College admissions based on scores are unfair – here’s why entrance tests make sense
Should colleges and universities accept students’ scores for admissions or are entrance tests a better idea?education Updated: Jul 17, 2017 08:50 IST
Consider two students, A and B. Both put in equivalent effort for their board exams and write almost identical answers. A is fortunate enough to have his papers examined by a lenient teachers and ends up getting 2% more than B, which in terms of the cut-offs of DU or other universities makes a staggering difference.
If there was a provision for entrance test against the board aggregate where students are left to the mercy of the examiner’s mood, there would be a better chance for the genuinely deserving students because an OMR-scanner does not artificially inflate the number of correct responses.
The current education system works on the skewed logic that if you want to pursue computers for higher studies, you need to be good at PCM (physics, chemistry, math). Students are largely affected by the nature of marking and end up not getting admission to colleges of repute just because of having one weak subject or one unfavourable day. But unlike the boards marking, luck has a trivial role to play in the entrance-based admissions which bring uniformity to the selection process.
Entrance exams test the student’s aptitude and in-depth knowledge of the subject which puts things in perspective for the examinee as well since they get to judge their calibre and figure out if they have interest in a career in that field.
Delhi University has merit based admission and entrance based admissions for specific courses, whereas in universities like Jamia Millia Islamia and Indraprastha, both in Delhi, admissions are widely done on the basis of entrance tests.
We also talked to students to find out what they prefer. Shreya Prasad of Carmel Convent School believes one person cannot be good at everything. “For the admission process, marks as well as entrances should be given equal importance. There should be an eligibility criteria as per the marks scored, but the deciding factor should be the entrances.”
Shivam Sharda of Summer Fields School is all for entrance-based admissions as these not only provide everybody with a fair chance(as long as security measures are adequate) but also bring uniformity in the process of admission into various institutions.”
Parth Khanna of Cambridge School SNP, too, votes for entrance-based admissions as marks in school examinations can be scored by rote learning. “Though there are concepts to be understood for both the examinations but entrances get the real knowledge out of you. So I’ll go for entrances,” he adds.
The authors are HT Campus Journalists, 2017 batch.