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In a rather abrupt manner, Mr. Prakash Javadekar, the Honorable Union Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD), Government of India, has confirmed that Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main and National Eligibility cum Entrance Examination (NEET) tests will be conducted twice every year from 2019. NTA (National Testing Agency) will be the new organizing authority for these exams. Moreover, the exams will be conducted completely in completely online mode and no option of offline exam will be available.
The cabinet had given its approval for formation of NTA on 10th November, 2017 as per the notification published by Press Release Bureau of India. It was also widely speculated that JEE Main 2018 will be conducted by NTA. Besides these two examinations, NTA is also set to organize the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT), National Eligibility Test (NET), and Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) entrance examinations going forward.
Even after several reports published by popular newspapers and online portals, no official intimation came from either CBSE or MHRD, Government of India. However, after Prakash Javadekar’s proclamation on July 07, there is no doubt that NTA is the new organizing body.
One definite advantage of the new model for students is that their best scores from either of their attempts would be used to shortlist for seat allocation and counselling process. The Honorable Education Minister made the revelation during a press meet held at New Delhi on July 07, 2018.
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The Honorable Minister stated in the press conference – “The exams will be more secure and at par with international norms. There will be no issues of leakage and it would be more student friendly, open, scientific and a leak-proof system”
He also added, “The NTA would benefit the students and they would have the option of going to computer centers from August-end to practice for the exams. The tests would be computer-based.”
Test Practice Centers are introduced by NTA to allow aspirants to get comfortable with the computer-based test. In these practice centers, aspirants can learn how to mark the answer, go back to the previous question, re-submit an answer, etc.
Despite numerous changes, JEE Main syllabus and NEET syllabus will remain the same. You need to prepare your NCERT books for class 11th and 12th in order to score well in the exam. You must prepare Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics concepts by heart as majority of the exam is asked from these sections.
The earlier facility where aspirants could chose the slot according to their convenience will no longer be available. However, you can make upto 3 preferences for exam cities during the application process. NTA will allot the exam centers randomly through a computer-based system. Both the exams will be conducted in multiple slots on various dates, seeing the large number of aspirants.