JEE (Main) and NEET (UG) will be conducted twice from next session

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NewDelhi : After scrapping UGC, the central government today announced a major reform in the management of the national level entrance examinations. The newly formed National Testing Agency (NTA) has started its work and will be conducting various entrance examinations for higher educational Institutions from next academic sessions onwards. Also the JEE (Main) and NEET (UG) will be conducted twice before admissions in the next academic session.

Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javdekar said that the NTA will bring qualitative difference in the examination process by its focus on research and scientific test design using services of Experts, Researchers, Statisticians, Psychometricians, Test Item Writers and Education Specialists. The item writers would be trained to ensure that the quality of questions is as per the test design. The experts, statisticians and item writers/subject matter experts are already identified for being inducted into NTA. The new system will be student friendly, fair , transparent and flexible, the Minister added.

National Testing Agency (NTA) was approved by the Union Cabinet in November 2017 as an Autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for higher educational Institutions.

The Minister highlighted that for the first time in the history of competitive examinations, the JEE (Main) and NEET (UG) will be conducted twice before admissions in the next academic session. This gives a choice to the students especially if they fail to appear in a test due to unwarranted circumstances. He also informed that the syllabus and the pattern of question paper would remain the same and there will be NO increase in the exam fees currently being charged. He also informed that the examinations for all candidates will be conducted in computer based mode only (Starting from next exam UGC-NET exam).

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