Today, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Mr. Prakash Javadekar announced the introduction of National Testing Authority to conduct major Engineering/ Medical entrance examinations- Joint Entrance Examination (Mains) [JEE-Mains] and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). NTA will be an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the country.
The Major Changes with the Introduction of NTA are:
- The NTA commence its operations from this year itself, So the upcoming JEE (Mains), NEET, UGC NET, CMAT and GPAT examinations will be conducted by NTA.
- The first exam under NTA regime will be UGC NET examination scheduled in December 2017.
- The JEE (Mains) NEET will now be conducted twice a year, instead of just once
- JEE (Mains) will be held in the months of January and April every year and NEET will be conducted in February and May
- All the exams under NTA will be computer based tests.
- There will be no changes in examination pattern, syllabus, languages or fee structure
- In case of JEE (Main) and NEET, the candidate can appear for both examinations, and the better score will be considered for admissions
- JEE Advanced will be conducted by IIT’s itself, which will be held once in a year
- The computer based tests will ensure maximum security and foolproof testing.
- Though the testing method is computer based, it will not be an online examination. The question papers will be downloaded to the local server in the testing center just before the examination, and then distributed locally. The answer sheets will be uploaded to the central server after the examination.
- Practice centres will be set up in rural areas to help students prepare for the examination
- The examination will be conducted on multiple days with different set of question papers, the candidate can choose the date for appearing the exam.