Common engineering entrance test from 2013-2014, Common entrance examination for engineering colleges from 2013
The government will scrap all engineering entrance exams from 2013-14. Currently, various state boards and institutions, including the IITs, conduct more than 150 entrance exams every year. The government decided to dump all such exams including the IIT-JEE and the AIEEE at a meeting of IIT Council and officials from the ministry of human resource development (HRD). Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal chaired the meeting.
Common entrance test for engineering colleges from 2013
Going forward there will be one merit list. Institutes including the IITs will have to pick up students from this list. The list will be based on Std 12 marks and a Scholastic Aptitude Test-kind of test results. Also, students will be counselled before they choose a course.
In fact, the committee has given various options and no final decision has been taken on which option will be adopted. The marks scored by students in class XII would be `normalized’ through a formula devised by experts of the Indian Statistical Institute. But the experts favored the normalization system after doing a pilot study of only four out of 42 boards in the country. They studied the result patterns of CBSE, ISE, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal Boards.
It also need to be bring it out that normalization as a method has been abandoned by BITS, Pilani, and even in the USA. Last year, when a committee on JEE reforms under D Acharya, director of IIT, Kharagpur, suggested normalization it was opposed by many state boards.