JEE, NEET to be held twice a year ?
Government has announced to set up a National Testing Agency (NTA) to conduct NEET and JEE, the national level medical and engineering entrance exam twice a year. Upendra Kushwaha, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD), informed through a written response to Lok Sabha, “The Government has decided to set up a National Testing Agency (NTA) as a Society registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act, 1860, and as an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organization to conduct all entrance examinations for higher educational institutions.”
This move is to aid aspirants by providing adequate opportunities to them. The examination will be conducted in the online mode for all the NEET and JEE aspirants. Not only this, to aid the rural students, Government would locate the centres at sub-district/district level and as far as possible would undertake hands-on training to the candidates. Initially, NTA would conduct those entrance examinations which are currently being held by CBSE. As soon as NTA is fully functional and geared up, it will take other examination on board as well, gradually.
With NTA coming into being, CBSE, AICTE will be quite relaxed since most of its burden will be shifted to NTA. Moreover, aspirants will be given two attempts to qualify the exam and would get a chance to improve their scores.
In November 2017, Union Cabinet which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved the formation of NTA. The NTA which was in the plans since it was mentioned in the budget speech 2017 -18 is now on its way to becoming a reality. However, when the body will start functioning is not yet clear. It is reported that Government will infuse one-time grant of Rs.25 crores to NTA to start its operations.
The benefit this newly proposed organization will actually bring to students, and organizations alike can’t be foreseen now but can certainly be guaranteed.