A Joint Admission Test (JAT) is conducted by the director of technical education, Assam for selection of candidates for admission to the first year of the B.E course to the two state Government colleges i.e Assam Engineering College, Guwahati; Jorhat Engineering College, Jorhat and National Institute of Technology, Silchar (Assam quota). Candidates seeking admission in any National Institute of Technology (against Assam quota) have to apply separately to Principle, National Institute of Technology, Silchar, in addition to appeaing in JAT.
Eligibility : Candidates should have passed the 2-year pre-university exam of Assam Higher Secondary Education Council or an exam recognised as equivalent thereto with Physics, Chemistry, Maths and English securing 50% aggregate marks in PCM in one sitting (45% for SC and 40% for ST candidates). Maximum Age for the candidates at the time of admission is 21 years. (For B.Sc degree holders the age limit is 22/24 yrs). For SC/ST candidates upper age limit is relaxable by 4 years.
Admission Procedure : Admission is open to permanent residents of Assam except Government of India/State nominees; Sons and daughters of Central Govt./Public Sector Undertakings employees posted in Assam and serving in the State for one year ( 7 seats). Application form and prospectus can be obtained from Engineering Colleges/ Polytechnics by hand or through post. Last date for submission of completed application form is in the month of April of the year of admission.
Selection : Selected is on the basis of merit in JAT conducted at 18 centers in the State. The test is usually held in the month of June. There will be a separate merit list for SC/ST candidates. Candidates for BArch course are also required to appear in Aptitude test. Change is not allowed after admission.
Pattern & Medium of Examination: The test consists of 3 papers of 3 hours duration: mathematics, physics and chemistry of 100 marks each. The medium of the test will be in English. Standard of the test is that of intermediate.
Candidates belonging to following categories are exempted from appearing in the admission test: (i) candidates nominated against reserved seats for other states, union territories & foreign countries, if otherwise eligible and (ii) candidates ranked within the first ten positions in pre-university exam. of Guwahati/Dibrugarh University of HSSLC (Sc) exam of the board of secondary education, Assam provided they get not less than 75% marks. They must apply for direct admission within 10 days of publication of their qualifying exam result to the Director, Technical Education, Assam.
Reservation of seats: SC-7%,ST (plains)-10%, ST (hills)-5%, daughters of ex-servicemen-2 seats, OBC-15%, Sports persons-2, NCC-2, Physically handicapped-2, sons & daughters of central Govt./public sector employees posted in Assam & serving for one year-7 seats, Tea garden labour community- 2 seats, Ex-tea garden labour community- 2 seats. Seats are also reserved for Govt. of India/State nominees ( Sikkim, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Arunchal Pradesh, Mizoram).