Single entrance test raises queries on quality of students

The IIT Council is all set to meet the Human Resource Development Ministry on Monday in connection with the decision for a single entrance test for all centrally-run engineering institutes.

Written by Samarpita Banerjee | Pune | Published:May 28, 2012 1:43 am

The IIT Council is all set to meet the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry on Monday in connection with the decision for a single entrance test for all centrally-run engineering institutes. While the senates from IIT Delhi,Bombay and Kanpur have voiced their concerns about the implications of a single test,the ministry has been arguing that the step is aimed at ensuring that pressure on students is reduced substantially.

The single test,which will be called Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET),will most likely be conducted in two parts — mains and advanced. However,the point on which the IIT faculty has been arguing is that a single test would compromise the quality of students they would get. Also,there have been talks of allotting 40 per cent weightage to the Class XII marks of students and 60 per cent to ISEET.

“The main point that the IITs have been raising is that introducing ISEET from 2013 and also taking into consideration the Class XII results will be difficult because there needs to be a specific formula for the normalisation of the marks of all the 42 boards across the country,” said D C Mangeshkar from the IITian’s Prashikshan Kendra.

Speaking about the impact it would have on the quality of students being selected,Sanjeet Singh Adarsh of Shrinivas Academy said,“Organising one such exam on such a grand scale is difficult. Also,this one test would mainly have objective type questions,which is not really a great way of testing students. Over the years,we have seen the quality of students entering the institutes going down,mainly because of this objective type questioning which encourages rote learning.”

However,in a nutshell,if only ISEET is taken into consideration,there should not be a huge impact on the students. “There are five possibilities out of the meeting on Monday. There are two extreme possibilities where the HRD will consider only the ISEET marks or the IITs might suggest conducting their separate exams. We feel both of these are unlikely. If only performance in ISEET is considered,it will not have a major impact on the students. However,if the Class XII marks are considered and there is a pattern change in the exam,it will have a major impact as students will need to prepare accordingly,” said Mangeshkar.

Nearly 3,000 students had appeared for IIT-JEE from Pune this year.

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