In the next two-years, engineering and medical aspirants will have to work harder since the entrance examination system is undergoing a change, says Durgesh Mangeshkar
From 2014 onwards, the Engineering and Medical Entrance exams post-Std.XII are undergoing a sea change. Students and parents must be aware that there will be no MHT-CET conducted by Maharashtra State from 2014 and all Engineering aspirants will have to appear for a National Test called JEE conducted jointly by CBSE and IITs.
The JEE is already being conducted for admissions in 16 IITs, 31 NITs, 10 IIITs, DA-IICT, IIST and any Pure Science college like IISERs. Similarly, all medical aspirants from the present year (2013), will have to appear for a National Test called NEET to be jointly conducted by CBSE and the Medical Council of India (MCI). The NEET will be the entrance exam for all 18 GMCs of Maharashtra, AFMC, CMC-Vellore, MANIPAL and many more top medical colleges of India.
In Maharashtra, about three lakh engineering aspirants gave MHT-CET from 2004-13 for admissions into all State-level Engineering colleges. Of these three lakh Engineering aspirants, barely 15000 in Maharashtra prepared for National-level Tests like AIEEE and IIT-JEE. This means that hardly five per cent of Maharashtra Engineering aspirants would also study for the National-level curriculum.
However, from 2014 onwards, since JEE is the only Engineering Entrance Exam for all State and National colleges, all three lakh students will have to compulsorily prepare for the JEE. A similar situation will prevail amongst Medical aspirants. Similarly, hardly five per cent of Medical aspirants in Maharashtra since 1999 prepared for National-level Tests like AIPMT and AIIMS. But from 2013, all Medical aspirants are forced to study for National-level curriculum due to NEET.
JEE and NEET have different syllabi, exam pattern is more difficult as compared to MHT-CET. For example, JEE and NEET syllabi is twice the breadth and five times the depth of MHT-CET syllabi. JEE and NEET both have a negative marking system which was missing from MHT-CET. Therefore, students will have to prepare for the JEE and NEET in a totally different way.
It is also important to note that marks of Std.12 Board will have 50 per cent weightage for admission into all State level Engineering colleges. The student will have to prepare for Std.12 board exams as well as for JEE. It will be a challenge for the teachers and for the students. Medical aspirants will be relieved to know that NEET does not require any weightage of Std 12 marks and so they can focus only on the NEET exam.
Besides the above changes, the XI and XII syllabi of State Boards have been upgraded to the level of CBSE and the level of difficulty has also seen a rise in the board exam pattern.
The biggest positive impact of these changes expected in the medium-term period is that students will have to shun their mugging habits and will have to start understanding indepth concepts of Math and Science.
Questions asked in JEE and NEET will be based on the paradigm of “Known concepts, Unknown problems” instead of “Known concepts, Known Problems” which was the norm in the erstwhile MHT-CET. In order to be able to solve unknown problems, the student must be trained to understand the concepts well in order to apply them innovatively to problem solving.
Sakal Vidya in association with IITian’s Prashikshan Kendra (IIT-P) is organizing an eye opener seminar with IIT-P Director, Durgesh C. Mangeshkar, an expert on National-level Entrance Tests lke JEE and NEET. The informative seminar is scheduled to be held at College of Engineering Pune (COEP) Auditorium on April 13 from 5:30 pm. Mr. Mangeshkar shall provide precise guidance on the latest changes and provide tips on how to study for JEE and NEET. The seminar will be a boon for all aspiring students and especially students who have just appeared for Std.10 Board examinations. Students are advised to ensure their parents accompany them as well to clear all their doubts. Interested students are requested to register on www.sakalvidya.com. Seats being limited, entry will be on first come first serve basis. Register now!