National Testing Agency and the examinations ahead

National Testing Agency and the examinations ahead
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 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 syllabus and the pattern of question paper would remain the
same.
There will be NO increase in the exam fees currently being charged.
Features of exams to be conducted by NTA:
i) 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.
ii) This will give more chances to students thereby giving
adequate opportunity to bring out his/her best and reducing stress
which develops due to single exam conducted on one single day
in the year. However, sitting in both the tests will not be
compulsory. The two tests (each for JEE (Main) & NEET (UG))
will be equated using psychometric methods, standardisation
techniques and best of the equated scores will be used for the
admissions.
iii) The examinations for all candidates will be conducted in online
(computer based) mode only. (starting from next exam UGCNET
exam)
iv) All the tests ( UGC- NET ( December), JEE (Main) & NEET (UG))
will be conducted in multiple sittings and a candidate will have
an option of dates to choose from. Scores of different
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candidates in multiple sittings will also be equated using
standardisation techniques.
v) These examinations will use highly secured IT software and
encryption to ensure delivery of tests just in time. This will ensure
no leakages and other malpractices.
vi) NTA will establish a network of test practice centres for
students of rural areas so that everyone will have an opportunity
to practice before the exam. Schools/engineering colleges with
computer centres would be identified and kept open on
Saturday/Sunday starting from 3rd week of August. Any
student can use the facility free of charge.
vii) All tests would be set in a scientific manner with the test items
developed jointly by the subject matter experts and
psychometricians. Before developing the question papers, the
item writers for the exams will be given feedback on the
functioning of the previous years’ items so that they are able to
make test items which are more valid and reliable. All the above
mentioned examinations will be held in existing number of
languages.

Exams and tentative schedule

In order to allow adequate time for preparing for the exams, the tentative
schedule for exams is being declared well in advance:
1. UGC-NET in Dec 2018: (tentative schedule)

Online submission of application forms 01.09.2018 to 30.09.2018
Dates of examination 02.12.2018 to 16.12.2018
(two shifts per day on
Saturdays and Sundays)
Declaration of results Last week of January 2019

2. JEE (Main) in Jan 2019 and April 2019: tentative schedule

A. Jan 2019 Exam

Online submission of
application forms
01.09.2018 to 30.09.2018
Dates of examination Between 06.01.2019 to 20.01.2019
(8 different sittings, and candidate
can choose any one)
Declaration of results First week of Feb 2019

B. April 2019 Exam

Online submission of
application forms
Second week of Feb 2019
Dates of examination Between 07.04.2019 to 21.04.2019
(8 different sittings, and candidate
can choose any one)
Declaration of results First week of May 2019

3. NEET (UG) in Feb 2019 and May 2019

A. Feb 2019 Exam

Online submission of
application forms
01.10.2018 to 31.10.2018
Dates of examination Between 03.02.2019 to
17.02.2019 (8 different
sittings, and candidate can
choose any one)
Declaration of results First week of Mar 2019

B. May 2019 Exam

Online submission of
application forms
Second week of Mar 2019
Dates of examination Between 12.05.2019 to
26.05.2019 (8 different
sittings, and candidate can
choose any one)
Declaration of results First week of June 2019

4. CMAT & GPAT in Jan 2019

Online submission of
application forms
22.10.2018 to 15.12.2018
Dates of examination 27.01.2019
Declaration of results First week of Feb 2019
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