India’s two top-rated film schools, Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Puneand Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) Kolkata, have announced their first-ever Joint Entrance Test (JET) for admission in academic session 2018-19. JET will be an all-India entrance examination, which will be held on February 18, 2018, across 26 centres. The Centre for Management Services, a division of All India Management Association (AIMA), won the bid floated to award the contract, will look after accepting applications, conducting examination including printing and transport of question papers, processing and evaluating multiple choice questions as well as announcing the result. FTII and SRFTII will continue to set question papers and evaluate descriptive answers. AIMA has previous experience of conducting entrance exams for other institutions like NID, NIFT, MAT, etc. The entrance test will be a combination of objective type questions and subjective answers. Negative marking will be applicable and as per it 1/3rd marks allotted to a multiple choice question will be deducted if the answer recorded by the candidate turns out to be incorrect. All documents like prospectus 2018, admission policy 2018, scheme of examination, etc., are uploaded on the JET portal, which is www.applyadmission.net. The application forms are also available until January 25, 2018, and the fee amount for General/OBC applicants is Rs. 4,000 and the same for the SC/ST applicants is Rs. 1,250. The last date for registration is January 25, 2018. The scorecard of JET in terms of marks secured and percentile will be uploaded at JET portal and websites of both institutes. Candidates shortlisted for the next stage of the selection process will be contacted individually by both institutes Bhupendra Kainthola, FTII director while announcing the admissions for 2018 said that the decision to hold a common test comes following year-long talks between both the institutes. He also clarified that only the written exam will be held combine, the orientation, auditions, etc will be held separately by both the institutes. The idea to conduct a joint test was agreed upon by the academic council of FTII as well as the SRFTII earlier this year. However, the decision was not carried out in 2017 as there was a very short time left to organise a joint test. Both the film and television institutes presently hold their written exams at nearly 20 centres across the country, reportedly spending around Rs 25-30 lakh each for the entire process. The combined examination will is expected to be beneficial for the institutes, as well as the candidates.