The state cabinet will decide next week when Maharashtra will join the common engineering test proposed by the Centre. A proposal forwarded to the cabinet by a special committee constituted to decide the matter had suggested in May that the state join the common test from the 2014 session with a 50% weightage to board exams.
While there will be a two-stage test for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology, other central engineering institutes will use the first test as admission criterion. Entry to centrally funded engineering colleges and National Institutes of Technology will be determined by a 60% weightage to the first part of the common exam with a 40% weightage to the 'normalised' board exam score. States can decide whether or not they want to join the national test, and how much weightage to give the board exam marks.
“The committee had suggested that the state join the test in 2014,” said DP Sawant, minister of state for higher and technical education. Maharashtra had earlier said it would be joining the national engineering test in 2013. However, the committee has suggested a year’s delay, to give students more time to orient themselves to the new test.