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Best competitive exams after 12th

Best competitive exams after 12th

12th standard, the so-called ‘ turning point ’ presents you with numerous WHAT, WHY and WHERE questions to decide your future.  Our surroundings are filled with stories of people who didn’t make it to their dream position. What we wish to tell you is that there are multiple doors to your dream. If one closes in front of you, make sure you open the next. In this blog we will tell you, some of the best competitive exams to take after 12th. 

By now you might have a career path or a course in mind. If not, don’t worry, read our previous blog Career Guidance: What to do after class 12th, or check out our training packages. Now that it is settled, let’s take a look at the entrance exams that will help you secure a seat for the course you like, in a college you love to build a career that you dream for.

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If engineering is your field of interest you can apply for the following entrance exams.

Joint Entrance Exam  (JEE) Main

JEE is a common entrance exam, which is conducted to screen candidates for the admissions in B.E./B.Tech., B.Arch., B. planning in NITs, IIITs, and other institutes.

Application mode is online.

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JEE Advanced

JEE advanced is for the candidates who have qualified JEE Main, and was conducted for admission to undergraduate engineering programs in the prestigious IIITs, IISc, ISM Dhanbad, and many other institutes.

Application mode is online.

Website is

Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test (BITSAT)

BITSAT is conducted for the selection Manipal BTech Manipal of candidates who applied for engineering and other science programs in BITS Pilani BITS Goa and BITS Hyderabad.

Application mode is online.

Website is


COMEDK is the “Consortium of Medical, Engineering, and Dental Colleges of Karnataka”. It is a state-level entrance exam. 

Application mode is online

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IPU-CET (B.Tech)

If you are trying to secure a seat in IPU for engineering then you have to crack this exam with good numbers.

Application mode is online

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Manipal (B.Tech)

You can get great placements from here. Manipal Institute of Technology offers BTech and Mtech degrees in various engineering streams including computer science, electrical, mechanical etc.

Application mode is online

Website is


VITEEE is the common entrance test for admission into VIT Vellore, VIT Chennai, VIT Bhopal and VIT Andhra Pradesh . It is the number 1 private institution for innovation.

Application mode is online

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AMU (B.Tech)

Aligarh Muslim University offers admission to the BTech program  in various fields.

Application mode is online

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The entrance exams for engineering that are conducted at the state level are listed below:

  1. Andhra Pradesh
  2.  Karnataka
  3.  Kerala
  4.  Maharashtra
  5.  West Bengal
  6. Chhattisgarh
  7.  Gujarat
  8. Jammu Kashmir
  9. Odisha
  10. Uttar Pradesh
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If your dream is to become a doctor, apply for :

  • National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET)


NEET is considered as the qualifying test for MBBS and BDS programs in Indian medical and dental colleges. It is conducted by the national testing agency (NTA).

Admission in MBBS courses for AIIMS and jipmer will be through NEET UG.

Application mode is online

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Pharmacy and Paramedical Courses

If you’re interested in Pharmacy or Paramedical Courses, here is a list of some state level entrance exams that you can appear for.


  • Uttar Pradesh Common Entrance Test (UPCET)
  • Kerala Engineering Architecture Medical is an entrance examination ( KEAM )
  • Orissa Joint Entrance Exam (OJEE)
  • Karnataka Common Entrance Test ( KCET )
  • Gujarat CET
  • Telangana State Engineering, Agriculture, Medical Common Entrance Test (TS EAMCET)
  • Maharashtra Common Entrance Test ( MHT CET)
  • West Bengal Joint Entrance Exam ( WBJEE)
Competitive exams for law

If you are in search of opportunities in the law field, you can apply for:

Common-Law Admission Test (CLAT)

It is a national-level entrance exam for admissions in undergraduate and postgraduate law programs. It is a centralized national-level entrance test for admissions to 22 National law universities ( NLU ) in India.

Application mode is online

Website is

All India Law Entrance Test (AILET)

It is conducted by National Law University Delhi to offer admissions to eligible candidates in undergraduate level law courses.

Application mode is online

Website is


To pursue a career in agriculture and allied sciences, apply for :

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR AIEEA)

This exam is conducted for admission in undergraduate postgraduate and doctoral programs in agriculture and allied sciences.

The application mode is online.

The website is

Hotel Management

If you wish to develop a career in hospitality, you can apply for :

All India Hotel Management Entrance Exam (NCHMCT JEE)

It is a national-level hotel management entrance exam conducted by the National testing agency for admission in courses in hospitality and hotel management.

Application mode is online

The website is

Defence Services

If you are looking for opportunities in the prestigious defense services, you can apply for :

Indian Navy B.Tech Entry Scheme to enroll in Navy courses.


Indian Army Technical Entry Scheme (TES) to join the Indian Army.


National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I) to secure admission in Army, Navy, or Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Course

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Fashion Technology and Design

If you’re passionate about fashion, designing or want to explore how fashion and technology merge and wish to develop a career in this field, aim for these entrance exams.

  • All India Entrance Exam for Design ( AIEED ) to join ARCH College of Design and Business.

●     NIFT : for admission in one of the most prestigious institutes in the country, National Institute of Fashion Technology.

●     NID : to join National Institute of Design.

●     DAT : to join MIT Pune.

●     CEED : conducted for admission in IITs and IISc.

●     UCEED: an online mode exam conducted by IIT Bombay.

  • FDDI : solely for footwear designing.

  • SEED : conducted by Symbiosis International University.


If you’re into designing of structures and aspire to be an Architect, try these.

  • NATA

It is conducted by the council of architecture. Your score of NATA is valid for all the colleges offering B.Arch except IIT, NIT, GFTIS.

Application mode is online

Website is


  • JEE MAIN Paper 2

JEE MAIN Paper 2 is conducted for the admissions in B.Arch.

Application mode is online

Website is


Now, for the people who dream about joining IISER, IIST, IISc or pursuing a career in the Science field, here are a few channels.

  • Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) : You can apply for SA ( 11th ), SB ( 12th) , SX ( while pursuing a science degree ).
  • JEE Advanced : Through this channel, you may also take Integrated Courses in various Science subjects in IITs.
  • State and Central Board Based Exam to join IISER. If opting for this channel, you’ll have to appear for IISER Aptitude Test.
  • JEE Main & NEET : considered for admission in IISc.
  • National Entrance Screening Test for admission in Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences. or National Institute for Science Education and Research ( NISER ).
  • BITSAT : For admission in Integrated MSc Programme [E (Hons.) + Msc. (Hons)] at Birla Institute of Technology and Science.
  • Central Universities Common Entrance Test ( CUCET ) : Integrated Msc in Hyderabad or Pondicherry University.

Arts & Humanities

Let’s head over to the list of exams to study arts or humanities in some of the prestigious institutions and universities in the country. If you have another University in mind, don’t forget to take a tour of their website to get to know the courses offered.

  • Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination conducted by IIT Madras to get admission in Integrated M.A Programme.

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  • EFLU Entrance Test conducted by English and Foreign Language University.

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  • Tata Institute of Social Science National Entrance Test ( TISSNET ) : national level arts and humanities test.
  • BHU UET : conducted by Banaras Hindu University. Through this exam you can secure admission in courses like BA (Hons.) in Economics , BA (Hons.) Social Sciences.
  • JNUEE : conducted by National Testing Agency for admission in Jawaharlal Nehru University.
  • The Delhi University Entrance Test (DUET) : for admission in courses offered by Delhi University.
  • CUCET ( Central Universities Common Entrance Test ) offers admission in 14 Central Universities and 4 state Universities.

Accounting & Commerce

Commerce students don’t feel left out. We have collected some exams that you can appear for. Other than the listed ones, make sure you search for B.Com, BBA and other courses offered by top Universities and their entrance exams.


ICWAI : conducted by The Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI) and offers ICWAI foundation, intermediate and final course.


CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) conducted by Institute of Company Secretaries of India 4 times a month.


ICAI  conducted by the Indian Institute of Chartered Accountants of India for CA aspirants.

Other courses

Many universities and colleges across India conduct entrance examinations for the courses offered. Take a trip through their websites to get a better insight into the courses offered and their exam structure.


Here are some of the top universities in India.

  • University of Delhi ( DU )
  • Amity University, Noida
  • Narsee Monjee Institute of Management and Higher Studies (NMIMS)
  • Savitribai Phule Pune University
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)
  • Amritha Vishwa Vidhypeedam
  • Lovely Professional University
  • Manipal Academy of Higher Education
  • SRM Institute of Science and Technology

Now that you got a glimpse of various entrance exams, it’s time for you to create an action plan. Prepare well and conquer your dreams.

Good luck!

Written By:- NajmaNizar, Akansha Sharma

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