By 2013, there will only be one single examination for entrance to engineering and medical colleges in the country.
“Efforts will be to hold an all-India national test from 2013. This will smoothen the admission process into engineering and medical courses”
said Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal.
The plan to have a common, single examination for all medical and engineering colleges means creating a test on the lines of the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) conducted in the United States.Gradually, such an exam would be extended for entry to colleges of other disciplines, such as law.
Currently, each state holds separate entrance tests for admissions to engineering courses while the IITs and NITs have separate tests. Similarly, there are multiple examinations for admissions into medical colleges held by the centre and states.
The HRD ministry feels that a common entrance test will smoothen the admission process as students will not end up having to write exams repeatedly. A task force to work out the modalities will be set up by the ministry.
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