National Education Policy 2019 proposed Common Entrance Exam – National Education Policy or NEP draft has been in the news recently for suggesting numerous changes in the Indian Education System. And now, it has proposed that there should be a common entrance exam for admission into various colleges and it should be conducted several times in a year for different subjects. If introduced, this common entrance test may soon replace multiple entrance exams conducted by various Universities across India.
Recently we have seen a rise in the number of students scoring marks above 90%. Also, the cutoff in numerous colleges under iconic Delhi University has stayed around 96% if you consider the best of four aggregate. Seeing rise in students performing well in their Board exams, the proposed draft policy could soon become an essential criterion for admission into Undergraduate Courses. Currently, this draft is in the public domain for feedback purpose.
According to this proposal by NEP draft, the government would conduct the common entrance test multiple times in a year. With this, students will have the freedom to choose when they wish to sit for this exam. They will also get time to decide which course will be best for them. Through this exam, student’s quantitative and logical aptitude would be tested apart from questions from the specialized subjects as well for which they have applied.
Apart from suggesting for a Common Entrance Test, draft NEP also stated that the assessment procedure of Class X and XII board exams need some urgent parallel reforms. In recent years, there has been a massive rise in students scoring 99+ percentage marks in their board exams.
NEP also stated that high competition among Board exams had some of the adverse effects on University Entrance Exams as coaching institutes claiming to prepare students for such exams had started mushrooming. They focus mostly on rote learning.
The committee suggested that board exams should test the core capacities of appearing students instead of what they learn after mugging up.