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Entrance Exams in India

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Entrance exams for Engineering

For admission to the country’s prestigious engineering institutes, such an IIT’s, BITS, VIT and Manipal national entrance examinations are conducted. The JEE exam is conducted in the month of May for admission to the Indian Institute of Technology, ISM Dhanbad and the various NIT all over the country. The examination tests the students on the skills in the area of Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. The examination consists of Mains and Advanced following which the students are chosen in the streams of Information Technology, Electronics and Telecommunications, Chemical, Aeronautical, Mechanical, Productions and Operations, and Civil to name a few. For postgraduate Engineering admission courses such as MTech, ME the selection criteria is Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering which is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and all the seven Indian Institutes of Technology namely Roorkee, Delhi, Kanpur, Mumbai, Kharagpur, Guwahati, and Chennai. The scores are used by Indian PSU’s for the entry-level positions across the country. Hailed as one of the most competitive examinations across the country it is even recognized by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.GATE evaluates the students on Verbal Ability, Numerical Ability, Technical Knowledge of the subject chosen. Some of the others famous state level examinations are UPSEE, EAMCET, WBJEE for the states of Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal respectively.

Find below the list of all the entrance exams held every year by different colleges/universities/institutions for entrance into various education courses. To get admitted into best college, students first need to show their merit by cracking entrance exams conducted by these various examination bodies & institutions.

Engineering Entrance Examinations

 ››   Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers (AMIE) Examination
 ››   Birla Institute Of Technology And Science Admission Test (BITSAT)
 ››   Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering
 ››   ISAT Admission Test (IIST, Thiruvananthapuram)
 ››   Joint Entrance Examination – JEE (Advanced)
 ››   Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main)
 ››   National Aptitude Test in Architecture
 ››   SLIET Entrance Test (SET)
 ››   Statewise Entrance Examinations
 ››   Vellore Institute of Technology Engineering Entrance Exam (VITEEE)

Details of some top engineering entrance exams in India

(a) Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main
Purpose – Admission in UG programmes of IITs, NITs, CFTIs, SFIs, State Engineering Colleges of participating states and other institutions
Eligibility – Class 12 appearing, 12 passed (PCM)
(b) JEE Advanced
Purpose – For Admission in B. E./B. Tech., B. Arch., B. Planning of IITs
Eligibility – Class 12, 12 Passed (PCM), JEE (Main)
Purpose – For admission to Integrated First Degree Programmes and B. Pharm. in BITS Pilani, Goa & Hyderabad campuses
Eligibility – Class 12, 12 passed (PCM/B)
Note – Board Toppers are given direct admission irrespective of their scores in BITSAT
(d) VIT University Engineering Entrance Exam (VITEEE)
Purpose- Admission in B Tech Courses
Eligibility- Class 12
(e) MET
Purpose – Admission to all B.Tech. programs
Eligibility – Class 12 appearing, Class 12 passed

Entrance exams for medical

Similarly, aspirants who have a desire to serve the ailing might consider Medical and allied professions such as Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing and even due to the popularity of holistic cure Ayurveda and Homeopathic branches are gaining prominence. Other related medical noted sub-branches are Physiotherapy and Chiropractor and Acupressure have gained prominence and popularity with masses. All these professions are skill based and students are tested for their understanding in the areas of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. The selection procedure is extremely rigorous and is followed by the entrance examinations where the students test their mettle for a seat in respective medical colleges in the Country. The prominent medical institutes of repute are AIIMS, AFMC, BHU, CMC Vellore and DMC Ludhiana. Most popular entrance examinations for medical are NEET UG AND PG for the admission to the MBBS, BDS and MD, MS and MDS respectively.

Medical Entrance Examinations

 ››   All India Common Entrance Examination (AICEE-AIPVT)
 ››   All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) MBBS Entrance Examination
 ››   All India Pre-Medical / Pre-Dental Entrance Examination (AIPMT)
 ››   Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) MBBS Entrance Examination
 ››   CMC Vellore Medical Entrance Examination
 ››   Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka Undergraduate Entrance Test (COMEDK UGET)
 ››   Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT)
 ››   JIPMER MBBS Entrance Examination
 ››   National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)

Details of some top Medical entrance exams in India

(a) National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET)
Purpose- Admission to MBBS/BDS/B.V.Sc./A.H. courses
Eligibility- Class 12 appearing/passed (PCB)
Purpose – Admission to MBBS
Eligibility – Class 12 appearing/passed (PCBE)
Purpose- Admission to MBBS
Eligibility- Class 12 appearing/passed (PCB)

Entrance exams for MBA

For those who are keen to be an entrepreneur or keen to have an understanding of business skills that come handy are a strong business inclination, communication, and analytical skills. Besides one needs to have an understanding of current affairs and exposure to accounting. IPM Aptitude Test conducted by reputed IIM Indore is for the admission to the 5-year integrated program in Business Administration. The exams test the students in the areas of Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Ability. Similarly, DUJAT(Delhi university Joint Admission test ) monitors the business acumen of the candidate for admission to premier institutes in Delhi University. Also, admission to the postgraduate Management degree to these premier institutes is through an established screening procedure that includes the Entrance examination followed by Group Discussion and Interview. Some of the popular examinations are CAT, XAT, SNAP, and CMAT respectively.


 ›› ATMA (AIMS Test For Management Admission)
 ››   CEMAT – Admission Test for Commonwealth Executive MBA & MPA Programmes
 ››   Common Admission Test (CAT)
 ››   Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)
 ››   ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test (IBSAT)
 ››   Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) MBA Admission Test
 ››   Integrated Common Entrance Test (ICET)
 ››   Joint Entrance Test for Agribusiness Management (JET-ABM)
 ››   Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET)
 ››   Karnataka Management Aptitude Test (K-MAT)
 ››   Management Aptitude and Skills Test (MAST)
 ››   Management Aptitude Test (MAT)
 ››   National Aptitude Test (NAT)
 ››   National Management Aptitude Test (NMAT)
 ››   NCHMCT Joint Entrance Examination
 ››   Open Management Admission Test (OPENMAT)
 ››   Rajasthan Management Admission Test (RMAT)
 ››   Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET)
 ››   Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test
 ››   Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET)
 ››   Under Graduate Aptitude Test (AIMA UGAT)
 ››   Uttar Pradesh Management Common Aptitude Test (UPMCAT)
 ››   Written Admission Test (WAT)- Army Welfare Education Society (AWES)
 ››   Xavier Admission Test (XAT)

Entrance Exams for Civil Services

The Civil services in the country are mainly categorized into three groups mainly All India Services, Central Services, and State civil services. The selection to these positions is open to graduates who appear for Civil services Examinations conducted by the UPSC. the state counterpart by State Public service commission respectively. The examination is a rigorous competitive examination for recruiting candidates to the position of Indian Administrative Services, Indian Police service, and Indian Foreign Services among others. It consists of three parts mainly the Preliminary, Mains and Personality Interview. The Preliminary stage is held in the month of October whereas the Interview in the month of March following Results in the month of May.

Entrance Exams for Defence Forces(Air Force, Navy, Military)

Combined Defence Services is a nationwide examination for recruitment of candidates to Indian Military, Naval and Airforce Academy. Conducted twice a year in the months of February and November, the test is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission(UPSC). The exam evaluates the students on the basis of verbal, Numerical Aptitude and knowledge about current affairs. Also, UPSC conducts the NDA(National Defence Academy examination) which is testing the candidates on skills ranging from Communication to immense physical stamina. Other similar exams are conducted for the recruitment of officers and cadre to Seema Suraksha Bal(SSB).


 ››   Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)
 ››   Combined Defence Service Examination
 ››   I.A.F. Airman Education Instructors Trade Examination
 ››   I.A.F. Airman Non-Technical Trade Examination
 ››   I.A.F. Airman Technical Trade Examination
 ››   Indian Army Soldier Clerks Examination
 ››   Indian Army Soldier General Duty (N.E.R.) Examination
 ››   Indian Army Soldier Nursing Assistants (M.E.R.) Examination
 ››   Indian Army Soldier Technical (M.E.R.) Examination
 ››   Indian Navy Artificer Apprentices Examination
 ››   Indian Navy Dock Yard Apprentices Examination
 ››   Indian Navy Sailors Matric Entry Recruitment Examination
 ››   National Defence Academy Examination

Defense Services Entrance Examination is the main gateway to enter defense services in India. This main exam held across India for the recruitment of candidates into army, navy and air force. Defense Services exam in India also termed as UPSC CDS (The Combined Defense Services) Examination because UPSC is the main body which conducts CDS examination two times a year. The qualified candidates in UPSC CDS exam then get appointed into various posts in Defense Services i.e. Navy, Army, and Air Force.

Details of some top Naval/Defence entrance exams in India

(a) National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I)
Purpose – Admission to Army and Air Force wings of NDA and 4 years B. Tech course for the Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC)
Eligibility – Class 12, 12 Passed
(b) Indian Navy 10+2 (B.Tech) Cadet Entry Scheme
Purpose – Admission in Indian Naval Academy for a B.Tech course
Eligibility – Class 12 passed
(c) Indian Navy Sailors Recruitment
Purpose – Admission in 22-weeks Basic Training at INS Chilka followed by Professional training
Eligibility – Class 12 (Maths, Physics and Chem./Bio/Computer Science)

Entrance exams for Fashion technology

Humanities is a diverse stream and the students can choose from a wide array of streams namely Fashion, Graphic Design, Law or Fine Arts. For the students keen to pursue a design career in the area of Fashion the premier institutes like NIFT(National Institute of Fashion Technology) and Pearl Institute in Narayana known the country over and abroad. The students are tested for their creative and designing skills. The selection criteria include a national entrance examination which screens students who are tested for a personal interview. Besides the above two, the other noted institute in Design is NID.


››  AIEED (All India Entrance Examination for Design)
››  Pearl Academy of Fashion Entrance Examination
››  NIFT Entrance Examination
››  National Institute of Design (NID) Aptitude Test
››  CEED (Common Entrance Examination for Design)

Details of some top Fashion designing entrance exams in India

(a) NIFT Entrance Test
Purpose – For Admission in Design, Management and Technology courses related to the fashion industry
Eligibility – Class 12, 12+, G
(b) National Institute of Design Admissions
Purpose- Admission to Bachelor & Master of Design
Eligibility- Class 12, 12+, G
(c) All India Entrance Examination for Design (AIEED)
Purpose – Admission to UG level programmes in Design
Eligibility -Class 11, 12
(d) Common Entrance Exam for Design
Purpose – Admission to design programmes of IISC Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, IIITDM Jabalpur, IIT Kanpur, World University of Design, Delhi NCR, Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology, Bengaluru, VIT University, DJ Academy of Design, Lovely Professional University, UPES
Eligibility – Class 12 appearing/passed, 3 years Diploma, Graduation

Entrance exams for Law

For the aspirants with exceptional debating and legal aptitude, the doors to the NLU’s and other prestigious institutes are always open. The rigorous curriculum followed by these programs prepare the students for their ability to defend their clients in the area of Business. Some of the other areas in Law are Property Law, Taxation, Criminal and Civil Law. Besides NLU’s some of the other institutes known for their elite Law programs are DULLB, Amity Business School to name a few. Similarly, Common Law Admission Test(CLAT) for both undergraduate and Graduate programs is a nationwide test for admission to the undergraduate and Postgraduate law programs in the country. The CLAT exam tests the individuals on the subjects of current affairs, Legal, and Numerical Ability.


››  Law School Admission Test India (LSAT India)
››  National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Entrance Test
››  NALSAR Entrance Test
››  Kerala Law Entrance Examination
››  Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)

Details of some top Law entrance exams in India

(a) Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)
Purpose – Admission in B.A. LL.B (Hons), B.Com. (Hons), BBA LL.B (Hons) of participating universities
Eligibility – Class 12, 12+
(b) Law School Admission Test (LSAT) India
Purpose – Admission in B.A., LL.B (Hons), B.Com. (Hons), BBA LL.B (Hons)
Eligibility – Class 12, Graduates
(c) All India Law Entrance Test (AILET)
Purpose- Admission in B.A., LL.B. (Hons.), LLM, PhD
Eligibility- Class 12, 12+, LLB, LLM
(d) Lloyd Entrance Test (LET)
Purpose- Admission in B.A., L.L.B- 5-year Integrated course
Eligibility- Class 12, 12+

Entrance exams for Hospitality and Hotel Management

For those having a passion to hon their culinary skills, a Joint Entrance examination is conducted by the National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology(NCHMCT) in order to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Hospitality Management. The exam is mandatory for individuals aspiring to be enrolled to the 63 or more Hotel management and catering institutes in the country. The exams evaluate the students for their Numerical, Verbal and ability to provide service. Besides the Hotel Management, the institute awards Diplomas and Certificates in various branches and subbranches of the Hospitality mainly Baking, Dietetics and operations to name a few. Similarly, Postgraduate degrees in Hospitality Management are awarded for those keen to specialize in the said field.

Hotel Management Examinations in India

a) NCHMCT(National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology)
Purpose: Admission to UG courses in Hotel Management BHM, DHM
Eligibility:Class 12,Class 12+
b) Oberoi STEP
Purpose: Admission to BTS(Bachelor of Tourism Studies )
Eligibility:Class 12,Class 12+
c) AIHMCT(Army Institute of Hotel Management and Catering technology)
Purpose: Admission to BHM(Bachelor of Hotel Management)
Eligibility:Class 12,Class 12+

Entrance Exams for Banking

As per the RBI, there are over 19 nationalized banks in India like State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda to name a few, one of the most sought after career options. The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection(IBPS) is responsible for conducting the examination for the  Clerical and Official positions across the country. The examination evaluates the candidate’s ability in the areas of Verbal, Numerical, Analytical and Current Affairs.

Details of some top banking entrance exams in India

a) State Bank Of India Clerical Cadre Exam
Purpose: Recruitment to the clerical position in State Bank of India across the Country
Eligibility:Class 12,Class 12+
b) CWE(Common Written Examination)by IBPS
Purpose: For recruitment to the PO position
Eligibility: Any Graduate
c) CWE(Common Written Examination) by IBPS
Purpose: Recruitment as Specialist Officer
Eligibility: Graduate and Above


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