Single Common Entrance Exam for Engineering Admissions in India

Single Common Entrance Exam For Engineering Colleges In India

The Government of India has proposed a Common Entrance Test for Engineering and Architecture admissions in India. As of now, admission process for Engineering and Architecture courses in the year 2018 will remain the same as that of previous years. However, the proposed move for a Common Entrance Test for Engineering and Architecture courses is likely to gain momentum soon so as to bring it into effect in year 2019. The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), being the statutory body, will be responsible to act on the proposal by HRD Ministry for the Common Entrance Test for Engineering and Architecture courses. However, IIT admissions are likely to continue the same as before and will be based on JEE results.

Single Common Engineering Entrance Exam-  Similar to NEET

Currently, NEET (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test) serves as the common entrance test for MBBS and BDS admissions in India. In the beginning, there was much confusion and debate related to the introduction of NEET. However, many experts believe that a single common entrance exam has brought more transparency and uniformity in the medical and dental admission process in India. Many believe that this will help in improving the standard of medical education in India. As of now, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) are exempt from NEET requirements and the admission to AIIMS and JIPMER are based on the results of AIIMS and JIPMER entrance exams.

Single Common Engineering Entrance Exam in India- Is it needed?

Today, there is much talk about introducing a single Common Engineering Entrance Exam in India. For years now, many students, parents and teachers have been emphasizing the need for a certain level of uniformity and transparency in the Engineering admission process. The number of merit seats for medical and engineering courses in India is limited. This is compared to the large number of aspirants dreaming to become a doctor or an engineer. As a result, those with power and money have been finding ways to fool the system and gain seats for their relatives and close ones. This, in effect, reduced the chances of getting merit based admissions to many well deserved candidates. Introduction of a single common Engineering Entrance Exam will address many of these issues.

On the other hand, students with poor aptitude were gaining admission to such courses. Avinash, a final year Engineering student, says that he has seen many such students. Some of them have gained admission to Engineering courses with the sole intention of getting an Engineering degree. However, they have no much interest or aptitude in studies and end up with many back papers.

Recently, there is much news about the diminishing standards of Medical and Engineering education in India. Moreover, there are many debates and discussions about the low employability of Engineering graduates from India. However, introduction of a common entrance exam for Engineering and Architecture courses in India will help in opening admissions to more qualified candidates. This, in turn, will hopefully improve standards of Engineering education in India.

Single Common Engineering Entrance Exam- When and How?

Obviously, Engineering education in India is set for this revolutionary change in the near future. It seems that a single Common Engineering Entrance Examination in India is the need of the time. Now, students, parents, teachers, and Engineering college management alike are looking forward to more updates from AICTE regarding this. Some educational experts say that the introduction of Common Entrance Examination for Engineering and Architecture will be easier than that of NEET. With the recent introduction of NEET for Medical and Dental admissions in India, there are many lessons to learn.  Before moving forward with the introduction of Common Entrance Examination for Engineering and Architecture courses in India, authorities will have to look into these.


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