Telangana government has made its position clear on the proposal to conduct a common Engineering, Agriculture, and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET) for both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. According to reports, the government has virtually given its consent to the idea stating it could be beneficial for students in both states.
Telangana, which was until recently a part of Andhra Pradesh, will be conducting its own intermediate exams just like any other state.
State Education Minister G. Jagadish Reddy reportedly said that the format of the EAMCET is such that there’s little scope for malpractice and favoritism.
Many experts also believe that conducting a common entrance exam will ensure that students in both states are not exposed to too many entrance exams. The A.O. Reorganization Act requires both state governments to ensure that the admission procedures in the professional colleges in both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana do not change their admission procedures.
However, both governments are free to engage one-other to find a common ground to serve to the interest of students from both the states.
“There is little scope for bias in awarding marks as valuation is not done manually but by the computer,” a senior official agreed, as reported by the Hindu. EAMCET marks are usually highly relevant for both medical and agricultural programs because of the seemingly imbalanced ratio between few available seats and the huge demand.
Many argue that conducting separate exams may also create hurdles in filling up the non-local quota seats. Worse still, since the difficulty levels as well as scores of the two exams won’t be the same, it will be really difficult for the concerned authorities to fill the seats based on a common merit list.