Top Engineering Entrance examinations in India

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Engineering is one of the most sought after career fields in India. Though the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE – Main) is the most popular exam among the engineering aspirants, there are several other national-level undergraduate entrance exams that candidates must take to broaden their chances of admission.

Below is the list of some top engineering entrance exams in the country which every student should keep a track of:

1. JEE Main

Joint Entrance Examination or commonly known as JEE is taken by lakhs of students from all over the India and few cities from abroad. It was previously known as the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE). It is the first stage of the Joint Entrance Examination for the engineering undergraduate admissions to 32 National Institutes of Technology (NITs), 23 Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs, IIITM & IIITDM), 19 Central Government/State Government Funded Institutions, and various self financed deemed universities and other institutions. Those who manage to get a rank among the top 2.24 lakhs candidates in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main), qualify for the next stage- JEE Advanced. 

Online application for JEE Main starts in the month of November. The Paper-1 (B.E./B. Tech.) of JEE(Main) will be conducted in two separate modes i.e. Offline (Pen and Paper Based Examination) mode and Online (Computer Based Examination) mode. The Paper-2 (B. Arch./B. Planning.) of JEE (Main) will be conducted only in Pen and Paper based examination mode. A candidate will opt for either Pen and Paper Based or Computer Based examination modes for Paper-1 (B. E./B. Tech.) only. 

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must have passed in final examination of class XII or its equivalent, referred to as the qualifying examination to be able to apply for JEE Main.
  • Candidates must have taken at least five subjects in class 12th/qualifying examination in order to be eligible for writing JEE (Main).
  • Admission to NITs, IIITs and CFTIs participating though Central Seat Allocation Board is based on All India Rank in JEE Main subject to the condition that the candidates should have secured at least 75% marks in the 12th class examination, or be in the top 20 percentile in the 12th class examination conducted by the respective Boards. For SC/ST candidates the qualifying marks would be 65% in the 12th class examination. 

The number of attempts which a candidate can avail at JEE (Main) shall be limited to 03 (three).


2. JEE Advanced

The JEE Advanced is the second stage of the Joint Entrance Examination, the common entrance examination for engineering admissions to 23 IITs. It is the only gateway to get admission into undergraduate courses in the various IITs. It is considered to be the toughest engineering entrance examination in India.

Admissions to IITs are based only on category-wise All India Rank (AIR) in JEE Advanced provided such candidates are in the top 20 percentile of their respective boards.

From 2018, JEE Advanced will be conducted only in online mode



The Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test is for admissions to the engineering degree courses at the BITS campuses in Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad. It is almost as tough as the JEE Advanced, as per the statistics. BITSAT  is only held in online mode.

Candidates should have passed the 12th examination of 10+2 system from a recognized Central or State board or its equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM) and adequate proficiency in English.

The candidate should have obtained a minimum of aggregate 75% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects (if he/she has taken Mathematics in BITSAT) or a minimum of aggregate 75% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology subjects (if he/she has taken Biology in BITSAT) subjects in 12th examination, with at least 60% marks in each of the Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics / Biology subjects.



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

Candidates must have completed 10+2 from a recognised board or Intermediate or two-year pre-university examination conducted by a recognised Board or High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma or Advanced (A) level General Certificate Education (GCE) examination.

Candidates must have obtained a minimum of 60 percent aggregate in Physics, Chemistry, Maths/ Biology (50 per cent for SC/ST and candidates from North-east and Jammu Kashmir).



The Manipal University Online Entrance Test is conducted by the Manipal University for admissions to various courses in engineering at the affiliated institutes of the University.

To take the test, candidates must have passed 10+2 or A Level or IB or American 12th grade or equivalent with a minimum of 50 per cent in Physics, Mathematics and any one of the optional subjects.

Candidates must have studied Physics, Mathematics and English as compulsory subjects with optional subjects being Chemistry or Biotechnology or Biology.



The SRM University Engineering Entrance Examination is for admissions to the undergraduate engineering courses across the campuses of the SRM University – Kattankulathur, Ramapuram, Ramapuram Part II — Vadapalani and NCR Ghaziabad. 

Candidates must have passed 10+2 or equivalent from any recognized board. Candidates must have obtained a minimum aggregate of 70% marks in Physics, Chemistry and maths.



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.

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.



The Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) is conducted to admit students into engineering colleges in Karnataka.

Candidates are required to have passed 10+2 from with a minimum of 45 percent marks in PCM; the subjects should have been studied in English. Minimum marks required by the SC/ST/OBC candidates is 40 percent.
The candidates should be a resident of Karnataka possessing original proof of their residency. Candidates hailing from outside Karnataka can sit for the KCET only if they have studied seven years in Karnataka.
Candidates will be selected on the basis of marks obtained by a candidate in KCET.


Other important exams like MHTCET, KCET, AP EAMCET, UPSEE , KIITEE are very popular at state level.

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