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JEE Main to be the single entrance exam for engineering college admissions from 2018

With an aim to maintain the quality of education in the country, the Centre has finally decided to make JEE(Joint Entrance Examination) Main the entrance exam for admissions to all engineering colleges across India.

From 2018 - as per the regulations yet to be formulated by the AICTE - it would be compulsory for all technical institutes in the country to accept JEE Main scores for admitting students. The move is expected to eliminate the need for students to take multiple entrance exams for admissions to engineering colleges.

As per information, MHRD will be setting up the National Testing Service Institute to conduct JEE-Main from 2018. The details are expected to be announced on Feb 1.

The premier IITs(Indian Institutes of Technology) will continue to accept JEE Advanced scores to admit students. According to information, the common entrance exam will be held more than once in a year.

The institutes, nevertheless, will have all the independence to decide the way they want to admit students - only on the basis of JEE Main scores or give some weightage to Class 12th exams. One of the officials was quoted as saying, "It will be up to the universities and colleges to decide if they want to give 20% weightage to class XII board or 40%".

"They will have this autonomy. But it will be mandatory for all of them to accept the test for the purpose of admissions", the source further added.

Recently, Shiksha reported that JEE Main was likely to become the single engineering entrance exam on the lines of NEET basis which MHRD was planning a single national level test as the sole criteria for admissions to engineering colleges across India.

At present, JEE Main is conducted by CBSE(Central Board of Secondary Education) for admissions to NITs, IIITs and other CFTIs(Centrally Funded Technical Institutes). While on the other hand, JEE Advanced is used for admissions to IITs.