India may have one common exam for all college admissions-- if the draft National Education Policy is passed


  • The draft National Education Policy(NEP) 2019 proposed a common entrance examination for admission to all colleges in various subjects.
  • As per the proposed scheme, the examination will test students for their logic, reasoning, language skills and focus subjects.
  • The policy also proposed reforms in the existing pattern for board examinations for Class X and XII.
Students applying to colleges can breathe easy with one common entrance examination for admission instead of different exams for each university. This is if a proposal by the draft National Education Policy (NEP) 2019, goes through.

According to the draft rolled out by the government, the entrance examinations for the Class XII students must be conducted several times during the year, to allow students to choose when they want to sit for it, TOI reported.

Colleges and universities can select students based on the scores in the common entrance examination.

Easy, with a dash of logic

The proposal is also going beyond rote learning. It says that the will test students for logic and reasoning, language skills and focus subjects.

The exams should be ‘easier’ and test their capabilities and knowledge and not necessarily their ability to memorize, the proposal added.

The proposal which is currently seeking public feedback, also believes that Class X and Class XII exams need reformation.

“Board exams are systematically preventing optimal learning, exam should also be a learning experience. The current board exam system is not in line with these goals,” the New Education Policy Committee told the Times of India.

The committee said that the board examinations should aim at holistic growth of students that is flexible enough to let students choose the subjects of their choice and interest.

To address the loopholes in the education process, the upcoming Budget will also emphasize on training teachers and boosting international research projects. This will include collaboration with international universities for better opportunities for higher education to its citizens.

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