Engineering and MBA
are among the most sought after fields of education in India. High job opportunities, immense growth potential and worldwide scope of employment are the most important factors which work in favor of these fields. So, the demand is naturally very high. Millions of students appear for engineering and
admissions every year and thousands of them qualify for the course.
It has been estimated that India churns out nearly six million graduates every year and most of them are from engineering and commerce fields. Thousands of these students go on for higher studies such as MBA. Although the number of colleges has increased in the recent past, the competition still remains fairly high as millions of students fight it out for a seat in a prestigious college.
Admissions into engineering are through entrance examinations. Until 2012, different entrance exams were held for different institutions. For example,
admitted students based on JEE and NITs considered ranks in
. Students needed to appear for different examinations conducted by private deemed universities such as BITS, VIT, Amrutha University and others. Besides these, state-wise exams such as EAMCET in Andhra Pradesh, TNPCEE in Tamil Nadu, KCET in Karnataka and KEAM in Kerala among others, were conducted annually for admissions into the local colleges.
Since students had to appear for so many examinations and because the examinations were spaced closely, the scenario posed a lot of stress on students. What is more, some exams tended to overlap and students had to give up a few of them. In order to solve these problems and simplify admission process, the government has decided to hold one common national examination for the entire country. It is named ISEET and stands for Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test. This examination will have a national rank that will be applicable for applying to national institutes and a state rank which will be considered by the local colleges. Once this examination comes into play, from 2013, it is definitely going to relieve students greatly.
Entrance examinations for engineering and MBA admissions test technical, analytical and logic skills of students. MBA is more demanding and entrance examinations test verbal prowess as well. Engineering entrances test academic knowledge and practical applications of various aspects in mathematics, physical sciences and chemistry. However, for admissions into engineering, marks in ISEET might not be the only criterion. Some weightage could also be given to marks of 12th class. This is still under debate because all states in the country do not follow the same syllabus. While CBSE board syllabus is available in all states, many states also have their own state board syllabus.
As of now, engineering and MBA admissions face similar problems since there are many exams which students have to write in order to get an MBA seat. Although there has not been a talk about conducting a common examination for MBA, mainly because different institutes have different selection criteria, it would be extremely convenient if there could be a national examination for business management courses as well. For more information on engineering and MBA admissions, the procedures and colleges, log on to