Competitive Exams after 12th: An interesting write-up!

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We all, at different points in time, have been lied to from the very beginning of our student life, be it by our parents, our teachers, or even other people who’ve had some influence in our life. 

The most blatant lie being that once we finish high school we have to make the ever-important choice of choosing our stream. We have been told that these 2 upcoming years we’ll have to give our best and work towards our goals and we’ll be set completely for the rest of our lives.

But, I’m sure that most people, better late than never, came to understand the truth about what actually lies ahead. Once people are done with their senior secondary education or class 12th, then only do they understand that what they had been doing till now was a very small part of the puzzle and a huge chunk of it is still left to be filled.

There are several competitive exams after 12th.

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See, my previous monologue, which I almost never fail to have before coming straight to the topic, might have made you believe that I am a strong non-believer of these competitive exams.

That’s not really true. I myself was part of this mad embark, as I call it, to join these all prestigious institutions. Competition is the key that helps your life stay lively and abuzz and makes you stay motivated and goal-driven.

Key Takeaways

  • Competitive/Entrance exams after 12th are a must in today’s fast-paced competitive natured world.
  • One has to gather all the required information for these competitive exams as each field has a large number of them.
  • There are several Competitive exams in each field be it Engineering, Defense, Law, etc. But Medical has only 1 main national-level competitive exam.

In India, almost millions, if not billions, of candidates undertake competitive examinations every year for better prospects and a successful future.

How to prepare, the strategic approach, hard work, etc. are all topics of discussion for another day.But what happens is that most people make up their minds to be a part of this competitive culture but are not really sure what exam to go for. 

And who can blame them as there are hundreds of exams if you count both state and national level, for a particular field. And to head in the right direction, candidates must have a thorough understanding of these exams. 

So, here are some of the most popular competitive exams you can go for in various streams after completing your 12th – 

1. Engineering

There are several engineering entrance exams after 12th.

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 1. Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main

Formerly known as the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE), JEE Main is an all-India standardized test for admission to various undergraduate engineering, technical, and architecture courses. The exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency(NTA) and is most sought after engineering entrance exams after 12th. Only after clearing the JEE Mains, are the students allowed to sit for JEE Advanced.

 2. JEE Advanced

JEE Advanced, formerly the Indian Institutes of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination, is an academic examination held annually in India. It is conducted by one of the seven zonal IITs under the guidance of the Joint Admission Board. It is the one and only prerequisite for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology.

 3. Birla Institute of Technology & Science Admission Test (BITSAT)

BITSAT is an entrance exam conducted by the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, for admissions to undergraduate engineering courses (BE) at the three campuses located at Pilani, Goa, and Hyderabad. Admission into BE, BPharm, Common-Law and MSc programs are offered after passing the admission test.


VITEEE is conducted by the Vellore Institute of Technology every year for admission to undergraduate engineering courses (BTech). The university also offers admissions to BDes (Industrial Design) through VITEEE.

2. Medical

NEET is the only national-level medical entrance exam.

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 1. National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, formerly the All India Pre-Medical Test, is an all India pre-medical entrance test. It is for students who wish to pursue undergraduate medical, dental, and equivalent courses in government and private institutions in India and also, for those intending to pursue primary medical qualification abroad.

Several more popular exams like AIIMS MBBS, JIPMER MBBS, AIPVT, etc. used to be held for admissions into other coveted institutes. But now the NEET is the only national-level medical entrance exam that is the gateway into all of the top medical institutes.    (Source: News18)

 3. Law

Law competitive exams allow admission to 22 national law universities in India.

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 1. Common-Law Admission Test (CLAT)

Common Law Admission Test is a centralized entrance test and one of the most popular law competitive exams which conducted on a national level for admissions to twenty two National Law Universities in India. Most private and self-financed law schools in India also use the scores of this exam for law admissions.

 2. All India Law Entrance Test (AILET)

AILET is a national level “All India Law Entrance Test” examination conducted by the National Law University Delhi every year for admission to B.A.LL.B.(Hons.), LL.M., and Ph.D. Programs offered by the National Law University Delhi.

4. Defense Services

NDA is one of the most sought-after defense entrance exam in the country.

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1. Indian Maritime University Common Entrance Test (IMU-CET)

IMU CET is the reduced form of the  Indian Maritime University Common Entrance Test. It is conducted by Indian Maritime University for admission of suitable candidates to Undergraduate (except BBA), Post Graduate, and Research programs. 

2. National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination

NDA is one of the most sought-after defense entrance exam in the country. The exam is conducted for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). Overall personality development of the aspirant is one of the main motives of this field.

NDA is conducted twice a year in two stages: written exam and SSB Interview. PSC exam for admission to National Defence Academy NDA and Indian Naval Academy NA is conducted twice every year by UPSC.

5. Social Science

Social science is a field that provides various oppurtunities.

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 1. Banaras Hindu University Entrance (BHU UET) – 

BHU UET or the Banaras Hindu University Entrance is the most popular exam in the field of Social Science. It is conducted by Banaras Hindu University for providing admission to students in its BA, B.Sc, B.Com, B.Ed, B.P.Ed, LLB, B.VSc, BPA, and BFA  programs.

 2.  IIT Madras Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (HSEE) 

HSEE or The Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination is a national level entrance test conducted annually by the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras for admission to the masters program offered by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) of the same institute.

 3. TISS Bachelors Admission Test (TISS-BAT) 

TISS BAT or the Tata Institute of Social Sciences Bachelor Admission Test is an entrance exam that is conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. 

6. Fashion and Design

There are several entrance examinations for design field.

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 1. National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)  

NIFT entrance exam is one of the most popular exams in this field. It is a national-level exam, conducted by the National Institute of Fashion Technology. It offers admission to the aspirants in different design programs.

 2. National Institute of Design Admissions 

NID Design Aptitude Test is a means through which aspirants are shortlisted for admission in UG and PG design courses offered at the prestigious National Institute of Design (NID) campuses. Candidates need to clear two NID admission tests in order to be eligible for admission in Bachelor of Design (BDes) and Master of Design (MDes) courses offered at its campuses. 

 3. Symbiosis Institute of Design Exam (SEED) 

SEED or the  Symbiosis Entrance Exam for Design is a design cum aptitude test conducted by the Symbiosis International University. It offers admissions to aspirants in BDes programs offered at Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID).

 4. Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) – 

The Common Entrance Examination for Design is a joint entrance exam for the post-graduate program in the field of technological design held every year jointly at all the IITs and IISCs. 


As you can see there are numerous competitive exams after 12th in India one can take. Each field provides you with various opportunities and you shouldn’t choose to get into a particular field if you have some doubts in your mind.

Yes, there are some fields which provide better job prospects in the future than the other but it is completely up to you which one suits you and is of your liking.

And once you have a clear picture in your mind, then do not waste any more time and start preparing for the concerned exam as a strategic and well-defined approach is key towards cracking these exams.

Also Read: 8 Best Colleges Accepting GMAT Scores, 12+ MBA Exams That You Must Attempt

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to start competitive exam preparation?

The first step while preparing for entrance exams after 12th or any such exam for that matter is to understand the selection process and the exam pattern, followed by the syllabus and then planning out a timetable for the whole preparation.

What are some general tips that will help in preparing for any competitive exam?

Effective Time Management, Daily Revision, Well Planned and Disciplined Approach are some of the key factors which will help in your preparation, be it for any competitive exam.

Apart from NEET, what other national-level medical exams are there in the country?

Several more popular exams like AIIMS MBBS, JIPMER MBBS, AIPVT, etc. used to be held for admissions into other coveted institutes, But now the NEET exam is the only gateway into all of the top medical institutes. 

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