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AMU, ALIGARH

The Zakir Husain College of Engineering and Technology was founded on November 21 1938. It is part of the faculty of engineering and technology of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), one of the 13 central universities in India.

It has 13 faculties, out of which the faculty of engineering and technology is the largest. The university houses some 24,000 students. The college is named after a great scholar of AMU and the former President of India, Dr Zakir Husain.

The BTech programme offered by the college is a four-year degree course. In the first year, students complete core courses in basic and applied sciences. The specialisations start in the second year, when certain compulsory inter-disciplinary courses in engineering are also taught.

In the third and the final years, advanced courses of the concerned disciplines are offered along with electives. Well-designed laboratory courses and projects reinforce the theory courses.

The notification for the course is advertised in January. Application forms and the guide to admission can be obtained during March/April from the assistant controller (admissions).

You can send in your demand drafts, drawn in favour of the finance officer, to post box number 52, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002. Make sure that you send a self-addressed and stamped envelope of size 25 cm x15 cm. The last date for submission of application forms is generally in the month of April/May of the year of admission.

Eligibility: A pass in senior secondary school certificate/intermediate or an equivalent exam with English, physics, chemistry and mathematics with not less than 45 per cent marks in aggregate or a diploma in engineering with at least a second division. You should not be more than 23 years on July 1 of the year of admission.

Entrance exam

Students are admitted through an all-India competitive written examination. The entrance examination for admission to the BTech (engg) and BArch courses of the college is held generally in the month of May every year.

Pattern of exam

The selection is made on the basis of marks obtained in the competitive admission test and interview. The test comprises two papers common for aspirants of both BTech (engg) and B Arch course (paper I- chemistry and physics, paper II- mathematics), each of two hours' duration.

The general standard of the test is that of the qualifying examination. All the questions are objective-type in nature. Students appearing for the BArch course have to appear in one additional paper, which is the architecture aptitude test with some descriptive questions and tests of drawing.

Courses: The Zakir Husain College of Engineering & Technology offers undergraduate (BTech) as well as postgraduate (MTech and PhD) courses. The undergraduate courses are offered in eight disciplines of engineering namely civil engineering (60 seats), electrical (60 seats), chemical (30 seats), mechanical (90 seats), computer (30 seats), electronics and communication (30 seats) as well as BArch).

How to prepare

For physics, some of the guide books for preparation are: Physics by Lodiwala, .. Ghosh and publications by Bharti Bhawan. For chemistry, you may refer to books by Krishna, Arihant, Ratan and Dinesh publications. For maths, practise questions from R.D. Sharma, Krishna, Arihant and Jai Narain publications.

There are many engineering entrance guides available in the market. Any book that has exercises on multiple-choice questions on the Class XI and Class XII CBSE syllabus can be considered for preparation.

Your concepts should be clear so that you can apply them effectively to the objective-type questions, which generally assess your depth of understanding and analytical ability. Regular practice will also give you accuracy and speed.

Sample test paper

1. A spherometer has 250 equal divisions marked along the periphery of its disc. One full rotation of the disc advances on the main scale by 0.0625 cm. The least count of the system is:

a) 2.5 x 10 -2 cm
b) 2.5 x 10 -3 cm
c) 2.5 x 10 -4 cm
d) none of these

2. A fish looking up through the water sees the outside world contained in circular horizon. If the refractive index of water is 4/3 and the fish is 12 cm below the surface, the radius of the circle is:
a) 12 x 3 v5
b) 12 x 3 v 7
c) 12 x v 5
d) 12 x 3 / v 7

3. The number of electrons in Fe 3 + having n + 1 = 3 is:

a) 16
b) 8
c) 6
d) 4

4. H 2 S precipitates Zn 2 + ions from solution in:

a) Neutral condition
b) Acidic condition
c) Basic condition
d) Weak acidic condition

5. If a is a root of the equation f(x) = 0, then:-

a) x + a divides f (x)
b) x-a divides f(x)
c) ( x-a) 2 divides f(x)
d) none of these

6. The 20 th term of the s eries 2 x 4 + 4 x 6 + 6 x 8 .. is:-

a) 1600
b) 1680
c) 420
d) 840

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