The MHRD has cleared a proposal by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to conduct a single entrance test for all engineering and architecture courses in the country. This will be similar to the framework adapted for NEET which is the single entrance test for medical and dental admissions across the country. The proposal which was in the pipeline for some time has finally been cleared with the government deciding to conduct a single entrance examination from 2018 that will replace the multiple tests conducted by various central agencies, state governments and private universities for the engineering admissions. However, the JEE Advanced will still remain the entrance test to the IITs. Check the details below.
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The salient features of the order can be summarised as follows:
There will be a single engineering entrance that will replace all the other entrance tests including private, central or state held tests. This may be JEE Main or the earlier proposed National Aptitude Test
The JEE Advanced will remain as the entrance test for the undergraduate engineering courses at the IITs and IISc Bangalore. Candidates will have to clear the national test and then the JEE Advanced to get into the IITs.
The single exam will be conducted multiple times each year to facilitate the students with chances of a better attempt.
The MHRD in its order to the AICTE has asked it to ensure that the testing is standardised on account of the lingual diversity that exists in the country.
This news is expected to be welcomed by parents and students who have struggled with preparation for multiple entrance exams to ensure a good seat in the engineering course of their choice. The exam is expected to be implemented on the lines of the NEET exam. The medical and dental admissions in the country are now mandatory through NEET. Advantages cited for the single entrance test are more transparency in the admission process, reduction of the severe burden on the students, monitoring of the heavy capitation fees charged from the students.
At the moment, apart from the JEE Main and Advanced, students appear for many entrance tests conducted by the state where they belong to as well as the many entrance tests conducted by the private universities and institutes. After the implementation of the common test, it is expected that the admissions will be conducted by the various states and private universities on the basis of the scores obtained by the students in the single national exam. This is the system currently followed for the dental and medical admissions in the country through NEET.
The clear and detailed picture is yet to emerge from the MHRD or the AICTE but it is a step in the right direction for the benefit of all the budding engineers and architects of the country.
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