This year, many aspirants could not make the proper grade, some wanted to improve their ranks, but their next opportunity would have come a year later. This became a history as the government announced on Saturday that from 2019, aspirants will be able to sit twice a year for JEE and NEET exams which will be conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency). An aspirant can appear for JEE Main every year in January and April and for NEET in February and May for academic sessions starting from August of a particular year. This will give a chance to the aspirant to choose either of the months to appear for the engineering or medical entrance test or to re-appear for the test if, didn’t score well earlier.
The exams will be organized by recently formed National Testing Agency (NTA), which will take care of variation in tough levels in two tests in both the courses by using specialized standardization techniques while determining the final scores. Marks gained in JEE Main will help to get admissions to the National Institutes of Technology, Indian Institutes of Information Technology and other government aided institutes that altogether offer 24,000 engineering seats. High JEE Main scores are a benchmark for IIT aspirants, who later can appear for JEE Advanced Tests. NEET, on the other hand, regulate admissions to around 60,000 medical seats.
“All entrance exams which were conducted by CBSE, such as UGC-NET, JEE Main, and NEET, will now be conducted by NTA”, Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar confirmed on Saturday. These exams will be computer-based tests. NTA will start with University Grants Commission’s National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) for college and university teachers, from December 2018 and from 2019, NTA will start conducting the Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) and Common Management Admission Test (CMAT).
Standardization of scores is required from two sittings i.e. January and April 2019 of JEE Main and February and May of NEET. Both the exams will be for a single admission process i.e. for admissions of August 2019. Tests will be equated using psychometric methods, standardization techniques and the best of the equated ranks will be used for admissions in case of variation in difficulty levels.
NTA will start providing sample computer-based tests from August 2018 through various centres and free tests downloads for candidates to know the pattern of the new system. Aspirants can Practice Mock Tests by downloading Top Mock Test App. Ministry has assured that syllabus will be the same and no cost increase will be there in application forms.
NTA will soon provide the list of computer centres. Some will get doubled as the practice centres free of cost for students not having personal computers. According to Minister Prakash Javadekar, this will ensure exams are leak-proof, of global standards and are more convenient for candidates as this will be computer-based and will provide a faster declaration of results.