Pursuing Higher Education: Entrance, Result, Counselling, Admission

Higher education

Higher education is of vital importance for any country, as it is a powerful tool to build knowledge-based society and human resource. India possesses a highly developed higher education system which offers facility of education and training in almost all aspects of human creative and intellectual endeavors: arts and humanities; natural, mathematic al and social sciences, engineering; medicine; dentistry; agriculture; education; law; commerce and management; music and performing arts; national and foreign languages; culture; communications etc.

In the recent time with the rapid improvement in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the procedure to achieve the dream of higher education is a click away. Integrating ICT into education systems has successfully augmented the quality of education and has also improved the effectiveness and efficiency of education delivery. The availability of online forms, entrance examination, results, counselling, gateways to pay admission fees, e-admission etc. has helped reduce physical, mental and financial burden on students and their kin.

Entrance Exams
Entrance Exams

The examination season in India generally begins in the month of March, with the commencement of school and board examinations. It is followed by various competitive examinations for specialized professional streams. The entrance examinations for various professional and traditional Undergraduate and Post Graduate courses are generally scheduled during the month of April, May and June. Among the Undergraduate courses the Pre-Engineering and Pre-Medical entrances are the most popular ones.

Admission criteria to Undergraduate Engineering Programs at NITs, IIITs, Other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions, Institutions funded by participating State Governments, and other Institutions shall include the performance in the class 12/equivalent qualifying Examination and in the Joint Entrance Examination, JEE (Main). Qualifying candidates in JEE (Main) will also be eligible for the JEE (Advanced) - External website that opens in a new window, which the candidate has to take if he/she is aspiring for admission to the undergraduate programmes offered by the IITs.

From the current year the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Nagaland and Odisha have joined JEE (Main) system. Therefore, the candidates seeking admission to the institutions in these states, which were earlier admitting based on their State Level Examination, are also to fill in the JEE (Main) - 2014 application form online.

In compliance with the directives of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, the Central Board of Secondary Education, would be conducting the All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Test, for the academic session 2014-15. This entrance test is being conducted for the 15% merit positions in the Medical/Dental Colleges of India as specified in the directive of the Supreme Court and will be governed by the rules and regulations specified for the same by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

There are also State Governments/Universities/Institutions voluntarily participating in the All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Test - 2014 for using its merit list for admission in the Medical Colleges/Dental Colleges against seats under their control.

The entrance for undergraduate and post-graduate courses related to the Management (CAT) - External website that opens in a new window, Fashion (NIFT) - External website that opens in a new window, Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Law (CLAT), Central University Common Entrance Test - External website that opens in a new window (CUCET) etc. are also popular among the students.

Online Results

Every student waits eagerly for the results of their examinations. There was a time when students had to queue up for hours or elbow their way through enormous crowds to catch a glimpse of examination results on the diminutive school and college notice boards. Now students can access results with minimal efforts and time. To make the results readily accessible to every nook and corner of the country, the National Informatics Centre (NIC) has been disseminating results using multiple channels since 1997. Besides the internet, the results are also being made available through the Interactive Voice Response System - External website that opens in a new window (IVRS), Email - External website that opens in a new window and SMS - External website that opens in a new window (Short Message Service).

A specialized portal - External website that opens in a new window (http://results.gov.in - External website that opens in a new window) is not only a single-point source for results of various examinations conducted in India, but it also facilitates access to other relevant websites, besides helping students and their guardians download mark sheets and various admission forms. Important announcements for students are posted on the portal before and after declaration of the results. The site basically offers the following type of results:

Results of Board/Academic Examinations - External website that opens in a new window: These are results of Board Examinations that are conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and various State Boards for students of Classes X and XII.

Results of Entrance Examinations by Universities for UG/PG Courses: These refer to the results of examinations conducted by the major Central - External website that opens in a new window and State - External website that opens in a new window universities.

Results of Entrance Examinations for Admission to Professional Courses - External website that opens in a new window: The results of Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Examination, Joint Entrance Examination JEE (Main) and JEE (Advanced) - External website that opens in a new window for admission to Indian Institutes of Technology, etc. are available in the section. Announcement for upcoming entrance test results are also provided.

Results of Examinations for Recruitment - External website that opens in a new window: Vacancies for employment are keenly competed for, and to bring about a smoother transition between the demand and the supply of work opportunities, various agencies carry out recruitment drives to services and posts under the Union Government through a strict selection process with the help of competitive examinations and interviews.

Important Links for online examination results


After the entrance examination, counselling is an important procedure to choose the right institute and course. The Result Portal - External website that opens in a new window (http://results.gov.in - External website that opens in a new window) has a specialized page on the Online Counselling - External website that opens in a new window.

Several state organizations are also conducting online counselling for their respective state colleges.

Important Links for Counselling


Post counselling the students can admit in the allotted institutes by following the admission procedure. Admission rules and criteria can differ in institutions those are not follow various common entrance procedures.

In many cases the Central - External website that opens in a new window and State - External website that opens in a new window Universities, colleges and institutions all make use of the online mode through their individual web portals in order to make sure that interested students stay in the knowhow of the admission procedure.

Similarly, institutes following the Open and Distance Learning - External website that opens in a new window (ODL) system also have facilities for submission of admission forms and choose various distant learning courses online. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and many State Open Universities - External website that opens in a new window provide e-admission facilities to the students.

Direct Admission of Students Abroad (Dasa) Scheme
Direct Admission Of Students Abroad (Dasa) Scheme

Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) Scheme was notified by Ministry of Human Resource Development in May, 2001, for implementation the Central Engineering institutions (other than IITs) to facilitate the foreign nationals studying in any country, including India, wards of persons of Indian origin and non-resident Indians to pursue technical education in India.

This scheme was already in existence in the IITs, however, Council of IITs took a decision to abolish the scheme in its meeting held on 21-05-2002 due to poor response. The scheme is since continuing in NITs (previously RECs), IIITs, SPA, SLIET, NIFT, NERIST. The Scheme is implemented through National Institute of Technology Karnnataka (NITK), Suratkal from the academic year 2010-11.

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