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JEE (ADVANCED), 2016

The Indian Institutes of Technology (popularly known as IITs) are institutions of national importance established through an Act of Parliament for fostering excellence in education. There are Eighteen IITs at present, located in Bhubaneswar, Bombay (Mumbai), Delhi, Gandhinagar, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras (Chennai), Mandi, Patna, Roorkee, Ropar and IIT (BHU) Varanasi, Tirupati and Palakkad . Over the years IITs have created world class educational platforms dynamically sustained through internationally recognized research based on excellent infrastructural facilities. The faculty and alumni of IITs continue making huge impact in all sectors of society, both in India and abroad.Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) , Varanasi and Indian School of Mines University (ISM), Dhanbad, are the oldest institutions in India and are known for their immense contributions towards society at large and for science and technology in particular.

THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVES BEHIND SUCH INSTITUTIONS ARE TO :

  • To create an environment that encourages freedom of thought and pursuit of excellence, and inculcates the necessary vision and self-discipline to achieve excellence.
  • To build a solid foundation of scientific and technical knowledge and to prepare competent and motivated engineers and scientists.
  • To kindle an entrepreneurial spirit among the students.
  • To prepare the students to become outstanding professionals and contribute to nation-building.

Each institute has well-equipped modern laboratories, state-of-the-art computer network and well stocked technical library. Teaching methods rely on direct personal contact between the teachers and the students and the use of traditional and modern instructional techniques. Students live in a pleasant and intellectually stimulating environment with people having similar goals and aspirations, which is an exciting and unique experience.

Credit-based academic programs offer flexibility to students to progress at their own pace. A minimum level of performance is necessary for satisfactory progress. The medium of instruction is English. Through JEE (Advanced), IITs and ISM offer admission into undergraduate courses leading to a Bachelor’s, Integrated Master’s or Bachelor-Master Dual Degree in Engineering, Science, Architecture, or Pharmaceutics. Both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are awarded to candidates enrolled in the dual degree programs upon successful completion of the course curriculum. In a few of the IITs, students enrolled into the 4-year Bachelor’s program have the option to convert to B.Tech.(Honors) and/or B.Tech. with Minors.

The details of the pattern and the dates of examination, eligibility criterion and how to apply for JEE(Advanced) 2016 are outlined below:

TYPE OF EXAMINATION

The JEE(Advanced) will have two objective type papers. Each question paper will consist of three separate sections, viz., Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Duration of each paper will be 3-hours.

The question papers will consist of objective type (multiple choice and numerical answer type) questions designed to test comprehension, reasoning and analytical ability of candidates.

Negative marks will be awarded for incorrect answers to some of the questions

The candidates must carefully read and adhere to the detailed instructions given in the question paper.

The question paper will be in either English or Hindi. Candidates must exercise the choice of question paper language while registering for JEE (Advanced) 2016. Change of question paper language will NOT be entertained after the registration. The question paper will be in either English or Hindi.

PERFORMANCE IN CLASS XII (OR EQUIVALENT) BOARD EXAMINATION

The candidates should satisfy at least one of the following two criteria for admission to IITs and ISM:

  • Must have secured at least 75% aggregate marks in the class XII (or equivalent) Board examination. The aggregate marks for SC, ST and PwD candidates should be at least 70%.
  • Must be within the category-wise top 20 percentile of successful candidates in their respective Class XII (or equivalent) board examination.

SCHEDULE OF JEE (ADVANCED) 2016

The examination consists of two papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2, each of 3 hours Duration and will be held as per the following schedule:

Day Date
Sunday May 22, 2016
Paper Time
Paper 1 09:00 to 12:00 IST
Paper 2 14:00 to 17:00 IST
Both the papers are compulsory.

NOTE: The schedule will remain the same even if 22 May 2016 is declared a public holiday. Candidates using the services of a scribe (see 13. SERVICES OF A SCRIBE) will get one hour compensatory time i.e., the end time will be 13:00 IST for Paper 1 and 18:00 IST for Paper 2.

CITIES AND TOWNS WHERE JEE (ADVANCED) 2016 WILL BE HELD

JEE (Advanced) 2016 will be held in select cities and towns in India and in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Except those who opt for Dubai city, candidates should compulsorily choose three cities / towns from a zone of their choice at the time of online registration. Efforts will be made to allot the city / town of the candidate’s choice but a different city / town in the same zone may be allotted under exceptional circumstances. Request for change of city / town will NOT be entertained under any circumstance.

USE OF CALCULATING AND COMMUNICATION AIDS

Candidates will NOT be allowed to carry any electronic devices (e.g. mobile phones, smart phones, calculators, iPAD, tabs, electronic watches, etc.), abacus, slide rule, log books, study material of any type, geometry box, written or white (blank) paper/piece of paper, wallets, etc. to the examination hall. Only BLACK ball point pens, downloaded admit card and an original photo identity card are allowed to be taken inside the examination hall.

For Further Information on JEE (Advanced), 2016, Please visit www.jeeadv.ac.in

JEE (MAIN), 2016

INTRODUCTION AND SCHEME OF EXAMINATION

Admission criteria to Undergraduate Engineering Programs at NITs, IIITs, other centrally funded Technical Institutions, Institutions funded by several participating State Governments, and several other Institutions shall include the performance in the Joint Entrance Examination, JEE (Main). For admission to NITs, Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) like IIITs etc. and other participating Institutions, the merit/rank list shall be prepared based on 40% weightage to school Boards marks in class 12th or equivalent examination and 60% weightage to JEE(Main). The weightage to school Board/Equivalent examination marks shall be considered only after normalization.

The States of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Uttrakhand, Nagaland & 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 advised to fill in the JEE (Main) -2016 application form online.

The JEE (Main) will also be an eligibility test for the JEE (Advanced), which the candidate has to take if he/she is aspiring for admission to the undergraduate programmes offered by the IITs/ISM Dhanbad.

SCHEDULE OF EXAMINATION

The examination consists of two papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2, each of 3 hours Duration and will be held as per the following schedule:

A. Offline examination (Pen and Paper Based Examination) for Paper 1 (B. E. /B. Tech.) and Paper 2 (B. Arch./B. Planning.)

Date of Examination Paper Subjects Timings Duration
03.04.2016 Paper 1 (B.E./ B. Tech.) Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics 0930-1230 Hours(IST) 3 Hours
03.04.2016 Paper 2 (B. Arch. / B. Planning.) Mathematics – Part I
Aptitude Test – Part II &
Drawing Test – Part III
1400-1700 Hours(IST) 3 Hours
B. Online examination (Computer Based Examination) for Paper 1 (B. E./B. Tech.) Only
Date of Examination Paper Subjects Timings Duration
09/04/2016 (Saturday) & 10/04/2016 (Sunday) Paper 1 (B. E./B. Tech.) Physics,
Chemistry &
Mathematics
1st shift 0930-1230 Hours (IST)
2nd shift (*) 1400-1700 Hours (IST)
*If required
3 Hours

ELIGIBILITY FOR APPEARING IN JEE (MAIN) – 2016
Date of Birth

General Candidates Born on or after October 01, 1991
Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Person with Disabilities (PwD) candidates Born on or after October 01, 1986

Note- Date of birth as recorded in the Secondary Education Board/University certificate will only be considered.

YEAR OF APPEARENCE IN QUALIFYING EXAMINATION (QE)

Only those candidates who have passed their Class 12th Exam or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2014 or 2015: or those who are appearing in their Class 12th Exam or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2016 are eligible to appear in JEE (Main) – 2016. Candidates who passed Class 12th/Qualifying examination in 2013 or before as well as those who will appear in such examination in 2017 or later are not eligible to appear in JEE (Main) – 2016. The candidates who appeared in class 12th/ equivalent qualifying Examinations in 2013, did not pass in 2013, but passed in 2014 are also not eligible to appear in JEE (Main) 2016. The candidates willing to appear for improvement examination of class 12th in 2016 have to appear in all the 5 subjects as per the scheme of study of the concerned board. Further, they may also note that in the percentile system, the total marks (of all five subjects) obtained/shown on the mark-sheet of a particular year are required in JEE (Main) and also in JEE (Advanced). The marks from two different year’s (i.e. marks for 3 subjects from year 2015 and marks for other 2 subjects from 2016) mark-sheets cannot be considered for percentile calculation.

NUMBER OF SUBJECTS IN THE QUALIFYING EXAMINATION

Candidates must have taken at least five subjects in class 12th/ qualifying examination in order to be eligible for writing JEE (Main) - 2016. The candidates who have taken four subjects are not permitted to write JEE (Main) 2016 and if such candidates appear in JEE (Main) 2016 by furnishing wrong information, their rank/result will not be declared.

NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS

The number of attempts which a candidate can avail at JEE (Main) shall be limited to 03 (three).

LIST OF QUALIFYING EXAMINATIONS

  1. The final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted by any recognized central/ state Board, such as Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi; Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi; etc.
  2. Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination conducted by a recognized Board/ University.
  3. Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy.
  4. Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects.
  5. Any Public School/ Board/ University examination in India or in any foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
  6. H.S.C. vocational examination. [Only for Admission to IITs]
  7. A Diploma recognized by AICTE or a state board of technical education of at least 3 year duration. [Only for Admission to IITs]
  8. General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London / Cambridge / Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level. [Only for Admission to IITs]
  9. High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva. [Only for Admission to IITs]

In case the relevant QE is not a public examination, the candidate must have passed at least one public (Board or Pre-University) examination at an earlier level. [Only for Admission to IITs]

For Further Information on JEE (Main), 2016 Visit www.jeemain.nic.in

NATIONAL TALENT SEARCH EXAMINATION

What is NTSE?

The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a National Level scholarship program in India to identify and nurture talented students. It honours and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship for the entire Academic Career. Students studying in Class X are eligible to appear for the selection process. As it is organized by an official body (NCERT), it is widely regarded as the most prestigious examination at high school level in India. For more details of NTSE, students can visit www.ncert.nic.in.

There is a two-stage selection process for award of scholarship. For Stage - I, selection will be done by States/UTs and those who qualify Stage - I will be eligible to appear for Stage - II examination conducted by NCERT.

Why should I appear in NTSE?

NTSE is one of the oldest and most prestigious scholarship exams in India. An NTSE scholar commands tremendous respect in the society. Around 1000 NTSE Scholars are finally awarded scholarships based on Stage – II.

It honours and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship. The scholarships under the present scheme are awarded to the candidates for pursuing courses in sciences and social sciences up to doctoral level and in professional courses like medicine and engineering up to second-degree level subject to the fulfillment of the conditions.

The Pattern of Written Examination:

Stage - I Examination at the State / UT level will comprise two parts, namely (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT), (b) Language Test (LT) and (c) Scholastic Ability Test (SAT)

Stage - II Examination at the National Level will comprise(a) Mental Ability Test (MAT), (b) Language Test (LT) and (c) Scholastic Ability Test (SAT)

When & How do I prepare for NTSE:

The recent announcement by NCERT to change the eligibility to appear in National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) now allows students who are currently in class X to compete in this exam. Student should focus on clearing their fundamentals and attempting a lot of practice tests.

ABOUT OLYMPIADS

WHAT ARE THE OLYMPIADS ?

International Olympiads in Science and Mathematics are the world championships for school students held every year in a different country.

The most famous Olympiads are The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), The International Physics Olympiad (IPhO), The International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO), The International Biology Olympiad (IBO), The International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) and The International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO).

Countries send a delegation of students and leaders to participate at the International level. India conducts National Olympiads to identify the best students who can represent India at the international level.

MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIAD

The Mathematical Olympiad Programme in India, which leads to participation of Indian students in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is organized by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) on behalf of the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India. This programme is one of the major initiatives undertaken by the NBHM. Its main purpose is to spot mathematical talent among pre-university students in the country.

  1. Stage 1: Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO and pre - RMO): The RMO is a three-hour written test with six or seven problems. On the basis of the performance in RMO, a certain number of students from each region is selected for Stage 2 (INMO). The Regional Coordinators are in charge of conducting the RMO in their respective regions. They have the option of preparing RMO question papers all by themselves or they may choose to use the central RMO question paper prepared by the Mathematical Olympiad Cell, HBCSE, TIFR. Some regions may hold a pre-RMO examination by way of which students will be selected to appear for RMO. All pre-RMOs will be conducted by the concerned regions. The format of the pre-RMO paper and the criteria for selecting students for RMO are at the sole discretion of the respective Regional Coordinator.
  2. Stage 2: Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO): The INMO will be held on the first Sunday of February between 1.00 pm and 5.00 pm. Only those students who are selected in RMO 2015 and those who have received an INMO certificate of merit in 2015 are eligible to appear for the INMO. This contest is a four hour written test. On the basis of the INMO, the top 30-35 students in merit from all over the country are chosen as INMO awardees. In addition to INMO awardees, the next 45-50 students who are in class X or lower and have done well in INMO, but have not qualified as INMO awardee are awarded INMO certificate of merit.
  3. Stage 3: International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC): The INMO awardees are invited to a month long training camp in April-May each year at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Mumbai. The INMO awardess of the previous years who are eligible for IMO 2016 and, in addition, who have satisfactorily gone through postal tuition throughout the year are invited to the training camp as senior students.The junior students will receive INMO certificate and a prize in the form of books.The senior students will receive a prize in the form of books and cash. On the basis of a number of selection tests through the Camp, a team of the best six students is selected from the combined pool of junior and senior batch participants.
  4. Stage 4: Pre-departure Training Camp for IMO
    The selected team of six students goes through another round of training and orientation for about ten days prior to departure for IMO.
  5. Stage 5: International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO): The six member team selected at the end of IMOTC accompanied by a leader, a deputy leader and an observer represents the country at the IMO, held in July each year in a different member country of the IMO. The IMO contest consists of two written tests held on two consecutive days. On each day of the contest the test consists of three problems and lasts for four and half hours. India has been participating in the IMO since 1989. Students of the Indian Team who receive gold, silver and bronze medals at the IMO receive a cash prize of Rs. 5000/-, Rs. 4000/- and Rs. 3000/- respectively at a formal ceremony at the end of the training camp during the following year.
    The selection of the members of the Indian team for IMO will be subject to their fulfilling criteria such as age limit, medical fitness, parental consent, etc., as may be applicable. In particular, the selected students need to have a valid Indian passport meeting the visa regulations of the host country. Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) finances international travel of the team, the leader and the deputy leader, while NBHM (DAE) finances the other expenditures connected with the international participation and the entire in-country programme. Students aiming to go through the Mathematical Olympiad programme leading to international participation (IMO) should note that RMO is the first essential step for the programme. To appear for the RMO, the students should get in touch with the RMO co-ordinator of their region well in advance for enrollment and payment of stipulated (nominal) fees.

PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, BIOLOGY, ASTRONOMY, JUNIOR SCIENCE OLYMPIADS

STAGE I - NATIONAL STANDARD EXAMINATION (NSE) IN PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, BIOLOGY, ASTRONOMY, JUNIOR SCIENCE ORGANIZED BY IAPT

Every student aspiring to go through successive stages of the Olympiad programme must enroll for NSE. NSEs are held at a large number of centres in the country usually in the last week of November. All students of Class XII or below (science stream) are eligible to appear for NSEs. A student may appear for more than one Olympiad as per the examination schedule. Students who have passed Class XII are not eligible.

Astronomy: For the Junior level, students should be in Class IX. For the Senior level, students should be in Class X or Class XI. NSE emphasizes comprehension of the subject, not rote memory.

STAGE II - INDIAN NATIONAL OLYMPIAD EXAMINATIONS

For Indian National Olympiad Examinations, the national top 200-250 students selected from NSEP, NSEC, NSEB and NSEA each are eligible to appear for Indian National Physics Olympiad (INPhO), Indian National Chemistry Olympiad (INChO), Indian National Biology Olympiad (INBO) and Indian National Astronomy Olympiad (INAO) respectively.

Indian National Olympiads are held sometime in the last week of January or early February. These examinations are held at about 16 Centres in the country.

Questions and problems in National Olympiads are usually non-conventional and of high difficulty level, comparable to the International Olympiads. On the basis of performance in the National Olympiads (theory) about 50 students are short-listed in each subject.

STAGE III - ORIENTATION CUM SELECTION CAMP (OCSC)

BIOLOGY, PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY

The selected group of students in different subjects will be invited to the Orientation Cum Selection Camps at HBCSE. These camps are typically of two to three weeks duration in each subject. The camps include several theoretical and experimental tests. Orientation is provided to students especially for the experimental tests. A camp concludes with a valedictory function where distinguished scientists are invited to speak to the students. On the basis of their performance in OCSC the top 5 students in Physics, top 4 in Chemistry and top 4 in Biology will be declared to be special merit awardees. These special merit awardees are given a prize each in the form of books and cash. In addition there will be special prizes in each subject to recognize meritorious performance in theory and experiments. The 5 special merit awardees in Physics constitute the 5-member student team to represent India at the International Physics Olympiad. The 4 special merit awardees in Chemistry constitute the 4-member student team to represent India at the International Chemistry Olympiad. The 4 special merit awardees in Biology constitute the 4-member student team to represent India at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO).

ASTRONOMY

Since HBCSE is academically involved in the hosting of the 10th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) in Bhubaneswar in 2016, the second stage (INAO) examination, the third stage (OCSC-Astronomy) and the fourth stage (Training of the Indian team for IOAA 2016) will be organized by a different organisation (to be announced later). The selected group of students in Astronomy will be invited to the Orientation Cum Selection Camp. The camp is of about three weeks duration. The camp includes several theoretical, data analysis and observation tests. Students are trained in basic concepts in astronomy and astrophysics during the camp. Orientation is provided to students especially for problem-solving in astronomy, astrophysics and for observational astronomy tests. The camp concludes with a valedictory function where distinguished scientists are invited to speak to the students. On the basis of the performance in OCSC, the top 5 students will be declared special merit awardees. These special merit awardees will be given a prize each in the form of books and cash. In addition there will be special certificates to recognize meritorious performance in theory, data analysis and observation.

JUNIOR SCIENCE

The selected group of students from INJSO will be invited to the Orientation Cum Selection Camp at HBCSE. The camp is of two to three weeks duration. The camp includes several theoretical and experimental tests. Orientation is provided to students especially for the experimental tests. The camp concludes with a valedictory function where distinguished scientists are invited to speak to the students. On the basis of their performance in OCSC the top 6 students will be declared to be special merit awardees. These special merit awardees will be given a prize each in the form of books and cash. The 6 special merit awardees will constitute the 6-member student team to represent India at the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO).

STAGE IV - TRAINING OF INDIAN TEAMS FOR INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIADS

The selected Indian teams undergo a rigorous training program at HBCSE in theory and experiment.

STAGE V - PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIADS

  • The 5-member student team, 2 teacher leaders and one scientific observer constitute the delegation to represent India at the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)
  • The 4-member student team, 2 teacher leaders and one scientific observer constitute the delegation to represent India at the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO)
  • The 4-member student team, 2 teacher leaders and one scientific observer constitute the delegation to represent India at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO)
  • The 5-member student team, 2 teacher leaders and one scientific observer constitute the delegation to represent India at the International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO).
  • The 5-member student team, 2 teacher leaders and one scientific observer constitute the delegation to represent India at the International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO).
  • The 6-member student team, 3 teacher leaders and one scientific observer constitute the delegation to represent India at the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO).

OLYMPIAD IN INFORMATICS

The Indian Computing Olympiad is used to select the team of four students to represent India at the International Olympiad for Informatics (IOI). The competition is held in three stages: the Zonal Informatics Olympiad, the Indian National Olympiad in Informatics, and the International Olympiad in Informatics Training Camp.

Stage I: The Zonal Informatics Olympiad (ZIO) is a written round. Most of the questions can be solved with the use of algorithmic techniques, although logic is usually enough.

Stage II: The Indian National Olympiad in Informatics (INOI) - In this students have to write programs on a computer. The INOI is a programming competition round. Students are expected to solve two algorithmic problems in 3 hours in either C, C++ or Pascal. Questions in this round are similar to those in the IOI and other national computing Olympiads.

About thirty top-performing students in the INOI are selected for the International Olympiad in Informatics Training Camp (IOITC).

Stage III: The International Olympiad in Informatics Training Camp (IOITC) is a one fortnight long annual training camp held in India to select and train students to represent India at the International Olympiad in Informatics.

At the completion of the camp, 4 students are selected to represent India at the International Olympiad in Informatics.

WHEN AND HOW SHOULD I START PREPARING FOR THE OLYMPIADS?

The Olympiads are the most prestigious school competitions in the world. Students have to go through a rigorous process to be selected for the Indian team. Students selected to represent the country get an opportunity to compete and win prizes at an International level.

Students who represent India in the International Olympiads in Physics / Chemistry /Mathematics / Informatics and Astronomy automatically qualify for KVPY Fellowship. Organisations like Infoysys, Sasken, NASSCOM etc. also give prizes to the participants and winners of the International Olympaids.

Usually students appear for the Olympiads in Class XI but brilliant students can appear for the stage I exam even in lower classes and increase their number of attempts and even their medal tally as they can participate in the International Olympiads till they reach Class XII.

To help students excel in Olympiads, NETIZENS has various programs available depending on which class the student is studying in.

SAT

The SAT Reasoning Test is a standardized test for college admissions to undergraduate courses in the United States. It gauges your critical thinking skills which you will need for academic success in college and it also assesses how well you analyze and solve problems.

To help students excel in SAT; FIITJEE has various programs available depending on which class the student is studying in. For more information, www.usaunivquest.com

The current SAT Reasoning Test is administered in about 3 hours and 45 minutes. The SAT scores have a validity of five years although most good colleges prefer recent scores that are not more than 2 years old.

SAT consists of three major sections: Mathematics, Critical Reading, and Writing. There is one more experimental section which can be of either type and will not be known to the students.

Section Duration Question Types Expected No. of Questions
Critical Reading Two 25-minute sections
One 20-minute section
Sentence Completion
Reading Comprehension (short & long passages)
19
48
Mathematics Two 25-minute sections
One 20-minute section
Multiple Choice
Grid-Ins (no answer choices & you must figure the answer on your own)
44
10
Writing One 25-minute essay (always the first section)
One 10-minute section (always the last section)
Error Identification
Sentence Improvement Paragraph
18
25
6
Experimental One 25-minute section Can be Critical Reading, Math, or Writing
Does not count toward score
Varies

Each section receives a score on the scale of 200–800. Total scores are calculated by adding up scores of the three sections and hence can range from 600 to 2400. Your scores tell college admissions staff how you did as compared to other students who took the test.

University Name Score Required
Harvard University 2200 or above
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 2200 or above
Princeton University Score Required
University Name 2200 or above
Rice University 2200 or above
University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) 2050 or above
University of Southern California (USC) 2050 or above
New York University (NYU) 1950 or above
University of Colorado – Boulder 1850 or above
University of Texas – Austin 1850 or above
University of Houston 1500 or above

THE SAT SUBJECT TESTS (OR POPULARLY KNOWN AS SAT IIS)

is the collective name for twenty multiple-choice standardized tests given on individual subjects. A student typically chooses which tests to take depending upon college entrance requirements for the college in which he or she is planning to apply. Every test is now a one-hour timed test.

SAT SUBJECT TESTS RELEVANT FOR ENGINEERING ASPIRANTS:

  • SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1
  • SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2
  • SAT Subject Test in Chemistry
  • SAT Subject Test in Physics

AVERAGE (MEAN) SCORES OF SAT TAKERS IN SAT SUBJECT TESTS

Mathematics Sciences
Mathematics Level 1: 596 Chemistry: 630
Mathematics Level 2: 639 Physics: 647

If you dream of doing your B.Tech. / B.E. from a US University / College, SAT is almost always essential as a key admission criterion. While universities also demand your credentials at school level and letters of recommendation from your school teachers, there might be differences in assessment in various schools in different countries. SAT provides the universities a standardized score.

Most selective colleges recommend applicants to submit scores for any two SAT Subject tests. Engineering colleges typically require Chemistry or Physics and prefer Mathematics Level 2. A handful of the most competitive colleges, such as MIT, Harvard University and Princeton University, still require three Subject tests in addition to the three sections of the SAT. It is important to consult the college’s website to find out more information about Subject test requirements.

Remember, your scores are not the only information colleges use in their admission decisions. They may also consider your high school record, essays, recommendations, interviews, and extracurricular activities.

APART FROM BEING A PREREQUISITE FOR ADMISSION TO US UNIVERSITIES, THE SAT IS ALSO IMPORTANT FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:

  • Many scholarships require a minimum SAT score
  • Many universities, especially state universities, will offer academic scholarships for students with a certain GPA and a minimum SAT score.
  • The SAT is a great way to set you apart from the college admissions crowd. Having a high SAT score will allow you to stand out from the thousands of other people applying to college.

WHY TO PURSUE AN ENGINEERING CAREER IN THE US?

  • Better, latest and most advanced research facilities.
  • Emphasis given to all round personality development along with college studies.
  • Application based teaching – Concepts and methods taught are practical and relevant to the industry.
  • More opportunities for research, higher studies and jobs.

WHEN AND WHERE IS THE SAT CONDUCTED?

The SAT is offered six times a year in India, in October, November, December, January, May, and June. The test is typically offered on the first Saturday of the month. For exact dates please refer www.collegeboard.com. Candidates may either take the SAT Reasoning Test or up to three SAT Subject Tests on any given test date.

Candidates wishing to take the test may register online at the College Board’s website http://www.collegeboard.com or by mail. To register by mail, you need a SAT Registration Booklet, which is available at your school counselor’s office. The Registration Form and return envelope are included in the SAT Registration Booklet. For more details students can contact US Educational Foundation in India (USEFI) or visit their website www.fulbright-india.org.

In India, SAT is conducted at the following cities: Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Kodaikanal, Kolkata, Mumbai, Mussoorie, New Delhi and Pune.

Students receive their online score report approximately three weeks after administration of the test (six weeks for mailed, paper scores).

WHEN AND HOW SHOULD I START PREPARING FOR THE SAT?

Because the SAT is the most important test for college admissions to the US, it is always best to start preparing as early as possible. This allows more preparation time to achieve score goals.

Most good colleges require the students to send in their applications with SAT scores by November / December of their class XII year. This implies that a student should appear for the October or November SAT. Ideally a student should appear for the May / June SAT so that they have sufficient time to complete their college applications including essays, recommendations and transcripts from teachers, filling up of forms etc. This means a student should start the actual SAT preparation before the beginning of class XI as there are no distractions such as school homework, projects, exams or any other school activities. In fact, to develop a strong foundation a student should start clearing the basic fundamentals from class IX and X itself as most of the questions are based on the concepts taught in IX and X.

ABOUT KVPY

WHAT IS THE KVPY?

The "Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana" (KVPY) is a program started in 1999 by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India to encourage students who are studying Basic Sciences to take up research career in Science.

The aim of the program is to identify and encourage talented and motivated students to pursue career in research.

This program aims to assist the students to realize their potential and to ensure that the best scientific talent is groomed for research and development in the country. Generous fellowship and contingency grant are provided to the selected KVPY Fellows up to the pre Ph.D. level or 5 years whichever is earlier. In addition, summer camps for the KVPY Fellows are organized in prestigious research and educational institutions in the country. The Department of Science and Technology, the nodal agency of the Government has entrusted the overall responsibility for organizing and running the KVPY Program to the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and set up a Management Committee and a National Advisory Committee (NAC) for overseeing its implementation. A core committee looks after both the day-to-day and academic aspects of the KVPY Program.

ELIGIBILITY

Stream SA: Students enrolled in the XI Standard (Science Subjects) and having secured a minimum of 80% (70% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science in the X Standard Board Examination.

Stream SX: Students enrolled in XII Standard/ (+2) (Science subjects) and aspiring to join undergraduate program in Basic Sciences namely Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics & Biology leading to B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. provided they have secured a minimum of 80% (70% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the X Standard Board Examination and a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in SCIENCE subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the XII standard Board Examination.

Stream SB: Students enrolled in the 1st year of undergraduate program in Basic Sciences namely Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics & Biology leading to B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. and having secured a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in SCIENCE subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Mathematics) in the XII Standard Board Examination. In the 1st year final examination of B.Sc./B.S./B.Math./B.Stat./Int. M.Sc./M.S. they must secure 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks before taking up the fellowship, if awarded.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

Aptitude Test: After scrutiny of application forms and meeting the eligibility criteria for various streams, all eligible students will be called for a written aptitude test conducted both in Hindi and English at different centers across the country. The details of the venue of the aptitude test for the eligible students and their seat number will be published in the KVPY website during the second week of October.

Admit Card: Students may download the admit card for the aptitude test from the website from the second week of October.

Interview: Based on the performance in the aptitude test, short-listed students will be asked to appear for an interview which is the final stage of the selection procedure.

Visit www.kvpy.org.in for further Information.