The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has set the stage for a single national-level engineering entrance test.

The government asked the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to make an exam on the lines of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) mandatory for admissions to B.Tech course from 2018.

The government has also issued AICTE similar directions for architecture courses.

The AICTE has drafted National Entrance Examination for Admission of Students to Engineering Degree Programmes, 2017, for consideration at its next meeting.

Sources said that the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) is likely to become the only test through which institutes will be able to admit engineering students.

The Central Board of Secondary Education conducts the exam. It is unclear which agency will conduct the single national-level entrance test in its first year

Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) may be the only exception and continue admitting students through Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced).

HRD Ministry’s order to AICTE says that the national engineering entrance test will be conducted in English and regional languages more than once a year.

Source: The Indian Express