National Testing Agency to Conduct JEE, NEET, NET-UG Twice a Year!
As announced by the Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar, national level competitive exams like - JEE (Main), NEET (UG) and UGC-NET will now be conducted twice in a year before admissions in the next academic session. These competitive exams will be conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) instead of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
According to tentative schedule, JEE (Main) will be held in January 2019 and April 2019. On the other hand, NEET (UG) will take place in February 2019 and May 2019, while UGC-NET will be held in December 2018. There will not be any change in the syllabus, nature of questions, language choice as well as the exam fee, however, the method of exam will be computer-based only.
The decision of conducting UGC- NET, JEE (Main) and NEET (UG) in multiple sittings will provide candidates with an opportunity to choose the date that suits them the best. It will not only ease the burden for students but will also give them ample time to prepare for desired exams.
Also, as per the reports, the testing agency will establish a network of test practice centers for students of rural areas to ensure that everyone gets the opportunity to practice before exam.
Conduction of exams twice a year will provide students:
- Opportunity to Skip exams in April and May if it coincides with boards. The competitive examinations are at present conducted in the months of April and May, which are just after the board examinations for class 12th. Conducting the test twice a year will surely give students an opportunity to better plan out their preparation, which is bound to benefit them immensely.
- Adequate time to put up a better performance.
- Additional opportunity to appear without wasting another year.
Both the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to medical colleges and the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for admission to engineering colleges are currently conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Currently, more than 40 lakh students appear for seven entrance tests — CAT, JEE (Main), JEE (Advanced), GATE, CMAT, NEET, NET — held by the CBSE, IITs, IIMs and AICTE every year.
The National Testing Agency (NTA) is an independent body dedicated to conducting entrance tests for higher education, on the lines of the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in the United States.