Common Entrance Test or CET is the gateway for admissions to various professional colleges situated within the country. A student who wants to pursue a professional degree course in medicine, dental, engineering, architecture, etc., must enroll himself / herself for a recognized CET. However, only Class XII students who have achieved requisite scores in mandatory subjects can register and appear for the test. These highly competitive exams are open to all eligible domiciles of a particular state or the nation. The tests are conducted under the aegis of a state or the Central Government. If a competing student successfully qualifies the Common Entrance Test, then he is granted admission to first year/ semester of the respective course.
Common Entrance Test
A professional college in the country can admit only those students who have succeeded in the test. Institutes affiliated to state universities can admit candidates selected through CET. There are multiple options that a student can vie for after clearing Class XII exam, but every institute can admit only restricted number of students. Consequently, competition level of these entrance exams is set high, so only the deserving candidates are selected.
Some of the national level Common Entrance Test are mentioned below:
JEE – This is an all India level CET, conducted by CBSE to grant admission in the engineering or technical institutes like IIT’s and IIST.
BITSAT– It is an entrance test conducted by Birla Institute of Technology and Science for admission to various engineering streams.
AIPMT– This is a national level entrance exam administered by CBSE for admission into the country’s medical and dental colleges.
AIIMS – All Class XII science stream students are eligible to sit for the national level medical entrance exam conducted by All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
NATA– It is a country level National Aptitude Test in Architecture, conducted by the Government of India for admissions to architecture courses after Class XII.
NCHMCT– The admissions to various hotel management institutes of the country is managed by the National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology. All national, state and private hotel management colleges grant admission to only those students who qualify this test.
CLAT– The national law varsities deem only those students eligible for admissions to law courses who qualify the Common Law Admission Test.
NIFT test- National Institute of Fashion Technology conducts an entrance test at national level to allow entry to its design and fashion technology courses.
CPT– The governing body of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India conducts the Common Proficiency Test. The student who clears three levels of the test can work as an independent Chartered Accountant in future.
Some of the regional level CETs are:
EAMCET– The state of Andhra Pradesh conducts entrance test for admissions to engineering, agriculture and medical colleges in the region.
KEAM– Kerala government conducts a state level entrance exam for admissions to courses in engineering, architecture and medicine.
Karnataka CET– This is an entrance test that grants admission to deserving students in various professional degree colleges in the state of Karnataka.
This is a list of the most prominent common entrance tests conducted all over the country. The students who desire to qualify for any of the mentioned tests have to fulfill the eligibility criteria laid by the institutes. The fee structure of the courses varies from place to place. By all means, CET aims to provide a fair chance to every worthy student and thus lakhs of students sit for the tests each year. Even stringent competition does not dissuade students from appearing for the tests, as it holds the key to their dreams of becoming a part of a premier institutes.