AICTE is pushing for conduct of single entrance exam for engineering in India starting from academic session 2018-2019. One Engineering Entrance Exam for 29 states covering private and government colleges. It will indeed replace at least 40-50 engineering entrance exams as soon as it is implemented.

Every year around 11 lakh students appear in engineering entrance exams. Government has been planning to introduce one exam to take place of individual exams. Now a number of things are clear about proposed single engineering entrance exam which aspirants can note.

Here is a list of all that has been revealed for upcoming engineering entrance exam 2018.

Single entrance exam for engineering will be on national level

States and colleges have for years held engineering entrance exams. Names such as BITSAT for BITS Pilani, VITEEE for VIT University, SRMJEEE for SRM University, COMEDK for Karnataka colleges are popular. In addition there are many more. Overall an estimated number of 30-40 exams take place across India on national level, state level, college/university level. Proposed single entrance exam for engineering will replace all of them and instead of appearing in separate exams for separate states or colleges, now students will sit for only one exam.

In 2018, class 12th students will apply for common exam and appear in that. Whether 29 states agree to this proposed process or not is yet to be clarified. Making admissions easier for students – simplifying entrance exams process – is the concept put forth by authorities.

JEE Advanced (IIT JEE) will continue to be held

IITs have held a special place in Indian academia for long. Students dream of getting admission in Indian Institute of Technology for which they often start preparing for early on. This leads to high competition and entitles IITs to ascertain separate admission process. Even with introduction of single entrance exam for engineering 2018 IIT JEE or JEE Advanced 2018 may be continue to be held. In such a scenario it is largely probable that new common engineering entrance exam 2018 and JEE Advanced 2018 (or whatever its new name could be) will end up being only two entrance exams for engineering in India.

Decisions regarding (1) Will IIT JEE 2018 be held? (2) Changes to JEE Advanced 2018 if any? (3) Admission counselling to be merged with new common entrance process; will come out in upcoming admission session.

Guidelines for single entrance exam for engineering will be similar to that of NEET

National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) has created a lot of controversy in past year. While many students favored introduction of NEET, many were against it. Crux of NEET is that it is a medical entrance exam on national level. It is conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education for admission to 15% AIQ as well as 85% state quota seats. Government plans to introduce new single entrance exam for engineering on same lines as NEET. In other words new exam will replace all engineering entrance exams and will be applicable for all percentage of seats.

Considerations of languages will be in place. Question paper will be in regional languages which authorities decide. A seamless transformation from multiple entrance exams to single will require efforts from several organizations to execute.

Test will be organized more than once in a year like international exams such as SAT.

Idea of single engineering entrance exam 2018 onwards also includes possibility of taking place more than one time a year. So you can apply and take test one or two times, or as decided under new guidelines.

Moving towards a SAT like format – candidates will be able to schedule tests as per convenience. This will probably include features of checking exam scores and having option to chose better score, perhaps. Students could receive scores after exam. SAT deploys a mechanism in which raw scores get sent to test takers and percentile. Single entrance exam for engineering will become a nationally administered, uniform set of tests based on the syllabi of the school boards.


Through single engineering entrance exam government aims at reducing pressure on students to perform in multiple entrance exams. It makes sense to a certain extent. It could go some way in eliminating issues with multiple engineering entrance exams.

More on this will be coming from AICTE, MHRD, and CBSE.

Name of single entrance exam for engineering 2018 could be Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET). CBSE may decide to rename joint entrance exam to ISEET and announce details in December. It will be a replacement for various exams that take place in India for admission to engineering (B.Tech).

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