Things you must know before you start preparing for Engineering

Table of Contents

2.List of colleges you are aiming
3.Engineering Entrance Exams
4.Books to Refer

In an another post we explained how to Understand, Plan, Decide and start the Preparation with the help of UPDP model. In this post we will identify the correct resources (as per our needs) we need before we onboard our Engineering preparation journey. The best way to decide the resources for Engineering preparation is the Inverted Pyramid approach.


Lets take each section of the above Pyramid separately.

1.Shortlist the Colleges

First step towards preparation is that you must be very clear about the set of colleges you want to get into. You can not aim to pass the exams for all the colleges. However, wise way to go ahead is to aim those Colleges which conducts exams with quite similar pattern. For example you cannot aim to get into IITs as well as a State University affiliated college at the same time. In India Engineering colleges can be broadly divided into three segments:-


Ideal way to go ahead would be to pick colleges which falls in the same segment. Like if you are aiming for IITs then focuss on getting through IITs or NIT/IIITs only. If you are aiming to get into the top notch private colleges then give IIT Main/Advance preparation a lesser priority and a similar approach goes for the state level entrance exams. Once you have chosen the correct list of colleges verify whether the pattern of the entrance exams conducted by them are similar or not. Read the post Select correct set of colleges which matches your preparation level.


2. Engineering Entrance Exams


Entrance Tests

There are various entrance exams which are conducted every year to allow admission to different colleges.

JEE Advanced:-

The prestigious IITs jointly conduct JEE-Advanced. This exam opens the path for selected candidates to get into the IITs and pursue the dream career. The top 2,20,000 student in JEE Main will only be qualified to appear in JEE Advanced. The selected students in JEE Advanced will get streams and the IITs as per their ranks in the JEE Advanced. If you aspire to get into IITs then the level of your preparation should be in accordance with this exam. . For details about JEE-Advanced 2018 click here

JEE Mains:-

CBSE(Central Board of Secondary Education) also conducts JEE-Main previously known as AIEEE (All India Engineering Entrance Examination) to enable students to get admitted not only to NITs(National Institute of Technology but also to IIITs(Indian Institute of Information Technology). While the top 2,20,000 rank holders in this exam will get a chance to appear in JEE Advance as well. Moreover, students who achieve rank in top 10,000 have high chances of getting into the IITs/NITs/IIITs . For details about JEE-Main 2018 click here

Exams conducted by Deemed to be Universities:-

Several Deemed to be Universities also conduct their separate exams.
The top four colleges which conduct their separate entrance tests:-
1) Birla Institute of Technology – conducts BITSAT, check out the link (BITSAT 2018) for details of BITSAT 2018.

2)Vellore Institute of Technology(VIT)- conducts VITEEE, check out the link (VITEEE 2018) for details of VITEEE 2018

3)SRM, Chennai – conducts SRMJEE, check out the link (SRMJEE 2018) for details of SRMJEE 2018

4)Manipal Academy of Higher Education – conducts Manipal Entrance Test, check out the link (Manipal Entrance 2018) for complete details

State Level Technical Exams:-

State Technical Universities also conduct their separate exams to admit students to colleges affiliated to them. Some of the state level entrance exams are:-

  • UPSEE – Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Exam
  • WBJEE – West Bengal Joint Entrance Exam
  • MHT CET – Maharashtra Common Entrance Test
  • GUJCET – Gujarat Common Entrance Test
  • KCET – Karnataka Common Entrance Test

3. Books to Refer

We have divided the books section into three parts, each for Physics, Chemistry and Math. The below list contains the some basic books for intermediate exams while others are standard books to strengthen your concepts to take on the competitive exams. We would never ask you to complete all the enlisted books while this will entirely depend on the entrance tests you are planning to write. Check the post –> How to select correct set of books for Boards and Engineering exams, it will help you figure out the books you need for your preparation.
1. Physics:-

    • NCERT Physics for 11th and 12th
    • Nootan ISC Physics
    • Concepts of Physics Part 1 and 2 by HC Verma
    • Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday,Resnick and Walker
    • University Physics by Freedman and Young
    • Problems in General Physics by I. E. Irodov

2. Chemistry:-

    • NCERT Chemistry for 11th and 12th
    • Physical and Organic Chemistry by O.P. Tandon
    • ISC Chemistry by RD Madan
    • University Chemistry by Freedman and Young for Physical Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry by Morrison and Boyd for Organic Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry by Solomons and Fryhle for Organic Chemistry
    • Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J. D. Lee for Inorganic Chemistry
    • Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations by RC Mukherjee

3. Math:-

    • Maths by R.D Sharma for 11th and 12th
    • S.Chand’s ISC Mathematics for 11th and 12th
    • Trigonometry & Geometry by S.L Loney
    • Higher Algebra by Hall and Knight for Algebra
    • Coordinate Geometry by S. L. Loney
    • Differential and Integral Calculus by N. Piskunov
    • Calculus and Analytic Geometry by Thomas and Finney for Calculus
    • IIT Mathematics by M. L. Khanna

Look before you leap


Research Before taking a decision
Research Before taking a decision

Though being aware of all the exams and colleges which you want to prepare for is important but one must also understand the various engineering streams and should properly research about each one of them before taking any decision. Moreover social media is growing stronger day by day. Hence we must know how to utilize it to the best for our needs.
The post How to use social media to take correct career decisions will help you understand how you can use it to understand a career field in a better way. While the post Sneak peak into Engineers life will give you an idea about the life of an engineer.


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