No Common Engineering and Medical Entrance Exam in 2011
Common Engineering and Medical Entrance Exam
Students who thought that they would just have to take one entrance exam for both engineering and medicine are in for a disappointment. The Ministry of Human Resource Development has decided to allow the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to hold the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) and the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) separately next year.
This decision was arrived at after the health ministry’s opposition to the plan announced by HRD minister Kapil Sibal in June 2010.
Speaking about common entrance test to Hindustan Times, a senior HRD ministry official, said, “We still maintain that the test should be common and we are hopeful that we can convince the health ministry by 2012. But because of their opposition, we were running out of time to work on a common test for 2011.”
The decision to hold a single entrance examination for engineering and pre-medical entrance examinations for the students after passing out XIIth standard from 2011 was decided in an attempt to reduce students’ workload and cut the cost of holding two exams on such a large scale.
According to Sibal’s plan, students were allowed to appear for just physics and chemistry papers just once, along with maths and biology, instead of appearing for physics and chemistry independently in the AIEEE and the AIPMT. However, the health ministry has opposed the plan and even opposed the move in the Supreme Court.