The Union government’s decision to conduct JEE (Main) as well as National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) twice in a year will reduce stress on students and also increase competition for the exam, educationists in Pune said.
The onus is now on the Union government to conduct a similar national test for engineering admissions, experts said.
According to experts in Pune, the move will reduce stress of the examination on students. Director of Bakliwal Tutorials, Vaibhav Bakliwal, said, “Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Main being the first exam among the engineering entrance exams usually came with a lot of unnecessary stress. Now, most aspirants would be at ease while writing it in January as they will be able to give another shot a few months later.”
Bakliwal added that as in case of medicine, the ministry should have only two engineering entrance exams––JEE Main which would be moderate as it is now and Advanced, which would be difficult one, slightly tougher than what it is now.
“The state level exams like Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET,) private exams like BITSAT, VITEE among others should be eliminated and these colleges should choose students through JEE Main or JEE Advanced itself as per their choice,” Bakliwal added.
Director of IITian's Prashikshan Kedra, Durgesh Mangeshkar, said, “This decision will help reduce stress on students as they have two chances to prove themselves. Usually, serious JEE and NEET aspirants reach their optimum performance levels by January of standard XII and hence this is an ideal time to administer the JEE Main and NEET exams.”
Mangeshkar said the National Testing Agency (NTA) which will take care of the variation in difficulty levels will have to take some measures like declaring topicswise weightage of questions to be asked in the tests to ensure that difficulty level of the exams will be maintained.
“If these measures are not taken, then this system may attract legal challenges on grounds that the difficulty levels of the exam was not same,” he said.
Vinay Kumar, managing director and chief executive officer of Rao IIT Academy, said, “It’s not a good decision since the academic system where schools and colleges continue standard XII session till February and before that students can appear JEE Mains or NEET as per the new changes. It will be very difficult to manage for standard XII students. Although, the repeaters may find it a little helpful. The adversity in JEE or NEET score is also likely to effect the board performance of the students.”
Kumar added that alignment of the board’s curriculum with these exam dates for standard XII will be the first requirement for the boards failing which this will be a painful experiment.
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