The idea ‘One nation one test’ did sound rather awkward when it was proposed, I was of the opinion how IITs, NITs and other B grade engineering colleges can use the same test for shortlisting students. Then came an amendment from Sibal & Co, the test is only for IITs, IIITs, NITs, Centrally funded & few deemed universities. Eventually there was something called ISEET (Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test) which was Sibal’s plan, probably after having meetings with IIT, NIT & IIIT councils there was no mention on ISEET from then. The game plan changed and involved stake holders went on to tweak the IITJEE, which remained an exclusive test for IITs alone from more than 5 decades.
AIEEE was clubbed with IITJEE and later on IIITs, centrally funded universities too were asked to participate in JEE. So it became a common test for premier engineering institutes, to have a differentiation between IITs & Non IITs, JEE Advanced was born. So two tests are required now to qualify for IIT selection process, JEE Main & JEE Advanced. The alumni and other stakeholders have been talking about how such a new format will degrade IITs as a brand, in my sense it really is going to be more difficult to get into IITs. By considering board exams there are high chances of paving way for girl students, usually girls are said to be book worms and can produce answers just like a text book. This way it will help IITs to have girl students on board, IITJEE 2012 application fee was waived off for girl students to encourage them take part in JEE.
Gradually all engineering colleges will be asked to take part in JEE from 2014 or 2015, the line of difference will be JEE Advanced that will probably be a serious eliminator, so those who make it in JEE Main can settle for NITs, IIITs, Other Universities funded by Centre or State and local engineering colleges.
150,000 students who are in the top 20 percentile and qualify in JEE Main will be the one’s who will compete in JEE Advanced. It as if looks like Sibal has done a great job, this will abolish state level CETs sooner or later, all students initially can compete for premier colleges as the test is same. Few savings on your valet, no no need to buy application forms for each entrance exam, as most of them will come inline with JEE or the Sibal’s ‘One nation one test’.
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