To select candidates from the next academic session through single test, the IITs have set up a committee to consider this new proposal. The existing two-tier selection format in the IITs has reported to be cumbersome and time consuming by authorities within the institutes and thus they want to return to the single entrance test format.
IIT, Bombay Director Devang Khakhar has made it clear that the proposal for the single test format has been put before the IIT Senate. The decision regarding the finalization of the format would be taken after considering factors related to the examination and post sessions of counseling of the students. The present format of two tier selection doesn’t allow much time for the institutes to conduct enough number of counseling sessions. This academic year only three rounds of counseling were conducted by the institutes due to the lack in time and because there was need for huge resources to pull up the two tier selection.
The recent two tier format for the selection was introduced in the year 2012 by the HRD Ministry when Kapil Sibal was head of the ministry. It was then opposed by certain sections of IITs, but ultimately it was incorporated in the IITs around the country. The current format gets conducted in two stages where the candidates have to undergo JEE through two stages: Mains and Advance. After clearing the JEE Mains, the candidates are promoted to appear for JEE Advance exams. After clearing both the stages the candidates are allowed to get through to the counseling sessions for admission in various IITs. Though, if a candidate gets through to even JEE Mains, he/she would have an ensured seat in the NITs that are functional around the nation.