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Common Test For All Engineering Colleges Likely

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A committee of direc­tors of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) is working on a proposal to have a single entrance test for all engineer­ing aspirants in India.

if accepted, it would mean an end to the IITs’ Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) and all other individual entrance tests, such as the All India Engineering Entrance Examination con­ducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education.

“Engineering students are under too much pressure becau­se of the multiple exams they have to take in their quest for admission.” said S.C. Saxena, director, IIT-Roorkee. “A single entrance test is one of the mod­ifications we are looking at.”

“We want a more analytical and skill-based admission test,” he added “We want to increase the weightage given to the Class XII exam so that science stu­dents take it more seriously.”

Currently, most aspirants prepare harder for the entrance exams than for their school-leaving board examination because the marks obtained in the latter are not taken into account for admission into engineering institutes.

Swaha Sahoo, HT

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