National Aptitude test for Engineering admissions from 2017
National Aptitude Test (NAT) set to replace JEE Main from 2017
The HRD Ministry is giving a final shape for bringing in changes in the current format of the JEE (Joint Entrance Examination). The main aim is to standardize the entrance test and bring an end to the influence of coaching institutes associated with the JEE. As per reports, National Aptitude Test (NAT) is being introduced to replace JEE Main from 2017 for admission to engineering colleges across the country.
National Aptitude Test for Engineering Admissions
National Aptitude Test in lines of SAT
With the introduction of a compulsory National Aptitude Test (NAT) for aspirants i.e. a single common entrance test, major changes in the admission process for IITs and NITs would be made. The proposed national aptitude test will be held on the lines of SAT conducted in the United States for admission to different colleges.
NAT will be an online test conducted four times a year
The new system of testing i.e. NAT will focus on the logical and analytical abilities of students rather than knowledge on subjects. In NAT, the students will be able to appear in the online test four times a year. About 4 lakh candidates will then be shortlisted for the joint entrance examination (JEE Advanced). The final score will be used for admission to the premier IITs and NITs across the country.
The HRD Ministry is further considering to register the NAT as an independent authority, and the same will be constituted after getting approval from the Union Cabinet.
The JEE, which is being conducted in two tiers i.e. JEE Main and JEE Advanced, will be re-designed into a single common entrance exam. The proposed NAT (National Aptitude Test) will serve as the first phase of selecting the candidates for the next level of the test.
In 2013, the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) underwent a series of changes, and the then HRD Minister convinced engineering schools to give weightage to Class XII marks. This was done merely to remove the prevalence of coaching classes, but no result could be yielded and, in fact, the coaching industry increased its influence.
Last year in November, the HRD ministry had made the ‘Ashok Mishra Committee’ report for further discussion with stakeholders. The Ministry had received positive feedback for changes in JEE (Joint Entrance Exam) on recommendations of a government-appointed panel.
A panel of experts recommended the conversion of two-tier JEE (JEE Main & JEE Advanced) into a single common entrance test so that the system of giving weightage to class XII board marks in JEE Main should be done way. The introduction of an aptitude test (NAT) will reduce the dependence of students on the coaching institutes.