Exclusive entrance test for IITs alone was once a huge differentiating factor which set IITs apart from rest of the Engineering colleges in India. Today IITs are one of the elite Institutions in India because of several such differentiating factors, IITs don’t baby sit students like many other Engineering colleges in India. NITs too are our country’s pride, they rank no lesser comparing with IITs, top notch tech companies fall inline to recruit fresh grads from these tech Institutes.
Such talent was judged either through AIEEE or IITJEE both enjoy tough status, an approximate 1200,000 students take AIEEE each year and nearly 600,000 appear for IITJEE. Applicants who are part of IITJEE most likely are also part of AIEEE and the reverse mayn’t hold good. The good old AIEEE & IITJEE will now be put to rest, paving way to Joint Engineering Examination (JEE).
JEE which will debut next year is a two staged entrance examination, students who wish or aim for IITs have to sit for the second stage of the examination which will be JEE Advanced. Unlike IITJEE, JEE Advanced will not be open for all eligible students. Only 150,000 of them who qualify JEE Main and whose names appear in the top 20 percentile list are only eligible to write JEE Advanced. This is an elimination of almost 450,000 students comparing to number of students who sit for IITJEE, many students with exceptional abilities will also be in this list. One can also rise concerns over the normalization method used to neutralize different board exam marks. In practical terms how can a formula measure or normalize the difficulty level of an examination, what is difficult for some mayn’t necessarily be difficult for others.
The normalization formula is yet to be designed by Indian Statistical Institute, what if the formula turns out to be a duck worth louis? What gain has anyone made by simply clubbing two entrance exams into a single test which again has two stages? Share your views! Do you think, any benefit is gained by a student?
A survey conducted by IIT Delhi students revealed that Only 5% of the respondents felt that the new format will lead to a reduction in stress, thereby questioning the credibility of the claims made by the MHRD.
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