Entrance Exams

Top 10 engineering entrance exams in India - Engineering is one of the most sought after career options in India. With lakhs of candidates appearing for various engineering entrance exams (National and state-level) every year, the competition is getting tougher with each passing day. Interestingly, in India, candidates have the option to choose from more than 50 engineering entrance exams, mostly conducted at the UG (undergraduate) level. While some engineering entrance exams are conducted at the National level, others are held at the state and institutional level.

JEE Main is the first exam that comes to our mind when we talk about top engineering entrance exams in India. This national level exam is one of the most competitive with more than 10 lakh students appearing for it every year. For the first time, in 2021, the exam will be conducted in fours sessions in different months: February, March, April and May. Dates for all the sessions have been announced by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The exam is a gateway for admission to the NITs, IIITs and CFTIs and the first stage of the JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) system for admissions to the premier IITs in India; the second being JEE Advanced. The dates for JEE Advanced 2021 are yet to be announced.

The other exams in the list of top engineering entrance exams in India are BITSAT, SRMJEEE, COMEDK, VITEEE etc. Overall, most engineering aspirants appear for more than one exam in an academic session.

To help candidates through this muddle, we share below details of various engineering exams to be held in 2021. Candidates should note that the dates for some of the below-listed engineering exams in India are not yet declared. Thus, the dates for such exams will be updated as and when released by the conducting authority.  

Look at the list of Top 10 engineering entrance exams in India (in no particular order)

S. No

Exam name

Exam Date


JEE Main

Session-1: 23-Feb-2021 to 26-Feb-2021

Session-2: 15-Mar-2021 to 18-Mar-2021

Session-3: 27-Feb-2021 to 30-Apr-2021

Session-4: 24-May-2021 to 28-May-2021


JEE Advanced

To be announced



To be announced



April 2nd or 3rd week 2021



April 1st or 2nd week 2021



To be announced



To be announced



To be announced



To be announced




1.JEE Main: This is one of the most popular engineering entrance exams in India. From 2021, the exam is getting held four times in 2021: February, March, April and May by NTA (National Testing Agency). Till 2018, JEE Main exam was being conducted by CBSE. JEE Main 2021 February session will be from February 23 to 26 and result for the same is likely to be released in February or March. The JEE Exam 2021 for other sessions are also out. 

2. JEE Advanced: The second stage of the JEE system, JEE Advanced is conducted once a year by the seven zonal IITs with guidance from the Joint Admission Board (JAB). The exam scores are used for admissions to BTech programmes offered by different IITs in India. Remember, only the top 2.5 lakh rank holders of JEE Main will be eligible to appear for JEE Advanced 2021. The exam dates are yet to be announced by the authorities. 

3. BITSAT: Conducted by Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani, BITSAT is a computer-based test (CBT) conducted annually for admission to Integrated First degree programmes like BE, Pharma and MSc programmes offered by BITS campuses located at Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad. BITSAT 2021 dates are yet to be announced by the exam conducting authority.

4. VITEEE: One of the most popular institute level BTech exam, VITEEE is conducted by the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) for admissions to its BTech programmes. VITEEE 2021 will be held online. VIT University has cancelled the VITEEE 2021 and admission to its various campuses will be based on the scores obtained by candidates in the entrance exam.

5. SRMJEEE: SRM Institute of Science & Technology conducts SRMJEEE for admissions to BTech programmes offered by its campuses in Kattankulathur, Ramapuram, Vadapalani and Delhi-NCR. SRMJEEE 2021 will be held online across more than100 test centres in India and few centres in Middle-east. SRM Institute of Science & Technology has made available the application form for SRMJEEE 2021. Admission to its various campuses of SRMIST will be based on the marks obtained by candidates in the entrance test.

6. COMEDK: Consortium of Medical Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMED K) conducts COMEDK UGET (Undergraduate Entrance Test),a state-level examination. The exam scores are used for admissions to interested candidates in engineering and medical degree courses offered by colleges/institutes that are affiliated to COMEDK. COMEDK 2021 exam will be held online but the dates for it are yet to be announced.

7. KIITEE: Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar conducts Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology Entrance Examination (KIITEE) to offer admissions to candidates to its undergraduate as well as postgraduate programmes. KIITEE 2021 will be held at more than 60 test centres spread across various states in the country. The exam was conducted from July 24 to July 28. All other dates to be announced soon by the authority.

8. WBJEE: West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) is a state-level examination conducted by the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations Board (WBJEEB). The exam is a gateway for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered in Engineering & Technology, Architecture and Pharmacy courses by colleges in the state. WBJEE 2021 exam will be conducted in June (Tentatively),the authorities are expected to release the detailed schedule soon.

9MHTCET: Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT CET) is conducted by the DTE (Directorate of Technical Education),Maharashtra for admissions to first-year Engineering and Technology programmes (BE/BTech) and Pharmacy programmes (BPharma/PharmD) in the state. MHT CET 2021 dates regarding the exam and other events will be announced by the exam conducting authority soon.

10. BCECE (Scrapped): Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examinations Board (BCECEB) used to conduct Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination (BCECE) for admissions to engineering, medical and agricultural courses offered by institutes located in the Bihar. The exam was scrapped for BTech courses in the year 2019, admissions to engineering programmes in the state are through JEE Main.



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