NTA Updates: JEE (Joint Engineering Entrance) and NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) are two of the most rigorous exams to crack in the country both of which are used to determine admissions into the most prestigious Engineering and Medical Institutes respectively.
In a move that is supposed to ease the crowd and give students a greater opportunity, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has decided to conduct both examinations (JEE and NEET) twice a year. The NTA will begin this practice starting January 2019, when it conducts JEE for admission in 2019. “All entrance exams which were conducted by CBSE, such as UG UGC-NET, JEE Main, and NEET, will now be conducted by NTA,” said Union human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar. “The exams will be more secure and at par with international norms. There will be no issues of leakage and it would be more student friendly, open, scientific and a leak-proof system,” Mr. Javadekar added.
In 2018 itself, 11.5 lakhs students appeared for JEE and 13 lakhs for NEET and these numbers are rising every year. Last year Mr Upendra Kushwaha, former Human Resource Development (HRD) minister, had announced the same in Lok Sabha and the idea seems to be finally taking shape. The former HRD minister had said, “the exams will be conducted online at least twice a year, thereby giving an adequate opportunity to the candidates to bring out their best.”
The move is likely to provide enough opportunity for the rising number of aspiring students. This will also give students the flexibility to appear for the exam when they feel best prepared. Aspiring students will now be able to dedicate adequate time preparing for JEE and NEET, something which was proving extremely difficult owing to the exams being conducted right after the class 12 board examination. This step will also allow more applicants to appear in the exams, thus giving more students the opportunity to perform better.
The National Testing Agency (NTA) was approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November 2017 and will act as the single, autonomous testing agency of India. Experts are also stating that the introduction of a single testing agency like NTA will make the NEET more favourable for students across boards which has been the primary criticism of the examination till date. The NTA has also started setting up a team of subject and design experts to work on the question paper. The agency is reported to be partnering with third-party IT experts to conduct the examination online, in a hassle-free manner.