One thing about engineering that makes it the best profession of all time is that along with being an already established field, its scope keeps rising every single day. 2 years from now or 20, the need for engineers in India will never fall short. Engineering being an evergreen profession fulfils the goals of students on a personal level as well as the larger picture, on a global level. As of 2021, a staggering number of 22 lakh students have appeared for the JEE mains exams, making it the most common as well as competitive exam of all time. For this same reason, it is always important to have a backup plan in place, which is where the other 50 engineering entrance exams in India come into play.
Engineering exams for 2021
To help engineering aspirants know more about the engineering exams they can appear for, the following is a list of top engineering entrance exams in 2021.
1) Joint Entrance Exam Mains, JEE MAINS
JEE MAINS is a national-level exam conducted by the National Testing Agency four times a year. As of 2021, this exam will be conducted in 13 different regional languages all over the country for students to qualify as viable engineering aspirants. Every year NTA releases the JEE main exam pattern for this Computer Based Test. Being the Most common and nationally acceptable exam for BTech and BE aspirants, JEE mains scores are considered valid in all universities offering this program. The paper is divided into two sections, one for MCQ questions and the other consisting of numerical questions. The duration of the exam spans 3 hours, thus giving the students 90 minutes for each section. There are a total of 300 questions from intermediate-level mathematics, physics, and chemistry. As per the revised criteria, there’s no need for students to have secured a minimum of 75% marks to be eligible, except, they must’ve passed class 12th. Students can appear for JEE mains a maximum of 12 times, in consecutive three years.
2) Joint Entrance Exam Advanced, JEE ADVANCED
This exam is considered the second leg of JEE mains and is conducted by the IITs. Students who qualify for the jee mains exam and fall in the category of top 25000 students are eligible to attempt the jee advanced exam. The registration usually begins in the first week of May, and a detailed information brochure is released by IIT Kharagpur containing all necessary information about the changes in the syllabus and the exam pattern. Like jee Mains, this one is a 3-hour computer-based test as well.
3) Birla Institute Of Technology And Science Admission Test, BITSAT
Birla Institute of Technology and Science is one of the most prestigious and renowned Institutions offering BTech engineering courses to students in India. The institution conducts this University Level Examination once a year, and the applications roll in online mode from February to June. This exam is conducted in the English language and the duration is 3 hours. BITSAT tests a student's English proficiency, level of knowledge in physics and chemistry, mathematics or biology, along with logical reasoning. An important thing to note about this exam is that there are 150 MCQ based questions, and while each correct answer rewards three marks, one mark is deducted for every incorrect answer.
4) Karnataka Common Entrance Test, KCET
KCET is a state-level exam conducted by Karnataka Examinations Authority once a year to provide admission to Engineering aspirants in colleges situated in Karnataka. This exam is conducted in pen and paper mode and spans one hour and 20 minutes per paper consisting of two papers. There are a total of 180 multiple choice based questions divided equally between both the papers, one being math’s and the second being Physics and Chemistry. Only those citizens of India who have passed class 12th with mandatory subjects like physics, chemistry, maths and English with a minimum aggregate of 45% for unreserved categories and 40% for reserved categories are eligible to appear for this exam. This exam is conducted in English as well as Kannada to make it convenient for regional aspirants. There is no negative marking and one mark is allotted for each correct answer.
5) Banasthali Vidyapeeth aptitude test
This university-level exam is conducted by this institution once a year to enable students to apply for engineering programs in their college. Application forms are released in online mode around the last week of February and go up until mid-June. Banasthali Vidyapeeth Aptitude Test is conducted in offline mode and consists of three sections namely, Physics and Chemistry, mathematics, and the third one being logical reasoning. A total number of hundred questions are asked and one mark is awarded for every correct answer while 1/4th mark is deducted for every incorrect one. Only those candidates are eligible to apply who have passed their 12th standard with 60% aggregate in physics, chemistry and maths individually for unreserved categories and 40% for reserved categories.
6) Maharashtra Common Entrance Test, MHCET
MHCET is a state-level entrance exam that takes place once a year by the State common entrance test cell Maharashtra to allow students of this state to take admission into engineering programs. There are approximately 342 Institutes that will participate in this exam as of 2021. This is a Computer Based Test that consists of two sections, the first being Physics and Chemistry and the second one being Mathematics. The maximum marks for this exam are 200, divided equally between these two sections and the number of questions remains 150 which are further equally divided between the three subjects, all MCQ based. This exam is conducted in English, Urdu, and Marathi languages for Physics and Chemistry sections and only in English for the maths section.
7) Vellore Institute Of Technology And Engineering Entrance Exam, VITEEE
Vellore institute of technology conducts this engineering entrance exam every year for students to get admission into their engineering courses. There are a total of 20 courses in combination that are offered to BTech students. The application forms for this exam are released in November of the previous academic year and go up till May in the next academic year. This exam is proctored remotely and the duration is 2.5 hours. As of 2021, the question paper shall consist of a total of 80 questions distributed in five sections, including multiple-choice questions in either mathematics or biology, physics chemistry general aptitude and English. Correct answer 1 mark is allotted and no negative marking persists. Even though the exam is conducted online, the provision of online counselling is not available.
8) SRM Joint Engineering Entrance Exam, SRMJEEE
SRMJEEE is a university level examination that takes place once a year for students who wish to pursue their graduation in engineering. The exam consists of 125 multiple choice questions, containing one mark each with no negative marking, divided into five sections. The maximum marks for physics and Chemistry are 35 each, 40 marks are devoted to mathematics or biology, 5 for English and 10 for aptitude. The duration of the exam is 2 hours and 30 minutes and phase one of the applications, usually, the comments are in December of the previous academic year. A total number of 6 SRMs situated in kattankulathur, Ramapuram, Vadapalani, NCR Ghaziabad, Amravati, and Delhi NCR Sonepat respectively would be participating in SRM JEEE 2021.
9) Aligarh Muslim University Entrance Exam, AMUEE
AMUEE is a university-level exam conducted once a year by Aligarh Muslim University. The application form is usually released in May. For b.tech, the syllabus includes class 11th and 12th level proficiency in PCM. This 2-hour test ensures the admission of qualifying students into the B.tech program, based on the availability of seats and the rank that each student secures in AMUEE. For b tech, 7 cities are the test centers for AMUEE, namely Bihar, Srinagar, Kozhikode, Bhopal, Aligarh, Lucknow, and Kolkata.
10) Chhattisgarh Pre Engineering Test, CGPET
CGPET is a state-level exam conducted in offline mode by Chhattisgarh Professional Examination Board once every year. The online application form is released every year in the last week of April. This exam is conducted in almost 28 cities and students are given admission based on merit in the qualifying exam. Like every other exam, 3 sections consist of questions from physics, chemistry, and maths, and the duration of the exam is 3 hours. There are a total of 150 questions of one mark each with no negative marking for incorrect responses. To appear for this exam the student must have studied physics, chemistry, and maths in 12th standard and should have secured a minimum aggregate of 45%. For the reserved category, the minimum qualifying percentage is 40. The maximum age limit to appear in this exam is 30 years. Another important thing to note is that candidates appearing for this examination must provide a domicile certificate as per the government guidelines.
Thus, all these top 10 engineering entrance exams mentioned above are conducted on the university level, state level, and national level every year for engineering aspirants to secure admissions in premier institutes. Apart from the 23 IITs, 31 NITs, and other centrally funded technical institutions, students also stand a chance to get admission into various private institutions offering B.Tech in all domains of engineering.