The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are autonomous institutes governed by the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961. These institutes offer engineering and management courses. The Institutes of Technology Acts, 1961 lists a total of 16 IITs located at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bhubaneshwar, Hyderabad, Gandhinagar, Jodhpur, Indore, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Guwahati, Patna, Mandi, Varanasi, Ropar, and Roorkee. A common IIT Council looks at the administration of all IITs.
Admission to IITs is a dream come true for engineering aspirants but the process to get into an IIT is not a smooth walk. Clearing the entrance exams requires constant hard work and dedication. All IITs have a common admission process for admission to undergraduate courses known as Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) which was formerly known as the Indian Institutes of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE). IITs also conduct other entrance examinations for admission to post-graduate and integrated programmes. Here is the list of all IIT entrance examinations.
Joint Entrance Examination Advanced – JEE Advanced
The JEE Advanced exam is conducted for admission to undergraduate (Bachelor’s), Dual Degree, and Integrated Master’s programmes in Sciences, Engineering or Architecture. It is an all-India level examination conducted by seven zonal IITs (Delhi, Bombay, Madras, Guwahati, Kharagpur, Kanpur, and Roorkee) on a rotational basis under the guidance of the Joint Admission Board (JAB). Only those candidates who qualify the JEE Main (conducted for admission in NITs, IIITs, and other CFTIs) are eligible to appear in the JEE Advanced exam. JEE Main is conducted in the month of April and JEE Advanced is conducted in the month of May.
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering – GATE
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is conducted for admission to post-graduate engineering courses such as M.Tech, M.E., direct PhD offered by institutes supported by MHRD and other government agencies. The exam is jointly conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and seven IITs (Delhi, Bombay, Guwahati, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Madras, and Roorkee) on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. The GATE score remains valid for three years from the date of result announcement. The exam is conducted in the month of February.
Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. – JAM
The Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. (JAM) is being conducted from the year 2004 for admission to M.Sc. (two-year), Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D., M.Sc.-M.Tech., M.Sc.-Ph.D. dual degree and other post-graduate level programmes offered at IITs and IISc. The aim of the exam is to attract bright students towards a career in various areas of Sciences and interdisciplinary areas of Science and Technology. The exam is generally conducted in the month of February for different papers viz. Biotechnology, Geology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Mathematical Statistics.
Common Entrance Exam for Design – CEED
Common Entrance Exam for Design (CEED) is conducted for admission to post-graduate programme in Design (Master of Design – M.Des) offered by IISc Bangalore, IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Guwahati, and IIITDM Jabalpur and Ph.D. programmes in Design at IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur, IIT Hyderabad, and IIT Guwahati. The exam is conducted every year in the month of January by IIT Bombay. It is conducted for assessing candidate’s aptitude for design involving creativity, drawing skills, visual perception, communication, logical reasoning, and problem-solving skills. The CEED score remains valid for one year from the date of result declaration.
Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Exam – HSEE
IIT Madras conducts the Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Exam (HSEE) every year for admission to its five years integrated Master’s programme in humanities and social sciences subjects. The exam is intended for admission in mainly two streams – English Studies and Development Studies. The exam is conducted in the month of April. Scores/ranks of HSEE cannot be used by any other institution for admission purposes without prior permission from the HSEE chairman.
Apart from the above examinations, IITs used to conduct the Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET) for admission to their management programmes. However, from the year 2012, IITs are using the scores of Common Admission Test (CAT) for Management admissions. Thus, JMET has been discontinued.