The Various Entrance Exams | Career Options | Admission Tests

This article will list and discuss the major examinations required for admission into universities and colleges in India and the United States. (IIT-JEE, BITSAT, CAT, AIIMS, SAT, ACT, MCAT, GRE)



Perhaps the most famous of them all, the entrance examination to the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology is one of the toughest to crack in India. There are 2 tests to conquer in order to be admitted into one of the IITs’ undergraduate program. They are the JEE Mains and the JEE Advanced*. The JEE Mains is the first stage of the test, and students who perform well here qualify to take on the JEE Advanced, as can be determined from the names. Over 12 lakh (1.2 million) students appear to take the JEE Mains every year, and around 1.7 lakh (170,000) students are selected for the JEE Advanced. However, only 50,000 students eventually qualified to one of the 23 IITs. This is an astonishingly low rate of acceptance, at 2 percent.

The JEE (Mains and Advanced) comprise of grueling questions based on mathematics, physics, and chemistry. The time limit for both tests is 3 hours.

*JEE: Joint Entrance Examination


The Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test (BITSAT) is administered to students for admission to the undergraduate engineering degree program at the BITS campuses in Pilani, Goa, and Hyderabad. The BITSAT is a computer based entrance exam for admission to BITS Pilani Engineering, Pharmacy, Information Systems and other courses.



The CAT (Common Admission Test) is an examination taken by MBA aspirants. The selected students will be admitted into one of the 13 Indian Institutes of Management across India. Over 2 lakh (200,000) students take on this tough examination based on Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation, and Logical Reasoning. Now, IIM Ahmadabad is now officially the toughest business school to get into in the world, with an acceptance rate of only 0.25 percent!

AIIMS MBBS Entrance Exam

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) conducts an entrance exam after Class XII at the National Level for admission to MBBS seats in AIIMS New Delhi and to the other six new AIIMS like institutions. Now, if one says that the acceptance rate for the IIMs is extremely low, the AIIMS acceptance rate is extremely super duper low, at a baffling 0.08 percent! The fact is that only 37 students are admitted into the AIIMS medical program every year.



Colleges need to determine if you are a good fit to the environment that you will be in if you attend that particular college. They do this by evaluating your scores on the standardized test(s); that is, the SAT or ACT (or both). These are tests that determine your intellect relative to the rest of the world. The SAT has a maximum score of 1600, while the ACT is out of 36. However, they are both valued similarly by admissions officers. So, it does not matter if you get 36 on the ACT vs 1600 on the SAT. The higher your score on standardized tests, the greater your chance of acceptance into a top university. For more information on the SAT and ACT and their key differences, click here. The SAT and ACT are conducted all over the world, and there are several test centers in India as well.



The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a computer-based standardized examination for prospective medical students in the United States, Australia, Canada, and Caribbean Islands. It is designed to assess problem-solving, critical thinking, written analysis and knowledge of scientific concepts and principles.

The most recent version of the exam was introduced in April 2015 and takes 7.5 hours to complete. The test is scored in a range from 472 to 528.


The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for most Graduate Schools in the United States. The GRE measures the verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills of potential candidates. The content of the GRE consists of certain specific algebra, geometry, arithmetic, and vocabulary.

The GRE is an exam that is adaptive on a section-by-section basis, so the performance on the first verbal and math sections determine the difficulty of the second sections presented. The scoring is done from a range of 130 to 170. The cost to take the test is $205 (approx Rs 13000), although the fee can be reduced under certain circumstances. Financial Aid is also promoted among GRE applicants who prove economic hardships.



That was information on the entrance tests to various top-class colleges in India and abroad. Hope you gained some information!


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2 thoughts on “The Various Entrance Exams | Career Options | Admission Tests

  • August 11, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    Hi all! Hope you learn something new from this article! Comment below which exam you think is the toughest to crack!

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