JEE, NEET likely to get revised curriculum and conducted twice a year. Here is how NTA may help lakhs of students and what all changes can be expected in JEE and NEET examinations.
Earlier last week, Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, introduced significant changes to how the JEE (engineering) and NEET (medical) exams would be scheduled and taken by students. The changes are expected to be implemented from 2019.
The HRD Ministry is of the opinion that taking away the extra burden would leave CBSE with some space to focus on improving the quality of education and innovating curriculum. As such, the NTA was proposed and approved. The question that is raised, however, is how the NTA would help the students. The most apparent benefit of NTA would be the conduct of JEE Main and NEET examinations twice a year in an online format. The twice a year model for chief entrance examinations would help students to accordingly pace their studies and most importantly give them an additional opportunity to appear without wasting their year.
JEE (Main) in Jan 2019 and April 2019: tentative schedule
A. Jan 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)
Declaration of results: First week of May 2019
NEET (UG) in Feb 2019 and May 2019
A. 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.
1. Javadekar said the National Eligibility Test (NET) would be conducted in December, the JEE (Mains) would be conducted in January and April, and NEET would be held in February and May.
2. All these exams would be computer-based and that students can practice at home or at authorised computer centres free of cost. The details of such centres would be announced soon.
3. NTA will establish a network of test practice centres for students of rural areas so that everyone will have an opportunity to practice before the exam.
4. Schools/engineering colleges with computer centres would be identified and kept open on Saturday/Sunday starting from 3rd week of August. Any student can use the facility free of charge.
5. Each exam will be conducted on four to five dates.
6. Syllabus, question format, language and fees won’t change.
7. Candidates can also appear for JEE (Mains) twice or just once.
8. These exams will use highly secured IT software and encryption to ensure delivery of tests just in time. This will ensure no leakages and other malpractices.
9. All the above mentioned examinations will be held in existing number of languages.
10. There will be no changes in the question paper or syllabus.
National Testing Agency (NTA) was approved by the Union Cabinet in November 2017 as an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for higher educational institutions.
The agency will hire experts, researchers, statisticians, psychometric experts and education specialists to bring ‘qualitative difference’ in the examination process. Special ‘test item writers’ will also be on board. The item writers would be trained to ensure that the quality of questions is according to the test design. The experts, statisticians and item writers/subject matter experts are already identified for being inducted into NTA.