New Delhi: A conference of state education
ministers today favoured reducing the multiplicity of entrance
examinations for admission to higher education and work
towards a common entrance test.
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said that ministers have
welcomed the proposal for reducing multiplicity of entrance
He also said the CBSE, a premier school education board
under the HRD Ministry, will merge the All India Engineering
Entrance Exam and All India Pre-Medical Test from next year.
Sibal floated the idea to have one common exam after
class XII that will test general awareness and aptitude.
The universities and higher educational institutions
will consider the entrance test marks and the Class-XII marks
while selecting students for admission. For entrance to
institutions, class XII marks and this test could be the
criteria. The marks of different boards could be equalised
through a mathematical formula for weightage.
"The education ministers are not adverse to idea," Sibal
He said it will be voluntary on part of the institutes to
consider the common entrance marks for admissions.
"We are trying to prepare a system under which students
will not have to appear in exam after exam," he said.
Sibal said the school boards need to adopt uniform
curriculum so that students of all the states get a
level-playing field to compete at national and international
He said the Council of Boards of School Education
(COBSE) had a dialogue with the school boards and has prepared
a core curriculum which can be adopted by the states with
suitable changes as per the local requirements.
"If you have a core curriculum, it will be easier for
all the states to hold exam and evaluate," he said.
The COBSE has already prepared a core curriculum in
Science and Mathematics. It is in the process of preparing a
curriculum in Commerce.
Sibal underlined that this was just being debated at
present, as the current system is being seen as unfair for the
poor and the under-privileged.
He harped on curriculum framework for having value
education so that children become responsible citizens of the
country. Sibal also stressed on having mandatory physical
education programme at school level.
The merger of AIEEE and AIPMT will be independent of the
plan to have a common entrance on the long run. The merger
will help students immensely.
While Physics and Chemistry will be common for both, the
medical students can answer only the Biology paper and the
engineering students can answer the Mathematics paper.