IIT Single Entrance Exam held in Two Parts
With a view to reducing the burden, in terms of time, finances and the stress caused in scheduling and preparing for multiple entrance examinations, on both, the students and parents, the Council of Indian Institute of Technology ( IITs ) had, in its meeting on 14th September, 2011 endorsed ‘in – principle’ the proposal of a Common Entrance Examination for admission to undergraduate programmes in Engineering.
Based on the discussions held amongst the various stakeholders, including those from the IIT system, it has been decided to hold a Joint Entrance Examination from the year 2013 for admission to the undergraduate programmes in engineering in two parts, JEE – MAIN and JEE – ADVANCED.
Only the top 1,50,000 candidates ( including all categories ) based on the performance in JEE – MAIN will qualify to appear in the JEE Advanced examination.
Admission to IITs will be based only on category – wise All Indian Rank ( AIR ) in JEE – ADVANCED, subject to condition that such candidates are in the top 20 percentile of successful candidates in Class XII examination conducted by their Boards in applicable categories.
Admission to NITs will be based on 40% weightage for performance in Class XII Board marks normalized on percentile basis and the remainder 60% weightage would be given for performance in JEE – MAIN and a combined AIR would be decided accordingly.
Single Entrance Test replaces IITs, NITs and IIITs from Next Year
From 2013, aspiring candidates for IITs and other central institutes like NITs and IIITs will have to sit under new a format of entrance test which will also take plus two board results into consideration.
The announcement was made 28th May, 2012 by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal after chairing a meeting of the joint councils of IITs, NITs and IIITs.
Emphasising that there was no “dissent” among the councils about the move, he acknowledged there “was a lot of resistance during the consultation process from the IIT system”. IIT senates especially the faculty federation had been opposing the new format.
But Sibal said the selection of the candidates for the IITs and other central institutes would be different even as all the aspirants will have to go through all the steps under new format. This system will replace the IIT – JEE and AIEEE.
Students will sit for a main test and an advance test conducted on the same day.
For admission to all the centrally funded institutes, there would be 40 percentage weightage for performance in class XII ( after normalisation of marks ), 30 percent weightage to performance in main and 30 percent in the advanced test.
In case of IITs, there would be a filtering process involved. The board results and the main test will be given 50 percent weightage each. Only the top 50,000 students will be selected for the advance test after taking into account their performance in the board results and the main result.
“The merit only in advanced examination will be considered for admission” to the IITs, Sibal said.
At the same time, he added, the IIT council has agreed to move to the other system by 2015.
Explaining the selection of candidates under the new format for the IITs, one of the IIT directors said results of advance test of only those students who have crossed the “barrier” of the 50 percent weightage to board marks and mains will be counted while preparing the merit list.
Even as the process of selection to the IITs would be different then other institutes, he said the counselling to IITs and other institutes will be done jointly and allotment of seats will be done together.
“I as a student will get a rank in IIT and also get a rank for NIT and IIIT. I will give my choice in both and depending on which is my first choice in either, I will get a seat,” he explained.
While the main test shall be multiple type paper, he nature and modalities of the advanced shall be determined by the joint admission board ( JAB ) of the IITs.
Sibal made it clear that JAB of the IIT system would have complete control on matters such as paper setting, evaluation and preparation of merit list over the advanced test while CBSE will provide administrative support for conduct of the examination.
For conduct of the main examination, an expanded joint admission board will be constituted including the NIT, other centrally funded institutes and state government representatives.
Noting that state boards would have the flexibility to adopt the new format the determine their own relative weightages, the Minister said Maharashtra, Gujarat and Haryana have evinced interest adopting the new format.
Clash of DAVV Exams with Competitive and Entrance Examinations
Various competitive and entrance examinations are lined up in May which is creating tension among students. A large number of DAVV students are candidates for these examinations. But they are also appearing in various semester exams.
Five such examinations are scheduled between 18th May, 2012 and 29th May, 2012. The DAVV has also scheduled three papers of different streams in this duration. Computer science paper three, physics and computer science paper four of DAVV are scheduled on 18th May, 2012, 21st May, 2012 and 23rd May, 2012 respectively.
In the same duration entrance exam for admission in Birla Institute of Technology and Science ( BITS ), National Institute of Technology ( NIT ), Integrated Common Entrance Test ( ICET ), Jawaharlal Nehru University ( JNU ) and Banaras Hindu University ( BHU ) are scheduled on 19th May, 2012, 18th May, 2012, 20th May, 2012 and 23rd May, 2012 respectively. The centres for all these examination are out of state. This means students will have to forgo either of the two exams.
Although aspirants who will be papering in one or all of these entrance exams had submitted an application to the university seeking postponement of exams for the same, the university did not respond to them yet.
Clash of LLB Entrance and Civil Services Preliminary Examinations
Students aspiring to appear for the LLB entrance examination of the Delhi University Law Faculty and also the Civil Services preliminary examination are in a fix as the dates for the two examinations are clashing. Both examinations are scheduled to take place on the same date : 12th June, 2011.
A student who is keen on appearing for both examinations said that the Delhi University notification for the LLB entrance examination on June 12 has upset the plans of several students who want to study law and also appear for the Civil Services.
Campus Law Centre in – charge Prof. J.L. Kaul when contacted said : “We have come out with a date which is convenient for the Law Faculty. It is not possible to factor in the interests of everyone across the board.”
“I can appreciate the concerns of those who have been left out. Genuine law aspirants can appear next year. The date has already been published in the admission brochure and it would lead to a great deal of logistical trouble if the examination is postponed.
The relevant bodies such as the law admission committee and other university bodies will have to be notified. Delaying the examination by a week or two will also lead to upsetting of the semester schedule.
Our academic session begins from the second week of July,” Prof. Kaul stated.
A senior university official added : “The Exam Branch while deciding the exam schedule is careful and follows a due process.
However, there are so many examinations which a student appears for and some dates are bound to clash. It is next to impossible to change the date since a new date might again clash with the dates of some other examinations.
There should be centralised examinations to cut out the clutter and also reduced number of examinations a student has to appear for.”