Engineering entrance examinations in India

Engineering entrance examinations in India

Engineering is one of the most sought after career fields in India. Come rain or sun, sitting for engineering entrance exams, either for one’s own interest in the field or to satisfy one’s parents, are a must for almost every Indian student.

Listed below are the top 10 engineering entrance exams in the country along with their 2016 exam dates, which every student should keep a track of:


Previously known as the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE), those who manage to get a rank among the top 1.5 lakh candidates in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main), advance to the next stage- JEE Advanced.

The Paper-1 (B. E./B. Tech.) of JEE (Main) will also be an eligibility test for the JEE (Advanced), which the candidate has to take if he/she is aspiring for the admissions in he undergraduate programmes offered by the IITs.

Admission test for undergraduate engineering programmes in:
30 National Institutes of Technology (NITs)
23 Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs, IIITM and IIITDM)
16 Central Government/State Government Funded Institutions
Various self financed deemed universities and other institutions
Institutions in the states of Gujarat, Nagaland, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Odisha, which were earlier admitting based on their State Level Examination, have joined the JEE (Main) system too.

Eligibility criteria:
Candidates must have passed in final examination of class 12 or its equivalent with five subjects.
Class 12 results of candidates will be a factor only in determining the eligibility criteria and not the JEE rankings from 2017 onwards. To qualify for appearing in exam, students need to have at least 75 percent marks or be in top 20 percentile in their Class 12 examination. The SC/ST/OBC students should have 65 percent marks.
Candidates can attempt JEE Main for a maximum of three times.

2. JEE Advanced

The JEE Advanced in the only gateway to bag one of the 10,000 odd seats for undergraduate studies in the various IITs. It is considered to be the toughest engineering entrance examination in India.

Admission test for:
23 IITs in India

Eligibility criteria:
Candidates have to be among the top 1,50,000 rank holders in JEE Main.


The Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test (BITSAT) is almost as tough as the JEE Advanced, as per the statistics. BITSAT 2016 will be held in online mode i.e. it will be a Computer Based Test (CBT).

Admission test for:
Engineering degree courses in BITS campuses in Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad.

Eligibility criteria:
Only those aspirants with a minimum of 75 percent marks in PCM in their class 12 Board exams are eligible for it.
Candidates having first rank in all the central and state boards in India for the year 2016 will be given direct admission to the programme of their choice, irrespective of their BITSAT 2016 score as per the eligibility criteria mentioned above.


The VIT Engineering Entrance Examination (VITEEE) is conducted by the Vellore Institute of Technology for admission to 5,000 engineering seats. It is counted as one of the best private engineering colleges of India.

Admission test for: 
Engineering degree courses in VIT Vellore and VIT Chennai.

Eligibility criteria:
Candidates should have secured an aggregate of 60 percent in PCM/PCB in plus two examinations (or its equivalent). The aggregate should be 50 percent for SC/ST/OBC, J&K and Northeast states candidates.


The West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) is a popular engineering exam of the country taken by more than 2 lakh candidates every year. the WBJEE is considered to be more of a test evaluating the speed of person to solve problems rather than intellectual depth.

Admission test for: 
All the engineering colleges in the state of West Bengal.

Eligibility criteria: 
Candidates must have passed higher secondary (10+2) examination of West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education or equivalent examination from a recognized council/board.
Candidates seeking admission to government engineering/technology colleges, reserve category seats of any institution, including TFW category seats, must be domicile of West Bengal.


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