Nearly half of AICTE learning assessment test takers from 5 southern states, highest in Tamil Nadu


Engineering students from five southern states – Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh – make up almost half of the learning assessment tests conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) under of a survey between last September and June of this year.

The survey report by AICTE which found that first year engineering students perform worse in mathematics compared to other core subjects, shows that undergraduate students in Tamil Nadu suffered the maximum number ( 24,499) ratings, while Goa had only three students enrolled.

The southern region is followed by the northwestern states – including Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana – with 12,387 students enrolled in institutes in this region taking the test. The report also highlights that India’s eastern and northeastern state registration numbers were disappointing, standing at 9012.

The students who performed very well in the test, scoring more than 70% marks, belong to institutes spread across nine states of the country – Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Chandigarh, Telangana, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan .

Another trend that emerged from the survey is the relatively better performance of students pursuing their courses at institutes ranked between 1 and 50 in the National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF).

Report cards from the survey show that students from institutes ranked 1-25 in the NIRF had an average score of 52.64%, while students from institutes ranked 26-50 had an average score of 54.61%. It then starts to drop, with students from institutes ranked 101-150 getting 47.44% on average.

The IITs did not participate in the investigation, an AICTE official said. The survey was conducted through a specially designed online test named PARAKH. In addition to an aptitude test for all levels, first year students were tested on physics, chemistry, mathematics, while second, third and fourth year students were assessed on their skills in their field of specialization. For third- and fourth-year students, the overall grades also took into account their performance in emerging areas such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

An analysis of the math, physics, and chemistry skill levels of 22,725 first-year students showed that “more emphasis needs to be placed on the study of math in engineering.” “Civil engineering is the worst performing department in mathematics, physics and chemistry. More attention is needed in the civil department in core subjects,” he adds.

Five Southern States (in terms of ratings)

Andhra Pradesh 5628

Telangana 4234

Karnataka 8739

Kerala 3431

Tamil Nadu 24499

Top 5 states (in terms of students who took the test): Tamil Nadu (24492), Maharashtra (11334), Karnataka (8738), Madhya Pradesh (7724) and Uttar Pradesh (5288).

Top Six Institutes (Maximum Students Scored Over 70%) –

Pune College of Engineering, Maharashtra

Birsa Institute of Technology, Jharkhand

NMAM Institute of Technology, Karnataka

The National Institute of Engineering, Karnataka

Punjab College of Engineering, Chandigarh

NIT Warangal, Telangana


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