National Testing Agency: What You Need To Know About NTA And The Examinations Ahead

By Sashikanth Yechuri

Human Resource Development Ministry is making back-to-back changes in the education system. After announcing the replacement of the apex higher education regulator body, University Grants Commission (UGC), with Higher Education Commission of India (HECI), the HRD ministry has topped the headlines one more time. It has announced that it'll be conducting NEET and JEE twice in a rolling year.

A couple of days ago, Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Human Resources Development, has announced that the government has decided to conduct the most important academic entrance examinations, such as Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), twice a year. It also mentioned that the National Testing Agency (NTA) is vested with the authority to conduct the examinations. Let's explore the NTA in detail with FAQs.

All About National Testing Agency (NTA)

What Is National Testing Agency (NTA)?

National Testing Agency (NTA), which is an autonomous and self-sustained testing organisation, was approved by the government of India in 2017. It was established with an aim to bring a qualitative difference in the examination process.

Is There Any Change In The Syllabus And Examination Pattern?

According to the official announcement, the syllabus and examination pattern will remain the same.

Why Is The Exam Conducted Twice?

The HRD Ministry has decided to conduct the examination twice because it will provide more chances to students, thereby, giving adequate opportunity to bring out best and keep stress at bay. However, there is no compulsion for students to sit for both the examinations.

What About JEE Advanced?

As mentioned above, JEE will be conducted twice a year. However, JEE Advanced will be conducted only once and IITs will be hosting the examination.

How Are The JEE And NEET Exams Conducted?

According to the HRD minister, both JEE (Main) and NEET will be conducted online from the next rolling year.

Can Candidates Select Their Date Of Exam?

The HRD Minister has announced that a candidate will be provided with the option to choose the dates of examination.

Tentative Schedule For UGC-NET Examination In Dec 2018

  • Online submission of application forms: Sep 1 to 30, 2018
  • Dates of the examination: Dec 2 to 16, 2018
  • Declaration of the results: Last week of January 2019

Tentative Schedule For JEE (Main) Examination In Jan And Apr 2019

JEE (Main) January 2019

  • Online submission of application forms: Sep 1 to 30, 2018
  • Dates of the examination: Jan 6 to 20, 2019 (8 different sittings, and candidates can choose any one)
  • Declaration of the results: First week of February 2019

JEE (Main) April 2019

  • Online submission of the application forms: Second week of February 2019
  • Dates of the examination: Apr 7 to 21, 2019 (8 different sittings, and candidates can choose any one)
  • Declaration of the results: Last week of January 2019

Tentative Schedule For NEET (UG) Examination In Feb And May 2019

NEET February 2019

  • Online submission of the application forms: Oct 1 to 31, 2018
  • Dates of the examination: Feb 2 to 17, 2019 (8 different sittings, and candidates can choose any one)
  • Declaration of the results: First week of Mar 2019

NEET May 2019

  • Online submission of the application forms: Second week of Mar 2019
  • Dates of the examination: May 12 to 26, 2019 (8 different sittings, and candidates can choose any one)
  • Declaration of the results: First week of June 2019

Tentative Schedule For CMAT & GPAT Examinations In Jan 2019

  • Online submission of the application forms: Oct 22 to Dec 15 2019
  • Dates of the examination: Jan 27, 2019
  • Declaration of the results: First week of Feb 2019

Also Read: Why Does Modi Government Want To Replace UGC With Higher Education Commission Of India (HECI)?

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