Which are the Engineering exams that are more popular in India?

As the class 12th board exams are nearing their end, it is about time students plan to pursue their education in Science, especially Engineering, and get their entrance exam calendar in place. Every engineering institute or college has its own entrance exam to test the eligibility of the applicant, for example the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) is conducted in two phases, namely mains and advanced, of which the JEE mains score is used for admissions to undergraduate engineering programmes in NITs, IIITs and other centrally funded technical institutions in India, and JEE advanced on the other hand, is used for admissions to IITs. Below is the list of all the Engineering entrance exams students should keep an eye to secure admission into the college or institute of their preference, for the academic session that commences in 2014. It is known that that the engineering entrance exam season in its full swing, this is the time when students across the country gear up for these exams. Clearing these engineering exams helps them to fulfill their engineering aspirations. Considered as one of the most prestigious professions, engineers are sought-after the world over and are always highly paid than students of other backgrounds. It is for this reason that they're willing to spend huge sum of money to get coaching to help them crack these exams.

Engineering is the most hunted specialized course after the 10+2 in India. Students who are passionate about technology and machines can become an engineer by cracking one of the engineering entrance exams given below. These exams are conducted every year at both National and State ranks for choosing most skilled and competent candidates for admission into engineering institutes across the nation. Prominent engineering colleges in India include IITs, NITs, Birla Institute of Technology and few more. Most of the engineering colleges are AICTE permitted. The most significant and respected Engineering Entrance Exams in India are AIEEE, BITSAT, IIT JEE, ENAT, CETK, COMEDK, MHTCET and many more.

IIT-JEE is considered as the toughest engineering entrance examination in India, IIT-JEE is a gateway to prestigious IITs- the only institutes, besides IIMs, that figure in top 50 educational institutions in the world. It has produced some very well-known alumni in the last few decades that have contributed to technology and unparalleled innovation. The current pattern, which has been followed since 2006, consists of two objective type papers each containing Maths, physics and chemistry sections. The eligibility is that the age limit for appearing in IIT-JEE is 25 years, and should be 10+2. For AIEEE, as this is the most popular entrance examination for engineering aspirants, over a hundred thousand students that take AIEEE in a hope to at least making it to prestigious engineering institutes, even if not IITs. Approximately twenty seven thousand seats for BE/B.Tech & thousand seats for B.Arch/ B.Planning in various institutions, namely National Institutes of Technology, IIITs, Deemed Universities, Technical Institutions, Delhi Technological University, Delhi and other government funded Institutions are affiliated through this examination. Objective, questions from physics, mathematics and chemistry. The duration of these tests is 3 hours but maximum marks and the number of questions vary every year and lastly high importance and equal weight is given to all the three sections. The eligibility for AIEEE is 10+2 with an aggregate of 50 % marks with physics and mathematics as the compulsory subjects. For architecture, aspirants should have passed their 10+ 2 with an aggregates of 50% marks with mathematics as a compulsory subject.

BITSAT is an online, which has objective type of exam held for engineering courses in BITS Pilani campuses in Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad, BITSAT is also very popular among engineering aspirants across India. Usually it is held for a month and is considered simpler to crack than compared to JEE and AIEEE. BITSAT exam is based on the prescribed NCERT syllabus of Class 11th and 12th. It has four sections and total 150 questions are asked in the exam. The pattern on the exam is objective type, multiple-choice questions. Exam format contains each question to carry 3 marks and for every incorrect answer one mark will be deducted. The eligibility for each candidate is to have passed 12th equivalent standard examination, that is 10+2 system from a recognized central board/ state board or equivalent with physics, chemistry and mathematics as core subjects. Next is GATE, which stands for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, and it is an all India examination which is held for admission in postgraduate engineering courses in prestigious institutes such as all the IITs and Indian Institute of Science. One should note that while JEE, AIEEE and BITSAT is a gateway to undergraduate engineering courses, GATE is or those students who want to pursue M Tech programmes. The eligibility is that the candidate should have a bachelor in Engineering/Technology/Architecture, which is 4 years after 10+2, and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes. Exam format for GATE exam is an objective, multiple choice questions paper. Next comes the VITEEE, and this entrance test is for those that want to take admission in engineering courses in Vellore Institute of Technology, and they will have to take VIT Engineering Entrance Examination. The institute offers IGNITE scholarship to students with a waiver of fee for entire 4 years. The exam format here as well is an objective exam with questions in Physics, Maths, Chemistry and Biology as core subjects, and the eligibility is that the applicant should be a resident/ non-resident Indian national. S/he should have completed the final examination of 10+ 2 system of Higher Secondary Examination conducted by the State/ Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE, New Delhi) or ISCE. Next are COMEDK-UGET: Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka- Under Graduate Entrance Test, MHT-CET: Maharashtra Entrance Test, this applies for those that are keen to be a part of Maharastra Technological Studies scenario, so it becomes mandatory for a candidate to appear for the MHTCET examination. Followed by EAMCET, DELHI CEE (Delhi Engineering College), and BCECE Exam, which stands for Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board.

About the Author: The article is written by Col. NPR Babu, Mr. Babu has been associated with SCT Institute of Technology one of the well known Engineering Colleges in Bangalore.