Students wanting to get into IITs will now need to pay equal attention to their board exams. With the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry declaring a single entrance test for IIT aspirants,the format will now give 50 per cent weightage to their Class XII results. While the point of introducing a single exam was to try to reduce stress,academicians feel that the new format will do just the opposite,as students will have to give equal importance to the entrance as well as their board exams.
The exam,which has been renamed as the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) on Monday,will have two papers,main and advanced. Based on the first two criteria,Class XII results and main test a cumulative list will be prepared. The top 50,000 students will then have to sit for the advanced test,clearing which will make them eligible for IITs. However,for students wanting to get into the NITs and IIITs,40 per cent weightage will be given to boards results,30 per cent to the main exam and 30 to the advanced test.
DC Mangeshkar of IITs Prasikshan Kendra said,The point of introducing a single test was to reduce stress. However,I do not know if the current format will serve the purpose. Also,there were talks that IITs would conduct a subjective exam for students,which would have helped in improving the quality of students joining. However,since that is not happening,we can say that even if the quality of students does not improve,it will be the same as it is now.
However,bringing the marks of all the boards on a par with each other is still a matter of concern for many. M Prakash of M Prakash Foundation said,The government is planning to bring this format into force from 2013. However,they also need to find a system of normalising the Class XII marks,which has not been done yet. How they implement this needs to be seen. Earlier,the HRD ministrys proposal of introducing a single entrance test was opposed by the senates of most of the IITs because they felt it was difficult to normalise the marks of 42 boards across the country.