Rajasthan’s state government on Thursday officially declared that it was scrapping the Rajasthan Pre-Engineering Test (RPED) for admission in engineering schools in the state.
It also announced that a Centralized Admission Committee (CAC) has been formed to administer the admissions during the 2015-16 session.
Kali Charan Saraf, minister for higher and technical education, stated that in the coming session, 70 per cent of the RPET seats would be made available for students from Rajasthan.
50 per cent of these seats will be filled through the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) merit list whereas the remaining 50 per cent will be filled on the basis of candidates’ stand in the Class XII merit list.
In addition, about 15 per cent of the seats would be allotted under the management quota while the other 15 per cent will be reserved for students outside Rajasthan.
The Class XII scores obtained by students will be taken and a list will be prepared based on the percentile formula embraced by the government last year in order to put CBSE and RBSE students on a level-playing field.
“The decision has been taken in the interest of students who had to write different entrance exams. The students also had to take coaching for them. For the session 2016-17, all the admissions will be done only on the basis of JEE merit list,” said Saraf.
The decision to scrap RPET was taken after the authorities saw a massive drop in the number of students appearing in the examination.
“The whole exercise was proving futile. Most students are seeking admissions in colleges through free admission which is being conducted for vacant seats after RPET process is completed,” said an official.
As of now, there are 154 Rajasthan Technical University affiliated engineering colleges in the state with a total capacity of over 60,000.