A single entrance examination will be held from 2013 for admission to the centrally funded engineering institutes. These include the 15 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and all the National Institutes of Technology (NITs). Equal weightage will be given to marks obtained in the Class XII examinations and those of the entrance tests.
After two years of discussion and debate, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal has managed to get everyone to agree to what he has been pushing for – a single Joint Entrance Test (JEE) to replace the current IIT-JEE and AIEEE, two of the most established engineering examinations, for gaining entry into undergraduate engineering (BTech) courses.
At least six IIT directors were present at the press conference in New Delhi today where Mr Sibal announced the changes. “There was no dissent and everyone agreed to the decisions, ” said Mr Sibal.
And from next year the Class XII exams results will matter a whole lot more since 50 percentile weightage will be given to them for entrance to IITs. All aspirants will have to appear for a main test and an advanced test. The top 50,000 students in the main test will have their advance papers evaluated for IIT merit positions. For other colleges apart from IIT, the weightage is: 40 per cent on the Class 12 results, 30 per cent to the main test and 30 per cent to the advanced test.