Ministry of Human Resource and Development (HRD) on Friday cleared a proposal to conduct a single entrance exam for all engineering colleges in the country.

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the country’s top body for engineering and technical institutes will conduct only one entrance test, doing away with the current system where every state conducts it’s own separate test for admission in courses like Bachelor of Technology (B Tech) and Bachelor of Engineering (BE).

This new system of one exam will roll out from the year 2018. However, the aspirants of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) will have to appear for JEE-advanced post clearing the common test.

A single test for engineering and architecture courses will be on lines of the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET), a single all-India test for entry to medical and dental colleges launched in 2016.