Admission procedures and entry tests vary widely across states and universities/institutes. Usually, admission to a university in a state is based upon the performance of the candidates in the statewide Higher Secondary examinations. These are usually given after completion of the twelfth standard/grade, for example the HSC examinations of Maharashtra. Some states also have special entrance examinations for entry into engineering and medical programs, for example the Common Entrance Test in Karnataka, or the Common Entrance Test in Delhi. Admission into federally established institutes like the Central Universities, the IITs, and the NITs is usually based on a combination of performance in nationwide exams such as the JEE-MAINS and the state-level Higher Secondary examinations. Admission into federally established institutes like the NISER and the CBS is based on performance in the nationwide exam - the NEST. Admission to the National Law Universities is based on a national level entry examination conducted annually by the CLAT.
National Aptitude Test (NAT) – Common entrance Test for admission in Higher Education Institutions across India.
Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) – Standard means of entry to the National Law Universities across India.
JEE-MAINS (previously AIEEE) – Standard means of entry to the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) across India with other reputed private as well as government universities including Delhi College of Engineering(DCE) and Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, University of Delhi (NSIT).
CIC Admission Test – Entrance Examination followed by Interview for selection into B.Tech and Masters programs at Cluster Innovation Centre of University of Delhi (CIC).
All India Pre Medical Test – Standard test for admission to 15% of Central Government quota merit seats in Government Medical Colleges in India.
NEST – Standard exams for entry to the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) and the Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS).
JEE-ADVANCED (previously IIT-JEE) – Standard exams for entry to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)
ALIGARH MUSLIM UNIVERSITY – Standard exams for entry to the ALIGARH MUSLIM UNIVERSITY (A.M.U.)
Manipal University, SRM, Jain University, KIIT Entrance Examinations- for entry into these reputed private Deemed Universities.
GGSIPU Conducts CET to admission to various programes in country's capital(DELHI) in various government and private engineering college.
GATE - Aptitude test for various engineering graduates to pursue their Master's degree in Indian Institute of Technology and also for Basic Science's graduates and post graduates to pursue masters degree or research at IIT's.
CAT, XAT, MAT, NMAT, AMCAT (Amity University), or SNAP – Standard exams for entry to the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other business schools
National Eligibility and Entrance Test NEET-UG, for entry in to undergraduate medical education MBBS, The test is conducted at all India level.
PAT (Planning Admission Test), APIED (Arvindbhai Patel Institute of Environmental Design), for entry into Masters of Urban Planning, Vallabh Vidyanagar, ANAND
UPSC - This is India’s central agency that holds all the important examinations to recruit top notch government officials in the country. It conducts the Civil Services Exam, Combined Defence Services Exam, Indian Statistical Service Examination and lots more.
IAS - Aptitude test to get selected in Indian Administrative services
JEST - Joint screening test for graduates or post graduates who wish to pursue their masters studies or research in field of science.
INAT - Screening test for the candidates who wish to pursue Ph.D. in astronomy and astrophysics. Conducted by Inter University campus of Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) and National Center of Radio Astronomy (NCRA) jointly
WBJEE - West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination
BCECE – Test for admissions into medical, engineering and pharmacy course in the Bihar.
BCECE Board is the only institute of its kind in the Country that care about proxy students. At the examination centre candidates have to proceed through three thorough steps to avoid proxy.
MP-PET – Test for admissions into medical, engineering and pharmacy course in the M.P.
Board is the only institute of its kind in the Country that organizes competitive tests all over India for entrance to various professional courses every year on a very large scale.
CG-PET - Test for admissions into Engineering Graduate Course in C.G.
CG-PMT - Test for admissions into Medical Course in C.G.
RPET – Test for admissions into engineering colleges (Mostly government sponsored and some affiliated private) in Rajasthan.
RPMT – Test for admissions into medical and pharmacy course in Rajasthan.
GUJCET – Test for admissions into medical, engineering and pharmacy course in the state.
GCET – Test for admissions into MCA and MBA programs in the state.
PAT – Test for admissions into Masters in Urban Planning programs at BCHS, APIED V.V. Nagar.
CEE – Test for admissions into engineering colleges like Assam Engineering College( at Guwahati ), Jorhat Engineering College, Jorhat Institute of Science and Technology( at Jorhat), Bineswar Brahma Engineering College( at Kokrajhar), Girijananda Choudhury Institute of Management and Technology( at Guwahati & Tezpur ), Royal Institute of Technology( at Guwahati ), NITS (at Mirza, Guwahati)and medical colleges like Guwahati Medical College & Hospital( at Guwahati ), Assam Medcal College & Hospital( at Dibrughar), Silchar Medical College & Hospital(at Silchar), Jorhat Medical College & Hospital(at Jorhat), Fakruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College & Hospital( at Barpeta) in the state of Assam.
CEE – Standard means of entry to Delhi Technological University(DTU, formerly Delhi College of Engineering - DCE) and Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT).
Although from 2010, the CEE has been cancelled and instead both of the above listed institutes will conduct counselling and admissions via the score in AIEEE exam.
CET – Standard means of entry to State government engineering college (CBPGEC, AIT, GBPGEC) and affiliated self-financed college. GGSIPU, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University.
Common Entrance Test, the Karnataka common entrance test (KCET) – Test for admission into public and private medical and engineering colleges.
Comed-K, conducted by the Consortium of medical and engineering colleges of Karnataka - for admission into private engineering and medical colleges.
KEAM, Kerala Engineering and Medical Entrance is conducted for admission to the private and government Engineering and medical colleges of the state.
MHT-CET, the Maharashtra Health sciences & Technical- Common Entrance test – Test for admission into medical and engineering schools.
MPSC - Aptitude test for graduates who wish to join Administrative services in state of Maharashtra
Orissa JEE, The Orissa Joint Entrance Examination – Test for admission into medical, engineering management schools
SEE-UPTU, previously Asia's biggest university but now split into 2 separate universities namely Gautam Buddha Technical University and Mahamaya Technical University. It conducts examination for engineering, architecture, pharmacy and management courses.
TNPCEE – Test for undergraduate admissions in the select universities in the state of Tamil Nadu.This test has been removed from admission requirements from the academic year 2007–08 following approval from the then president Dr. APJ Abdulkalam
Single Entrance Examination for Medical Entrance
The Medical Council of India has determined that there will be only one common entrance test each for over 30,000 MBBS seats and over 11,000 MD seats in all government and medical colleges in the country. Earlier (till this year), students wanting to take up courses in medicine had to appear in at least five to six MBBS and MD entrance tests for various colleges and worry about problems like clash of exam dates as well as travel to distant places for counselling for allotment of seats.