In India, living with another 120 crores, competition becomes part of the life. Education is considered as the golden gateway to a secured and happy life of their kids by the millions of middle class parents.
After senior secondary, there are various entrance exams to admit students into different courses. This entrance exam race starts from kids getting admission in kindergarten to post graduates getting admission in PhD in various universities. In the mad rush to get through exams like JEE, NEET, CAT and many more, the question arises "Are entrance exams really needed?"
Let us first see the need for the entrance exams:
First among the equals: When for 10,000 seats around 15 lakh candidates apply, there is an inevitable need to have a test selecting the desired number of candidates.
Checks the persistence and calm of the candidate: When a student has to give a test in limited time duration and with high level pressure on his/her mind, not only his/her knowledge but also calm and preparation strategy are checked.
Still, India feels a lot of drawbacks in its educational system. We will now go through the points arguing that the entrance exams do not measure a student's capability in a fair way.
Disparity in society: Indian society has people of drastically different financial backgrounds which means that the basic facilities are not evenly spread across the nation. There are few kids with 4G connection and then there are kids without a proper schooling or an electric bulb to study. The preparation of the student with more facilities is expected to be better.
Coaching institutes: The training given to kids by the coaching institutes in different types of questions fails the objective of checking the intuitive problem solving skills of the students.
If the entrance exams are removed and the admissions are given on the marks basis, it will still not solve the purpose as there are different state boards and the marking pattern is different for each one of them.
Though the entrance exams are having a few flaws but still there is a need to a formal system of selection.