Engineering degree aspirants in the state will have to appear for the national joint entrance examination (JEE) from the year 2014-15.
The state cabinet took this decision on Wednesday and declared that 50% weightage will be given to the Class 12 board examination, and 50% to the JEE, based on which the final merit list for admissions in the state-run institutes would be made.
The JEE facilitates admission to IITs, NITs and other engineering colleges. The state has a large number of engineering institutes - most of which are owned by educational trusts associated with political leaders.
Students who score less than 50% aggregate marks in the Class 12 board examination would not be eligible for the engineering course, said a press statement released by the state government.
For deciding the weightage to board examination, marks obtained in three subjects - physics, chemistry and mathematics - would be considered.
Marks obtained in the JEE's main section would only count for seeking admissions in state institutes. For national institutes, marks obtained in the advanced section would also be considered.
In Wednesday's meeting, some ministers wanted the state to have 40% weightage to the Class 11 examination, but the majority did not approve of the suggestion.
The Union HRD ministry has fixed weightage for admission to centrally-funded institutions and gave the states the freedom to decide weightage pattern for admission to institutions governed by them.
The state government had asked for a year's time to be part of the JEE because it wanted to revise the Class 11 and 12 syllabus to meet the JEE standard.
This academic year, Class 12 students would have to take the state common entrance and several other examinations to secure admissions.