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Andhra Pradesh & Telangana may conduct common EAMCET

A common Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET) to be conducted by the states of Andhra Pradesh (AP) and Telangana is on the cards, according to reports.EAMCET is essential for admission into various engineering, medical and agricultural colleges in the two states. The intermediate examinations will be held separately.

According to officials of the Telangana Education Ministry, a joint EAMCET can be held in a smooth fashion. The examination format rules out chances of any malpractice or favoritism. It will also cut down the number of examinations that students have to take for one admission process.

Under the AP Reorganization Act, the admission process of professional colleges in both the states needs to be maintained for a period of 10 years to ensure that students do not miss the opportunity to join a preferred college in both the states. AP and Telangana now need to work out the modalities of continuing with the current entrance tests or holding their own.

A common EAMCET will prevent students from appearing for an additional admission test to gain entry into same colleges in the two states. Both the states have to maintain the 15% non-local (unreserved) quota according to the Reorganization Act for 10 years.

As per aspirants from both the states, a common entrance test will be a welcome move by cutting down extra entrance tests, since the students are already under pressure to appear for many all-India entrance tests such as the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), etc.

Another advantage of a combined EAMCET is that the examination has a fool-proof system with online processes, starting from applications to valuation. Hence, there is little chance of unfair means in granting marks since the valuation is done by the computer and not manually.

Engineering, medical and agricultural seats in both the states are in huge demand with premier colleges offering them. However, the demand often surpasses the number of available seats. Hence EAMCET marks are of utmost importance.

Separate examinations may also pose a problem in filling up of non-local quota seats, since the quota seats are available to both local as well as non-local students; more meritorious students have better chances of bagging the seat. Hence, the scores of two separate tests is a complex option to fill up the same seats based on common merit.

EAMCET 2014 was held on Thursday, May 22, 2014 and the Results were declared on Monday, June 09, 2014. Around 3,95,600 candidates had registered forEAMCET 2014. According to reports, in engineering, AP students registered a pass rate of 72.59% compared to 68.86% of Telangana, while in the medical stream AP students secured 86.21% as against 80.98% of Telangana. The overall pass rate in engineering was 70.77% and 83.16% in the medical stream.

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