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According to a recent report of Times of India, a proposal to merge the two-phase IIT entrance examination — comprising JEE (main) and IIT-JEE (advanced) — was the agenda of the JEE Apex Board (JAB) meeting at IIT-Guwahati recently.
According to the published news IIT’s want to revert to the old system and hold a single entrance examination exclusively for IIT aspirants. IIT-Guwahati is also going to conduct the entrance test for 2016.
"The probability of a candidate getting into an IIT is far less than to an NIIT. There can't be a common examination for two different sets of students," an IIT professor said. Also, this "cumbersome process" leads to a waste of time that could be a reason why some IIT seats remain vacant, he added further.
"The ministry wanted to bring admissions to all engineering colleges under one roof and decided to hold a common entrance test for NIITs and IITs. But when IIT-Kanpur threatened to quit the common entrance system and hold its own admission test on its own, MHRD allowed the IITs to hold a second test (IIT-advanced)," explained a senior faculty member of an IIT.
IITs now want to revert to the pre-2013 system in which an IIT from each of the seven zones conducted the entrance test by rotation. If the proposal is accepted at the JAB meeting on Sunday, it will be forwarded to the IIT Council, which will take the final call.
JAB's experience with the two-step admission system hasn't been quite happy, say sources. "We see no reason why IIT aspirants should take two examinations. The main and advanced exams held within a span of one and a half months, burden students. The pressure taxes their concentration," said a senior IIT-JEE official. A TOI report.