Many educational institutions conduct entrance examinations to select students for admission to different courses which are used to assess a student’s abilities in areas like verbal, writing, quantitative and analytical.
Scores from these exams determine the admissions to college and a high score will increase the chances of the students getting into their dream college. Most colleges have a cut-off score while some colleges prefer a minimum score for an applicant to be admitted.
Various national, state and university level entrance exams are conducted in India for admissions into various streams such as management, engineering, law, medicine, hospitality, arts and design, etc. Students who clear this examination are selected for top colleges.
However, students may be confused as to which entrance examination must be taken. Here is a summary of the strategies that can be adopted by a student to choose an entrance examination for college admissions.
College and Course preference: Students must primarily consider the course they best fit in and the college they wish to attend. It is imperative to have a complete understanding of the admission requirements, i.e., the scores of which entrance exams are accepted by the colleges and then start preparing for them.
Nowadays, most colleges are not open without competitive examinations such that, if someone is interested in studying at the IIT, it is mandatory to attend IIT Mains and IIT Advanced examinations. Similarly, there are other admission requirements for NLU, NIFT, IHM, IIM, etc., and they offer different national-level entrance examinations.
Analysis of the entrance exam: The next step is to analyze the pattern of the exams in terms of the weightage given to each section and work on the areas where the student might face some challenges. As the syllabus for entrance exams remains the same for a particular course, the degree of emphasis varies.
For example, the most popular exams for law are CLAT, LSAT and AILET. CLAT and AILET test the students in the streams of current affairs, GK, legal reasoning, logical reasoning, quantitative ability and English language while LSAT covers Logical Reasoning, Analytical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension only.
Thus, if legal reasoning and math are a concern for the students, they can appear for the LSAT examination as it is widely accepted by almost 85 colleges in India.
Marking Weightage: The student has to be well prepared for the entrance exams as the competitiveness is increasing day by day. The exams are Multiple Choice Question Based, Subjective or comprise both. UCEED, a design entrance exam, is a combination of MCQ and MSQ wherein, the MCQ section awards maximum marks.
However, in the NID, maximum marks are awarded in subjective questions. NIFT offers equal marks in both CAT and GAT sections and to secure a rank in the entrance exams, it is necessary to analyze the sections in depth and work on one’s own strengths in terms of the types of questions one is comfortable with and practice accordingly.
Cut-off marks: The minimum qualifying marks that the candida must score to secure in the entrance exam to secure admission to the desired college, school, university or any other university is the cut-off marks. Students must check the cut-off marks to get an idea about the kind of preparation that is required and the chances of clearing the exam so that they are in a better position to decide which exam is suitable for them.
Every examination possesses a different eligibility criterion and application process for applying. Necessary in-depth research must be done about the examinations before making the right choice. One can be thoroughly prepared to sit for the exam by analyzing the question paper pattern and the syllabus given.