Khan Rehman Thāne India
Genesis of Entrance Exams
My students as they step out of their high School they are bombarded with some insane and weird terminologies. JEE, NEET, CET, CAT, UPSC (a long and never ending list.) After sustaining all those injuries they head towards me to discuss what they actually mean. When they arrive they are confused, disgusted and nervous. Their minds are occupied with thousands of queries. To soothe the ruffled feathers and to give them a bit of oxygen I start with a simple story.
There was a King who had a beautiful daughter. Every Prince of the region had dreamt about her, had a desire to marry her. There was a deluge of proposals. The King was caught in a dilemma. He can accept only one and has to refuse the rest. But by refusing, he will be making them their foes. Any guess what will happen next in this story . As usual comes the witty Vizier of the King with a plan.
All the Princes were invited in a forest. Each one was allotted with 100 arrows. Time limit was up to sunset. If they kill a lion they would 1000 points, 500 for leopard, 300 for deer, 200 for bull and 50 for rabbit. Prince with maximum points will marry the Princess. Everyone agreed and thus King found a suitable match for her daughter and averted a calamity.
Now let us comeback to present situation. Take the example of IIT which has 10,000 seats for grab all over India. And for this there are 15,00,000 (1.5 million) aspirants. 10k students has to be accepted and 14,90,000 students has to be refused. Conditions worse than the King. So the modern day Vizier after reading the story formed an updated version of the plan called as ENTRANCE EXAM. A scientific way to say NO to 99% students without creating any trouble for themselves. And that is the crux of entrance exams.
Objects which are rare are always precious or fit into Law of Demand and Supply proposed by Alfred Marshall. In any condition when candidates are more than seats the concerned authority’s last resort is entrance exam. That’s why we don’t have entrance exams for BCom, Bsc or BA.
Inour next edition we will be discussing about
“How to crack Entrance Exams”.