Common entrance test for all undergraduate courses likely from next year

The central universities like DU, BHU, and HyderabadCentral University will be the first ones to adopt the change

Common entrance tests for admissions across all Indian Universities will begin in 2021. The entrance tests mentioned in the National Education Policy(NEP) aim at simplifying the admission procedure for all non-technical courses.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) which conducts Joint Entrance Examinations for engineering courses, the National Entrance and Eligbutlyy Test for medical courses will be responsible for conducting a common university test across the country.

Varying admission processes across country

Currently, different universities have their own admission processes. Delhi University and Calcutta University admit on the basis of 12th marks. While there's a huge disparity in the grading system across two boards CBSE and ICSE, the admission process gets highly clumsy as there are different cutoffs set for the respective boards.

The proposed structure

In the new structure, central universities like Deli University, Calcutta University, and the University of Hyderabad will adopt the change first with a plan to conduct a common aptitude test across subjects like humanities, science, arts, languages, and vocational courses.

Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank had tweeted regarding the conduction of common aptitude test under the provision of NEP.

What the policy says

The New Education Policy states, "These exams shall test conceptual understanding and the ability to apply knowledge and shall aim to eliminate the need for taking coaching for these exams. Students will be able to choose the subjects for taking the test, and each university will be able to see each student’s individual subject portfolio and admit students into their programs based on individual interests and talents"

The policy also suggests that the common entrance test sounds more inclusive for the students but needs a well-sorted plan for the convenience of the students.

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