported for admission to the college, s/he will be allowed to move to further rounds of allotment process.
  • Candidates, who fail to remit the fee in stipulated period of time, i.e. the last date as prescribed, will lose their present allotment and as well as all other existing options one registered at the time of registration of options. This would eventually stop them from going further in the subsequent counselling phases.
  • The requisite fee as applicable for the seat allotted will be mentioned in allotment memo issued by CEE and it will have to be remitted online to the account of CEE in specified branches of SBT (State Bank of Travancore). The time schedule for remittance of fee will be notified by CEE after seat allotment. After the fee is remitted, the bank will issue a receipt which should be printed by the candidate from online payment page, as a proof of remittance of fee.
  • In case one doesn’t receive any allotment on first stage, they would not need to remit any fee. However, they will have to go through fee remittance and admission process, as and when they are allotted a seat. Failure to remit the fee after allotment will lead to deletion of all the options from the candidate’s registration page and no further chance will be given to re-enter the options.
  • Candidates who have paid excess admission fee: If a candidate has paid any excess fee (in case admission fee for seat allotted in subsequent phases was lesser than earlier allotted seat), it will be refunded to candidates after the process of seat allotment and admissions for that year closes. It must be noted that no interest will be paid to such candidates.
  • Candidates who cancel their admission before last date: If a candidate who took admission in a particular course and college, cancels his/her admission before the last date or last allotment notified by CEE, by obtaining a transfer certificate, he/she will be eligible for refund of fees.

Choice Filling for 2021 MCC counseling

MaharashtraTamil NaduRajasthan
BiharAndhra PradeshTelangana
KeralaUttar PradeshJharkhand
West BengalOdishaHaryana
Himachal PradeshMeghalayaMadhya Pradesh
Jammu & KashmirTripuraDelhi


  1. Is there any security deposit for NEET MBBS counseling Kerala?

No, there is no security deposit for NEET counseling in Kerala

  1. Can I sit for the mop-up round if I do not apply for NEET counseling round 1?

No, the NEET counseling applications open only once before the Kerala NEET UG counseling Round 1.

  1. What are the important documents required in NEET counseling apart from NEET Rank Card, 10th and 12th mark sheet?

You need to have a transfer certificate at the time of the mop-up round allotment and while taking admission into a medical college.

  1. Is there any bank guarantee in the Private MBBS colleges in Kerala?

No, there is no bank guarantee in the Kerala Private Medical colleges.

  1. Which one is the best Private medical college in Kerala?

Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, Jubilee Mission Medical College and Research Institute, and Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Medical College are among the top MBBS colleges in Kerala.

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