The government of Telangana has finally decided to conduct combined Engineering Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET) for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, reported The Hindu citing G. Jagadish Reddy, state education minister for Telangana.
He added that the computer based format of the exam is designed to minimize malpractice or favoritism. The intermediate exams for both states, however, will be held separately.
In accordance with the A.P. Reorganization Act, professional colleges in both states have to maintain admission processes for the next 10 years so that students don’t lose out on the opportunity to study in colleges of either state.
According to the Act, both states are required to maintain 15% non-local (unreserved) quota for ten years.
Common EAMCET for Admission to Same Colleges
A common entrance test ensures that students do not have to appear for multiple exams for one admission process when they already have so many other entrance tests like JEE to think about. The governments can reach a consensus on either to retain the existing entrance tests or organize their own.
As such, EAMCET marks are quite importnat especially for agricultural and medical courses whose seats are limited in number. Moreover, since merit is an important criteria for selection, conducting two different exams for same seats will only complicate that process.