The plan to introduce a common engineering test on the lines of NEET from next year has been put on hold by the Human Resource Development Ministry. Earlier, in March, All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) had announced that from 2018, the government will conduct a single window entrance exam for government colleges.
But, for now HRD ministry has put the idea of introducing the common engineering entrance exam on hold as it first wants to evaluate the success of the NEET exam, introduce last year by the government, before moving ahead with the plan.
“It has been decided that there will be no common engineering exam next year. However, the idea has not been completely discarded. The AICTE will submit a report about feasibility of conducting the exam in future,” a senior official said.
At present CBSE conducts JEE exams for admissions into the IITs, NITs and other engineering colleges and more than 11 lakh students appear for the same every year.
Apart from this, many state boards have their own exams for admissions into the colleges and many colleges give admissions based on the marks of class 12 board exams.