New Delhi: Starting 2013, a joint entrance examination will be held for admission into the central funded engineering institutions such as IITs, NITs and IIITs.
The councils of the IITs, NITs and IIITs on Monday decided to have joint entrance test for engineering colleges that come under these three councils.
According to the decision taken, for the first time, the class XII examinations will count towards entrance. There will be 50 per cent weightage to the class XII examinations and the rest of the 50 per cent to the main test.
As there are many boards that conduct the class XII exams, therefore, the marks will be neutralised on percentlile basis through an appropriate mechanism.
All aspirants will have to appear for a main test and an advanced test, both to be held on the same day. The top 50,000 students in the main test will have their advance papers evaluated for IIT merit positions.
For other colleges apart from IIT, the weightage is: board " 40 per cent, main test " 30 per cent and advance test " 30 per cent.
Earlier, the IITs had resisted having a joint test with other institutions, following which the two tier system was evolved. The IITs though have agreed that if the formula works for the first three years, they may agree to do away with two tier system and have just one exam.
Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, who made the announcement after chairing a joint council of IITs, NITs and IIITs, said the selection of the candidates for the IITs and other central institutes would be different even as all the aspirants will have to go through all the steps under new format. This system will replace the IIT-JEE and AIEEE.
The states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Haryana have agreed to adopt the new formula.
(With Additional Inputs from PTI)