Single entrance test for IIT, NIT, IIIT from 2013

From 2013, aspiring candidates for IITs and other central institutes like NITs and IIITs will have to sit under new a format of entrance test which will also take plus two board results into consideration. All existing entrance exams to these institutes will be replaced with a new common entrance exam to be conducted in two parts — JEE Main and JEE advanced. Announcing this here on Monday, Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said a consensus was reached after deliberations spanning over two years. A meeting of the Joint Councils of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the National Institutes of Technology (NITs), the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and other Central educational institutions approved the common admission process with weightage to performance in the Class XII Board examinations. The Senate and faculty of the IITs had resisted the plan, citing the standards of the institutions. But the problem was resolved, with the IITs having been allowed to maintain a separate merit list. However, this will be reviewed after 2015, when the IITs will also join the common merit list. To be conducted by the IITs' Joint Admission Board (JAB), the test will be held in two parts on the same day — JEE main and JEE advanced. 
The IITs will first screen students on the basis of a merit prepared by granting weightage to them in the ratio of 50 pc for Class XII exam marks and 50 pc for marks obtained in the “main” component of the test. The top 50,000 scorers on the merit list will be eligible for admission to the IITs and their “advanced” component papers alone will be evaluated by the IITs to prepare a final merit list for admissions. This merit list won’t have any place for school exam marks. Haryana, Gujarat and Maharashtra have agreed to join the new format instead of having separate exams for state engineering colleges. IITs will design both the main and the advanced components of the common engineering test and will join other institutes on a common format by 2015. Both tests, main and advanced, will be MCQ type and will be held the same day as against the wishes of IIT Senates that wanted the IIT advanced test to be subjective and to be held on a different day than the common engineering test. Sibal, however, declined this suggestion of the IITs. “Our first priority was to reduce stress of exams on students and the next was to restore the importance of Class XII, which students don’t seem to take seriously,” Sibal noted.