The Joint Entrance Examination (Main) [JEE Main] and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test [NEET] will now be conducted twice a year by National Testing Agency (NTA) from next year i.e. 2019 instead of just once, Union Minister of Human Resource Development(HRD) Prakash Javadekar said on Saturday, 7th July 2018.
JEE Main is conducted to get admission into Undergraduate Engineering Programs at NITs, IIITs, Other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions – Institutions funded by participating State Governments. The Paper-1 (B. E./B. Tech.) of JEE (Main) is also an eligibility test for the JEE (Advanced), which the candidate has to take if he/she is aspiring for admission to the undergraduate programmes offered by the IITs while NEET is conducted for admission to MBBS/BDS Courses in India in Medical/Dental Colleges run with the approval of Medical Council of India/Dental Council of India under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India except for the institutions established through an Act of Parliament i.e. AIIMS and JIPMER Puducherry.
Students now won’t have to wait a year to improve their ranks. JEE (Main) will be held in January and April. If student is not happy with the January test, he/she can take another chance in April. Candidates will be eligible for taking these examinations both times a year and their better score will be considered for admission. NEET (medical entrance test) will be held in February and May.
The IITs will continue to conduct the JEE (Advanced), however, and this is likely to be held just once a year. Mr Javadekar also announced that the National Testing Agency (NTA) would take over the conduct of these examinations, taking away a significant burden from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which conducted JEE Main, NEET and board examinations. The NTA will start conducting the JEE (Mains), NEET, UGC NET, CMAT and GPAT examinations from this year itself, with all examinations in online mode. The exams would be held over a span of four-five days and students would have the option of choosing the dates.
The move seems positive and students are indeed happy as their chance to score higher and therefore bag a better seat in a premier institution stands doubled.
Calling the decision a “student-friendly” move overlooks the fact that, in all probability, most of the students will take the exams twice. Who knows, you may get a better score next time! Also, there are many who prepare for both engineering and medical entrances.
Students will have the flexibility to choose a convenient date and there will be various sets of questions.
MHRD minister Prakash Javadekar also said that practice centres will be set up in engineering colleges for students who don’t have access to computers at their homes. From August, they will be able to practise free of cost.
The syllabus, question formats, language and fees for the exams would not be changed, he said.
The time table of the exams to be conducted by NTA would be uploaded on the ministry’s website.