NEET, JEE to be held twice a year from 2019

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Nov 2017 09:01:28


Staff Reporter,

Now, tests to be conducted by NTA to reduce burden of CBSE

Nowadays, students have to score well in entrance tests to get admission to various professional courses. Many times they fail to score marks that would make them get admission to top colleges. In such cases, students take a drop and prepare for the next year. There are cases of students who go into depression. To avoid this, Government of India has taken an initiative under which these tests, now, will be held twice a year from academic year 2019.

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared a proposal for creation of a National Testing Agency (NTA), to conduct entrance tests which are at present being conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

Under the NTA, the entrance examinations will be conducted in online mode at least twice a year, thereby giving adequate opportunity to candidates to bring out their best, said a statement. In order to serve the requirements of the rural students, it would locate the centres at sub-district and district level and as far as possible would undertake hands-on training to the students.

The sole purpose of the NTA was to relieve CBSE from its duties of conducting entrance examination so as to focus on improving the quality of higher education in country. With NTA, it is likely that entrance examinations like JEE Main, NEET, NET, CTET and entrance test for Jawahar Navodya Vidyalas, presently conducted by CBSE, would be conducted twice a year from 2019 onwards.

An official statement said the NTA will be created as a Society registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act, 1860, and as an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organisation to conduct entrance examinations for higher educational institutions. The NTA would initially conduct those entrance examinations which are currently being conducted by the CBSE. Other examinations will be taken up gradually by the NTA.

Apart from Class 10 and 12 board exams, CBSE conducts five other tests which include Joint Engineering Entrance (JEE), NEET, UGC’s National Eligibility Test (twice a year), Central Teacher Eligibility Test (twice a year) and the entrance test for Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas.

The CBSE had last year approached the HRD Ministry expressing its inability to conduct the exam due to capacity crunch as it was overburdened with other tests such as the JEE-MAIN and NEET for under- graduate engineering and medical courses.

The NTA will be chaired by an eminent educationist appointed by Human Resources Development Ministry, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will be the Director General, to be appointed by the Government and there will be a Board of Governors comprising members from user institutions. The Director General of this body will be assisted by nine verticals headed by academicians and experts. The NTA will be given a one-time grant of Rs 25 crore from the central government to start its operation in the first year. Thereafter, it is to be financially self-sustainable.