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IIT Entrance Exam

, July 18, 2013, 3 Comments

The JEE was a stringent and time tested entrance exam through which selection of students to the prestigious IITs was made. The exam ensured that the best talent in the country entered the portals of IIT and contributed to the reputation of these institutes. The recruits to the IITs later excelled in various fields – both engineering and non-technology related. Many IITians went on to excel in the fields of management and civil service and several of them choose to settle abroad.

Wherever they landed up – as civil servants, managers, entrepreneurs, or technologists and scientists they excelled in whatever they did and made a mark. This was true both of IITians who continued to work in India or those who settled abroad. Wherever they settled down they made contribution to progress and development of human society. Those who settled abroad became proud ambassadors of India.

Last year an unfortunate decision was taken to dilute the Joint Entrance Examination System. With the new recruitment system in place there is no guarantee that the best of the country’s talent will enter the doors of IIT. The school board exams can be considered to be a very inferior method of evaluating students as compared to the original JEE. When the marks from the two are combined it does considerable damage to the system of selection to IITs.

With a new HRD Minister in office there is yet another possibility of salvaging the system. We should go back to the old system of selection to IITs and NITs which prevailed before last years’ ill-conceived reforms were carried out. The old system where there was a JEE to select students to IITs and an AIEEE to select students to other engineering colleges should be brought back. This was a system which was functioning to the satisfaction of all before the reforms were introduced.






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P V Rajeev , former Economic Adviser of Government of India and worked as an Economist in Government of India for more than three decades. ...more
  • Ram

    Hi

    It is not about JEE but about how JEE is used to get in not by mastering the concept of Physics , Maths or Chem but by mastering how to remember certain way of answering the JEE qs and get in there.

    The no of great faculty in IITs has come down.

    There are IITians that are job less or working under just BE grad that are great leaders or managers.

    The successful people that you spoke about are those exceptionally great individuals and they would have excelled even without IIT.

  • nanguneri

    This article from Mr. Rajeev…..”Wherever they landed up – as civil servants, managers, entrepreneurs, or technologists and scientists they excelled in whatever they did and made a mark. This was true both of IITians who continued to work in India or those who settled abroad. Wherever they settled down they made contribution to progress and development of human society. Those who settled abroad became proud ambassadors of India…..”
    With all respect where is the source of data that you are looking at? Is your hypothesis that “All IITians have excelled in whatever they did and made a mark” supported by any evidence? By the contrary have all other Non IITians not excelled in whatever they did and never made a mark either?

    Your article could be divisive among the Non IITians and IITIans, given that it is coming from an economic advisor.

    How could someone make a judgement call based on the institution someone graduates from? Doesn’t experience count? For some reason, students may have not made it through the JEE or could have chosen another field of interest. So would this be a factor to disqualify the ones who did not graduate from the IITs? In the past students of institutions that were much sought after developed an ego or mentality of “I know everything” or “I am superior to you, because I made it through the JEE” and now we have this from an experienced senior economic advisor causing the problem only at a national level.

    Please send us any evidence you have on testing your hypothesis.

  • P V Rajeev Sebastian

    Let me clarify that I am not an Economic Adviser now. I am a retired Economic Adviser. I cant say with 100% certainty that all those who qualify in JEE will excel or that all IITians will achieve great heights. But still the large number of them who do so is quite noticeable and significant. Whenever I go to attend some seminar I very often encounter some speaker who is an ex-IITian. IITians have become RBI governors, central government ministers, CEOs of so many large and small companies in India and abroad and so on and so forth. Which other educational institution in India can claim to have distinguished themselves in a similar fashion except perhaps the IIMs. I dont see any comparable achievement by NITs or the former RECs. The IITians are a class apart.
    I am familiar with the JEE pattern of examination of the old times when I was a Pre University student. I dont think the pattern would have changed significantly since then. While the Pre University Maths Physics Chemistry exam were good in evaluating ones memory skills the JEE evaluated your problem solving abilities which is the quality with which the IITians are endowed with and which is the crucial factor which makes all the difference in the calibre of an IITian. Many who dont get into IITs may be equally capable but one who qualifies in the JEE can claim that they are made of real substance. Of course the new pattern of selection to IITs will spoil the entire show and I have great doubts about the future.