The decision for conducting single engineering entrance exam for the year 2018 is ruled out by the HRD ministry.
21 August, 2017: The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has ruled out the decision of conducting a common entrance exam like NEET for engineering for the next year. States will continue to conduct their own exams for now.
A committee formed by the AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) will submit the report on if the single entrance exam will be conducted for engineering admissions later in the future.
The Human Resource Development minister, Prakash Javadekar said; "The issue of single entrance exam is still pending and a committee will submit its recommendations. But no changes will be made next year for sure. So no single entrance exam will be conducted next year. Depending on the recommendation of the committee further decision will be taken''.
As per the officials, Engineering exams are different in comparison with medical exam because of oversupply in the former. There are3,300+ approved engineering colleges in India with annual intake of approximately 1.6 million students. But, only half of these seats are filled.
A senior official said; "The number of institutes and courses are more than that of students, so the scenario here is different. The experiences of NEET are being studied but no exam will be held next year."
The current admission process in engineering colleges depends upon students’ performance in various exams. The Central Board of Secondary Education conducts the Joint Entrance Examination-Main for centre-funded colleges. Some states conducts their own exams such as UPSEE (Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Examination) while others give admission on the basis of class XII marks.
If the single engineering exam will be implemented, it will scrape off all these exams.