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      Most Popular Competitive Exams After Class 12

      With the academic year 2018- 19 coming to an end, students are planning to chart out their higher education and future career paths. The plus two board exams will be over by March-April, and students must start applying for different programs in higher education in early 2019. This is because application processes for most of the degree and professional courses commence by February. Scroll down to read about at the most sought after entrance exams and the details about getting admission to different premier colleges and institutions.


      Engineering Entrance Exams


      Name of Exam




      Application Method

      Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main B. E./B. Tech., B. Arch., B. Planning Class 12 pass (PCM) Online
      JEE Advanced UG programmes in IITs and ISM Dhanbad Class 12 Pass (PCM) Online
      BITSAT Integrated First Degree programmes in BITS Pilani, Goa & Hyderabad campuses Class 12 pass (PCM) Online



      National-level Entrance Exams for Engineering programs


       1. BITSAT –


      2. All India Engineering Entrance Exam  –


      3. AMU (B. Tech) –


      4. IPU-CET (B. Tech) –


      5. Manipal (B. Tech) –


      6. COMED-K –


      7. VITEEE –


      8. NDA Entrance with PCM (MPC) –

      State-level Entrance Exams 


      1. Andhra Pradesh –


      2. Chattisgarh – PET  –


      3.  Gujarat – CET (B.Tech) –


      4. Jammu and Kashmir – CET (B.Tech) –


      5. Karnataka -


      6. Kerala –

      7. Maharashtra –

      8. Odisha – JEE (B.Tech) –


      9. Uttar Pradesh – JEE -


      10. West Bengal -

      Medical Entrance Exams




      Held by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE Board), NEET or National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is for aspirants willing to get admissions to undergraduate and Postgraduate Medical and Dental courses in the country. Though not as tough as the AIIMs entrance test, NEET is also considered one of the most difficult crack entrance tests in India. Read more about NEET 2019: exam dates, admit card, syllabus, exam pattern, and preparation tips.


      Name of Exam Website Course/Program Eligibility Application Method
      National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) MBBS / BDS Class 12 (PCB) Online





      Every aspiring doctor dreams to clear this exam. This is mainly to avoid shelling out lakhs of rupees for a medical degree from a private college situated in a remote area of India. AIIMS is an autonomous body which holds its own pan India entrance test, the results of which are recognised by a great number of medical colleges.

      The difficulty of getting selected in the test is easy imagine, given that students from all over the country are striving hard to make to the limited number of seats.


      Name of Exam Website Application Method





      Courses offered in AIIMS


      Branch Undergraduate Postgraduate Super-specialization Doctoral
      Medicine MBBS MD/MS/MCh(6yrs)/DM(6yrs)
      MD (Hospital Administration)
      Fellowship Programme
      Dentistry MDS
      Nursing B.Sc. (Hons)
      B.Sc. (Post Basic)
      MSc (Nursing)
      Biotechnology M Biotech
      Paramedical B.Sc. (Hons) in Medical Technology in Radiography
      Bachelor of Optometry



      Other sought after national level entrance exams for getting admission to medical degree programs-


      1. CMC-Vellore –


      2. CMC-Ludhiana –


      3. JIPMER –


      4. Manipal  –


      For more info on medical studies in India, aspirants can read –


      Pure Science


      Name of Exam Website Course/Program Eligibility Application Method
      Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) Fellowship and admission to IISc Banglore in 4 year BS Degree Class 11, 12, UG, PG Online, in Person, By Post
      Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research 5 year BS-MS Degree Programme


      Class 12 Online
      National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 5 year integrated M.Sc. programme in Biological, Chemical, Mathematical and Physical sciences in NISER or UM-DAE CBS. Class 12 (PCMB) Online, By Post





      Founded by the renowned Statistician, P. C. Mahalanobish on 17th December, 1931, ISI is dedicated to the research, teaching and application of statistics, natural sciences and social sciences. The institute was endowed with the status of an Institution of National Importance by an act of the Indian Parliament in 1959.


      Headquartered in Kolkata, the institute has four other centres at Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Tezpur. The Institute’s diverse bodies across the country are deeply engaged in projects and consultancy in Statistical Quality Control and Operations Research.


      Divisions and Units of ISI –



      1. Theoretical Statistics and Mathematics Division


      2. Teaching and Training Division


      3. Statistical Quality Control and Operations Research Division


      4. Social Sciences Division


      5. Physics and Earth Sciences Division


      6. Library, Documentation and Information Sciences Division


      7. Computer and Statistical Services Centre (CSSC), KOLKATA


      8. Computer and Communication Sciences Division


      9. Associate Institutions


      10. Biological Sciences Division


      11. Applied Statistics Division Administrative Services Division



      Name of Exam Website Course/Program Eligibility Application Method
      Indian Statistical Institute Admission


      B Stat (Hons), B Math (Hons), M Stat, M Math, MS (QE), MS (LIS), M Tech (CS), M Tech (QROR) and Research Fellowships. Class 12 (Maths, English) Online, By Post


      For more info read –

      Students aspiring to build career in mathematics can also read –


      Marine, Navy


      Name of Exam Website Course/Program Eligibility Application Method
      Indian Maritime University Common Entrance Test Diploma in Nautical Science (DNS) leading to BSc. (Nautical Science) Class 12 (PCM) Online
      Indian Navy B.Tech Entry Scheme Indian Navy B.Tech course Class 12 passed Online
      Indian Navy Sailors Recruitment 24 weeks Basic training at INS Chilka followed by Professional training Class 12 (Maths and Physics/Chem./Bio/Computer Sc.) Online, By Post





      Name of Exam Website Course/Program Eligibility Application Method
      Indian Army Technical Entry Scheme (TES) Technical Entry to Army Class 12 PCM Online
      National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I) Army and Air Force wings of NDA and 4 years B. Tech course for the Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) Class 12, 12 Passed Online



      Fashion and Design


      Name of Exam Website Course/Program Eligibility Application Method
      National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Entrance Test Design, Management and Technology for the international fashion business Class 12, 12+, Graduate Online, By Post
      National Institute of Design Admissions 4 year GDPD & 2.5 Year PGDPD Class 12, 12+, G By Post
      All India Entrance Examination for Design (AIEED)


      4 years UG level programmes in Design Class 11, 12 Online



      There are many other fashion and design schools which hold their own entrance exams. Here is a list –


      1. Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) –


      2. Footwear Design and Development Institute –


      3. Maeer’s MIT Institute of Design –


      4. National Aptitude Test in Architecture –

      5. National Institute of Design –


      6. National Institute of Fashion Design –


      7. Pearl Academy –


      8. Symbiosis Institute of Design-


      For more info on fashion and design as career read-


      Humanity and Social Sciences


      Name of Exam Website Course/Program Eligibility Application Method
      Banaras Hindu University Undergraduate courses Class 12 Online
      IIT Madras Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (HSEE) Integrated Master of Arts (M.A.) programme Class 12 Online
      TISS Bachelors Admission Test (TISS-BAT) B.A. Social Sciences programme in any of three Campuses i.e. Tuljapur, Guwahati and Hyderabad Class 12, 12+ Online




      Name of Exam Website Course/Program Eligibility Application Method
      The English and Foreign Languages University Hyderabad Entrance Test BA (Hons.) in English, Arabic, French, German, Russian and Spanish BCJ, B.Ed. (English) Class 12, G, PG Online
      JNU Admission Entrance Exam Three-year B.A. (Hons.) programme in Foreign Languages Class 12, G, PG Online, By Post


      Agriculture and Hotel Management


      Name of Exam Website Course/Program Eligibility Application Method
      Indian Council of Agricultural Research ICAR AIEEA-UG-PG Bachelor, Master Degree Program, SRF (PGS) to Pursuing Ph.D in Agriculture and Allied Sciences at Agricultural Universities Class 12, UG, PG Online
      All India Hotel management Entrance Exam NCHMCT JEE B.Sc. Hospitality & Hotel Administration Class 12 Online




      Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is conducted for students seeking admission to various National Law Universities in the country. It is an entrance test, conducted to provide a list of candidates on the basis of ‘merit-cum- preference’ to each University for admission to their Under-Graduate (UG)/Post-Graduate (PG) programmes, as per the eligibility, reservation and other criteria laid down under the respective Statutes of the participating Universities. It is an all India common entrance examination, conducted on rotational basis by 19 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their UG and PG degree programmes.


      Youth of India that aims to make career in the field of Law must appear for CLAT. Around 50000 candidates apply for Common Law Admission Test every year. General perception is that through CLAT, admission is granted in NLUs but there are 34 more colleges which accept the score of the examination. These institutes have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CLAT office and use the scores for admission.



      Name of Exam Website Course/Program Eligibility Application Method
      Common Law Admission Test B.A. LL.B (Hons), B.Com. (Hons), BBA LL.B (Hons) Class 12, 12+ Online, By Post
      All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) B.A., LL.B. (Hons.), LLM, PhD Class 12, 12+, LLB, LLM Online, By Post



      For more info on Law as a career in India read –





      Author: Baishali Mukherjee

      Profile- An independent writer and journalist for last nine years; presently working with Education World, Entrepreneur India, and Worked as the content head for four books and have articles and features published in leading print and digital media spaces.


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