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New and improved?

Here’s a look at the proposed format of the common engineering entrance exam 2013 that will cover centrally-funded technical institutions in its first year, reports Gauri Kohli.

education Updated: Jun 06, 2012 19:00 IST
Gauri Kohli

The first edition of the common engineering entrance test will be introduced next year. Instead of appearing for the Indian Institutes of Technology Joint Entrance Examination and the All India Engineering Entrance Examination separately, aspirants will now sit for just one test which is likely to cover Central government-funded technical institutions in its first year.

These include 15 IITs, the Institute of Technology-Banaras Hindu University, 30 National Institutes of Technology (NITs), five Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), architecture schools and other leading engineering colleges.

The candidates will now have to take the test that will be conducted in two parts on the same day — JEE-main and JEE-advanced. IITs would screen candidates on the basis of the school board marks, normalised on percentile basis, and the marks obtained in the JEE-main examination — with equal weightage.

Only a fixed number of candidates (five times the number of the seats for admission in the IIT system) screened on the basis of merit would be eligible for admission.

The merit list would be prepared on the basis of a collective score of normalised school board marks and performance in the JEE-main examination.

The ranking for admission to undergraduate programmes in IITs would be based entirely on the screened candidates’ performance in the JEE-advanced examination.

Admission to other centrally-funded technical institutions such as the NITs and the IIITs would be based on ranking derived from 40% weightage to normalised Class 12 board marks, 30% weightage to performance in JEE-main and 30% weightage for performance in JEE-advanced.

JEE-main shall be multiple choice objective type paper whereas the nature and modalities of the JEE-advanced will be determined by the Joint Admission Board (JAB) of IITs.

The proposed changes will be effective from 2013, with both IITs and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) working jointly to implement it.

The JAB of the IIT system would have complete control over the academic components of the national test such as paper setting and preparation of the merit list, etc.

In a nutshell
* IITs would screen candidates based on the ‘normalised’ school board marks and the marks obtained in the JEE-main exam, with equal weightage
* JEE-main shall be multiple choice objective type paper whereas the nature and modalities of the JEE-advanced will be determined by the Joint Admission Board of IITs

What experts feel

As far as conducting the test is concerned, the new format will take away the autonomous status enjoyed by IITs, Sanjeev Sanghi, president, faculty forum, IIT Delhi

The formula to normalise Class 12 marks from different boards is not appropriate , Somnath Bharti, president, IIT Delhi Alumni Association

The move would leave the current batch of students confused. If at all the new system is to be implemented, it should be from 2014, Anand Kumar of Super 30, Patna