The All India Council of Technical Education
(AICTE), the country's technical education
regulator, had announced in March that a national-level common entrance examination for engineering colleges would be conducted from the next academic year in 2018.
However, the Ministry had decided to put the idea on hold for reviewing the success of the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for admission into medical colleges, before moving ahead.
"It has been decided that there will be no common engineering exam next year. However, the idea has not been completely discarded. The AICTE will submit a report about the feasibility of conducting the exam in future," a senior official said.
Taking a cue from NEET
introduced last year, the HRD
Ministry had initiated steps for a common test for admission to engineering courses.
A number of states conduct their own tests, while some colleges grant admission based on marks of the Class XII board exams. Several private colleges also conduct their own entrance examinations.
There are over 3,300 approved engineering colleges in the country affiliated to universities, with an annual intake of around 16 lakh students.