JELET or WBJEE entrance exams: which is best for a future engineering career?

Are you thinking of pursuing engineering as a career? Then there are two options for you. In the first case, you can directly take admission in any engineering course from the first year. In the second case, you can do so by taking a lateral entry in the second year of your preferred engineering course. Here's how you can do either and make a comparative study on the career aspects of two major entrance examinations, WBJEE and JELET.


To start off, we are talking here about two entrance exams of West Bengal are mainly related to undergraduate engineering or pharmaceutical fields. These are WBJEE or West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination and JELET or Joint Entrance Examination for Lateral Entry. The former examination is opted by students who want to take the admission in any engineering or pharmaceutical course, right from the first year. The qualifiers of JELET will get a chance to enter the undergraduate engineering or pharmaceutical courses of their preference from the second year. However, not only the engineering field but using a JELET score you can also enter in the second years of Pharmaceutical courses or Technology courses. Let us go through the basic eligibility criteria for both entrance examinations.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The student must either be a 12th standard pass out or about to appear in the final exams of 12th standard. Sometimes in order to score better in both the examinations, that is, WBJEE and 12th boards examinations, candidates appear for WBJEE one year after they have cleared the 12th standard.
  2. The student should have passed 12th standard with Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry. The candidate can also take up Biology as an additional subject. However, there is no restriction regarding the marks to be obtained in Biology. For the rest of the science subjects, the general category students need a minimum of 45% marks in their qualifying examination and 30% in English. However, there is a relaxation of 5% for reserved category students for the the science subjects.
  3. The minimum age for appearing in JEE is 17.

  1. The students must either be a graduate in the science stream or a diploma certificate holder in any engineering or technology field.
  2. Just like WBJEE, there is no limit on the upper age limit for taking admission in most streams and in some, the maximum age limit is 25 years.
  3. The restriction regarding the marks to be obtained in the qualifying examination is the same as that of WBJEE. The relaxation of 5% to reserved category is applicable here too.

Now let's take a look at the stream choices that can be made in case of either entrance examinations:

Further education streams

You can opt for engineering (B.Tech or B.E.) courses or pharmaceutical courses or architecture courses after you get a valid rank in WBJEE. There are more than 100 undergraduate colleges to choose courses from and more than 30,000 seats including government and private institutes, for engineering students to get enrolled in. One suggestion here would be that if you are thinking of taking up civil engineering or architectural courses then an aesthetic sense of drawing will be an asset for you.

As mentioned earlier, candidates who have a valid JELET score can get lateral entry in engineering courses. Other than these, candidates can also go for either Pharmaceutical or Technology courses. Using the JELET score, therefore, the candidates will get a direct entry in the second year of undergraduate engineering/technology/pharmaceutical courses.

Comparison on future job prospects

Whether you have got a JEE score or JELET, you are ultimately becoming an engineer or a pharmacy person. So, therefore, the jobs that you can get after completing the course as a result of WBJEE or JELET score are more or less the same. The added advantage in the case of WBJEE is that you can get architectural jobs, whereas using the JELET score you can't go for a B.Arch course. In addition to this, you can apply for jobs abroad in the United States or the United Kingdom or many other countries with degrees obtained after clearing either WBJEE or JELET. The companies don't judge candidates by their entrance examinations once the course they have completed is required for the respective job. So in either case, you can become a software developer/ a biotech engineer/ a metallurgy man/ a marine engineer/ a mobile app developer/ and lots more. Both these entrance examinations lead to similar fruitful engineering or technology careers and help you earn name and fame. With JELET, you get a chance to try hands at a professional diploma course that can hone your technical skills even better.

Higher study options

These entrance examinations can both help you study undergraduate courses. There is no restriction regarding the masters or doctoral courses that you can pursue after you pass the undergraduate course. As mentioned earlier, with the WBJEE score, you can pursue engineering/pharmaceutical/architecture courses. Therefore, if you wish, you can pursue a master's in either of these streams and either exactly on the subject of your graduation or in a field related to that. The same thing is applicable for people having JELET score too. However, nowadays an M.Tech or M.E. or M.Pharma degree is not fetching lucrative job offers for students as they are lacking rigorous job experience as the students who have pursued jobs right after their graduation.


I hope the different aspects of JELET and WBJEE examinations and its impact of the future job prospects are clear now and those of you who are about to appear for these entrance examinations either this year or in the future years can build their future plans more constructively after going through this article.

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