About India

India is the seventh-largest and is set to become, demographically the youngest nation in the world by 2030. With 29 States and 7 Union territories and as many as 22 official languages, religions such as Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism and Christianity India truly embodies the spirit of unity in diversity! The country, its people, art, culture, heritage and the education system blends tradition and modernity seamlessly.

Similar to Nepal, higher education in India starts after passing the higher secondary education or the 12th standard. Depending on what you study, attaining your degree in India can take three to five years. Postgraduate courses are generally two to three years long. After completing a postgraduate degree, there is the option of continuing on with doctoral studies and research at various educational institutes.

Why India

India’s system of higher education is the third largest in the world. While the engineering schools have been the flag bearers of the India’s higher education, in keeping with the times and the skill needs of the global workforce India universities are offering a host of other courses such as Masters in Business Administration, Sciences, Liberal Arts, Artificial Intelligence, Photonics and Design Thinking among others. As a result, many of its higher education institutions figure in the top 100 Asian Universities as per QS and The World University rankings of 2018. At the same time, interesting and niche courses such as Yoga, Ayurveda or Buddhism are also on offer.

Cities such as Bangalore and Hyderabad are known for their entrepreneurial and technology ecosystem and ranked amongst the most dynamic cities in the world. Most of the higher education is delivered in English which can offer an ease of communication which would be enjoyed by an overseas student.

Top Universities in India

  1. University of Delhi
  2. University of Hyderabad
  3. Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
  4. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKGP)
  5. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
  6. Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
  7. Indian Institute of Science (IISc)
  8. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
  9. Indian Institute of TechnologyRoorkee (IITR)
  10. Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)

Admission Process for India

Most Indian universities participate in one or another centralized admission procedure. National tests and interviews are organized by an independent body composed of members of the participating organizations. Little weight is given to applicants’ past academic record and more to their exam results. Applicants are ranked by exam grades, and submit their preference of universities/programs based on their rank and choice. Some such common entrance tests are:

  1. Joint Entrance Exam (JEE), the undergraduate exam for the sixteen Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs);
  2. Common Admission Test (CAT), XAT, JMAT, MAT or SNAP, the graduate exams for the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other business schools;
  3. Graduate Admission Test of Engineering (GATE), the graduate exam for the IITs;
  4. All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE) for admission to Undergraduate Engineering and Architecture / Design courses;
  5. Pre Medical Test (PMT)-conducted by the CBSE; the entrance exam for admission to MBBS program;
  6. Bachelor’s degree Admission in General Stream

States have their own admissions exams and policies. For example, the state of Maharashtra uses the HSC test as a prerequisite for entering Degree level college and uses the SSC test as a prerequisite for entering Junior Level College as well as Diploma Level College. Apart from that 15% reserved for NRI / Foreign students. Recently the medical exam known as PMT was dropped with introduction of a nationalized exam known as NEET.

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