Reasons why it’s time to get rid of IIT-JEE: IIT- JEE is an exam that is taken by millions of students every year. Based on the result of this exam, the students get admission in IITs. IITs are the top most institutes of technology in India as these institutes are guided by the Institutes of Technology Act. This has been one of the most important exams for the students who dreams of studying in IIT.
Now as this exam is so important then why the question of getting rid of it comes. The first time the question arises when the HRD ministry proposed to remove the JEE Main or JEE Advanced exam. However, this proposal was shot down by the IIT council. From then on the question came to play. There are a few reasons as to why IIT JEE should be taken down. They are explained in details below –
Scores are everything – one of the rules of science is to examine each and every aspect thoroughly and not to blindly follow the evidence. The IITs are scientific institutes but to take admission there, the students are chosen via exam. They get admission based on their score. Scores are evidence. So, the rule of science is not followed here. Instead of giving people a chance, they are choosing a selected few by evidence. This just contradicts with science as a whole.
Coaching centres turned it into a business – coaching centres are the ones that gain the most through this exam as they have turned studies into a fine business. The exam syllabus has not been changed for quite some time because of which coaching centres play here extremely well. They can easily lure the aspiring candidates into their traps and these centres ask for a high amount from the aspiring students. They get that amount easily because aspirants will do anything to get admission in IITs. So, it is easy for the coaching centres to turn education into a business from where they only gain and never lose.
The test has become extremely difficult – as the exam syllabus has not been changed for quite some time, the candidates know how to get good marks. To stop that from happening the level of the exam has been increased up to the point where it has become extremely difficult and this makes it meaningless. The aspirants prepare from a young age for the exam so the test has been made in such a way that only the most capable students can handle them. In other words the test is designed to differentiate between students.
It breeds one-dimensional professionals – as students prepare for it from a young age, they focused on only a single aspect which leads them to have little to no knowledge about other aspects. It is often seen that these students lack important skills and knowledge that can help them in the future including in their jobs. These students also get rejected in the interviews because they lack the social skills and cannot express themselves properly. This is a huge drawback for students.
IITs offers different courses aswell – IITs also offers other courses and for that knowledge about Physics and Chemistry is not required so the entrance test is useless in that case. The entrance test is based on Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics which are extremely limited subject. For example, if a student wants to study economics then knowledge about Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (up to a certain level) is not necessary. IITs have the same selection process for every course it offers which makes IIT-JEE useless in certain areas. As mentioned before what will an economic student do by mastering quantitative physics?
IITs can offer a standardized test that not only asks questions about physics, chemistry and mathematics but also about other subjects and also some skill oriented questions. In this way the students will be overall prepared and can even venture for different courses where they don’t need the knowledge of physics and chemistry to the master level.
This new test will require the students to know about all the aspects and won’t be so focused on only part of syllabus. The exams must have skill oriented questions so that the students can have the knowledge of the required skills that they need to succeed in their life and career.
The scoring can be differentiated so that the student who wants to be an engineer does not need to attend the questions about economics and vice versa. This will be an easier way to categorise the students and judge their skills and knowledge.