The National Testing Agency or NTA is set to replace CBSE as the examination authority for competitive exams like JEE Main and NEET. The newly established agency will also conduct UGC NET, CMAT and GPAT, which were earlier conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). CBSE had been conducting NEET on behalf of the Medical Council of India and the Health ministry and the NET on behalf of the University Grants Commission. The JEE Main was conducted by the central board on behalf of the Human Resource and Development ministry.
It has been a long-standing demand of the Central Board of Secondary Education to be relieved from the duties of these competitive exams so that it may conduct its school related duties without facing a dearth in capacity.
Both JEE and NEET will be conducted twice, starting next year. JEE will be conducted in January and April, while NEET will be conducted in February and May.
Here is a brief timeline for the same:
|February 2019 Exam|
|Online submission of application forms||01.09.2018 to 30.09.2018|
|Dates of examination||Between 06.01.2019 to 20.01.2019 (8 different sittings, and candidate can choose any one)|
|Declaration of results||First week of Feb 2019|
|B. April 2019 Exam|
|Online submission of application forms||Second week of Feb 2019|
|Dates of examination||Between 07.04.2019 to 21.04.2019|
|(8 different sittings, and candidate can choose any one)|
|Feb 2019 Exam|
|Online submission of application forms||01.10.2018 to 31.10.2018|
|Dates of examination||Between 03.02.2019 to 17.02.2019 (8 different sittings, and candidate can choose any one)|
|Declaration of results||First week of Mar 2019|
|B. May 2019 Exam|
|Online submission of application forms||Second week of Mar 2019|
|Dates of examination||Between 12.05.2019 to 26.05.2019 (8 different sittings, and candidate can choose any one)|
|Declaration of results||First week of June 2019|
According to the HRD ministry, students can appear for the NEET both the times in the same year. The ministry hopes this will help candidates stay motivated for the exam, and remain hopeful for the second chance, if the first does not go as expected. The best of the two scores would be taken in account for admission.
JEE Advanced will continue to be conducted by the IIT branches as before.
It is hoped that these exams, conducted by NTA will bring in a qualitative difference in the exams, since its focus will primarily be on research and scientific test design using services of experts, researchers, statisticians, psychometricians, test-item writers and education specialists. The new exams are planned in a way that makes the system leak-proof, student-friendly, fair, transparent and flexible.
The tests will be computer-based and span over a period of four-five days. Candidates will be given enough scope to practise for these exams in allotted computer centres. The syllabus, question formats, language and fees for the NEET and JEE Main are to remain unchanged.
Check out the ministry’s website for more information on NTA. Stay tuned to this space for more updates on competitive exams in India, and more.