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Top Engineering Exams

Through various prominent qualifying exams, one can get selected for various Engineering courses like BTech and BE.

If you are planning, have planned, or will plan to pursue an engineering program at any principal institute in India, you are required to qualify for entrance examinations, either at national-level or at university-level based on the choice of campus and course. 

 Why the upsurge to pursue engineering programs: 

  • With technology being a constant part of our lives, more and more students every year aim to get into the field of engineering, and therefore, it has become the most sought-after profession option for millions across the country. 
  • An increase in competition to obtain seats by heaps of applications and applicants every year across national, state-aided, independent, and private engineering colleges in India, is the following consequence.
  • The examinations conducted by both national and state-level testing agencies are thus kept extremely hard to crack, following which the competition gets tough, and the cut-offs become high.

If you are planning and preparing to apply for an engineering course, let’s have you sorted with the key details about the top engineering examinations directed at the national, state and institutional levels in India.


JEE Main (Joint Entrance Examination)

Conducted by the National Testing Agency, JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) – Main, formerly AIEEE (All India Engineering Entrance Examination), is a PAN India systematized computer-based test for several undergraduate engineering, technical and architecture courses. 

One of the most popular and common qualifying exams for both BTech and Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) aspirants, it is the road to get into the top-notch institutes of the country and the road is made easy through practice tests available with SpeEdLabs.


  • The exam consists of Paper-I and Paper-II.
  • Entrants may appear in one or both.
  • The exam is conducted in multiple Sessions (February/March/April/May 2021) for admissions to the next academic session.
  • Both papers are computer-based with MCQ (multiple-choice questions) with a time duration of 3 hours.
  • Paper-I is for admissions to Undergraduate Engineering Programs (B.E/B. Tech) at NITs (National Institute of Technology), IIITs (Indian Institutes of Information Technology), CFTIs (Centrally Funded Technical Institutions), and Institutions or Universities funded/recognized by participating State Governments.
  • Paper-I is also an admissibility test for JEE (Advanced), conducted for entrance to IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology).
  • Paper-II is for admissions to B.Arch and B.Planning courses.
  • Paper-II has an additional non-computer based part, the Drawing Test that is a subjective pen-paper test for B.Planning courses. This particular test is now known as Paper-III.


JEE Advanced (Joint Entrance Examination) 

Admission to IITs is a dream and this exam is the only qualification required to make the dream come true. Joint Entrance Examination – Advanced, earlier the Indian Institutes of Technology, Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE), is led by one of the seven zone-specific IITs (IIT Roorkee, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, and IIT Guwahati) under the management of the Joint Admission Board (JAB). 


  • The collective score of both Mains and Advanced entrances is the admission criteria into the varied IIT programs.
  • The test has no fixed pattern or marking scheme as the organizing IIT is different each time.
  • The examination is organised on a round-robin rotation pattern, academically by one of the IITs.
  • Other universities also use the score of this exam for admissions, like the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE), the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, the Indian Institute of Space Technology (IIST), the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISERs), and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc).
  • The score is also used for admission by Indian aspirants to non-Indian campuses such as the University of Cambridge and the National University of Singapore.


BITSAT (Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test)


BITSAT is a university-level entry exam conducted every year for securing a seat in the renowned Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS). 

  • The exam includes sections of Physics, Chemistry, English Proficiency and Logical Reasoning. 
  • The exam offers admission in UG and PG courses in Pharmacy, B.E., M.Sc, etc.
  • The affiliated campuses of admission are BITS Pilani campus, Hyderabad and Goa campus.


MET (Manipal Entrance Test)

Manipal Academy of Higher Education (earlier known as Manipal University) conducts an entrance examination for admissions into the institute, annually.


  • The test offers admission in 16 engineering courses 
  • The test is held by online method with a time duration of 150 minutes 


VITEEE (Vellore Institute of Technology Engineering Entrance Exam)

A university-level exam to get admission into engineering branches at the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) at Vellore, Chennai, Bhopal or Amravati campuses.

  • Candidates get assessed in Physics, English, Chemistry, Aptitude and Maths/Biology.
  • Candidates have to solve 125 questions in 2 hours and 30 minutes. 


SRMJEEE (Sri Ramaswamy Memorial Joint Entrance Exam)


The test gets one admission to the campuses of the SRM University across the country in various undergraduate and postgraduate engineering programs. The exam includes 105 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) to be solved in 150 minutes. 


COMEDK UGET (Consortium of Medical Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka Undergraduate Entrance Test)

A state-level entrance exam to pursue Engineering or Medical courses in prestigious universities of Karnataka is conducted online with 180 questions and 3 hours duration.

Other entrances 

Some other engineering entrance exams that are popular are AMUEEE, Amity JEE, BVP CET Engineering, KIITEE, LPU NEST, MHT CET, IPU CET, WIT Darbhanga Entrance Exam.

Key Takeaways

With several engineering entrance exams in India, choosing the right option is tricky; it is always better to know the details of the topmost ones to make an informed choice.

Also published on Medium.

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