Confirming its plan for the conducting a joint engineering entrance examination, the All India Council for Technical Education confirmed that the single engineering entrance exam would be conducted multiple times over a year now. Interestingly, the students can now appear for the examination with no cap on the maximum number of attempts. The best score out of the many attempts will be taken into consideration for admissions. All this is expected to be applicable from the year 2018.
AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe confirmed the same. “Multiple means any number of times, and it could be even three to four times in a year. But it could be held only after required infrastructure is in place,” he said.
The AICTE Chief also confirmed that the single engineering entrance exam would be the supreme entrance test in the country for admission in different engineering colleges. It would supersede all the existing examinations except the Joint Engineering Examination (Advanced) which will be left intact to heighten the admission criteria in the leading Indian Institutes of Technology(s).
The dates for the examinations are not yet finalized as presently the selection of exam conducting agency is being done. As of now, Delhi-based Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) organizes major entrance examinations in the country which entails National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) that allow students to seek admissions in medical courses. The same agency is responsible for conducting JEE-Mains, and Advanced. “We’re yet to finalize the testing agency, so exam dates couldn’t be fixed at the moment. But we’re in the process to finalize soon,” Sahasrabudhe said.
In the Financial Budget presented by Honorable Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley in February this year, he announced establishing ‘National Testing Service‘ which will conduct all the entrance examinations on national-level.
The test will abide by the AICTE Act and thus, it will be mandatory for all the states to conduct this examination. Although all the states have welcomed the move, some states like Tamil Nadu have opposed the decision. As per the reports, students are granted admission on the basis of their class XII scores in Tamil Nadu.
Earlier, the joint director of technical education in Nagpur, Gulabrao Thakre while talking to a news daily, showed some hint of the single entrance exam coming up. He said that the MHT-CET would be conducted for the last time on May 11 after which AICTE is coming up with a single entrance exam pattern.
As confirmed by the sources, the Maharashtra government had already tried eliminating MH-CET and making JEE a sole test for entrance criteria in the state colleges and university but had to reinstate the move after receiving stern oppose from the parents and students. This was also supported by many private institutions that are owned by big politicians. The vacancies for engineers in Maharashtra grew rapidly and the supply of the manpower started falling short. Seeking this, the government took back MH-CET as the primary examination.