While the expert committee is planning to submit the report on "one exam, one rank, one counselling' for admissions into IITs/NITs/IISERs and other engineering institutes, Ministry of Human Resource Development is trying to clear all the roadblocks and making it reality.
The committee is due giving the report its report in first week of November which was decided in the IIT Council meet earlier this month.
According to TOI reports, the HRD ministry is trying to get IITs for conducting the single test so that the quality does not deteriorate. The effort is also to create an exam paper where there are right balance of questions which are both knowledge based and analytical so that there are lesser stress on the students.
Single test curbs stress on students
The major reason to conduct the 'single test' is to curb the time taking procedure which puts stress on students.
Besides this, the initiative also curbs the mushrooming coaching industries that are pressuring students and parents with huge financial burden. Students giving engineering entrance test now undergo two kinds of coaching one for NIT and other engineering colleges and advanced coaching for IITs.
A council meeting headed by Smriti Irani had decided on October 6, that a core committee will study and evaluate the proposal to hold single entrance test for IITs and the recommendation in this regard is expected to be put in place by the first week of November.
According to the proposal made by IIT council, the admission procedure for IIT were 'time- taking' and 'cumbersome' and did not leave much time for institutes to conduct enough number of counselling sessions.
Currently, the aspirants need to give two-tier entrance tests namely, JEE Mains and JEE Advanced to get admission in IITs. Pitching the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in the admission procedure, IIT is asked to conduct the single entrance test for admissions.