The Central Government is into the final rounds of shaping the suggestions for bringing change in the current format of joint entrance examination and has decided to introduce a national aptitude test in place of the JEE Mains. The students who are aspiring to get admitted to premiere institutes like IITs and NITs in the country from the next year, will now have to clear the national aptitude test.
Presently the JEE examination consists of two parts, namely JEE Main and JEE Advanced. It has been subject to criticism from many sections of the society, including teachers and students. The demands were up for introducing a single entrance examination for getting admission in these institutes and thus the national aptitude test has been produced as option. This test will be in place to filter the good students and short list them to undertake the next and final level of the test.
On the basis of scores attained in JEE by the candidates, they will be allotted institutes like IITs, ISM and NITs. But in order to sit for the JEE examination, the candidates need to first clear the national aptitude test. The final examination after the aptitude will remain named as JEE-Advanced.
According to sources, “Performance of students in the national aptitude will not make them eligible for admissions to NITs, IITs or any other technical institutes. It will only serve as the first layer of filtering of students for shortlisting of those to be taking the final test to be held for admissions to all centrally-funded technical institutions and those accepting the test scores.”
The test will include questions on logical reasoning and graphical analysis among others, to test the skills and traits of the candidates apart from engineering knowledge. The test will be in the line of SAT examinations in USA, which decides the student’s getting admitted to various colleges. In coordination with the IITs and NITs the second part of the examination will test the knowledge of candidates in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. The sources further added, “The proposal to set up national testing agency will be placed before the Union Cabinet for its approval. The ministry is aiming to roll out the new format of JEE from 2017.”
IIT Roorkee Chairman Ashok Mishra has headed the committee which has given the recommendation to bring these necessary changes in the overall JEE format. The ministry is going ahead with the proposals given by the committee. The experts in the committee had been assigned to examine the demand of NITs of doing away with the system of giving weightage to class XII board marks in JEE Main and suggest alternatives to two parts JEE examination. The introduction of the newly suggested aptitude test would not only reduce the dependence of students on coaching institutes, but would also get quality students with overall knowledge and presence of mind.