Note these points on fee payment, refund and penalty

The second round of seat allocation for the Kerala Engineering Architecture Medical (KEAM) admissions process is underway. Candidates need to be very careful at this stage as a simple mistake can jeopardize their overall chances of admission and even result in financial loss. Many candidates are often confused about fee payment regulations.

allocation notice
The Commissioner for Entrance Examinations (CEE) would publish the details of each round of the KEAM 2022 allocation on the notification link on the website

The candidate should take the printed copy of the assignment notice that appears on their home page. The allocation memo would include the candidate’s name, role number, course/college/category allocated and the amount payable as fees. The final date for payment of the fee will be stated in the decision.

fee payment
Candidates must note that the fee is not paid to the respective colleges, but to the CEE account. The fee could be paid online or through the main post offices in Kerala. Those who fail to pay the fee on time would lose that allocation and the higher options in that stream. You wouldn’t get another chance to keep these.

However, if a candidate who missed their chance in the Engineering track has applied for the Medical track, he/she will be considered for it. If they are of sufficient rank to be considered for the course, they will be placed in the medical branch.

additional amount
Those who paid fees in the first round often get confused about the fee structure when they receive another allocation in the second round. If the second allotment has a higher fee than the first round, the instructions in the allotment memo would recommend that you only pay the additional amount.

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This amount should be paid at the right time on behalf of CEE. However, if the fee in the second round is lower than the fee the candidate paid in the first round, he/she does not need to pay any additional amount.

If this is your final allocation, the additional amount will be refunded upon completion of the admissions process. This procedure would be applicable if there are additional rounds after the second round. The candidate only has to pay the fee for the course he/she selects and opts for. The CEE would then pay this amount to the college the candidate has joined.

The candidate does not need to submit a separate application for reimbursement of the additional fee amount.

The same procedure would also apply if the candidate was assigned a self-financing private university in the first round, since the fee is not paid to the respective universities but to the account of the CEE. The fee paid for the private college placement would be remitted should the candidate receive a public/sponsored college placement in the next round. Then the candidate only has to pay the additional amount.

Refund norms for courses
A) AICTE-approved courses: Technical and pharmaceutical courses fall into this category.

If the candidate leaves the college before the start of the class, the fee will be refunded after deducting Rs 1,000 as an administration fee. Institutions would not confiscate students’ credentials. If the student departs after the class has started and another student takes the place, the fee will be refunded after deducting Rs 1,000 and other additional costs.

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Regardless of when the student graduates, the college is not entitled to fees for subsequent years. Colleges should return transcripts and refund fees within seven days after the student applies to leave the institution.

B) Courses without AICTE accreditation: Those who cancel their accreditation and apply for a Transfer Certificate (TC) before the CEE issues a notification are entitled to a full refund. However, those who leave the course after this date will not receive a refund; They also have to pay compensation. Anyone who has not joined after accepting the final allocation loses their contribution and must pay the compensation.

Juicy fine
Those candidates who enter a state MBBS seat at a state/supported medical college and then exit the course after final allocation in the same academic year should pay a fine of Rs 10 lakh. That’s Rs 5 lakh for BDS. These candidates are not allowed to participate in entrance exams or assignments administered by the CEE for the next two years.

If the candidate fails to pay the fine, the amount will be collected as part of the government’s tax collection process. The candidate’s caste or income would not be taken into account in such cases.

In other subjects, however, the requirements are not so strict. Regardless of the type of college, the student has to pay Rs 75,000 as a penalty if he quits the course after the last allocation in the same academic year. However, candidates from Registered Castes/Tribes, Other Eligible Communities (OEC) and Keralites who leave the course to attend another course do not have to pay the fine if their annual family income is less than Rs 75,000.

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