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JEE, the mother of all engineering entrance exams

With halfway to go for the 12th standard board exams to end, the students opting for engineering should be all set to buckle up and prepare for the various stages of entrance exams that they have to give. Admissions into top engineering colleges is highly based on your performance in these entrance exams, rather than your board percentage and thus it becomes extremely important for the students to meticulously train and prepare themselves.

JEE Mains- Mother of all engineering exams

JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) Mains is a country level entrance exam to get through majority of the engineering colleges in India. This is the first level exam. If you qualify then you can opt for the JEE Advanced which gives you access to the premier IITS. Or else you may choose from over 1000 colleges that accept the score of the JEE Mains. Read further to get an idea as to how many students take the Mains.

How many people appeared for the JEE Mains in 2017 and how many of them get selected?

As per CBSE’s official data, in 2017, 11.86 lakh candidates registered for Paper I of JEE Main and as many as 2,21,427 candidates qualified for JEE Advanced.

Eligibility criteria A candidate should have appeared for Class 12th Exam or any equivalent qualifying examination
Exam Date Offline – 8th of April, 2018.

Online – 15th and 16th April, 2018.

Fees Offline – Rs. 1000

Online – Rs. 1300

Application Date JEE Main forms for the year 2018 have closed.  Tentative date for 2019 is in the month of April.


JEE advanced

The quest for students aspiring to be a part of the top IITs doesn’t end here. Based on their JEE Main score, they get to give Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced (if they score above the declared cut off), conducted by the seven zonal IITs with guidance from the Joint Admission Board (JAB).

Eligibility criteria 1) A candidate should have appeared for the Class XII (or equivalent) examination for the first time in all the subjects.

2) A candidate should be among the top 2,21,000 + (including all categories) in Paper-1 of JEE (Main) 2018.


Exam Date The JEE (Advanced), 2018 will be held on May 20, 2018 (Sunday).
Fees Females- Rs. 1300

Males- Rs. 2600

Application Date The registration for JEE (Advanced) 2018 is between May 2-7 2018.


And how many made it to  the JEE Advanced Merit list?

For JEE Advanced 2017, a total of 50,455 qualified for the 23 IITs, the IISC, the 7 IISERs and the country’s top science and technology institutes (see below).

Once you’ve made the dilemma of choice.

The dilemma is whether I should  opt for a better IIT or a branch of my choice. If you are clear about where your interest lies and what is your branch of choice, you should go for it. It is what you want to do for the rest of your life and it would surely provide you with job satisfaction in the future.

But you may not really be passionate about any one engineering branch and your main goal in life is to get the best institution, or one which is closer to home, a  good placement and earn good money, then choosing a higher ranked IIT would be better, irrespective of the branch.

You should act smart and pick one that specializes in offering highest standards of education, infrastructure and placement options in your field of interest. For instance, if you are aiming at Computer Science, you should choose IIT Bombay or IIT Delhi, because they are ranked at the top amongst all.

However, getting into the IIT is a lifelong ambition, and do understand that rankings are of lesser consequence. Rankings do not ensure that every student from a higher ranked IIT is better than the next ranked.

Newly introduced IITs 

Four new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) began offering admissions to eligible candidates through JEE Advanced from the academic year 2016-17. The newly introduced IITs include IIT Chhattisgarh, IIT Goa, IIT Jammu and IIT Karnataka.

JEE Advanced only for IITs?

Students usually have a pre conceived notion that their advanced marks are given validation only by the IITs and if they don’t make it, their hard work has been ruined. Luckily, that’s not the case. While filling the admissions forms, there are 9 other colleges that ask for your JEE Advanced scores. The 9 other institutes which offer admission to candidates on the JEE Advanced score are IISC Bangalore, IIPE Visakhapatnam, IISER Bhopal, IISER Mohali, IISER Kolkata, IISER Pune, IISER Thiruvananthapuram, IIST Thiruvananthapuram and RGIPT Rae Bareli.

Talking about IISERs-

IISER is an abbreviated form for Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research. They are a group of premier science education and research institutes in India. There are a total of 7 IISERs in Berhampur, Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram and Tirupati. One can apply to the five year BS-MS dual degree programme in all IISERs provided he/she meets the eligibility criteria. Specifically for applying to the five year BS-MS programme in Engineering Sciences in IISER Bhopal students should have Mathematics as one of the subjects in class XII examinations.

Number of seats available in IISERs-

 The combined total number of seats available in all IISERs for BS-MS degree programme is 1300. The number of seats available in each IISER is as follows: Berhampur — 100, Bhopal — 250 (Basic Sciences – 200; Engineering Sciences – 50), Kolkata — 200, Mohali — 200, Pune — 200, Thiruvananthapuram — 200, Tirupati — 150.

What are the channels available for admission to IISER? 

There are three channels available for admission into IISERs:

  1. KVPY (Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana),
  2. IIT JEE (Advanced)
  3. SCB (State and Central Boards).

Some major institutes in India are-

SR.No Name of the Institutes Number of Institutes Qualifying Examination


Number of seats available
1 Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) 23 JEE Advanced 10988
2 Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs) 23 JEE Main 2018 Paper 1 3433
3 National Institute of Technology (NITs) 31 JEE Main 2018 Paper 1 17868
4 Government Funded Technical Institutes (Other GFTIs) 20 JEE Main 2018 Paper 1 3979
5 IISERs 7 JEE Advanced 1300


Choosing between an IISER and a NIT/IIT is not a tough choice if you are clear with what you exactly want to do.  The goal of IISERs is to focus on science and produce good scientists. IISERs were established because India was falling behind in Science. IISERs are comparatively new institutes and have not yet built a brand name for themselves. With the IIT/NIT  brand name every individual, who can, goes to IIT/NIT and most study engineering. Science departments, although exist in these institutes, have a second class status. That has resulted in India falling behind in Science. The quality of education and the kind of exposure you get at an IISER is definitely a notch above NITs as you are taught by the top scientists in India. The government’s aim in establishing IISER was to create as good institutes as IITs but focused on Science. So, if pure science and research is your choice, you should go to IISERs. If your goal is to get a degree, and a job or to go for MBA (in IIMs) after that, then NITs are better for you.


  • Along with your JEE Main marks, the candidate should have secured at least 75% marks in the 12th examination,
  • Or, be in the top 20 percentile in the 12thclass examination conducted by the respective Boards.
  • Should have Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with one of the Chemistry/Biotechnology/Biology/ Technical Vocational subject.

What was the whole confusion about CET 2018?

The students wanting to pursue engineering and medical had to give one state entrance exam (CET) as well as one national level entrance exam (JEE Mains) along with other college’s own entrance exam. However in 2016, Supreme Court had announced that admissions to all medical and dental courses will be carried out on the basis of NEET (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test).

The All India Council for technical Education (AICTE) had announced that admissions for all the engineering colleges will be based on an all-India entrance test i.e. JEE mains.

Now, the Supreme Court had to come up with this decision as it would be an end of state government’s CETs for engineering and medical seats. Hence, both the exams will rely on national curriculum, as approved in the NCERT textbooks. This system aimed at introducing a common window for admission policy. However some states including  Andhra is opposing this new move as it asks students to study two entirely difference syllabus for college exams and entrance exams.

Has it been scraped off?

For the year 2018, CET has not yet been scraped off. Students are still preparing for it, however there have been certain changes made. Basically, the state government wants to bring it at par with JEE Mains in terms of the level of difficulty, paper pattern as well as quality of tests so that they have quality applicants getting admissions into various engineering colleges.

Changes in CET 2018

  • The syllabus for MH-CET 2018-19 onwards is be based on the combined syllabusof classes XI and XII like JEE, instead of only class XII which has been the norm for CET.
  • Around 20% weigtage will be given to Class XI curriculum while Class XII curriculum will carry remaining 80% weightage.
  • Each paper will carry 10 questions from Standard XI, while 40 questions will be asked from Standard XII.
  • The questions based on physics, chemistry and mathematics will get slightly trickier and more application based. On the other hand, questions of biology will be at par with NEET examination.

Click in this link for more details- https://www.dtemaharashtra.gov.in/mhtcet2018/

Apart from these, a few of the colleges also have their own entrance exams. A summarized list is given below


               EXAM-The Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test (BITSAT). 

This exam is considered to be almost as tough as the JEE Advanced.

Clearing BITSAT with a good score with fetch you with an engineering degree course in one of the BITS campuses in Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad.

Eligibility criteria Only those aspirants with a minimum of 75 percent marks in PCM in their class 12 Board exams are eligible for it.
Exam Date  May 16, 2018- May 31, 2018.

For 2019, 3rd week to last week of May 2019

Fees The prescribed fee for BITSAT 2018 is Rs.2950 (Rs 2450  for female candidates).

Application Date

 The registration for BITSAT 2018 began on December 19, 2017 and will end on March 13, 2018.

For 2019, 3rd week to second week of March.


  • COLLEGE- VIT University 

                EXAM- Vellore Institute of Technology Engineering Entrance Examination (VITEEE) 

 VITEEE is conducted by VIT University, Vellore for admission in Engineering courses at VIT Vellore, VIT Chennai, VIT Andhra Pradesh & VIT Bhopal.

Eligibility criteria Candidates must have scored an aggregate of 60% in Physics, Chemistry, Maths/Biology in class 12.
Exam Date April 4, 2018 (Wednesday) to April 15, 2018 (Sunday).

For 2019, first week of April.

Fees Online Application Form : Rs 1,150

Offline Application Form : Rs 1,200


Application Date The registration for VITEEE 2018 began on November 9, 2017.

The last date to register is March 15, 2018.

For 2019, 1st November to last week of February.



  • COLLEGE- Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU).

               EXAM- IPU CET (Indraprastha University Common Entrance Exam).

Aspirants seeking admission to GGSIPU affiliated colleges will have to appear and qualify the IPU CET entrance exam for the respective course.

Eligibility criteria 1) The candidate must have passed class 12th or equivalent examination with a minimum aggregate of 55% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

2) The candidate must have passed each subject in class 12th or equivalent examination.

Exam Date 13th May, 2018.

For 2019, 2nd week of May.

Fees Rs. 1000
Application Date GGSIPU had released IPU CET 2018 application form on 20 February, 2018. The last to apply is May 1, 2018.

For 2019, last day to submit is 1st week of May.


  • COLLEGE- SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST)

                EXAM- SRM Joint Engineering Entrance Exam (SRMJEEE)

This exam  is conducted by SRM University for admission in Engineering Courses at SRM University Chennai, SRM University Amaravati & SRM University Sonepat.

Eligibility criteria 1) Candidate should have either passed or appearing in higher secondary examination (10+2).

2)  Candidate must have Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics / Biology.

3) International Baccalaureate (IB) with Diploma, or A-level with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics / Biology.


Exam Date April 16, 2018 (Monday) to April 30, 2018 (Monday)

For 2019, 3rd week of April.

Fees Rs.1100
Application Dates Last date to register was 1st March, 2018.

For 2019, 1st week of November to last week of March.






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