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Ahmedabad Mirror |

To put an end to the race for engineering seats, the government has decided to conduct an aptitude test which aspirants will have to clear before they can appear for the IIT Joint Entrance Exam (JEE). The new rule will come into force from 2017. In an announcement on Saturday, the HRD ministry said that by early 2016, a National Testing Service will be set up to conduct the aptitude test, which can be taken two or more times in a year. “This shall test scientific thinking, which no amount of coaching can teach,” said a senior ministry official. The decision was taken by an expert committee set up by the ministry to reform the engineering exam methodology. The committee was headed by former IIT Bombay director Prof Ashok Misra. Based on the aptitude test performance, about four lakh candidates will be shortlisted for the IIT JEE. The JEE, however, will continue to be on the same lines as it is at present. Besides norms for the JEE, the expert committee was also tasked with cutting down multiple exams that engineering students currently have to sit for, and asked to follow ‘one exam, one rank’ formula.

The committee has now suggested that 40,000 and more ranks should be give to students on the basis of their performance in IIT JEE exam, based on which they can apply to IITs and NITs National Institute of Technology. The committee was also asked to design the exam pattern in such a way that the role of coaching institutes is reduced. “The committee has suggested that the IITs should develop a mock JEE to help students prepare for the exam and wean them away from the coaching industry,” an HRD ministry spokesperson said. It has also been suggested by the committee that students with aptitude for science should be groomed right from school. “The HRD ministry may take measures for the improvement of school education and the method of examination of the Boards, so that students with aptitude for science are well prepared in the concepts by the time they reach Class XII without dependence on coaching institutions,” the report says. More importantly, Class XII board exams will not counted while giving rankings, unlike the previous years and will be applicable from 2016.  –  Courtesy


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