Students will now have to crack the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) to get into premier engineering and architecture colleges in the city. The system will be applicable for prominent institutions in the city such asChandigarh College of Architecture ( CCA), Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET), PEC University of Technology and University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) from 2013. Admission will be based on 40% weightage for performance in Class XII board exams on percentile basis and 60% weightage would be given to performance in the JEE main. The combined all India rank will be decided accordingly.

However, JEE (Main) will be an eligibility test for the JEE (Advanced), which the candidate aspiring for admission to undergraduate programmes in the IITs. The exam will be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The decision was taken in a meeting convened by the UT administration on Friday after a communication from the ministry of human resource development. Two merit lists, all India ranks and state ranks will be prepared for the convenience of institutions. The JEE-Apex Board will coordinate with all councils of boards of secondary education and it will be the final authority to make policies, rules and regulations for the conduct of the JEE-Main.

“It was decided that this system should be adopted for all institutes of the UT administration, including the Chandigarh College of Architecture and CCET (degree wing) that are covered under the ambit. The PEC University of Technology and UIET also agreed to be part of the Joint Admission Committee,” an official said.

“Admission to undergraduate engineering programmes at NITs, IIITs and other centrally funded technical institutions, institutions funded by participating state governments and other institutions shall involve the Joint Entrance Examination, JEE (Main). The JEE (Main) will also be an eligibility test for the JEE (Advanced), which the candidate has to take if he or she wants admission in the undergraduate programmes offered by the IITs,” the official website of CBSE says.