The national medical entrance exam- NEET, and engineering entrance exam- JEE Main, might be conducted twice a year by the upcoming National Testing Agency (NTA) to give an opportunity for the students to bring out their best performance, the government told Lok Sabha on Monday (18th December 2017). The twice a year model for chief entrance examinations would also help students to pace their studies and most importantly give them an additional opportunity to appear without wasting their year.
Both the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to medical colleges and the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for admission to National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and other centrally funded technical institutions is held by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
Union minister of state for human resource development (HRD) Upendra Kushwaha said, in response to a written question in the Lower House of Parliament, the Center was setting up a National Testing Agency (NTA) , an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organization, to conduct the entrance exams for the higher educational institutions, on the lines of the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in the United States.
“The NTA will initially conduct those entrance examinations which are currently being conducted by the CBSE. Other examinations will be taken up gradually after the NTA is fully geared up. 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,” minister of state for Human Resource Development, Upendra Kushwaha, told the Lok Sabha.