Common test for science, engg on cards: Sibal

Kapil Sibal said a "resolution" on a common countrywide test for admission to undergraduate programmes in science and engineering is on the cards.

New Delhi: HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday
said a "resolution" on holding a common countrywide test for
admission to undergraduate programmes in science and
engineering is on the cards.
"We are heading towards a resolution on holding the
common test," he told reporters after an extensive
deliberation by ministry officials on the issue today.

Another round of meeting is expected before the proposal
is put before the Central Advisory Board of Education for
final approval.

Today`s meeting is understood to have decided on a
formula for preparing an all-India merit list based on the
combined weightage given to class XII exam and to a common
test. The test will examine a students logic and non-subject
matters.

Sibal had earlier said that weightage would be given to
the marks obtained in class XII boards after the results are
equalised for which Indian Statistical Institute will put in
place a mathematical formula for equalisation.
The IIT council and the NIT council have already given
their nod to the test.

The government had constituted a committee under
Secretary to the department of science and technology T
Ramasami to examine implementation of a single entrance test.
Six options were suggested for holding the test.

The single test, which is expected to be implemented
during the 2013-14 academic session, is aimed at reducing the
burden of students from appearing in multiple entrance tests.

PTI

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