Top 10 Engineering Entrance Examinations in India

Published on : 4th July 2018
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In India, a career in engineering is highly appreciated. Not only does it bring a good reputation, but it has amazing monetary benefits. This has certainly piqued the interests of students who after passing Class 12th or graduation aim at getting a seat in the IITs, IIITs, NITs, etc. However, the journey is not that easy. One has to burn the midnight oil to get a seat in these elite institutes. With lakhs of aspirants taking various engineering entrance exams every year, the level of the tests is also getting stringent to more stringent.

Entrance exams have different levels or stages, such as - university level, national level and state level. Such entrance examinations are conducted by various authorities that organise the exam, declare the result and eventually, pave the way for admission to top-notch engineering institutes. Pursuing an engineering course from a reputable institute will also have good job prospects down the line.

If you are one of the aspirants who wish to get into India’s leading engineering institutes like Indian Institutes of Technology and National Institutes of Technology, you have got to check the following list, which consists of popular exams like Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main and Advance, Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), UPSEE, etc.

Before you prepare for any random entrance exam, better have a look at the list and choose the right examination that leads to the best engineering colleges in India. Listed below are the following top 10 Engineering entrance exams held in India -

  1. IIT JEE Main Exam 2019
  2. IIT JEE Advanced Exam 2019
  3. GATE Exam 2019
  4. UPSEE/AKTU Exam 2019
  5. BITSAT Exam 2019
  6. VITEEE Exam 2019
  7. IPU CET Exam 2019
  8. COMEDK Exam 2019
  9. KCET Exam 2019
  10. MHT CET Exam 2019

Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2019:

One of the most sought-after engineering entrance tests in the country is Joint Entrance Examination or JEE. Clearing the exam would get you a seat in the best engineering colleges in India - IITs, IIITs, NITs, CFTIs (Centrally Funded Technical Institutes), etc. Candidates can pursue undergraduate courses like B.Tech/B.E and B.Arch/B.Planning. Recently, the National Testing Agency has taken over the duties of managing JEE Main from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). NTA will now conduct the exam twice in a year.

The NTA JEE Main exam will be conducted in the online mode. Let’s take a look at the dates of NTA JEE Main 2019 –

NTA JEE Main 2019 Exam Events

Important Dates

Availability of application form (January)

01-September-2018

Last date for application submission

30-September-2018

Exam commencement date

06-January-2019 to 20-January-2019

Declaration of result

First week of February 2019

 

 

Availability of application form (April)

Second week of February 2019

Exam commencement date

Between 07-April-2019 to 21-April-2019

Declaration of result

May 2019


IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2019:

The second stage of the Joint Entrance Exam, JEE Advanced is organised for admission to various B.Tech., Integrated M. Tech. and B.Tech/M.Tech dual degree courses in engineering, architecture, pharmaceuticals and science in all 23 IITs in the country. However, IIT conducts JEE Advanced exam on a rotational basis. The IIT JEE Advanced 2018 was organised by IIT Kanpur.

Candidates after qualifying the JEE Main exam are considered eligible for the Advanced exam. The exam is conducted in online mode and has two papers. Students interested in pursuing B.E/B.Tech can take the Paper 1 exam. Those who wish to take B.Planning/B.Arch can take the Paper 2 exam. The following table focuses on the dates of JEE Advanced 2019.

IIT JEE Advanced Exam Events 2019

Dates (Tentative)

Availability of online application form

First week of May 2019

Last date to apply

First week of May 2019

Last date to release application fee

First week of May 2019

Availability of admit card

Second week of May 2019

Paper 1 & Paper 2 exams commence on

Second week of May 2019

Answer key available

Fourth week of May 2019

Result declaration

Second week of June 2019

Registration for AAT (Architecture Aptitude Test) begin on

Second week of June 2019

AAT exam commences on

Second week of June 2019

AAT result announcement

Second week of June 2019


Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2019:

Another high-profile engineering entrance exam is Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering or GATE. This is a national-level test organised for admission to M.Tech and Ph.D programmes offered by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) supported institutes and colleges. The courses students can opt for are engineering, architecture, science and technology. The exam is jointly conducted by IISc and Seven IITs on behalf of NCB (National Coordination Board).

The purpose of the examination is to qualify candidates for PSU recruitment and M.Tech./M.E/Ph.D admissions. Both the mode of application and the examination will be conducted online. Students will have to sit for 180 minutes to answer all the 65 questions.

Important Dates:

Candidates preparing for GATE 2019 can submit the application form by visiting the GOAPS website (http://appsgate.iitg.ac.in). The Gate Online Application Processing System will likely to be started from the first week of September 2018.

GATE 2019 Exam Events

Dates (Tentative)

Registration through GOAPS

First week of September 2018

Last date to submit

Second week of October 2018

Availability of admit card

First week of January 2019

Exam commencement

First week of February 2019

Result announcement

March 2019


Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Exam (UPSEE) 2019:

UPSEE is a state-level examination held to select students for admissions in various technical colleges of Uttar Pradesh. UPSEE exam is conducted by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU). After clearing the exam students can get into their favourite technical courses such as B.Tech, B.Arch, B.Pharm, BFAD, MBA, BFA, BHMCT, MAM and MCA. UPSEE UG 2019 is expected to be held in the last week of April, and UPSEE PG 2019 is likely to take place in the first week of May.

Here’s an important date chart-drawn by the Exams Planner experts. Have a look –

UPSEE 2019 Exam Events

Dates (Tentative)

Availability of registration form

Mid-January 2019

Last date to submit application form

Mid-March 2019

Submit application form with late fee

Fourth week of March 2019

Partial correction of application form

First week of April 2019

Issue of admit card

Third week of April 2019

Exam commencement

Fourth week of April 2019

Declaration of result

May 2019

Counselling begins

4th week of June 2019


Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test (BITSAT) 2019:

Conducted by Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), BITSAT entrance exam is an online test for admission to various Integrated First Degree courses of BITS Pilani campuses such as Pilani, Hyderabad and Goa. Students looking to get into BITS in B.Tech, M.Sc and B.Pharma courses must qualify the BITSAT 2019 exam. BITSAT applicants need to keep a track of the exam dates and other important details like the official notification, syllabus, exam pattern, admit card, etc.

BITSAT 2019 Exam Schedule:

Here’s what you should keep in mind when preparing for one of the popular entrance examinations. Take a look –

BITSAT 2019 Exam Events

Dates (Tentative)

Release of application form

Third week of December 2018

Last date to apply

Second week of March 2019

Correction window opens

Mid-March 2019

List of exam centres release

Fourth week of March 2019

Slot booking

Fourth week of March 2019

Download admit card

Second week of April 2019

Last date to download admit card

Second week of May 2019

Exam commencement

Towards the end of May 2019

Release of Admission list and wait list

Third week of June 2019

Fill the application form on the official website of BITS Pilani (http://www.bits-pilani.ac.in). Candidates must get well-acquainted with the exam pattern. The computer-based exam will have 150 objective type questions. The duration of the exam is 180 minutes.


Vellore Institute of Technology Engineering Entrance Examination (VITEEE) 2019:

A university-level examination organised by the Vellore Institute of Technology University, Tamil Nadu, VITEEE 2019 offers admission to four-year B.Tech courses in the Vellore and Chennai campuses. The mode of the engineering exam is online and the questions come in objective-type. The entrance test is conducted to fill 5,000 B.Tech seats. Apart from engineering courses, the varsity carries out various research programmes.

VITEEE 2019 Important Dates:

Preparing for VITEEE 2019? Here are some details that you must keep a track of.

VITEEE 2019 Exam Events

Dates (Tentative)

Submission of a2019pplication form starts

1st week of November 2018

Last date to submit

Fourth week of February

Exam slot booking

Third week of March 2019

Admit card available

At the time of slot booking

Exam date

First week of April 2019

Announcement of result

Last week of April 2019

Counselling starts

2-3 week of may 2019


Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test (IPU CET) 2019:

Administered by Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, the IPU CET 2019 is a qualifying entrance exam for admission to various B.Tech courses. Students willing to study at GGSIPU must undergo and qualify the entrance test. The popular B.Tech programmes that the University offer include Computer Science Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Instrumentation & Control Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Power Engineering, Mechatronics, Bio-Chemical Engineering, Tool Engineering and Information Technology. Apart from engineering programmes, the Varsity offers admission to B.Sc Nursing, BBA, BCA, B.Ed, LLB, MBA, etc. Admissions to GGSIPU and its affiliated colleges are based on the basis of IPU CET scores. The exam is held once a year.

IPU CET 2019 Important Dates:

Fill out the application form online at the official website of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (http://www.ipu.ac.in). Here’s a sneak peek into the important dates based on the previous years’ trends.

IPU CET 2019 Events

Date (Tentative)

Submit online application form B.Tech

Mid-February 2019

Last date to apply

First week of May 2019

Issues of admit card

2 weeks prior to the commencement of exam

Exam commence

Mid-May 2019

Declaration of result

Fourth week of May 2019


Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK) 2019:

COMEDK UGET is a state-level exam conducted by the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental of Karnataka. The COMEDK exam gives an opportunity to the students of Karnataka to pursue engineering courses in 150 engineering colleges. COMDEK 2019 is expected to be commenced in the second week of May.

COMEDK 2019 Important Dates:

Exam Events

Dates (Tentative)

Exam Date

Second week of May 2019

Start of Application Form

Mid-January 2019

Closing date of Application form

Third week of April 2019

Admit Card Issuance

First week of May 2019

Answer key publication

Third week of May 2019

Declaration of Result

Last week of May 2019

Counselling Process

2nd week of June 2019


Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) 2019:

Also known as Karnataka CET, the Karnataka Common Entrance Test is a state-level examination conducted for admission to engineering, architecture and pharmacy programmes. The Karnataka Examinations Authority is the conducting authority. The score of KCET is accepted by numerous universities and colleges of Karnataka. The exam is held every year. In 2019, the entrance test is going to be held in the month of April.

KCET 2019 Important Dates:

As you step in 2019, just be alert and stay in touch with the official website (http://kea.kar.nic.in/) for the release of the application form. The online application form is expected to be released towards the end of January 2019. However, candidates can take a note of the tentative dates, based on that they can proceed with the exam preparation.

KCET 2019 Events

Dates (Tentative)

Release of application form

Last week of January 2019

Last date to submit application form

First week of March 2019

Pay application fee without fine

First week of March 2019

Issuance of admit card

Mid-April 2019

Commencement of exam

3rd or 4th week of April 2019

Announcement of result

4th week of May 2019

Counselling starts

Second week of June 2019


Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT CET) 2019:

Those who wish to take admission in the Maharashtra technical colleges must appear for the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test. MHT CET 2019 has been scheduled to be held in the month of May. The exam is conducted by the Government of Maharashtra, State Common Entrance Test Cell. Candidates will only be considered eligible for admission in the state technical colleges – both private and government - after clearing the exam. The entrance test is organised for admission in various undergraduate courses in Engineering and other professional degree courses.

MHT CET 2019 Important Dates:

If the last year’s trends are taken into consideration, the Maharashtra CET will possibly take place in the month of May. Candidates will be able to avail the application form by mid-January 2019.

MHT CET Exam Events

Dates (Tentative)

Release of online application form

Mid-January 2019

Last date of application form submission

Last week of March 2019

Last date to apply with late fee of INR 500/-

Last week of March 2019

Admit card available

Last week of April 2019

Exam to be commenced

Second week of May 2019

Declaration of result

First week of June 2019

This is a mere list of top 10 engineering exams conducted in India. However, there are several other engineering entrance exams taken place by various states. Our next article will constitute 20 more state-level engineering exams. Stay tuned!


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