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Science students spend an estimated Rs 12 crore per annum as fees towards myriad entrance exams to gain admission to medical, dental, engineering, pharmacy and other technical courses after the class 12 (science) board exams. Accordingly, each parent spends an average 4,000-5,000 behind the entrance tests. This is over and above hefty tuition fees that parents pay for their wards. All students have to appear for Gujarat Common Entrance Test (GUJCET) which costs Rs 250. Nearly 92,000 students appear for this test. All India Engineering Entrance Exam costs 800 which is taken by 45,000 students. The Joint Entrance Exam for IIT costs Rs 1,600 which is taken by 12,000 odd students. The Pre-Medical Test (PMT) test for medical colleges costs Rs 1,000 and Rs 25,000 students from the state appear in this exam.
The grand total of fees paid by students towards these main four exams amounts to Rs 10.5 crore. Additionally, a large number of students also spend on different entrance tests held by colleges all over India for admissions. There is a need to centralize tests as we end up coughing up an average Rs 5,000-6,000 for fees of entrance tests alone. If we want to expand our horizons to more admissions, we have to appear for more tests which can burn a hole in our parent’s pockets, says Vidisha Raval, a class XI (science) student. Shyamoli Sarthi, another class 12 students says that common national entrance test would be a good idea as it will not only save money but also the cost of travelling to other states, lodging, boarding and other costs.
Courtesy: Times of India
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