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The Human Resource Development Ministry (HRD) recently announced that it aims to conduct a single entrance examination for architecture and engineering at the undergraduate level from next year that is 2018 onward. The examination would be similar to the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) held to select students for medical courses in various private and government medical colleges across the country.

The test shall be held a number of times a year just like college admission exams such as SAT which is held in the US. The step has been taken to build uniformity in the academic standards and keep a check on mal practices such as donations.

The proposal is yet to be implemented and the same would reportedly be done once the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) issues a regulation as per the Central government’s direction.

It is to be noted that this test will form the basis for selection of candidates in all the private and state run colleges in the country however IITs will continue to shortlist candidates based on their own entrance examination. There admission process would not be affected by this new policy. “The admission for IITs will continue as per the present scheme. IITs will conduct the Joint Entrance Examination (advanced). Students who qualify JEE (mains) can appear for the JEE (advanced) examination. Approximately 2,00,000 students qualify to appear for JEE (advanced) examination,” shared a senior official from the HRD ministry.

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