No common engineering entrance examination from 2018: HRD Ministry

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has decided not to go ahead with the plan to bring in a common engineering entrance exam from 2018.

The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) had earlier in March announced that a national-level common entrance examination for engineering colleges would be conducted from 2018.

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However, the HRD Ministry had put the AICTE proposal on hold for reviewing the success of the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for admission into medical colleges, before taking a decision on it.

“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,” PTI quoted a senior official as saying.

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The HRD Ministry was mulling to come up with a common test for admission to engineering courses alike the NEET introduced last year.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts Joint Entrance Examination (Mains) for admission to engineering courses. Over 11 lakh students appear for it every year.

With PTI Inputs