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Looks like, JEE aspirants are to get bowled over by another drastic change in the entrance system in coming years. It has been proposed that the two tier engineering entrance examination- JEE Main and JEE Advanced are to be merged from the year 2017.

2017 is likely to be a landmark event for JEE aspirants. As the report suggests, the MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development) is considering over the introduction of single system authority known as National Authority for Testing (NAT). NAT will then be responsible for the admissions in the premier technical institutes in India such as IITs ( Indian Institute of Technology) , NITs (National Institutes of Technology) and GFTIs (Government Funded Technical institutes).

The report considers the abolition of board exams percentage in the entrance. As PV Balaji (former chairman of JEE) quoted,“In future, Class 12 Board exam marks may not be considered. But students should not neglect Board exams. The changes are aimed to bring down the number of vacant seats which will have a positive impact on aspirants.”

The Committee of Eminent Persons (CEP), constituted by the IIT Council, has recommended major changes in the JEE structure with effect from 2017. The National Testing Service is also likely to be set up to mandate the Aptitude test on the lines of SAT (Scholastic Aptitude test) conducted in US. The Aptitude test is reported to be conducted several times in an year which would be considered as an eligibility criteria to check the scientific aptitude of the candidate. Based on this performance, about 4 lakh candidates shall be short-listed for taking the JEE.

“Based on this performance, about 400,000 candidates shall be short-listed for taking the JEE. The JEE itself will be on the lines of the current JEE (Advanced) and designed to test the knowledge in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics; and will be conducted by the IITs. From this, ranks will be issued to 40,000+ students who can seek admission in IITs and NITs based on a common counseling,” the committee report suggested.

The IITs would be requested to set up a system for developing mock JEE examination to help students prepare for JEE and an attempt to wean the students away from coaching industries.

Currently, JEE is conducted in two stages, JEE(main) and JEE ( advanced).The idea behind these reformations is to make the entrance more student friendly and to solve the problem of vacant seats in the prestigious technical institutes.

The government has decided to place the recommendations of the report in the public domain for widespread consultation with the stakeholders, the ministry statement said.

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