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Top Engineering Exams to Appear for Along with the JEE

We know that you are currently working hard for the JEE (Main + Advanced), which is one of the toughest exams in the world–and the only way to get into one of the finest engineering institutes in the country, the IITs.

Considering that the number of students that appear for JEE Main is approximately 1.4 million, and the number seats available in IITs are approximately 10,000–the chances of getting into the IITs is around 1%. Seriously!

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So, are IITs the only good institutes in the country? Is the JEE the end of your life? A big ‘NO’ is the answer to both of these questions. There are lots of other institutes in the country that are really good for academics, and some really are even at par with the IITs!


There are many Engineering entrance exams conducted across the country that provide admissions to both government-funded and private institutes. One of the famous examples, of course except for JEE, is the BITSAT.

Colleges like BITS Pilani, BITS Goa, BITS Hyderabad offer admissions to students on the basis of BITSAT scores. BITS Pilani particularly is better than some of the new IITs on the basis of facilities, research, and quality of education provided here. Placements here are excellent, and just like IITs. BITS are surely a good place for pursuing engineering courses.

More on BITSAT

BITSAT is a Computer Based Test and mostly comes up with an easy level of questions. It is held in various dates and students have the freedom to choose the day and center for the examination, provided that the slots at the respective examination hall are not full.

BITSAT is held at dates which are generally very close to the dates when JEE Advanced is held. For instance, in 2018, the JEE Advanced was held on 20th of May, and BITSAT slots were started 3 – 4 days before the JEE Advanced. There was no slot of BITSAT on 20th of May due to JEE Advanced as lots of students appear for the JEE.

To do well in BITSAT, one should have a thorough knowledge of all the concepts covered in NCERT textbooks and some other reference books.

What Do You Really Want to Do?

Do you dream of being a researcher rather than an engineer who has to sit looking over his PC all the time? Do you love any subject mainly from Physics, Chemistry, or Maths and want to conduct a deep research in pure sciences?

Well, there are government funded institutes known as IISERs which are well known for academics and research. KVPY is the gateway to such institutes. KVPY is one of the most famous exams for Physics, Chemistry, and Maths–or Physics, Chemistry, and Biology students who want to study in pure sciences and perform research in IISc and IISERs.


KVPY is divided into two parts. The first part is a Computer Based Test (CBT). It is followed by the second part, which is an interview. Getting a fellowship in KVPY offers direct admission to students in IISc or IISER. IISc Bangalore is known to be excellent for research. IISER Pune, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati, and Mohali are also quite good. Other advantages of this fellowship are the availability of a stipend for research purposes, and a fellowship card which provides access to some of the major libraries and laboratories all across the country.

KVPY can be said to be of moderate level difficulty. Of course, it is not tougher than the JEE Advanced–but the overall question papers are good. One needs to practice mathematics thoroughly in order to score good marks as mathematics is usually both tough and tricky.

Other Exams

There are also the state-level entrances like CET that provide paths to some good institutes. For instance, MHT CET which is Maharashtra’s state-level common entrance exam, is an exam that can get you admitted into some old and great colleges like ICT (Institute of Chemical Technology) Mumbai, COEP (College Of Engineering Pune), and many others.

SRM, VIT, and WBJEE are some more examples of renowned institutes that also have their respective entrance exams. For example, VITEEE (Vellore Institute of Technology Engineering Entrance Exam) is an entrance exam for getting into VIT.

WBJEE (West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination) is a pretty good exam for admissions into good engineering institutes in West Bengal. Every year more than 0.2 million students appear for the WBJEE. Unlike the JEE, this exam evaluates the speed of problem-solving rather than keeping tough and in-depth problems for the exam. The test is a very easy level, the competition is neck-to-neck. Therefore, one should have a decent score for getting admission in a decent branch in the college of preference.

Dates for Other Entrance Exams

Here are the expected dates of these exams and many other engineering entrances below:

  • BITSAT – May 2019
  • MHT-CET – April/May 2019
  • SRMJEE – April 2019
  • VITEEE – Third week of March 2019
  • AISEE – Second week of April 2019
  • Amity JEE – April 2019
  • Assam CEE – May 2019
  • COMEDK – May 2019
  • KCET – April 2019
  • UPSEE – April 2019
  • WBJEE – April 2019

Don’t Judge Too Hastily

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Lastly, you should note that you should never judge any college just by its popularity. Before taking admission in any college, you should verify all the factors necessary for your bright future. If you only love studies and nothing else, then apply to any college where academics is strong so that your talent won’t get wasted. If you want extracurriculars along with academics, you should choose such a college according to your dreams.

But no matter which college you choose, you must keep up a good academic record! If your academics are ruined, you cannot even save your extracurriculars and may end up in nothing in your hands.

All the best!

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