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Top Engineering Exams in India

By: Avantika Bhardwaj on December 27, 2019

A fortunate career in the field of Engineering has always been a dream of many students and Engineering itself is one of the most sought-after programs in the country. Students' love for engineering and technology turns their dream into passion and it can be easily seen in the increasing number of applications received every year. There are various engineering entrance examinations conducted every year across the country. These exams are conducted at the National, University, and State level to make it possible for students residing even in the smallest of the villages to register themselves for the exams and pursue their career in the field of engineering. These exams provide a platform for all the aspirants to become a part of elite and well-known engineering institutions offered by the nation. There are various institutes that have been set up to make education accessible to students hailing from different segments of society.

  • Qualifying one of the top engineering entrance examinations holds its significance as it gets students admission to a university or institute which is known for its healthy and proficient education system.
  • Bright future and successful career are what every engineering aspirant dreams for and qualifying an engineering exam can help them take one step towards their destination.

Top Engineering Exams in India

We have seen that the institutes that are leading in the list of top engineering institutions are the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the National Institutes of Technology (NITs), and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IITs). These institutes not only help students gain quality education but also provides them with even better job opportunities down the line. The secret of admission to one of these institutes resides in qualifying top engineering examination conducted across the country.

This article is an attempt to help students gain knowledge about top engineering entrance examinations they can apply for. The list of such exams is long but here, in this article, I have chosen to represent the top 10 engineering entrance examinations.

List of Top 10 Engineering Entrance Examinations

The Top 10 Engineering Exams is given below along with some of the vital details of respective examination. The list has been made considering all the important aspects an engineering examination must hold or possess. Since the demand of engineering programs has increased over the past few years, the below listed exams are popular and unique in their own ways.

  1. JEE Main

    The Joint Entrance Examination Main shortened as JEE Main is the prominent entrance exam and the exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) at the national level. The exam used to be conducted once a year by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and now since the conducting body has been changed to NTA, the exam is being conducted twice a year i.e. in the month of January and April. Another change that has been brought by NTA is, the exam is now conducted through computer-based mode.

    JEE Main 2020 is scheduled to be conducted from 6th January 2020 to 11th January 2020

    Qualifying JEE Main would help students get admission to the Indian Institutes of Information Technology, the National Institutes of Technology, and many other well-known engineering institutes of the country. The number of applications received every year easily reaches 10 lakhs. The duration of the exam is 3 hours i.e. 180 minutes and the questions asked are of multiple-choice type. There are three papers conducted through JEE Main i.e. Paper 1, Paper 2, and Paper 3 for admission to B. Tech/B. E. and B. Arch, and B. Planning respectively.

    Following are some of the features of JEE Main:

    Name of Examination

    JEE Main

    Conducting Body

    National Testing Agency

    Official Website

    Jeemain.nic.in

    Duration

    3 hours i.e. 180 minutes

    Periodicity

    Twice a year

    Type of Questions

    Multiple Choice Type

  2. JEE Advanced

    JEE Advanced is another national level entrance examination which is also the next step to qualifying JEE Main examination. It can also be considered the second stage of the JEE hierarchy but is conducted once a year. The seven zonal Indian Institutes of Technology serve to be the examination conducting body with the guidance of Joint Admission Board (JAB). Qualifying JEE Advanced is the only way to get through admission to Bachelor's, Integrated Master's, and Dual Degree programs offered by IITs currently operating in India. The top 2.4 lakh scorers or rank holders of JEE Main are shortlisted for JEE Advanced.

    JEE Advanced is scheduled to be conducted on 17th May 2020

    Students can apply for the exam by visiting the official website of JEE Advanced i.e. jeeadv.ac.in. The examination is conducted online and there are two papers namely Paper 1 and Paper 2. In the academic year of 2020, the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi widely referred to as IIT Delhi is going to conduct the examination.

    Following are some of the features of JEE Advanced:

    Name of Examination

    JEE Advanced

    Conducting Body

    Indian Institutes of Technology under the guidance of Joint Admission Board

    Official Website

    Jeeadv.ac.in

    Duration

    3 hours i.e. 180 minutes

    Periodicity

    Once a year

    Type of Questions

    Multiple Choice Type

    Note* The number of students that will be shortlisted for JEE Advanced has been increased by 10,000.

  3. BITSAT

    The Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test is widely known as BITSAT and the exam is conducted by BITS Pilani at the university level for admission to programs at the undergraduate level offered at BITS campuses in Pilani, Hyderabad, and Goa. The examination is usually conducted in the month of May every year. Candidates willing to take BITSAT must ensure that they pass 12th class with at least 60% marks in aggregate with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as compulsory subjects. It is a computer-based test consisting of 150 questions of multiple-choice type.

    The registration procedure of BITSAT 2020 is expected to begin in January 2020

    The question paper of BITSAT is divided into four sections namely Physics, Chemistry, English Proficiency, and Logical Reasoning which need to be completed in 3 hours of duration.

    Following are some of the features of BITSAT:

    Name of Examination

    BITSAT

    Conducting Body

    BITS Pilani

    Official Website

    bitsadmission.com

    Duration

    3 hours i.e. 180 minutes

    Periodicity

    Once a year

    Type of Questions

    Multiple Choice Type

  4. MET

    The Manipal Entrance Test (MET) is conducted by Manipal Academy of Higher Education which was previously known as Manipal University. The entrance examination is conducted online for admission to various undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs. The exam is conducted online and in three slots in a day. The application procedure of MET is scheduled to continue until the month of March 2020. MET which was earlier known as MU OET is a university level entrance examination which brings in more than 50,000 applicants every year. There are 16 engineering courses to which admission is offered by the university. The questions are of multiple-choice type in which a question is given with four possible answer options out of which one is correct.

    In order to apply for the exam, interested candidates must visit the official website of Manipal University i.e. www.manipal.edu. There is no minimum or maximum age limit to apply for the exam provided students fulfill the other eligibility criteria for admission.

    Following are some of the features of MET:

    Name of Examination

    MET

    Conducting Body

    Manipal Academy of Higher Education

    Official Website

    www.manipal.edu

    Duration

    2 hours and 30 minutes i.e. 150 minutes

    Periodicity

    Once a year

    Type of Questions

    Multiple Choice Type

  5. VITEEE

    The next and another popular exam in the list is Vellore Institute of Technology Engineering Entrance Examination which is widely known as VITEEE. It is one institute level entrance examination popular amongst engineering aspirants. As the name suggests, the exam is conducted by Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore once a year for admission to its B. Tech programs. The institute offers almost 5000 engineering seats for eligible aspirants. The examination is conducted through computer-based test and around 2 lakhs of students appear every year.

    The question paper consists of 125 questions of multiple-choice type which students must complete in 2.5 hours. The question paper is divided in five sections namely Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Aptitude, and English Comprehension.

    Following are some of the features of VITEEE:

    Name of Examination

    VITEEE

    Conducting Body

    Vellore Institute of Technology

    Official Website

    vit.ac.in

    Duration

    2 hours and 30 minutes i.e. 150 minutes

    Periodicity

    Once a year

    Type of Questions

    Multiple Choice Type

  6. SRMJEEE

    SRMJEEE stands for SRM Joint Engineering Entrance Examination is one of the prominent entrance exams conducted across the country for admission to engineering programs offered by its campuses in Kattankulathur, Ramapuram, Vadapalani, and Delhi-NCR. As the name itself says, SRM Institute of Science and Technology is the conducting authority of SRMJEEE. The institute offers around 7000 seats for eligible engineering aspirants.

    The application window or SRMJEEE 2020 opened on 28th October 2019 and interested students can apply until 30th March 2020. One of the important aspects of the exam is the exam is being conducted across 125 test centers across India.

    Candidates who belong to the top 1000 IIT JEE Rank holders are eligible for direct admission. The top rank holders of central or state board examination are also eligible for direct admission.

    Following are some of the features of SRMJEEE:

    Name of Examination

    SRMJEEE

    Conducting Body

    SRM University

    Official Website

    srmist.edu.in

    Duration

    2 hours and 30 minutes i.e. 150 minutes

    Periodicity

    Once a year

    Type of Questions

    Multiple Choice Type

  7. IPU-CET

    Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test shortened as IPU-CET is another important examination conducted at the university level. The exam is conducted by Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate programs offered by the university in the field of Engineering, Medical, Dental, Law, and Management. There are various slots under which the process of examination is executed.

    The registration procedure of IPU CET is most likely to be started in the month of March 2020 and students who wish to register themselves for the exam can do so by visiting the official website of IPU i.e. ipu.ac.in. It is a paper and pen-based examination and there are over 81 colleges that accept IPU CET score to shortlist candidates for admission to various programs offered by them.

    • The exam is conducted in over 15 cities across the country and candidates registering themselves are free to choose their preferred exam center while filling the application form.

    Following are some of the features of IPU-CET:

    Name of Examination

    IPU CET

    Conducting Body

    Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University

    Official Website

    ipu.ac.in

    Duration

    2 hours and 30 minutes i.e. 150 minutes

    Periodicity

    Once a year

    Type of Questions

    Multiple Choice Type

  8. KIITEE

    Another entrant in the list is Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology Entrance Examination commonly referred to as KIITEE. Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar conducts KIITEE for admission to its undergraduate as well as postgraduate programs. The exam is conducted online and once a year and candidates who qualify the exam are shortlisted for admission. The question paper is divided in 3 sections namely Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Candidates appearing for the exam must score the minimum qualifying score to get admission to programs offered.

    The exam is scheduled to be conducted in over 60 centers across India.

    The eligibility criteria to apply for KIITEE vary from one to another course. Students applying for the exam must ensure that they fulfill the minimum eligibility criteria defined by the institute.

    Following are some of the features of KIITEE:

    Name of Examination

    KIITEE

    Conducting Body

    Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar

    Official Website

    kiitee.kiit.ac.in

    Duration

    3 hours i.e. 180 minutes

    Periodicity

    Once a year

    Type of Questions

    Multiple Choice Type

  9. COMEDK UGET

    COMEDK UGET (Undergraduate Entrance Test) is an entrance examination conducted by Consortium of Medical, Engineering, and Dental Colleges of Karnataka which is shortened as COMEDK. It is a state level entrance examination. Interested candidates can apply on the official website of comedk.org by filling the application form and making the payment of application fee. It is a computer-based test qualifying which would get students admission to engineering and medical colleges that are affiliated to COMEDK.  

    Following are some of the features of COMEDK UGET:

    Name of Examination

    COMEDK UGET

    Conducting Body

    Consortium of Medical, Engineering, and Dental Colleges of Karnataka

    Official Website

    comedk.org

    Duration

    3 hours i.e. 180 minutes

    Periodicity

    Once a year

    Type of Questions

    Multiple Choice Type

  10. AMUEEE

    The last but not the least in the list is Aligarh Muslim University Engineering Entrance Examination shortened as AMUEEE. Aligarh Muslim University is the conducting authority of AMUEEE, and the exam is conducted once a year for admission to B. Tech and B. Arch programs offered by the university. Candidates are shortlisted based on their score and rank obtained by them in the entrance exam and are given admission.

    The exam is expected to be conducted in the fourth week of May 2020.

     It is a university level entrance examination wherein the question paper consists of 3 sections namely Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics to be completed in 3 hours i.e. 180 minutes of duration. The questions asked in the exam are of multiple-choice type with four options to each question out of which one is correct.

    Following are some of the features of AMUEEE:

    Name of Examination

    AMUEEE

    Conducting Body

    Aligarh Muslim University

    Official Website

    www.amu.ac.in

    Duration

    3 hours i.e. 180 minutes

    Periodicity

    Once a year

    Type of Questions

    Multiple Choice Type

So, here was the list of the top engineering exams in India to help students choose which exam they should apply for in order to become a part of the institution to pursue their engineering career from.

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