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Looking at the number of students who appear for various entrance exams, admission to the IITs may not be an easy cakewalk for a majority of them. After IITs, there are still some very good institutes which have made a mark.

These include Delhi College of Engineering (DCE); BITS, Pilani; NIT, Trichy (Tiruchirappalli); MNR, Allahabad and PEC, Chandigarh. Other institutes worth mentioning here are : BITS, Ranchi.

Longowal Institute, Sangrur; Thapar Institute of Technology, Patiala; Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad and Harcourt Butler Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

In addition, there are around 18 NITs (with one in each State and which are now under the Ministry of Human Resource Development) which are equally good. There are a good number of engineering colleges south of Vindhyas who have earned a reputation.

They include College of Engineering, Guindy; Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore; Vellore College of Engineering, Vellore; Andhra University Engineering College, Vizag; D. Y Patil College of Engineering, Maharashtra; K. J. Somaiya College of Engineering, Mumbai; Pune Institute of Engineering and Technology, Pune; M. S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru; R. V. College of Engineering, Bengaluru, etc.

As far as private engineering colleges are concerned, very few of them make the grade. Many feel that they are weak in Postgraduate education and research. Further, due to their economic compulsion, to earn as much profit as possible, they hire cheap faculty (salary bill is the biggest expenditure in an engineering college).

As a result, the quality of education at such institutes is not up to the mark. But some institutes like Thapar Institute of Technology, Patiala and K. J. Somaiya College of Engineering, Mumbai are the very respected ones.

Specialisations for Engineering Courses

In case of specialisations, according to the experts, the top three streams are Electronics / Electrical Engineering (including Telecommunications), Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science Engineering / Bioinformatics / Biotechnology. Though the IITs are considered as a cut above the rest, individual IITs are famous for their distinctive disciplines.

Thus, IIT – Kanpur is best for Electronics, Computer Science and Aeronautics, and IIT – Kharagpur for Mechanical Engineering and Metallurgy and IIT – Roorkee for Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.

Other institutes like DCE, BITS, Pilani and NIT, Trichy are reputed to have good streams in Electronics, Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering.

Engineering Entrance Examinations for Admission

(A) IIT – JEE : Gateway to Prime Career Hotspots in Engineering

It is only after getting through the IIT – Joint Entrance Examination, popularly known by its acronym IIT – JEE, that you can be eligible for admission to the Undergraduate Programmes conducted by the seven Indian Institutes of Technology – Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee, besides IT – BHU, Varanasi, and ISM, Dhanbad.

The IIT – JEE is an objective test comprising three separate papers (objective type) in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, each of two hours duration.

A candidate can opt for question papers either in English or in Hindi.

Eligibility Criteria for Engineering Courses : As per the new pattern of the IIT – JEE, only those candidates who have secured at least 60% marks in the 10+2 exam (55% in case of SC / ST and PD candidates) are eligible to seek admission in any of the IITs, Institute of Technology – BHU, Varanasi, or Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad.

In case the respective Boards award letter grades, without providing a norm for converting them to equivalent percentage marks, the norms decided by the Joint Implementation Committee of JEE shall be final.

With effect from 2006, a candidate is allowed only two attempts to write IIT – JEE. Further more, he / she is allowed to write JEE only in the year in which he / she passes the qualifying examination and / or in following year.

Candidates, who join any of the IITs, IT – BHU, Varanasi, and ISM, Dhanbad through JEE – 2006, will not be permitted to appear in IIT – JEE in future.

You must not be more than 25 years of age as on October 1 of the year of IIT – JEE. However, in the case of SC, ST and PD (Physically Disabled) candidates, upper age limit is relaxable by 5 Years.