Come February, and the cloud over the issue of conducting a single entrance examination for admissions to engineering institutes may finally be cleared.

By the end of February 2012, there may be a consensus on whether to hold a single entrance examination in 2013 and thereon.

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) held for admissions to the IITs and the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) for admission to Centrally-funded technical institutes may be merged to create a single entrance test.


IITs say a formal notification will be issued with details of the examination format to be followed by IITs. That is, while considering a student for a seat — whether to give 50 per cent or 60 per cent weightage to the board exams and the rest to IIT-JEE scores.


IIT-JEE, say IIT directors, has become a craze among students, largely because of the high-paying jobs one lands after an IIT degree.

“Entrance examination is a big racket in our country. And if you want to reduce the number of examinations, then different systems should not be asked to hold different examinations,” said another IIT director.

Source: BS