The University Grants Commission of India has suggested combining the JEE, NEET, and CUET admission exams, the three most well-known entrance exams, into a single exam.
There are three main admission tests in India, the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) for engineering, the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test-Undergraduate for medicine, and the recently launched CUET-UG. About 43 lakh candidates appear for the three each year. Most students show up for at least two of these tests, if not all of them. For JEE (Mains), candidates take physics, chemistry, and mathematics, while biology takes the place of mathematics in NEET-UG. These topics are in the 61 domain subjects for the CUET-UG.
“The question is, can we merge all of these entrance exams so that our kids don’t have to take them more than once on the same material? While there should be just one admission exam for students. There should also be numerous options for them to apply across disciplines,” said UGC Chair M. Jagadesh Kumar.
Kumar emphasised that the proposal’s goal is to spare students the stress of taking numerous exams and having the same courses tested by the board.
The committee seeks to make things simpler for the National Testing Agency (NTA) as well as the applicants.
Additionally, UGC seeks to achieve a consensus for the “one examination” through discussions among the stakeholders. The Commission will also allow the candidates to take it twice a year.
“The first one can happen after the Board exams and another one in, say, December,” added Kumar.
On bringing the pen-paper NEET-UG under its fold, Kumar said, “The future has computer-based multi-choice question-type tests. It is because OMR-based tests still have some challenges in terms of the accuracy of the evaluation.”
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