Common entrance for medical, engineering courses

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New Delhi, Feb 16: In a bid to ease the admission process into engineering, medical, economics and commerce courses, government is mulling a single national-level entrance test in science and commerce.

"Efforts will be put to hold an All-India national test in science and commerce from 2013. This will smoothen the admission process into engineering, medical, economics and commerce courses," Human Resource Development Minister, Kapil Sibal said on Tuesday, Feb 16.

Announcing this while addressing a meeting of the Council of School Board of Education (COBSE) in the capital, the minister expressed hope that a single exam merging science and commerce will also reduce stress for the students who are attempting multiple-tests for admission into engineering and medical streams.

The exam will be formulated in the lines of the SIT conducted in United States, the minister said, adding, "There is 90 per cent census among the school boards on the core-curriculum prepared on science and mathematics."

COBSE has prepared a core-curriculum for senior secondary classes in science and mathematics subjects.

A core-curriculum in commerce is expected to be tailored in three months.

Kapil Sibal first mentioned the plan to introduce core curriculum for Mathematics and Science for all school boards in Aug 2009, and had also said that this could make way for a national level single exam.

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