The successor to the JEE and AIEEE for long the gateways to Indias top engineering colleges including the IITs will be called ISEET,the Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test.
As reported by The Indian Express on January 31,the new,SAT-style exam comes into force in 2013. It will do away with multiple entrance examinations and reduce the stress levels of students.
ISEET will have two parts,Main and Advance,each of three hours duration. Both tests will be given on the same day,between 10 am and 5 pm. ISEET 2013 will be held in either March or April.
ISEET Main will be an objective type exam,and will test comprehension,critical thinking and logical reasoning. ISEET Advance will test problem-solving ability in basic science subjects. The two tests together will indicate a candidates scholastic level and aptitude for science and engineering.
A students performance in the Class 12 Board exam will be considered,with the weightage not less than 40 per cent of the total score. The combined weightage for ISEET Main and Advance will not be more than 60 per cent; however,the weightage given to Board scores can go up to 100 per cent.
Each state government or institute will be able to decide the specific weightage it gives to Board,Main and Advance exam scores. A committee headed by Dr T Ramasami,secretary in the Department of Science & Technology,has demonstrated with the help of the Indian Statistical Institute that school scores across various Boards can be normalised through a statistical process.
ISEET will be conducted by CBSE. Further modalities will be worked out by an academic group headed by the director of IIT,Kanpur.