The most traveling I did while growing up was in May-June after my class XII. That was also the time when I wrote the most number of examinations within a month. For that was my time to appear for those so called “entrance exams” – a fancy term for the mad rush to get into quality professional colleges.
Exams were sure fun, so many of them. Indian School of Mines. IIT. AFMC Pune. CBSE pre-medical. AIIMS. BHU medical college. JIPMER Pondicherry. These were the names and acronyms that made me hit the local exam-tourism circuit. Almost the same tricks and treats in each of them, with a bit of variation. Some extra trickery with ropes, pulleys and weights in IIT-JEE, and a few more of who-discovered-oxygen types in medical school tests.
While going through them, I did ponder over the futility. I remember asking my dad, “is it that these schools dont trust each other’s testing capabilities”? Or, “is it that these colleges can’t agree upon a common entity to conduct a test for them”?
Why is it that IITs won’t admit students based purely on their Class XII scores? Why is it that AFMC, AIIMS, BHU medical colleges and a few more would dismiss my class XII biology scores as ‘more than 50% is good enough’ and yet go on to ask me the same questions on stem, calyx and corolla in their custom designed entrance tests?
If these are indeed great professional colleges on their own merit, why would they be so scared of the risk that letting in a few average students will bring? A good school should be able to convert average or above average students into good ones – isn’t that how you define a good school?
Assuming the situation hasn’t changed that much for class XII students now, I still have these questions intact. Fair ones to ask? Or are these not valid anymore?