CET Exams

CET Exams in India

CET Exams – CET is a Common Entrance Test conducted by the Governments of various states. It is conducted for the purpose of admitting students into the first semester of various fields of education like law, medicine and engineering. 

These entrance examinations are a proven effective tool used by almost all educational institutions of the country to select the best candidates from a large pool of applicants for various graduate, post-graduate and professional courses every academic year. 

Every year more than a crore students complete their higher secondary education and the colleges have limited slots to fill. Thus a sorting process is essential to get the niche from the large pool of students.

The CET exams test the aptitude of the students through objective questions that are generally designed in 3 to 4  categories namely Logical reasoning, Quantitative aptitude, English, and General knowledge. It aims to assess a candidate on the basis of knowledge, analytical skills, time management, and the ability to work under pressure in order to deliver the right output.

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Also, while the CET aids the selection process to a significant extent, it is not the only hurdle. Those who get shortlisted for the CET exams have to go through another phase called a personal interview before a panel of experts. In some colleges, there are group discussion sessions to evaluate a candidate’s communication skills and public speaking skills. 

What is the eligibility criteria?

Like many colleges, the eligibility criteria for a graduate and postgraduate course would be 12th and graduation clearance respectively. 

It should be noted that there is no restriction for students to apply for exams that are outside their home state meaning a resident of Mumbai can apply for CET conducted for admissions to colleges in Delhi.

The CET Exams are highly competitive and only those students who perform outstandingly in the exams and the interviews get selected to the top colleges of the country.

Here is a list of the Top 10 CET Exams in India

  1. CET – Delhi
State/UTDelhi
Who conducts?Department of Training and Technical Education, Delhi
LevelsUG/PG/DIPLOMA
Application start date3rd week of March
Exam ModeOffline (Pen & Paper)
  1. MHT – CET
State/UTMaharashtra
Who conducts?Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test Cell
LevelsUG/PG/DIPLOMA
Online registration start date2nd week of February
Exam ModeOnline
Exam DurationPaper I and II: 2 hours 30 minutes each
  1. KCET (Karnataka Common Entrance Test)
State/UTKarnataka
Who conducts?Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA)
LevelsUG/DIPLOMA
Application start date1st Week – 4th Week of February
Exam ModeOffline 
Exam DurationPaper 1 and Paper 11: 1 hour 20 minutes
  1. AP EAMCET
State/UTAndhra Pradesh
Who conducts?Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada on behalf of the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education.
LevelsUG/PG/DIPLOMA
Online Application start date4th week of February
Exam ModeOnline
Exam Duration3 hours
  1. TS EAMCET (Telangana State Engineering, Agriculture & Medical Common Entrance Test)
State/UTTelangana
Who conducts?JNT University, Hyderabad
LevelsUG/PG
Online Application start date1st Week of March
Exam ModeOnline
Exam Duration3 hours
  1. GUJCET
State/UTGujarat
Who conducts?Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSEB)
LevelsUG/PG/DIPLOMA
Online Application start date2nd Week of March
Exam ModeOffline
Exam Duration3 hours
  1. GCET
State/UTGoa
Who conducts?Directorate of Technical Education, Goa
LevelsUG/PG
Application start date1st Week of April
Exam ModeOffline 
Exam Duration2 hours
  1. PGCET 
State/UTKarnataka
Who conducts?Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA)
LevelsPG
Application start date3rd week of May
Exam ModeOffline (Pen & Paper)
Exam Duration2  hours and 30 minutes
  1. TAN- CET
State/UTTamil Nadu
Who conducts?Anna University, Chennai
LevelsPG & professional courses
Application start date1st Week of April
Exam ModeOffline
2 hours 
  1. BVP CET
State/UTPune, Maharashtra
Who conducts?Bharti Vidyapeeth University
LevelsUG/PG
Exam ModeOnline CBT mode
Exam Duration
3 hours for medical, engineering, PG dental150 minutes for MCA and MBA

How to crack the CET Exams?

  1. Do your preliminary research 

Well before you decide to appear for the CET exams, you must do your preliminary research about the exam, the institution and your interest in various courses being offered. With the use of online platforms, you will be able to gather the necessary information to make a well-informed decision. 

  1. Study your syllabus thoroughly

The second step is to study your syllabus for the exam and to find your strong and weak areas. Making a timetable and sticking to a well-designed schedule can help you study thoroughly for your CET exams

  1. Practice makes it perfect

CET is comparatively a difficult entrance to crack. 

It is advisable to practice solving questions as much as possible in order to acquaint yourself with the question pattern. This will in turn help you have control on your time management skills. Additionally, gathering the question papers from the past years and practising all the questions on a regular basis has proven to be helpful for many rank holders of CET exams. 

  1. Appear for mock tests

There are various platforms, both free and paid, that facilitate mock tests on various topics of CET. These mock tests are so effective that when you ultimately attempt the final entrance exam, there won’t be any element of surprise as to the question patterns and you will be able to solve the questions more confidently.

  1. Don’t get too engrossed

There are many students from around the globe who engross themselves in the books so much that they end up performing less than average. Divide your time in the day to prepare for the CET exams and to rejuvenate yourself with a hobby or an activity you enjoy. 

CET exams are a career-maker, yes and the best way to actually crack them is to first establish the answer to the question, “Do you really want to crack the CET exams?”

If the answer to that question is a firm yes, then get going! 

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