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B.Tech Lateral Entry: Entrance Exams, Application Form, Admission Process

Akansha Sirohi
Akansha SirohiUpdated On: February 11, 2022 05:52 pm IST

The course path for B.Tech lateral entry is different from regular B.Tech, be it preparation or admission process for B.Tech lateral entry. Know all about B.Tech lateral entry programme, colleges and more. 

B.Tech Lateral Entry

One of the many technical education options in India is B.Tech Lateral Entry (LE). If you are aspiring to become an engineer, you can apply for B.Tech Lateral Entry. The programme allows you to pursue B.Tech programmes from the second year of the usual B.Tech programme at various engineering colleges in India. Students who have completed their engineering diploma programme can apply for admission in B.Tech LE. Nowadays, there are various engineering specialisations for which lateral entry is considered. Some of the examples are Fire Safety Engineering, Marine Engineering, Mining Engineering, Petroleum Engineering colleges, Software Engineering etc.

The course path for B.Tech LE is different from regular B.Tech, be it the preparation for the course or the admission process. Here you will find all the information about B.Tech LE programmes, entrance exams, selection process, curriculum and job opportunities after B.Tech Lateral Entry.

List of B.Tech Lateral Entry Entrance Exams

The list of B.Tech Lateral Entry entrance exams along with 2022 dates can be checked below -

Name of the Exam2022 Exam Date
AP ECETTo be Notified
TS ECETTo be Notified
Haryana LEETTo be Notified
WB JELETMay 14, 2022
LPUNESTTo be Notified
UPCET (UPSEE)To be Notified
DTU LEETTo be Notified

Also Read: UP B.Tech Lateral Entry Admission 2022

B.Tech Lateral Entry Eligibility Criteria

If you are planning to apply for B.Tech LE then you must have successfully completed a 3 year (most colleges only accept full-time diploma) diploma in engineering. Most of the engineering colleges in India require a 60% aggregate in 3-year diploma (Engineering – any stream) after class 10 board exam.

Doing a diploma in engineering itself has a lot of possibilities. You can either do a 3-year diploma after your class 12 board exams or apply for diploma programmes right after giving your class 10 board exams. With this, you can take admission in various industrial training institutes in India like Mechanical Deisel Colleges, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Colleges, Draughtsmanship Colleges in India etc.

It is up to you when and whether you want to pursue your diploma in engineering after class 10 or class 12. However, time constraint must be considered as engineering diploma plus B.Tech lateral entry means six years of rigorous education. Therefore decide carefully when you want to start your diploma course.

B.Tech Lateral Entry Admission Process

Admission in B.Tech Lateral Entry programmes offered by engineering institutes is done on the basis of entrance exams. Different institutes consider different entrance exams. Most of the regional government and private colleges take admission on the basis of state entrance exams.

Some deemed universities and autonomous institutes might conduct their own entrance exam for admission to B.Tech LE programmes offered by them.

Also Read:IGNOU 2021 Courses offered - UG/ PG/ Certificate/ Diploma Programmes

    Difference Between Regular B.Tech and B.Tech Lateral Entry

    There is no significant academic difference between regular B.Tech and B.Tech Lateral Entry. The main difference is highlighted ion the following table:


    B.Tech Lateral Admission

    B.Tech Regular Admission


    3 years

    4 years

    Admission Type

    Direct Admission to Second year

    Entry in First Year


    Diploma in relevant field after Class 10

    Class 12th with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as the main subject

    As we have discussed above, the entrance exams and career paths are different but the subjects of B.Tech LE and regular B.Tech are same. According to some career experts, adapting the course line of B.Tech LE is easier as the student has already completed an engineering diploma prior to that.

    Which one is better – Regular B.Tech or B.Tech Lateral Entry?

    As far as job opportunities are concerned, both the programmes are considered equivalent in the market. Students who purser B.Tech LE are offered the same opportunities and positions as regular B.Tech graduates.

    Some of the experts say that the practical and core subject knowledge gained in engineering diploma can really help LE students understand machines better. This can sometimes be an added advantage for students who are pursuing B.Tech from trades like Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

    Also Read:List of Polytechnic (Diploma) Courses in India

    Plan your education well and take the right entrance exams to secure a seat in either of the good colleges offering B.Tech LE programmes. As long as you score well, you will get the best opportunities in the engineering and technical market.

    Good luck!

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