Led by Bihar, Education Ministers of the states almost unanimously said they could not agree with a provision in the Centre's proposal that the selection criteria for candidates for the IITs would be different even as all the aspirants or IITS, IIITs and NIT will have to appear in a common test under a new format.
Considering the opposition from the Education Ministers assembled in New Delhi to discuss the proposed Common Entrance Examination, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal agreed to incorporate in the minutes of the meeting that "the states were of the opinion that IITs should also adopt the same format" as that for for IIITs and NITs.
He, however, was non-committal on accepting the states' demand as IITs are governed by a separate Act.
The meeting also saw opposition from the states, including Congress-ruled Kerala and Samajwadi Party-ruled Uttar Pradesh, to the Centre's proposal for a common entrance test for all engineering institutions, including the colleges under the authority of state governments, along with the tests for IITs and other central institutes like NITs and IIITs.
However, the overwhelming opinion was in support of the common test, Sibal said in his concluding remarks.
He also said flexibility is given to the states which are under no compulsion to join the common entrance test for institutes under their jurisdiction.
"The states were requested to convey their decision on the year of joining the common admission process and the relative weightages to class XII Board marks, performance in JEE-MAIN and JEE- ADVANCED by June 30 to enable preparations to be made accordingly," he said.
It was also clarified at the meeting that where a state intends to join the common test for admission to engineering institutions in the state, the exam papers would be also available in the regional language of the state in addition to English and Hindi.
West Bengal did not send their representatives to the meeting, sources said.