author of the article has just completed +2 with flying
article deals with the abolition of entrance exams by
the TamilNadu state government. These are my own views
on this issue. I firmly believe in what I say. First
of all, here are the explanations given by the TamilNadu
State government for cancelling the entrance examination.
Let us consider them one by one in detail.
• Uplifts the state of rural students in professional
• Reduces Stress and Tension among the students.
• An end to the TNPCEE coaching trade.
• A Direct, genuine system for admissions.
Uplift of Rural Students:
I am not sure in which
way it would benefit the rural students in the admissions
to professional courses. It is said that the entrance
exam suppresses the rural students while the urban area
students have access to several coaching institutes
which aid them scoring more marks in the entrance examination.
An entrance exam is the one in which a student can show
his originality beyond any text material. The government
should be ashamed to say that the entrance prevents
rural people from entering professional courses. It
should have taken the responsibility of coaching up
the students to really think.
Einstein says “The
very purpose of education is to train the minds to think”
The object of entrance exam for professional colleges
is to ascertain whether the student has clear understanding
of the subject and not to go by the marks . But our
plus two exams just test the memorizing skills of the
students. Most of the schools in our state are just
bending backwards to make them score well, and even
average students get centum marks. So it is not fair
to screen the students on the basis of the these norms.
Hence abolishing the entrance is in no way a solution.
An effective solution would be to conduct entrance classes
integrated with the plus 2 for the whole year by the
government itself in villages. After all the syllabus
of entrance examination is same as the higher secondary
syllabus. The same higher secondary staff can take up
Also the abolition will
lead to undeserving students filling up the seats which
will finally result in the decrease in the standards
of the professionals that come out of the colleges.
Another sad fact is that the students of Tamil Nadu
are already lagging behind in the all India level exams
such as the IIT-JEE, AIPMPD, AIEEE etc., and by abolishing
the entrance exams our standard will further go down.
Abolition of entrance exam will close the other door
for the students also. So if a student could not write
- for reasons of ill health or any other reason on the
exam day- say biology, he can never become a doctor.
This is not fair. There must be another door open for
Reduces Stress and Tension among the students:
Though this may be true
for the next year, this year it has really increased
the stress and tension of the students. Already since
both the marks (the HSC and TNPCEE) have been released
most of the students have hoped that certain colleges
will be their future campus. This announcement is a
great disappoinment for the toppers in entrance exams.
This had merely increased their mental stress. Also
another affected set of people are the CBSE candidates.
It is well known that the standards of CBSE exams are
tougher than our state board’s. Hence comparing those
students with others by means of the same criteria is
An end to the TNPCEE coaching trade:
Needless to say, if TNPCEE is abolished, coaching is
diverted to coach up the students for AIEEE. This is
the current trend in the coaching institutes. In some
coaching institutes they have already started shifting
students to AIEEE batch. So the coaching trade is not
really stopped but only diverted.
A Direct, genuine system for admissions:
I cannot understand
on what basis the government says that this is the direct
system. Imagine the situation where there are 300 students
with centum in all three subjects while there are only
250 seats in stanley or MMC. In what order will the
seats be filled? In alphabetical order(!!!!!)?. So the
fourth criteria will definitely affect a lot of people.
Already one of our political leaders has suggested to
consider the tamil marks as the fourth criteria. I can
not understand what our excellence in tamil has to do
with engineering and medicine.
A Final Thought:
AIEEE, IIT-JEE, BITSAT and many other professional exams
just aim to bring out the understanding of the students
in their subjects. But our Tamilnadu government wants
our engineers and doctors to be only good memorizers.
We can set the question paper of the next year to ascertain
the student’s application of the Knowledge and then
abolish entrance exams. It will be somewhat meaningful
then. The parents who had spent thousands for coaching
the students for entrance exams and the students who
had burnt the midnight oil for getting good marks in
the entrance exams will now find their efforts to go
waste. Some students are really in great depression,
especially the CBSE students for whom getting centum
is just a dream. The Tamilnadu government can make the
+2 exam question paper from next year in such a way
as to screen the students for professional courses.
If any polling is done in this accord, most of the people
would welcome this decision because many of them are
not good scorers in the TNPCEE. That too, this year
the maths paper was a challenging one. Hence all top
scorers will be against this decision and all others
will be in favour of the governments order.
A committee should be formed consisting of educationists
and its decision should be made final before the decision
is taken to abolish entrance exams.
However as the exam was already conducted for this year
and results published, the existing method should be
followed,while for next year, the order to dispense
with entrance exams can be considered.