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Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and National Eligibilty Cum Entrance Test (NEET) are two of the most popular and foremost entrance exams for admission to Engineering and Medical colleges respectively. Since their inception the formats of the exams have remained unchanged but from 2019 certain changes are proposed in the format of the exams. Changes in JEE pattern is the main focus of this article.

National Test Agency (NTA) which will take over the CBSE board from 2019 has proposed the changes. Apart from Class 10 and 12 board exams, CBSE conducts five other tests which include Joint Engineering Entrance (JEE), NEET, UGC’s National Eligibility Test (twice a year), Central Teacher Eligibility Test (twice a year) and the entrance test for Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas. Under the NTA, the entrance examinations will be conducted in online mode at least twice a year, thereby giving adequate opportunity to candidates to bring out their best.

The changes in NEET and JEE pattern proposed are :

  1. Both JEE main and NEET will be conducted twice a year.
  2. Both the exams will be conducted online.

The first change will have the most profound impact on the aspirants.  The exact details of the changes are not yet out and will become clear once government lays down the rules clearly.

The second change will ensure uniformity among all the aspirants. It will ensure that errors are minimises during the process of conducting the exam as well as during the correction.

Coming to the first change, the students can leverage it to their maximum benefit. With the exams being conducted twice a year students can plan their preparations accordingly. They will have the liberty to give the exam when they are most prepared. This will eliminate the need for students to take a drop year to attempt the exam again next year for a better performance.

The students should make appropriate changes to their studying schedule according to the first change. They should plan out their board exam preparation so as to not hamper their entrance exam preparations. As they are being given a choice of when to take their exam the students must carefully utilize this choice.

Every subject will have it’s own difficult and easy topics. The students must segregate their topics according to their preferred slot of the exam date and work on them accordingly. This flexibility must be used to it’s maximum extent.

The students must scheduled their exams accordingly so as there are no clashes with their board exams and also with no other entrance exams which they wish to write. Thus the pressure of writing back to back exams will be not on them. They will be able to peacefully write their exams.

Another slight advantage for the second slot test givers will be that  they will have a slight idea of how the exam will be based upon the experiences of the people who wrote the exam in the first slot. They will also have a mock paper to practice and solving mocks is a sure shot way to achieve high marks in the exam.

Thus the students can turn the table in their favour when the new changes in NEET and JEE pattern are implemented.

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