From the academic year 2014-15, students wanting to join engineering colleges will only need to give the national joint entrance exam (JEE) for a seat in all state engineering colleges.
So far, students had been giving a separate Maharashtra common entrance test (MH- CET) conducted by the state government for state institutes apart from multiple entrance exams for centrally funded colleges and technical institutions such as the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs).
The higher and technical education department on Friday issued a government resolution (GR) accepting the JEE. The entrance test aims to reduce the burden on students and test their aptitude as well as theory.
From 2013-14, the government will have the MH-CET, which will be conducted by the state. This decision was taken at the state cabinet meeting on September 12. The GR states that the weightage of marks for admissions would be distributed equally – 50% weightage to the JEE score and 50% to the state board exam scores in physics, chemistry and mathematics. Also, the Class 12 eligibility to take the exam is an aggregate of 50% in these three subjects.
For the CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE and IB board, the Indian Statistical Institute is working on a formula for normalisation of marks, which will be applied, the GR stated. Only the first and main part of the JEE exams, which are in two parts, will be considered for admissions.
Higher education minister Rajesh Tope said the department will redesign the Class 12 state board syllabus to cover topics that will be questioned in the JEE.