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Engineering Entrance - Unified Approach

A few entrance exams have been added in past few years - AIEEE, BITSAT, ISAT to name a few. If every autonomous institute worth its salt demands a separate entrance exam, then one can imagine the difficulty and chaos it will create. A common procedure for entrance that is being thought of has multi-dimensional challenges in implementation. Here are two approaches to solve some of them:

Approach A: There are three components in this common procedure:
  1. Increased weight age of school system (makes sense, as school is the place where overall personality can be developed with participation is public speaking, sports, projects and so on). This part is most challenging from implementation perspective due to the variations present whose resolution may include changes in educational system in certain aspects.
  2. An aptitude test somewhat on the lines of SAT. This test can be called NAT or something else. This may be a non C/M/P type of test.
  3. An advanced level entrance test in C/M/P. This test can be called ANAT (advanced NAT) or JEE or anything else and can be conducted by IIT/CBSE or any other body.
There needs to be a solution to the problem if the student misses any one of these two tests namely NAT and ANAT due to health related problem or some other valid reason. If NAT does not include subjects of class 12th, then it can be conducted a few times in a year and the student can choose when he/she wants to appear in that. ANAT may involve C/M/P of class 12th+11th level and hence can only be conducted in later part of 12th or after 12th. This can be made an extended duration test (say, 45 days) where a student can choose the day on which he would like to appear for it. Such type of test may be possible to conduct using secure computer* network.

Medical subjects can also be added and the same applies to specialised tests like that of architecture.
Approach B: There are two components in this common procedure:
  1. Increased weight age of school system. As mention earlier, this part is most challenging from implementation perspective.
  2. A test in C/M/P/General Aptitude. This test can be called NAT/JEE or something else and can be conducted by IIT/CBSE or any other body and is to be conducted in later part of 12th or after 12th.
Due to the reason stated earlier, this can be made an extended duration test (say, 45 days).

Other subjects can also be added if required.

*An alternate approach to using secure computer network based testing would be to conduct test(s) 2 to 3 times with some space in between in which case there will be operational challenges considering very large number of students appearing for these tests. Moreover, if the tests are objective in nature, they can be conducted very efficiently using computer network.

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