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Engineering Entrance Exams

“An IIT Course, with a difference”

Engineering Entrance Exams have always been the hot choice for millions of higher secondary students, who dream to pursue attractive careers in Engineering. Most of the national as well as state level Engineering Entrance Tests like JEE (Main & Advanced), IIITs, NITs, GFTIs and for other Engineering Colleges of India, are held in the months of April / May / June for the academic year starting from July / August of the following year.

Usually, the syllabus of the entrance tests is based on the NCERT courses outline of class XI and XII. The motto of almost all the entrance tests is to assess the fundamental concepts of Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics, and their varied applications; but the questions being asked now a day are a bit tricky. However, in some specific entrance tests, questions are also asked on Mental Ability Test (MAT), English Proficiency, Logical Reasoning/ General Aptitude and Drawing etc. Single test is conducted for most of the entrance tests; while for some specific exams, entrance tests are conducted in two-stages / two-days.

In 2013, The Ministry of Human Resource & Development (MHRD), Govt. of India directed to conduct combined entrance tests called Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) for all IITs, NITs, IIITs and Other State & IIT-JEE affiliated Engineering Colleges in India. The JEE has been divided into two phases: JEE (Main) – A common entrance test for admission to undergraduate degree programs in India’s Government as well as Private Engineering / Science Institutions/ Colleges/ Universities and the screening test for the IITs. JEE (Advanced) is conducted for the admission into the very coveted IITs after JEE (Main).

The states of Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland, Odisha, Haryana, Uttarakhand and some other institutions voluntarily have joined JEE (Main) system for admission in the B.Tech/B.E. courses. Therefore, the candidates seeking admission to the institutions in these states, which were earlier admitting based on their State Level Examination are also advised to fill in the JEE (Main) application form online.

Test Pattern of National Level Engineering Entrance Exams

JEE (Main)

There are two papers in JEE (Main), Paper-1 for B. Tech and Paper-2 for B.Arch/ B. Planning. Paper-1 contains 90 questions; 30 questions from each in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Each question carries 4 marks with a total 360 marks. There is ¼ negative marking, means 1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer. Duration of the test is 3 hrs. Mode of the test is both offline and online for Paper-1 and only offline for Paper-2.

JEE (Advanced)

It is consists of two objective type papers i.e., Paper-1 & Paper-2. Each paper contains 54 questions from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics with three separate sections i.e., Section-1, 2, 3. Questions are varies from section to section. Each subject contains 18 questions. Max. Mark is 183 for each paper but marking scheme varies from question to question. There is also negative marking in some sections of this paper. Duration of each paper is 3 hrs. The JEE (Advanced) exam will be conducted online from 2018. The decision to conduct the exam online is taken by Joint Admission Board (JAB).


Vellore Institute of Technology Engineering Entrance Exam (VITEEE) question paper consists of 3 parts – Part-I: Physics, Part-II: Chemistry and Part-III: Mathematics/Biology. Each part contains 40 questions with equal weightage. The total number of questions is 120. Each question carries 1 mark. Duration of test is 2.5 hrs. Max. Mark is 120. Test will be conducted in online mode.


Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) Admission Test question paper consists of 4 parts. Physics in Part-I contains 40 questions; Chemistry in Part-II contains 40 questions; Part-III contains two sub-sections: (a) English Proficiency-15 questions & (b) Logical Reasoning-10 questions and Mathematics/Biology in Part-IV contains 45 questions. Total no of questions is 150. Each question carries 3 marks. There is also -1 negative marking. Duration of test is 3 hrs. Max. Mark is 450. Test will be conducted in online mode.