Top Engineering Entrance Exams

Sept. 16, 2017 Plabita

Top Engineering Entrance ExamsTop Engineering Entrance Exams: The rush and competition in the field of engineering is getting formidable by the year. With over 15 lakh candidates vying for seats at just 3400 engineering institutes, the competition is intense, especially, if you are planning to pursue your studies at some of the top colleges like IITs, NITs and IIITs among others. Most of these institutes require students to go through a series of checks before admitting them, the most important of them being the entrance exam. Entrance Corner brings you the top engineering entrance exams in India. Engineering aspirants seeking information about the application process, exam dates, total number of seats, eligibility criteria of top engineering entrance exams in India can find their answers in this article.


Top Engineering Entrance Exams in India

It is a dream of every engineering aspirant to get admission in the best engineering institutes of India. There are many prestigious government and private engineering colleges in the country that provide quality education and excellent placements. In the table given below candidates can check the list of the top 10 engineering colleges of India

Top 10 engineering colleges in India

S.No. Engineering colleges List Number of Seats
1. Indian Institute of Technology Madras 838
2. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay 929
3. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur 1341
4. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi 851
5. Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur 827
6. Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee 975
7. Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati 645
8. Jadavpur University, Kolkata 1110
9. Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad 285
10. National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli 60

Top engineering entrance examinations

In India, there are many entrance exams through which candidates take admission into various undergraduate engineering colleges. Candidates can check the list of most competitive engineering entrance exams of the country below.

1) JEE Main

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main is the most coveted national level exam of the country. JEE Main is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) annually for admission into B.Tech/B.E. and B.Arch./B.Planning programmes offered by the NITs, IIITs, IITs, GFTIs and other private institutes. JEE Main is also the first stage for admission into the prestigious IITs. The top 2 lakh JEE Main qualifiers are shortlisted for appearing in JEE Advanced for admission in the 23 IITs. JEE Main is held in April in offline as well as online mode. Candidates have to attempt multiple choice questions within 3 hours. In 2017, around 11 lakh candidates appeared in the entrance test out of which nearly 8 lakh students qualified for admission at 31 NITs, 23 IIITs, 20 GFTIs and filled nearly 24000 undergraduate engineering seats.

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria- Candidates must have passed class 12 or any other equivalent examination with minimum 75% (65% for reserved category) in aggregate or be in the top 20 percentile.

JEE Main Exam Pattern

Particulars JEE Main Paper 1 (B.Tech/B.E.) JEE Main Paper 2 (B.Arch./B.Planning)
Mode Offline/Online Offline
Subjects Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics Mathematics, Aptitude test, Drawing test
Question Type MCQs MCQs and Drawing test
Number of Questions 90 82
Total marks 360 390
Marking Scheme Correct answer- +4Incorrect answer- -1 Correct answer- +4Incorrect answer- -1
Drawing- Marks will be allotted based on drawing skill
Duration 3 hours 3 hours

2) JEE Advanced

JEE Advanced is the second phase of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and around 2 lakh (approx.) top rank holders in JEE Main are selected to appear in the entrance test. JEE Advanced is the gateway for admission into the 23 IITs of the country managed by the seven zonal Indian Institutes of Technology. The application form of JEE Advanced will be available online in April. From 2018, JEE Advanced will be held online and it will be conducted by IIT Kanpur.

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria- To appear in JEE Advanced, candidates must be among 2,00,000 (approx) JEE Main rank holders.

JEE Advanced Exam Pattern

Particular Details
Exam mode Online
Number of papers 2
Subjects Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics
Type of questions Objective type questions
Language medium English/Hindi
Marking scheme Negative marks for incorrect response to some questions


Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani conducts BITSAT for admission into its three campuses. The examination is of 3 hours duration. It contains objective type questions and is divided into three parts, namely, Chemistry, Physics, English proficiency and logical reasoning. Through BITSAT admission is offered into various B.Tech courses in BITS Pilani, BITS Goa and BITS Hyderabad.

BITSAT Eligibility Criteria- Candidate must have passed class 12 or equivalent exam with aggregate of 75% in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and 60% in each.

BITSAT Exam Pattern

S.No. Particular Details
1. Exam mode Online
2. Number of papers 1
3. Subjects Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, English and logical reasoning
4. Type of questions Multiple choice questions
5. Number of questions 150
6. Marking scheme Correct answer- +3; Incorrect answer- -1
7. Duration 3 hours


The VIT Engineering Entrance Examination (VITEEE) is conducted by the Vellore Institute of Technology every year in April. Through VITEEE score, the university fills an approximate number of 5,000 engineering seats at VIT campuses in Vellore, Chennai, Bhopal (MP) and Amaravathi (AP). VITEEE is held in online mode for a total duration of 2 hours and 30 minutes. Candidates are required to answer 120 objective type questions from Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and English. In 2017, around 2,10,000 candidates appeared for the entrance test.

VITEEE Eligibility Criteria- Candidates have to pass class 12 examination with an aggregate of 60% in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics/Biology (50% for SC/ST/ J&K migrants/ north eastern parts of India).

VITEEE Exam Pattern

Particulars Details
Exam mode Online
Subjects Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English
Question type Multiple choice questions
Total questions 125
Total marks 125
Time duration 2 hours 30 minutes
Marking scheme Correct answer- +3; Incorrect answer- 0


SRM Joint Engineering Entrance Examination is a university level examination conducted for admission into 7,000 undergraduate engineering seats in 20 B.Tech courses for admissions offered by four SRM University campuses at Kattankulathur, Ramapuram, Ramapuram Part-Vadapalani and NCR Ghaziabad. The question paper of SRMJEE consists of objective type questions from Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English.

SRMJEEE Eligibility Criteria- Candidates must have passed class 12 or equivalent examination with at least 60% in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics/Biology. For Delhi-NCR campus the minimum qualifying marks is 55%.

SRMJEEE Exam Pattern

S.No. Particulars Details
1. Exam mode Online
2. Subjects Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Biology
3. Question type Multiple choice questions
4. Total questions PCM- 105/ PCB- 120
5. Total marks 315
6. Time duration 2 hours 30 minutes
7. Marking scheme Correct answer- +3 For Biology- +2.1
Incorrect answer- 0

Top Engineering Entrance Exams in India

S.No. Entrance exam Conducting authority Level Mode Registration date Exam date
1. JEE Main CBSE National Online/Offline December April
2. JEE Advanced Seven zonal IITs National Offline April May
3. MHT CET Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) Maharashtra State Offline February May
4. WBJEE West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination Board State Offline January April
5. UPSEE Abdul Kalam Technical University State Offline January April
6. BITSAT BITS Pilani University Online December May
7. SRMJEEE SRM University University Online November April
8. VITEEE VIT University University Online November April
9. AP EAMCET JNTU Kakinada State Offline February April
10. TS EAMCET Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University State Offline March May

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