On 11th February 2017, the Central Government announced that from the next year there will be a single engineering test in India to be conducted for admission to engineering and architecture courses in top engineering colleges in India.
There are 3,300 engineering colleges across 27 states, with most of them in Tamil Nadu (527), Maharashtra (372), Andhra Pradesh (328), Uttar Pradesh (295) and Madhya Pradesh (211), which give admission to around 16 lakh students every year.
The idea for Common Engineering Entrance Test was initiated by HRD ministry on same lines as National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET), which is an All-India entrance exam conducted for admission to medical and dental colleges.
On 29th April 2017, the idea for single engineering test in India was put on hold because states like Tamil Nadu and West Bengal did not agree with the idea. The major reason for the delay is that some states have not updated their syllabus for Class 10th and 12th for 10 years.
If a single engineering test in India is conducted, then the students from these states won’t be able to compete with the students from other states.
Single Engineering Test in India – Why This Move Was Initiated?
Presently the engineering admissions process is very reckless in India. Institutes like IITs conduct JEE and some states conduct their own entrance exams and some consider 12th class marks for admissions to engineering courses.
The idea behind the recommendation of Common Engineering Entrance Exam was to check the practice of colleges charging capitation fee and to bring in a more effective merit based system.
This will also minimize the 40-50 engineering entrance exams including:
JEE Mains (Joint Entrance Exam Main)
BITSAT (Birla Institute of Technology and Science Aptitude Test)
VITEEE (VIT Engineering Entrance Exam)
SRMJEEE (SRM Joint Engineering Entrance Exam)
WBJEE (West Bengal Joint Entrance Exam)
These exams are conducted by the state governments, central agencies, and private institutions. The same model of common entrance exam has been implemented in Medical Entrance Exams in India.
However, the major difference between conducting Single Medical Entrance Exam & Single Engineering Entrance Exam is the legal & organizational structure of the Apex authorities.
All medical institutes in India come under the umbrella of the Medical Council of India. AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) cannot control all the technical education and Engineering institutes in the same way.
What Will Happen to JEE Exam?
This Common Engineering Entrance Exam shall be conducted one or more times in a year, but this test will not include admissions to IITs.
As per the latest notification, JEE Advanced 2018 will be held online by IIT Kanpur.
IITs will continue admitting the students through JEE Advanced. To get admission in IITs candidates must clear JEE Advanced Exam after appearing in the Common Engineering Entrance Exam. More than 1.3 million students appear for JEE Exam every year.
The name for Single Engineering Test in India could be India Science Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET). CBSE may decide to rename JEE (Joint Entrance Exam) to ISEET and shall announce the details in December.
Common Engineering Test in India – Advantages
Through Single Engineering Test in India, pressure on students to perform in multiple entrance exams will be reduced.
This will make the admission process more transparent, standardized, and free of corruption and commercialization.
Common Engineering Entrance Exam will improve standards and quality of engineering education.
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