Getting into the major engineering universities of the country may appear to be the toughest
public university admission battle to the aspiring candidates. Yes, to some extent it is.
Major public engineering universities, i.e. BUET, KUET, CUET, RUET etc. have a very
selective approach when it comes to admitting a certain number of students into various
disciplines of engineering each year.
Due to the exponential increase in students getting GPA 5 in their HSC examination, there is
a primary sorting process based on the score of 20 or 25 including Mathematics, Physics,
After initial assortment, a certain number of eligible candidates
(different for each university depending on the number of available seats) are shortlisted
for an elaborate written test. Written test basically comprises of theoretical and MCQ
questions on Math, Physics, Chemistry and in some cases, English. In some universities, like
BUET for example, last year there were 60 theoretical questions (10 each from Math, Physics
and Chemistry), carrying 10 marks each, cumulating in total 600 marks that had to be
answered over a span of three hours. Theoretical questions imply mathematical problems or
application-type problems from various theories learnt throughout the HSC/A-level
The trick to do well in engineering admission tests is to have a very clear idea about the
whole curriculum, as questions are set from all parts of the textbooks. There are no
short-cuts or suggestions like board exams.
In mathematics, problems have to be solved from different textbooks and all the parts
(Calculus, Mechanics, Binomial Theorem etc.) have to be given equal emphasis.
For Physics, one needs to have very thorough grasp of all the formulas and know when or how
to apply them. Understanding physical interpretations of formulas and practical applications
of different mechanisms are of utmost importance.
Chemistry deals with equations. The more you understand the chemical
processes and the more you practice writing equations, the easier it'll be for you to do
well in the competitive exams.
Never rely too much on coaching centres or guide-books. The textbook is the MOST VALUABLE
thing that you've got in your hands.
Understanding everything and being able to solve problems aren't all. It's more about
efficiency. The more efficient you are, the faster you are able to interpret problems and
solve them, the better your chances. Everyone battling for engineering university admission
are competitive and capable – no doubt about that. But it's the individual efficiency that
makes the successful candidates stand out.