Punjab, known across India and abroad for its traditions, culture and agriculture, has several well-known institutes and universities for higher education. The Punjab Agricultural University, one of the world's leading authorities in agriculture, played a critical role in Punjab's Green Revolution in the second half of the 20th century. Noted alumni from the Panjab University include our Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Professor Har Gobind Khorana, famous Nobel laureate & biotechnologist.
Most of the universities and the institutes in Punjab conduct their own entrance exams and accept national level entrance exams too for admissions to their programmes. Following are the main entrance exams that need to be taken for admission to various colleges and universities in Punjab:
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET UG) has replaced the Punjab Medical Entrance Test (PMET) from 2013 onwards for admission to MBBS/BDS courses in government and private Medical/Dental colleges of Punjab.
The Joint Entrance Exam Main (JEE Main) has replaced AIEEE from 2013 onwards as the single admission test for admission to engineering colleges like Punjab technical University and its affiliated engineering colleges (including all IIITs and other CFTIs) across Punjab as well as India.
The Joint Entrance Exam Main (JEE Advanced) has replaced the IIT-JEE from 2013 onwards as the single admission test for a seat in any of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) including IIT Ropar.
One of the toughest MBA entrance exams, the Common Admission Test (CAT) needs to be taken to qualify for admission to well-known management institutes like UBS Chandigarh.
The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a national level exam approved by the AICTE to assess the general aptitude of candidates for admission to various AICTE approved management colleges in India for post graduate management programs both at Degree and Diploma level. The CMAT has replaced the state-level Management Entrance Test (MET) of Punjab since 2013 for admission to all MBA courses offered by affiliated colleges in Punjab.