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Good news for all NEET, JEE aspirants: Students can appear twice a year and best of scores to be considered for admission

Addressing a press conference, Javadekar said the National Eligibility Test (NET) would be conducted in December, the JEE (Mains) would be conducted in January and April, and NEET would be held in February and May.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: July 07, 2018 16:46 IST ]
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In a good news for aspirants appearing for National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) and JEE (Mains), under the revised schedule, the candidates can now appear for the exam twice a year and the best score will be considered for admission.

Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday announced that the National Testing Agency would start conducting NEET, JEE (Mains) and NET entrance examinations from the upcoming academic session. The examinations are currently being organised by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

Addressing a press conference, Javadekar said the National Eligibility Test (NET) would be conducted in December, the JEE (Mains) would be conducted in January and April, and NEET would be held in February and May.

In a good news for aspirants appearing for National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) and JEE (Mains), under the revised schedule, the candidates can now appear for the exam twice a year and the best score will be considered for admission.

The Union minister added that all these exams would be computer-based and that students can practice at home or at authorised computer centres free of cost. The details of such centres would be announced soon. 

Javadekar said the syllabus, question format, language and fees won't change. Each exam will be conducted on four to five dates. 

He assured that the format would be immune to cheating and leaks since it’s computer-based. Reminded that the Class 10 exams, too, were computer-based but plagued by cheating scandals, Javadekar said the NTA module doesn’t allow screen-sharing.

“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,” a press release by the ministry said.

“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,” it added.

Here are the highlights of the announcement:

1. The National Eligibility Test (NET) would be conducted in December, the JEE (Mains) would be conducted in January and April, and NEET would be held in February and May.

2. All these exams would be computer-based and that students can practice at home or at authorised computer centres free of cost.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Each exam will be conducted on four to five dates.

6. Syllabus, question format, language and fees won't change.

7. Candidates can also appear for JEE (Mains) twice or just once.

8. The examinations will be conducted in online (computer based) mode only, beginning from next exam, which is UGC-NET.

9. These exams will use highly secured IT software and encryption to ensure delivery of tests just in time. This will ensure no leakages and other malpractices. 

The 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 agency will hire experts, researchers, statisticians, psychometricians and education specialists to bring 'qualitative difference' in the examination process. Special 'test item writers' will also be on board. The item writers would be trained to ensure that the quality of questions is according to the test design. The experts, statisticians and item writers/subject matter experts are already identified for being inducted into NTA.

Here are the details of various exams and their tentative schedule

1. UGC-NET in Dec 2018: tentative schedule

Online submission of application forms: September 1, 2018- September 30, 2018

Dates of examination:  December 2, 2018 to December 16, 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: September 1, 2018- September 30, 2018

Dates of examination: Between January 6, 2019 to January 20, 2019 (8 different sittings, and the 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 April 7, 2019 to April 21, 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: October 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018 

Dates of examination: Between February 3, 2019 to February 17, 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 May 12, 2019 to May 26, 2019 (8 different sittings, and candidate can choose any one)

Declaration of results: First week of June 2019

4. CMAT and GPAT in Jan 2019

Online submission of application forms: October 22, 2018 to December 15, 2018

Dates of examination: January 27, 2019

Declaration of results: First week of Feb 2019

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