5 most popular Engineering Exams in India

By Anusha

With India advancing towards technology, development in all aspects seems to have taken a new wing. Gone are the days when admissions to Engineering colleges were as easy as walking into a university. It is now an era only for the most deserving. We live in a world of competition and survival of the fittest is the one rule that the students have to keep in mind if they were to succeed.


There are 'n' number of engineering entrance exams available in India to enable students with the required skill and passion to learn to go ahead with their dreams.

Here is a list of top 5 most popular engineering exams in India:

JEE Main (Joint Entrance Examination Main)

1) JEE Main (Joint Entrance Examination Main):

Recognised as one of India's most toughest and the most sought after exams for entrance into NITs, Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) and State Funded Technical Institutions (SFTIs). each year over 15 lakh students appear for JEE Main.

Available seats: More than 50,000 approximately.

Exam Pattern: 2 objective type papers, each having Maths, Physics and Chemistry sections.

Eligibility: For B.Arch and B.Plan: Candidates must have scored 50% of marks in Mathematics subject in class 12 examination, including five subjects.

Institutes that accept JEE Main: 26 NITs, CFTIs and SFTIs

JEE Advanced (Joint Entrance Examination Advanced)

2) JEE Advanced (Joint Entrance Examination Advanced):
Recognised as one of India's most toughest and the most sought after exams, over 1.5 lakh students who qualify from JEE Main can take up JEE Advanced to gain entrance into the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology.

Available seats: 10,030+ approximately.

Exam pattern: 2 objective type papers, each having Maths, Physics and Chemistry sections.

Eligibility: 10+2, and a minimum of 25 years of age while appearing for the exam.

Institutes that accept JEE Advanced: 15 IITs, ISM Dhanbad.

BITSAT (Birla Institute of Technology and Science Aptitude Test)

3) BITSAT (Birla Institute of Technology and Science Aptitude Test):
BITS Pilani Campuses in Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad, organise this online entrance exam. In comparison with JEE students feel BITSAT is much easier.

Exam pattern:
1. Objective type, multiple-choice questions.
2. Examination will be of total 3 hours duration.
3. The test consists of four parts:

  • Part I : Physics - 40 Questions
  • Part II : Chemistry - 40 Questions
  • Part III : (a) English Proficiency - 15 Questions (b) Logical Reasoning - 10 Questions
  • Part IV : Mathematics - 45 Questions


  • Candidates should have passed the 12th class examination of 10+2 system from a recognised Central or State board or its equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics subjects.
  • Further the candidate should have obtained a minimum aggregate of 75% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects in 12th examination, at least 60% marks in each of the Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics subjects, and should have adequate proficiency in English.
  • Students who are presently studying in BITS at any of its campuses are not eligible to appear in BITSAT conducted for the current year.

Institutes that accept BITSAT: BITS Pilani

GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)

GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering):
The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) jointly administer the conduct of Graduate Aptitude of Test in Engineering (GATE).
GATE is conducted for admissions to M.E and M. Tech programmes.

Exam pattern:

  • Objective and multiple choice questions
  • For the GATE 2014 exam, a candidate can apply for only one of the 22 papers
  • Exam consists of a single paper of 3 hour duration that contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks


  • Bachelor degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture (4 years after 10+2)  or those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.
  • Must have master's in Science, Maths, Statistics, Computer Applications or equivalent.
  • Students in the second or higher year of the four-year Integrated Master's degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology or in the third or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master's degree programme and Dual Degree programme in Engineering/Technology

Institutes that accept GATE: Indian Institute of Science and 7 Indian Institutes of Technology


VITEEE (VIT Engineering Entrance Examination)

VITEEE (VIT Engineering Entrance Examination):
To get admissions into Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), students have to take up VITEEE. VITEEE test is conducted for admission to Engineering / Technology programmes in VIT University. It is an Computer Based (online) examination.

Exam pattern:
1. Objective exam comprising Physics, Maths, Chemistry and Biology.
2. All the questions are objective type, contains three parts:

  • Part-I - Physics,
  • Part-II - Chemistry,
  • Part-III - Mathematics / Biology.

3. No negative marks for wrong answers.


  • 10+ 2 or its equivalent with a minimum average of 60% of marks in Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics or Biology (PCM / PCB).
  • The applicant for admission should be a Resident / Non Resident Indian National.
  • Candidates who have studied Physics, Chemistry and Biology are eligible only for B.Tech. Bioinformatics, Bio-Medical Engineering and Biotechnology programmes.

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