If everything thing goes as scheduled, admission to engineering and medical undergraduate courses from 2013 will be a much easier and hassle-free process. Instead of criss-crossing across the country to write scores of entrance tests conducted by various colleges, students will have to write only one test for medical and one for engineering.
However, those aspiring to study in the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) will have to sit for one extra exam to get access to these institutions. After weeks and months of deliberations with the Indian Institutes of Technology, it was decided that the Joint Engineering Exam (Main), 2013 will be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE). This will be for admission to undergraduate engineering and technology courses at National Institutes of Technology (NIT), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT), Delhi Technological University (DTU) and other Centrally-funded institutes.
Admissions to IITs will be based only on category wise All India Rank (AIR) in JEE (Advanced) subject to the condition that such candidates are in the top 20 percentile of successful candidates of their Boards in applicable categories.
NEET for medical courses
On the other hand, the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate medical courses will also be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on May 5 next year.
The first ever NEET will cater to admissions in all the government and private medical and dental colleges in the country on the basis of its merit list.
The syllabus for this examination has already been notified by the Medical Council of India (MCI) earlier and all admissions to MBBS and BDS will be held on the basis of the common merit list of this NEET for under-graduate courses.