Top 10 Engineering entrance examinations in India: Check out the dates here

 Engineering is one of the most sought after career fields in India. Come rain or sun, sitting for engineering entrance exams, either for one's own interest in the field or to satisfy one's parents, are a must for almost every Indian student.

Listed below are the top 10 engineering entrance exams in the country along with their 2016 exam dates, which every student should keep a track of:
Previously known as the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE), those who manage to get a rank among the top 1.5 lakh candidates in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main), advance to the next stage- JEE Advanced.
The Paper-1 (B. E./B. Tech.) of JEE (Main) will also be an eligibility test for the JEE (Advanced), which the candidate has to take if he/she is aspiring for the admissions in he undergraduate programmes offered by the IITs.
Admission test for undergraduate engineering programmes in:
30 National Institutes of Technology (NITs)
23 Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs, IIITM and IIITDM)
16 Central Government/State Government Funded Institutions 
Various self financed deemed universities and other institutions
Institutions in the states of Gujarat, Nagaland, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Odisha, which were earlier admitting based on their State Level Examination, have joined the JEE (Main) system too.
Eligibility criteria:
Candidates must have passed in final examination of class 12 or its equivalent with five subjects.
Class 12 results of candidates will be a factor only in determining the eligibility criteria and not the JEE rankings from 2017 onwards. To qualify for appearing in exam, students need to have at least 75 percent marks or be in top 20 percentile in their Class 12 examination. The SC/ST/OBC students should have 65 percent marks.
Candidates can attempt JEE Main for a maximum of three times.
Important dates:
Start of JEE Main 2016 Online Applications: December 1, 2015
JEE Main 2016 Pencil-Paper Based Exam (Paper 1 & 2): April 03, 2016
JEE Main 2016 Computer Based Test: April 09-10, 2016
JEE Main 2016 Results (Scores): April 27, 2016
Declaration of All India Ranks: On or Before June 30, 2016

2. JEE Advanced
The JEE Advanced in the only gateway to bag one of the 10,000 odd seats for undergraduate studies in the various IITs. It is considered to be the toughest engineering entrance examination in India.
Admission test for:
23 IITs in India
Eligibility criteria:
Candidates have to be among the top 1,50,000 rank holders in JEE Main.
Important dates:
Online Registration/Application availability:   April 29, 2016 
JEE Advanced 2016: May 22, 2016
Declaration of JEE Advanced 2016 Result: June 12, 2016
The Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test (BITSAT) is almost as tough as the JEE Advanced, as per the statistics. BITSAT 2016 will be held in online mode i.e. it will be a Computer Based Test (CBT).
Admission test for:
Engineering degree courses in BITS campuses in Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad.
Eligibility criteria:
Only those aspirants with a minimum of 75 percent marks in PCM in their class 12 Board exams are eligible for it.
Candidates having first rank in all the central and state boards in India for the year 2016 will be given direct admission to the programme of their choice, irrespective of their BITSAT 2016 score as per the eligibility criteria mentioned above.
Important dates:
Availability of application form: January 8, 2016
BITSAT online tests: May 14-May 28, 2016
Admit list and wait list announcement: July 1, 2016
The VIT Engineering Entrance Examination (VITEEE) is conducted by the Vellore Institute of Technology for admission to 5,000 engineering seats. It is counted as one of the best private engineering colleges of India.
Admission test for: 
Engineering degree courses in VIT Vellore and VIT Chennai.
Eligibility criteria:
Candidates should have secured an aggregate of 60 percent in PCM/PCB in plus two examinations (or its equivalent). The aggregate should be 50 percent for SC/ST/OBC, J&K and Northeast states candidates.
Important dates:
Start of VITEEE application form availability: November 27, 2015 onwards
VITEEE 2016: April 6 to 17, 2016
Entrance exam result: April 29, 2016
The West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) is a popular engineering exam of the country taken by more than 2 lakh candidates every year. the WBJEE is considered to be more of a test evaluating the speed of person to solve problems rather than intellectual depth.
Admission test for: 
All the engineering colleges in the state of West Bengal.
Eligibility criteria: 
Candidates must have passed higher secondary (10+2) examination of West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education or equivalent examination from a recognized council/board.
Candidates seeking admission to government engineering/technology colleges, reserve category seats of any institution, including TFW category seats, must be domicile of West Bengal.
Important dates:
Start of online form fill-up: January 5, 2016
WBJEE 2016 Examinations: May 17, 2016
Declaration of results:  June 5, 2016
The Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHTCET) for entry into various engineering colleges in Maharashtra is held in two phases at two different times of the year.
Admission test for: 
Various engineering colleges in the state of Maharashtra.
Eligibility criteria:
Candidates are required to have passed 10+2 from any recognised Board in India with a minimum of 50 percent marks in PCM. Minimum marks required by SC/ST/OBC candidates is 45 percent.
Candidates will get the college of their preference according to their scores in MHCET.
Important dates:
Online Registration & filling of Application Form: March 1, 2016 
Date of Examination: May 5, 2016
Declaration of Provisional Result/Marks: June 1, 2016
The Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) is conducted to admit students into engineering colleges in Karnataka.
Admission test for: 
Various reputed engineering colleges in Karnataka.
Eligibility criteria: 
Candidates are required to have passed 10+2 from with a minimum of 45 percent marks in PCM; the subjects should have been studied in English. Minimum marks required by the SC/ST/OBC candidates is 40 percent.
The candidates should be a resident of Karnataka possessing original proof of their residency. Candidates hailing from outside Karnataka can sit for the KCET only if they have studied seven years in Karnataka.
Candidates will be selected on the basis of marks obtained by a candidate in KCET 2016.
Important dates:
Commencement of KCET 2016 online form submission: January 13, 2016
KCET 2016 Exam Date: May 4-5, 2016
Result Declaration: 1st week of June, 2016    
For admission into the various colleges of Andhra Pradesh, one needs to take the Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET). The scores of this test are accepted in not only engineering colleges, but also medical colleges in Andhra Pradesh.
Admission test for: 
Various engineering colleges of Andhra Pradesh.
Eligibility criteria:
Candidates are required to have secured minimum 45 percent in 10+2 or equivalent exam with mathematics and physics as main subjects along with Bio-Technology/chemistry/biology as the optional subject. Minimum marks required by SC/ST/OBC candidates is 40 percent.
Applicants are required to belong to Andhra Pradesh and should satisfy the Local or Non-Local status - as per the requirements of the Andhra Pradesh Education Institutions order, 1974.
Important dates:
Notification of AP EAMCET 2016: January 29, 2016
AP EAMCET 2016 Examination Date:  May 5, 2016
Declaration of Ranks (Marks): May 16, 2016
The Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Exam (UPSEE) is conducted by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University for taking admission into various courses like Engineering, Pharmacy,  Fashion and Design, Architecture and Management etc .
Admission test for: 
About 1.50 lakh engineering seats including around 4,000 government college seats at different technical institutes across Uttar Pradesh.
Eligibility criteria:
Candidates are required to have secured minimum 45 percent in 10+2 or equivalent exam with Mathematics and Physics as main subjects along with Bio-Technology/Chemistry/Biology/Technical Vocational subject as the optional subject. Minimum marks required by SC/ST/OBC candidates is 40 percent.
10 percent of the total santioned seats in Engineering/Architecture at private institutions in the state will be kept open for candidates of other states also. These 10 percent seats will be filled on the basis of combined merit of UPSEE 2016.
Important dates:
Application availability (Online): February 24, 2016 
UPSEE test date: April 17, 2016
UPSEE result and answer key declaration: Third week of May, 2016
Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology Entrance Examination (KIITEE) is conducted by the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology for admission to courses in its group of institutions which includes KIIT University, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences, and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences. KIITEE 2016 will be held in online mode i.e. it will be a Computer Based Test (CBT).
Admission test for: 
Engineering courses in Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology.
Eligibility criteria:
Candidate must have passed 10+2 or equivalent examination with minimum 60 percent aggregate in PCM.
Important dates:
Issuance of Online Application Form:  December 10, 2015
KIITEE 2016: April 21-30, 2016 
KIITEE 2016 Result declaration: May 15, 2016

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