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2017 Engineering Entrance Exams Scenario

The past decade has witnessed sweeping changes in the field of professional education in India and also in the domain of Entrance exams. The rules for admission to the elite colleges in Engineering, Pure Sciences, Architecture, Design and Medicine have been changing almost every 2 years in the past decade. Therefore, it is not possible to predict with certainty about the Entrance exams scenario in 2017. The tentative 2017 scenario appears as follows :

  • Admission to IITs on the basis of JEE ADVANCED exam + 75% XII Aggregate eligibility
  • Admission to BITS on the basis of BITSAT + 75% XII PCM eligibility
  • Admission to NITs on the basis of JEE MAINS
  • Admission to IIITs and DA-IICT on the basis of JEE MAINS
  • Admission to VIT-Vellore on the basis of VITEEE
  • Admission to MANIPAL on the basis of MAHE
  • Admission to MH-colleges on the basis of 50-50 Rule (XII PCM : MHT-CET / JEE MAINS)
  • Admission to IISERs, IISc-Bangalore on the basis of JEE ADVANCED

The JEE will be conducted in two stages viz. JEE MAINS in April and JEE ADVANCED in May after Std.12 Boards. About 20 lacs students across India may appear for JEE MAINS 2017 out of which 1.5 lac students will be selected to appear for the JEE ADVANCED. Out of the 1.5 lac students who appear for JEE ADVANCED, about 20000 ranks are declared of which about 10000 seats in the various IITs are filled. Please note that 50% of IIT seats are for Reserved category.

The JEE MAINS, BITSAT, VITEE, MAHE & MHT-CET are all Multiple-choice questions based exams. The JEE ADVANCED is however expected to have machine-gradable Subjective pattern questions from 2016. The XII Boards is ofcourse a descriptive examination. Thus the student aspiring for Engineering or Pure Sciences will have to prepare for the 3-D challenge : Descriptive exam of XII Boards, Objective exam of JEE MAINS and Subjective exam of JEE ADVANCED.

The syllabi of all these Entrance exams like JEE is roughly the same and is the combined syllabi of Std. 11 & 12. The syllabi of Maharashtra State Boards has been upgraded to CBSE levels since 2013-14 as well. Thus, the distinction between various Boards in terms of cumulative syllabi is miniscule and can be considered same for all practical purposes.

The Teaching styles, Study Material and Testing + Assignment patterns in the 2-years coaching programs must be orchestrated to suit the new scenario. The IITian’s Prashikshan Kendra has taken due cognizance of these recent yet profound changes and have incorporated the necessary changes in its classroom programs meticulously to meet the aspirations of students and parents like you in this dynamic age of competitive exams.


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