The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has decided to merge the two tier system of exam (JEE main and JEE advanced ) to single tier from next academic session i.e. 2015. There will be a common entrance test for all the premier institutes like IITs, NITs and other Centrally funded technical institutes (CFTI).
Currently students have to clear JEE main and JEE advanced for admission in IITs and ISM Dhanbad. JEE main score is considered to be the selection criteria for several NITs and IIITs (Indian Institute of Information Technology) and for those wanting to get admissions into IITs and ISM Dhanbad needs to get shortlisted to do well in JEE advanced.
According to the statistical data, last year 1.4 million students appeared for the JEE main examination.The top 1,50,000 students of the main examination competed for the JEE advanced exam for 16 IITs and ISM dhanbad which offers almost 96,000 seats at the undergraduate level. But from the next year admissions would be quiet easier for the aspiring students as they will have to go through one common entrance test for IITs and NITs.
According to the HRD department, merging of the JEE main and JEE advanced is being done to have a common counselling and cut down the number of vacant seats as against 600 vacant seats that were left by the students in confusion. Many of the students got their seats reserved in both NITs and IITs leaving them confused and forcing them to choose one out of two.
In this context, Ashok Thakur,secretary of Department of Higher education was quoted as saying that the HRD ministry has decided to merge JEE main and JEE advanced engineering entrance exam from 2015 and all IITs have been notified about it.
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