Top Engineering Entrance Exams to Target in 2019

Engineering is one of the most sought-after career options for Indian students just out of school. Planning for how to prepare to ace the entrance examinations to gain entry into the engineering program of choice and institution of dream starts right after class 10th board exam. 

Students juggle between the study load for Board examinations as well as preparations for engineering entrances through classes 11th and 12th. Joint Entrance Examination being the premier most entrance test for engineering in the country, every engineering aspirant tries their hand at it for sure. However, not all can qualify the test to be able to gain entry in their preferred engineering college. 

In order to accommodate the multitude of aspirants who wish to pursue engineering as a career, there are several other national as well as state level entrance examinations that are conducted every year. The table below lists the most prominent Engineering Entrance Exams in India and their tentative schedules of 2019.

Name of Engineering Entrance Exam
Scheduled Exam Dates
Application Timeline
JEE Main I
January 6 – 20, 2019
April 6 – 20, 2019
September 1 – 30, 2018
February 8 – March 7, 2019
JEE Advanced
May 19, 2019
Tentatively a week after the results of JEE Main II 2019
May 15, 2019 (Tentative)
March 2019 (Tentative)
April 2019 (Tentative)
January 2019 (Tentative)
April 2019 (Tentative)
March 2019 (Tentative)
May 12, 2019 (Tentative)
January 2019 (Tentative)
April 2019 (Tentative)
March 2019 (Tentative)
April 2019 (Tentative)
December 2018 (Tentative)
May 2019 (Tentative)
January-April 2019 (Tentative)
May 2019 (Tentative)
May 2019 (Tentative)
April 21, 2019 (Tentative)
January 2019 (Tentative)
April 2019 (Tentative)
February 2019 (Tentative)
July 1, 2019 (Tentative)
June 2019 (Tentative)
June 2019 (Tentative)
April 2019 (Tentative)

As mentioned earlier, JEE Main is the premier most national-level engineering entrance test conducted by NTA, qualifying which can lead to admissions at any one of the 31 National Institute of Technology (NITs), 23 Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs) and several other Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTI). JEE Main is a computer-based test, split into two papers, Paper I being for admission to B.E/B. Tech programs while Paper II is for B.Arch./B. Planning. 2019 onwards the exam will be held twice before the commencement of admissions for the academic session.

JEE Advanced, conducted by one of the 7 zonal IITs, is again a national-level online entrance examination to gain entry into the 23 IITs primarily, though several other reputed institutes also consider the score. Only candidates who qualify JEE Main are eligible to appear for the test. Only the students qualifying JEE Main are eligible to appear for JEE Advanced. Candidates need to attempt two mandatory papers in JEE Advanced

The Birla Institute of Technology and Science conducts BITSAT 2019 for admission into the engineering and pharma programs at its 3 campuses (Pilani, Goa, and Hyderabad). BITSAT is an annual, national-level, online test, for which candidates need to have at least 80% aggregate score in their Board Exams with no less than 60% each in Physics, Chemistry & 


The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA), conducted annually at the national level by the Council of Architecture is specifically for candidates interested in a career in Architecture. NATA is a paper-based test that evaluates candidates on the basis of general aptitude, mathematics and drawing skills.

Several Common Entrance Tests like the Karnataka Common Entrance Exam (KCET), Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHCET) etc. are conducted as annual, state-level tests for admission into Engineering/Technology, Architecture, Medical, Dental, Pharma etc. programs at the Government, Government-aided and unaided colleges of the respective states. Usually, admissions through Common Entrance Tests are reserved for candidates belonging to the respective states only.

There are other state-level engineering entrances as well like the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE), Uttar Pradesh State Engineering Entrance (UPSEE), Jharkhand Engineering Entrance Competitive Examination (JEECE) etc. that are conducted by the individual states for admission into engineering and other programs at participating institutes based in the respective state.

Private universities like Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), COMEDK UGET, SRM University, Indian Maritime University, Punjab Technical University, Indraprastha University etc. also conduct their own entrance tests for admissions into their respective engineering programs