AN IIT aspirant will soon be allowed four attempts at the entrance test to secure a seat in one of the 15 institutes.
What’s better is that one doesn’t have to waste four years to exhaust all the attempts as the human resource development (HRD) ministry along with the IITs have now decided to conduct the entrance examination three to four times in a single year. And the validity of the test score will be increased to two years.
Currently, a candidate can attempt the joint entrance examination (JEE) not more than twice and has to wait a whole year before he or she can take the test the second time. The test score is valid only for one year.
This decision is part of the Centre’s drive to reduce stress among engineering aspirants because of multiple entrance tests through the introduction of a single national entrance test.
The single entrance test, which in its first edition will be valid for all centrally funded engineering institutes such as 15 IITs, 30 NITs, 4 IIITs, IISERs and a few deemed universities, is in effect a merger of the IIT-JEE and the AIEEE and will be launched next year.
Though the test will be conducted twice (in April/ May and November/ December) in 2013, over the next few years, it will be held three to four times in a year and the candidate can then seek admission to any of the centrally-funded institutes with the best score out of all attempts.
Source: Mail Today