Entrance Exams in India

After class 12th board exams many of you must be quizzed to select stream and graduation course for themselves. With just common career options after 12th, are you just left with choices for graduation in streams like science, humanities or commerce.? Just hold on, as we have compiled a list of top entrance exams after 12th for conventional and unconventional UG courses and jobs. Some of the below-mentioned entrance exams after class XII and courses are All India level (National Level) while others State Level or colleges’ own specific entrance exams.

Here is a list of some of the leading entrance exams after class XII passouts can appear.


Engineering Entrance Exams Architecture Entrance Tests Medical Entrance Tests
Defence and Marine Common Entrance Tests Hotel Management Entrance Exams
Law Entrance Exams Design Entrance Tests Others

Engineering Entrance Exams

JEE Main: JEE Main is National level entrance exam conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education after class XII for admission to Engineering programs at NITs, IIITs and centrally funded technical institutions like IIST, and is also the eligibility test for JEE Advanced. Earlier it was known as AIEEE.

BITSAT: Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test is administered to Class XII students for admission to the engineering degree courses at the BITS campuses in Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad. BITSAT is computer-based online entrance exam for admission to BITS Pilani Engineering, Pharmacy, Information Systems and other courses. Notifications are out in the month of December and online tests are held in the month of May through June.


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Architecture Entrance Tests

NATANational Aptitude Test in an architecture entrance exam for admission to B Arch courses in India in Government and Government aided and un-aided colleges of Architecture. NATA can be given at any designated test centres, at least 6 working days prior to the cut-off date for applying to the preferred colleges. NATA applications forms are available in the month of March and one can take the exam on any working day from March to Aug.

Medical Entrance Tests

National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Exam for Under Graduate (NEET- UG): NEET –UG is an All India level single entrance- cum- eligibility test for admission in MBBS/BDS courses after class 12th science. It is conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) that previously conducted all India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT).

Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) Entrance ExamArmed Forces Medical College Entrance exam is among the toughest entrance exams after 12th. This is 4 and half years, followed by internship of 1-year Medical course. After qualifying AFMC entrance exam students, it is compulsory for the students to serve as a commissioned officer in medical services of defence forces minimum 7 years.

JIPMER 2018Jawaharlal Institute Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Puducherry Entrance exam is among the toughest entrance exams after 12th. This is 4 and half years, followed by internship of 1-year Medical course.

 SEE ALSO: Medical Entrance Examinations in India: State wise

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Defence and Marine

National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) Exams: An all India level entrance exam for those who wish to join any defence force and serve the nation. After qualifying the NDA and NA selected candidates can join Army, Air Force and Navy as per their passing percentage during the training period. Class 12th passouts are eligible for this exam.

Indian Maritime University Common Entrance Test: An all India level entrance test for students seeking admission to Diploma in Nautical Science (DNS) after class 12th with the science background. The selected candidates are offered a BSc. (Nautical Science) degree.

Common Entrance Tests

Manipal (MBBS) MU OET: All India Manipal University Online Entrance Test (MU-OET) is conducted for selecting students seeking admission in the MBBS course offered at KMC, Manipal and KMC, Mangalore. It’s a four and a half years plus one year of compulsory rotating internship course. It is recognised by the General Medical Council of Great Britain and the Malaysian Medical Council. The curriculum of the course includes both theory classes and clinical training according to MCI guidelines.

MGIMS-PMT Wardha: Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences Pre Medical Test (MGIMS PMT), Wardha is an all India level medical entrance exam hosted by Kasturba Health Society for the candidates seeking admission in various health sciences courses including MBBS and BDS in Government Medical Colleges beneath MGIMS War

Hotel Management Entrance Exams

NCHMCT JEE: The National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology Joint regulates B.Sc Hospitality and Hotel Administration and other courses of study at 21 central IHM, 14 state government IHM and 15 private IHM affiliated with NCHMCT. For admission to courses offered at these institutes, the council conducts Joint Entrance Test (JEE).

Law Entrance Exams

CLATThe Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is conducted for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at 14 National Law Universities. Each year a university out of these 14 takes the responsibility of conducting the entrance test. In 2014 CLAT was conducted by GNLU, Gandhinagar.
CLAT is for 2 hours and covers questions on English, General Knowledge/ current affairs Numerical ability, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.

Design Entrance Tests

NIFT entrance test: National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) conducts the entrance test for admission to its bachelor’s program. For B Design it takes GAT and CAT and Situation test. For admission to B.F Tech, students have to appear in GAT test.

Others Entrance Tests

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) Exam: The SSC exam is for those who want government jobs right after class 12th. If selected, one can join as lower division clerk in any of the various government ministries and departments, armed forces or railways.

The above list includes the most popular entrance exams after Class XII in all the streams. There are many career options after 12th, which are not listed here. Our focus of the post was to illustrate a clear picture of career choices after class 12th board exams and list down the?

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