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B.Tech Admission 2020: Latest News, Eligibility, Selection Process, Admission without JEE

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Admissions to B.Tech courses in India are conducted through national (JEE Mains, JEE Advanced), state (WBJEE, KEAM etc) or university/institute level (IISER Aptitude Test, BITSAT etc) entrance examinations. Deemed universities conduct their respective entrance examinations to shortlist students. Every year, these examinations are conducted in the months of March and April. 

In view of the current COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent nationwide lockdown, most entrance examinations for 2020 have been postponed until further notice. According to the recent guidelines by AICTE, the academic session will begin from September 2020. 

Top 50 Engineering Colleges of India: Entrance Exams Accepted, Application Dates

Admission to BTech courses takes place through scores and ranks secured by students in various entrance exams. While some colleges have their own entrance examinations, others accept state or national level examination ranks for shortlisting candidates.

Here’s a list of entrance exams that are accepted by top 50 colleges (as per NIRF Rankings) of India:

  • IITs, NITs, and Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs): JEE Mains/ Advanced
  • IIEST Shibpur: JEE Mains
  • Birla Institute of Technology: BITSAT
  • Thapar University, Patiala: JEE Mains
  • Amrita School of Engineering: AEEE / BITSAT/ JEE Mains
  • Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology: KIITEE
  • M. S. Ramaiah Institute Of Technology-Bangalore: KCET
  • Manipal Institute Of Technology: MET
  • Jamia Millia Islamia (A Central University): JEE Mains, JMI
  • Indian Institute Of Science Education & Research, Mohali: IISER Aptitude Test, JEE Advanced
  • Pondicherry Engineering College: JEE Advanced, CENTAC
Entrance ExaminationDate of ApplicationLast Date of ApplicationApplication FeeExam Dates
JEE Mains (April Session)May 19, 2020May 24, 2020650/-18-23 July 2020
JEE AdvancedTo be declared soonTo be declared soon1400/-23 August 2020
BITSAT11 January 2020Application Closed 3300/- (Male candidates) 2800 (Female candidates)May 24, 2020
AEEE19 September 201930 June 20201000/-23-27 July 2020
KIITEE16 November 201917 May 2020No application fee24 July- 2 August 2020
KCET5 February 202018 May 2020250/- (Female Candidates) 750/- (Male candidates) 5000/- (NRI)30- 31 July 2020
MET15 July 202015 July 20202000/-24-7 August 2020
JMI21 February 202015 June 2020700/-August 2020 (Tentative)
CENTACMay 2020 (Tentative)June 2020 (Tentative)500/- (General) 250/- (SC, ST, OBC)Not yet declared
IISER Aptitude Test23 March 202015 June 20202000/-Dates postponed

State-Level BTech Entrance Examinations: Latest Updates 2020

Tabulated below are the state level entrance examinations which are accepting applications and are yet to conduct Entrance Examinations:

Entrance ExamState/RegionApplication DateApplication FeeExam Date
MHT CETMaharashtraLast Date: 23 May 2020 500/- to 800/-4-31 July, 3-5 August 2020
PTU CETPunjab Dates postponed600/-Dates postponed
UPSEEUttar PradeshApplication Closed1300/- (Male candidates) 650/- (Female candidates)August 2, 2020
WBJEEWest BengalApplication closed700/-Exams ended by February 2, 2020
OJEEOdisha6 February-31 May 20201000/- to 1500/-June 2020 (Tentative)
KCETKarnatakaApplication closed500/-July 30- August 1, 2020
COMEDKKarnataka16 January- 30 May 20201600/-June 2020 (Tentative)
BCECEBihar21 March-29 March 2020550/-June 2020 (Tentative)
Assam CEEAssam7 April- 27 May 2020650/-28 June 2020
KEAM KeralaApplication Closed700/- (General) 350/- (SC, ST)Dates not declared
TS EAMCETTelangana21 February- 31 May 2020800/-Dates postponed
AP EAMCETAndhra PradeshApplication closed500/-27-31 July 2020
JK CETJammu and Kashmir11 March- 31 May 20201200/-Dates not declared
JEECEJharkhandApplication closed 900/- (Male candidates) 450/- (Female candidates)Dates not declared
CGPETChhattisgarh17 March- 31 May 2020200/-Dates not declared
GUJCETGujaratApplication closed1200/-Dates postponed
GCETGoaApplication closed1800/-Dates postponed
UKSEEUttarakhandApplication closed1500/-Dates not declared
TNEATamil NaduApplication closed500/-Dates not declared
MP PATMadhya PradeshApplication closed500/- (General candidates) 250/- (SC/ST/OBC/PWD)28 June 2020
REAPRajasthan15 May- 10 August 2020700/-Dates not declared

B.Tech Admissions 2020: Top Deemed Universities of India, Admissions without JEE

Tabulated below is a detailed account of the application dates, last dates and additional information regarding admissions to BTech courses in top colleges of India:

Name of CollegesApplication DatesExams Date
International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Application closedDates postponed
BITS Pilani/MesraApplication closed for BITSATMay 24, 2020
SRM Institute of Science and TechnologyApplication closed30 July-14 August 2020
Karunya Institute of Science & TechnologyApplication closedDates postponed
Indian Institute of Information TechnologyMay 19-24, 202018-23 July 2020
Vellore Institute of TechnologyApplication closed29 July- 23 August 2020
ICFAI Foundation For Higher EducationApplication closedDates postponed
Banasthali VidyapithApplication closedDates not announced

BTech Admission: Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria for admissions into BTech colleges are similar throughout the country. The basic criteria for admission are as follows:

  • Passed 12th standard with science stream having Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English as the subjects.
  • Secured at least 50% marks in each of the aforementioned subjects.
  • Students who come under the category of SC/ST are eligible for 5% relaxation in the aggregate and qualifying marks.
  • For subjects like Biomedical or Biotechnology Engineering students need to have Biology as a subject in the 12th Class. Alternatively, some colleges require either Biology or Mathematics as a part of Class 12 studies. 
  • Students need to take an entrance examination, the scores or ranks of which will determine their admission to a college. 

BTech Admission Process: IITs, NITs, State/ Autonomous BTech Colleges

The admission to BTech colleges in India is possible through entrance examinations. National level entrance examinations like JEE Mains and JEE Advanced are applicable for entry into most of the colleges. Below is a detailed discussion of getting admission into BTech courses:

  1. Appear for Engineering Entrance Examinations
  • Engineering aspirants need to qualify JEE Mains or state level entrance examinations.
  • For admissions into autonomous colleges, students have to take university entrances like JMI Entrance Exam (Jamia Millia Islamia), MET (Manipal Institute) etc.
  • IIT aspirants need to specifically qualify JEE Mains and JEE Advanced. Only first 150,000 to 200,000 students who qualify JEE Mains will be shortlisted for taking JEE Advanced. Without a valid score in JEE Advanced students will not get admission into IITs.
  1. Participation in JoSAA

Aspirants have to register for JoSAA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority) for admissions into BTech courses in IIT or NIT. Closely after the results of JEE Advanced, IITs and NITs disclose results of BTech courses. Securing ranks within the opening or closing ranks, students can be through IIT and NIT.

  1. Accept Admission Offer and Make Payments:

Accept offers for admission and makes payments accordingly. For IIT and NIT aspirants, download provisional admission letters from JoSAA website, and pay e-challans. 

  1. Document Verification:

After payment of seat acceptance fee, students have to report to the reporting centre for verifying documents.

Note for students: Top Engineering Colleges apart from IITs and NITs accept JEE Mains ranks and often conduct their own entrance exams. 

BTech Admissions through 10+2 Marks: REAP, CENTAC, TNEA

Tabulated below are the important dates for application and counselling:

Entrance ExamsTentative Application Start DateTentative Application Closing DateCounselling (Tentative)
TNEAFirst week of MayFirst week of JuneLast week of June
MP B.Tech admissionsSecond-Fourth week (July)Second- Fourth week of JulyLast week of July
REAPThird week of MayThird week of JuneLast week of June
Punjab Technical UniversityFirst week of MaySecond week of JuneThird week of June
CENTACJuneSecond week of JulyThird week of July

REAP 2020 Admission Process

Centre for Electronic Governance (CEG) will conduct counselling for REAP 2020 through online mode. 

  • Eligibility: Students completing 10+2 exams and JEE Mains can attend REAP counselling. Students from Rajasthan have an advantage of upgrading seat-allotments based on ranks in merit list and choices made initially while applying.
  • Admission process: There will be three rounds and a special round for counselling. Students have to register on the official website of REAP and check the merit list when released online. 

TNEA Counselling 2020

Anna University conducts Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission (TNEA) based on 10+2 marks. The application and payment of fees are done online through its official website.

  • Eligibility Criteria: Candidates have to pass Class 12 with Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry as their subjects. 
  • Selection process: Students will receive ranks in the merit list based on their marks in Class 12.
  • Admission: Selected candidates will be allotted seats in colleges based on merit, rank and choices filled during application. 

CENTAC 2020: Admission Process

Centralized Admission Committee, Puducherry will release the CENTAC application form 2020 in online mode from its official website. 

Selection Criteria: Admission for BTech courses in Puducherry will be selected on the basis of Class 12 marks. Students from states other than Puducherry will be selected through JEE Mains scores. 

Eligibility: Students should not be more than 21 years of age before July 1, 2020. Candidates need to secure aggregate 45% marks (Mathematics and Physics as compulsory with Biology/Biotechnology/Chemistry/Technical subjects) in Class 12 for general and 40% for reserved category students. 

Admission Process

Stated below are the detailed steps of admission through CENTAC 2020:

  1. Registration and Application
  • Students have to register on the official website of CENTAC with personal (name, email address and contact number) and basic details (address, parents name and course). 
  • Upload scanned copies of mark sheets, passport size photographs and identity proof. 
  • Pay application fee of Rs. 1000 (General) or Rs. 500 (for reserved category) through net banking, credit or debit card. 
  1. Release of Merit List
  • Separate merit list will be available on the official website for Puducherry candidates and candidates from other states.
  • Authorities will release a draft then final list. 
  1. Counselling
  • CENTAC conducts online counselling through centralised system considering marks, merit list and category and students can choose college and courses accordingly
  • Students have to further contact chosen college for remaining admission procedure

MP BTech Admissions 2020

Eligibility Criteria 

  • Candidates must be from Madhya Pradesh and completed 10+2 from Madhya Pradesh secondary board or equivalent. 
  • Students should have mathematics, Physics and Chemistry as subjects in Class 12 and secured 45% marks (General) and 40% marks (reserved category). 

Application Process

  • Students have to register themselves by filling the application form entering personal and basic details.
  • Application forms are available tentatively by the second week of July. 

Counselling

  • Counselling will be provided separately for students applying with Class 12 qualifying marks and JEE Mains.
  • Students will be allotted seats based on priority according to candidates’ merit, ranks, choice of course and colleges 

Punjab BTech Admissions 2020

Punjab Technical University conducts counselling and admission process for its affiliated colleges based on 10+2 marks or JEEMains ranks.

Eligibility Criteria: Candidates should complete 10+2 from recognised boards with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. 

Application: Students have to apply tentatively by June. Register with personal details and academic records. 

Counselling: Students will be invited for offline-counselling based on ranks in merit released. Students have to fill forms, pay registration fees, choose courses and colleges based on available seats and merit.

BTech Admission: How to Apply?

To apply for admissions in B Tech Colleges students need to have a valid score of entrance exams. Below is a detailed explanation of the application process:

  1. After securing ranks in entrance exams, students have to register for centralised admission systems. 
  2. Deemed universities have respective admission procedures through which students get admission. Students have to separately apply for admissions.
  3. For state-level entrance tests, there are centralised admissions systems as in the case of WBJEE and KEAM. Students have to register for these systems and be a part of their counselling process to separately apply for linked colleges.
  4. For IIT and NIT aspirants, students securing JEE Advanced scores have to register for JoSAA. Students have to visit the official website of JoSAA and apply online. 

How to Choose the Right BTech Colleges in India?

Aspiring to be an engineer is one thing and turning out to be an adept professional takes a lot of effort. It is imperative that choosing the right college plays a pivotal role to augment domain expertise. So here’s to some essential aspects to make the right decision:

Promising Placement Policies

When it comes to engineering colleges, claiming a 100% placement is a marketing gimmick. As per the recent statements by AICTE in 2018, 22% of the engineering colleges in India do not have substantial industrial partnerships. This adversely affects placement opportunities. Hence, even top colleges cannot claim 100% placements. 

Prioritise your stream of study

Going by the brand name of a college can make students suffer if it does not provide the right courses. Look for the potentials of the course curriculum and facilities of a college for that stream. Experienced faculty, robust industry exposure, the extensive scope for research and effective internship programs are the things that colleges should ensure. 

Check scholarship and financial aids

Engineering is one of the most expensive undergraduate programs in India. In order to meet the economic aspects of this course, scholarship programs are also available. Scholarships or financial aids are available even based on caste groups.

Follow a holistic approach

There is no denying that engineering is the most sought-after course among Indians. Even though the pedagogy of IITs and NITs are inexplicably brilliant, there are many decent colleges that offer better facilities and learning experience. Hence, students can look beyond IIT and NIT to shape their future.