National Testing Agency to hold JEE Main, NEET twice a year; NET, CMAT and GPAT also come under its purview

National Testing Agency to hold JEE Main, NEET twice a year; NET, CMAT and GPAT also come under its purview
Prabha Dhavala | Jul 7, 2018 - 3:45 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI JULY 7: The National Testing Agency (NTA) will take over from CBSE this year to conduct JEE Main, NEET (UG), NET, CMAT and GPAT as per the latest announcement in a press conference held by MHRD minister Prakash Javadekar. The minister  has also announced the dates for these exams that will be held twice a year.

National Testing Agency (NTA) was approved by the Union Cabinet in November 2017 to conduct entrance examinations for higher educational Institutions. The exam processes will be based on research and scientific test design using the services of Experts, Researchers, Statisticians, Psychometricians, Test Item Writers and Education Specialists who are being inducted into NTA.

Some salient features announced:

  • All the exams will be computer based.
  • The syllabus and the pattern of question paper as well as language of the exams would remain the same.
  • There will be NO increase in the exam fees currently being charged.
  • JEE (Main) and NEET (UG) will be conducted twice before admissions in the next academic session.
  • All the tests will be conducted in multiple sittings. Candidates will have an option to choose from multiple dates.
  • The scores will be equated using standardisation techniques considering the multiple dates of exams
  • Highly secured IT software and encryption will be used for the exams to ensure delivery of tests in time. This will ensure no leakages and other malpractices.

Benefits for students:

  • A network of test practice centres will be established so that everyone will have an opportunity to practice before the exam. These computer centres would be kept open on every Saturday/Sunday starting from 3rd week of August for use by students free of charge.
  • Students can appear one or both the times for the exams. The better of the two scores will be considered in such a case. It is not mandatory for students to sit for both the tests.

Tentative Dates of the various exams:

UGC-NET in Dec 2018: (tentative schedule)

Online submission of application forms

September 1 to 30, 2018

Dates of examination

December 2 to 16, 2018 (two shifts per day on Saturdays and Sundays)

Declaration of results

Last week of January 2019

 

JEE (Main) in Jan 2019 and April 2019: tentative schedule

A. JEE Main Jan 2019 Exam Schedule

Online submission of application forms

September 1 to 30, 2018

Dates of examination

January 6 to 20, 2019 (8 different sittings, and candidate can choose any one)

Declaration of results

First week of February, 2019

 

B. JEE Main April 2019 Exam Schedule

Online submission of application forms

Second week of February, 2019

Dates of examination

April 7 to 21, 2019 (8 different sittings, and candidate can choose any one)

Declaration of results

First week of May 2019

 

NEET (UG) in Feb 2019 and May 2019

A. NEET (UG) Feb 2019 Exam Schedule

Online submission of application forms

October 1 to 31, 2018

Dates of examination

February 3 to 17, 2019 (8 different sittings, and candidate can choose any one)

Declaration of results

First week of March, 2019

 

B. NEET (UG) May 2019 Exam Schedule

Online submission of application forms

Second week of March, 2019

Dates of examination

May 12 to 26, 2019 (8 different sittings, and candidate can choose any one)

Declaration of results

First week of June 2019

 

CMAT & GPAT Jan 2019 Exam Schedule

Online submission of application forms

October 22 to December 15, 2018

Dates of examination

January 27, 2019

Declaration of results

First week of February 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 


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