Gujarat favours entrance
test for engg. courses

AHMEDABAD - The federal government’s decision to hold a single entrance test for all centrally-run engineering institutes, including IITs, from next year is being opposed by some non-Congress states but the Bharatiya Janata Party-controlled Gujarat government has given a thumbs-up to the plan.

By Mahesh Trivedi

Published: Tue 28 Feb 2012, 11:55 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 12:14 PM

Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and Puducherry are not in favour of the Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET), which will eliminate multiple admission tests including the IIT-JEE. But Gujarat’s education minister Raman Vora has given his approval to the HRD ministry. Ten other states have okayed the proposal.

About 1.2 million students are likely to appear at the proposed entrance test to be conducted in May next year in two parts — ISEET main and ISEET advance. The main exam will test the thinking capability of the student while the advance paper will be set and assessed by the IIT staff to maintain toughness in the new system. The national as well as state wise merit list will be declared after the test which can be used by each state for admission in engineering and pharmacy colleges. The state will be required to decide the weightage they want to give to HSC (board) exams on their own. Currently, Gujarat gives 60 per cent weightage to HSC exams while 40 per cent weightage is given to GujCET result.

In IITs and other colleges, only the entrance exam merit is considered while the students have to meet the minimum eligibility criteria of passing the HSC exams with 50 per cent marks. Post this exam, weightage will be given to the HSC board result as well. This decision will benefit aspirants as they will get a reprieve from appearing in multiple entrance exams to secure a seat in a engineering college. Students spend a minimum Rs10,000 for appearing in these entrance exams in addition to the huge amount charged by coaching classes for preparing the students in different exams.

The exam will be conducted two to three times a year to enable students pick the best scores achieved for admission and the scores will remain valid for two years.

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