Two top most engineering exams of the country will be merged into one single exam (with single counseling process) as per the HRD Ministry in the year 2015. What does this mean? Students will now have to give only single exam to get admission into IITs or ISM Dhanbad or NITs or IIITs or any other centrally funded government institute. Earlier (before 2012), there were two different engineering examinations. JEE Exam was conducted only to get admissions into various Indian Institutes of Technology and ISM Dhanbad by IITs. A separate exam called, AIEEE (All India Engineering Entrance Examination) was conducted for admissions into various NITs and IIITs by CBSE.
In the year 2012, this trend was altered in interest of the students so as to give a single entrance examination to get into the technical colleges by the HRD Ministry, Government of India. JEE (Main) was introduced. The exam was meant for getting admission into all the central government managed institutes like IITs etc. But some IITs (especially IIT Delhi) ‘refused’ to oblige to the decision and they introduced another paper called, JEE (Advanced) besides JEE (Main). This exam was meant only for the top 1,50,000 students who cleared the JEE (Main). ONLY these students were permitted to have the JEE (Advanced) and finally the successful used to get admissions into IITs and ISM Dhanbad.
Problems in this system:
Though this type of examination and admission process seems good to segregate more meritorious students than the others, but there was some serious ‘under utilization of seats’. In the year 2013, nearly 700 seats went ‘vacant’ or without being filled. A complete loss! Now why did this happen? Actually, in sake of getting a good college with preferred stream (like computer science, mechanical etc) students usually hold various seats together in different colleges. Ultimately, one has to leave one seat due to different counseling processes.
So to rectify this problem, government mooted this intiative of merging these two exams and come up with A SINGLE COUNSELLING PROCESS with (obviously) a Single Exam that will mitigate this problem. Students will now be able to take admission through single counseling process which will facilitate the admission process both in the favor of students (single counseling process, more peace of mind) and the institute (as seats will not go vacant). A final announcement with all the details will be announced soon by the government.