Engineering Admissions in India - Overview

How to get into an Engineering College in India?

So many Engineering colleges, so many entrance exams! Which ones should you apply to and how, which tests should you take? Find out below.

You can apply to all seats in the national level colleges such as the IITs.

IIT admissions require you to take the JEE Main, rank in the top 1,50,000 in the JEE Main results, take the JEE Advanced, and apply for IIT counselling to be allocated a college and course. 

You can apply to 50 percent seats in all the NITs.

50 percent of the seats in the NITs are available to all India students, irrespective of their domicile. To join an NIT as an all India student, you would need to take the JEE Main, and appear for the CSAB counseling to be allocated a course and a college.

You can apply to 85 percent seats in engineering colleges in the state in which you are domiciled.

State-level, government and private engineering colleges reserve 85 percent of their seats for students in the state where the colleges belong.

Some states require students to take their own engineering entrance exams. These states are: Bihar, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Goa, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Assam, Rajasthan and the North Eastern States.

Some states accept students based on their JEE Main results. These states are: Delhi, Odisha, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Uttarakhand.

* Tamil Nadu and Puducherry admit students on the basis of their 12th class marks only.

 All states hold their own counseling where they allocate colleges and courses to students.   

You can apply to 50 percent seats in the NITs in your state.  

Find out if there are NITs in your state. You stand a better chance of admission there since 50 percent of the seats in the NIT in your state are reserved for students from your state only. For the NITs, you would take the JEE Main and appear for the CSAB counseling.  

You can apply to 15 percent seats in engineering colleges in the states where you are not domiciled.

If you have your eyes set on a state-level engineering college outside the state of your domicile, you will need to appear for the counseling of that particular state using your class 12th marks and JEE Main results. Some states may require you to take the state-level entrance exam. Karnataka, for example, has a separate exam for outside Karnataka applicants called the COMED-K.

You would need to take separate exams for many famous national level private engineering colleges

BITS Pilani has its own entrance exam, so does VIT and the Symbiosis Institute of Technology.

You can apply directly to many local or state level private engineering colleges

Amity University, SRM University, Lovely Professional University … Some of these colleges require you to take the JEE Main, some might have their own entrance tests too. Explore their websites.

Management quotas in private engineering colleges

15 percent of the seats in many private engineering colleges are filled under the management quota. The entrance requirements are less stringent through this quota, but the admissions and tuition fees are much higher compared to that paid by All India and State Quota students.


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