FROM construction of roads and buildings to automobiles and telecommunications, engineers are required in almost every area of human endeavour one can think of. It should come as no surprise to anyone that the only Indian education brand recognized worldwide, namely the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), belongs to engineering. Engineering students and engineers seem to wield disproportionate influence in several areas of higher education and industry. Even the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)have 80 per cent of their seats grabbed by engineering graduates.

With role models like former president and the ‘Missile Man of India’, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, N.R. Narayana Murthy of Infosys, E. Sreedharan of Konkan Railway and Delhi Metro, and Sabeer Bhatia of Hotmail, aspiring engineers in India have a lot to look up to.

Popular Branches
Though engineering has continuously been growing new and exotic branches, there are some that are time tested and hugely popular like Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering. 

Admission Tests
Admission to the State-funded premier institutes is via IIT-JEE, a test that has a very low selection rate. The next IIT-JEE is scheduled to be conducted on Sunday, 8th April 2012. AIEEE is the other hugely popular exam with more than 10.5 lakh aspirants appearing for it in 2011 at 1685 centres located across 86 cities. This exam is the gateway to 20 National Institutes of Technology (NITs), four Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management (IIITM), 16 self-financed deemed universities and nine other institutions. AIEEE is next scheduled to happen on 29th April, 2012. Other than these two national level exams, there are a number of State-level exams for individual States.

Prominent institutes

Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)

ISM Dhanbad


Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs)

National Institutes of Technology (NITs)

Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs, IIITDM)


Delhi Technological University (formerly DCE)

NSIT, New Delhi

Jadavpur University, Jadavpur

Anna University, Chennai

VIT University, Vellore

Thapar University, Patiala

ICT Mumbai (UDCT)


DA-IICT, Ahmedabad,

JNTU, Hyderabad,

PSG Tech, Coimbatore,

College of Engineering, Pune,

MIT, Manipal,

PES Inst. of Tech., Bangalore,

R.V. College of Engineering,

Sir MV Inst. of Tech, Bangalore


Break-up of 1.01 million Engineering seats in India

entrance exam






Institutes admitting through ENAT/others


Institutes admitting through own exams


All States State Entrance Exams


Net Total


Intake for which details are not available


Grand Total (as per AICTE 2009-10)



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