The JEE Mains & JEE Advance system has just made this an extravagant business for anxious parents who want their child to crack a coconut and enter IIT. Two exams are all that differentiate between the innumerable students giving it every year. The system has been framed in such a way that this could be a deciding factor in what they pursue even later in life. This is not the end of this system where loopholes were, it seems pretty ordered.
The normalisation systems which have converted the Board exam marks to use it along with the entrance marks have also been under huge fire. Stricter boards are given a lesser weightage in comparison to boards where 100% is given at will.
Loophole - 2
The reservation system, though helps people of lower castes get to higher echelons of education, has not been able to weed out the people who use this to their advantage in spite of their well off background. Let's be serious, reservation can't be given just on grounds that the student's great great grandfather was oppressed and of lower caste.
After all these normalisations and filterings, a select few can only get through. As a result of the increasing pressure on students to live up to different expectations, the failure to attain a seat is taken hard. There have been many cases where students who were not able to live up to the pressure have taken the easier way out. Parents have pressurised students to take courses, not letting the student follow their natural course. The organisational style that man created for his life has come back to bite him. There is an involuntary oppression of ideas at a young age and the students tend to follow orders like cattle. Some succeed some break.
Opportunities are galore. But the path paved towards them is way more crooked than it should be. A series of multiple choice questions, should not possibly deny a student much further involvement in a field he/she might be actually interested in. A series of aptitude, personality & technical tests can be a particularly good alternative. Learning a few thousand answers by rote will be "Like leading a horse to the water...". But as the saying goes "You can only lead a horse, but you can't make it drink it".
Let's look at education, more as just as a man-made path, rather than a belief system that people cling onto!