IIT Council plans to have Common Entrance Test for all Engineering Colleges in India by 2013

A Wednesday meeting of the IIT Council, the highest decision-making body of the IITs, has decided to have a common entrance test for IITs/NITs, state government-run and private engineering colleges throughout the country from 2013.

What will be the common entrance test be like:

The test is based on the recommendations of the T Ramaswami committee, under which a new kind of Joint Entrance Examination would be held. In the new JEE weightage would be given to class XII marks of students and a Scholastic Aptitude Test-kind of test.

The IIT panel has to look into various options given by the committee, before taking any final decision. Regarding which among the two — the class XII marks and the SAT-like test – would have the more weightage,the HRD Minsiter Mr Kapil Sibal said that the marks scored by students in class XII would be `normalized’ through a formula devised by experts of the Indian Statistical Institute. But the experts advised the normalization system after doing a pilot study of only four out of 42 boards in the country.

To evolve the normalization formula the experts have studied the result patterns of CBSE, ISE, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal Boards. One thing which goes against normalization as a method, is that the method has been abandoned by BITS, Pilani, and even in the USA. Even many Sate Boards are opposed to normalization.