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To the happiness and benefit of the students, the government is planning to conduct NEET and JEE Mains again in December 2018. And if implemented, both the exams will be conducted twice every year hence. While the exams for session 2018-19 were held earlier this year and the results have been declared, the government is planning to conduct NEET and JEE Mains again in December 2018 for the academic year 2019.

NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test); which is for admission in the medical courses, and JEE (Joint Entrance Examination); which gets one into Engineering courses, are without a doubt, among the most important examinations in India. Earlier, CBSE used to conduct both of these examinations. However, in the budget speech of 2017-18, the Finance Ministers had announced a national body which will be responsible for conducting all higher level examinations. NTA (National Testing Agency) thus, came into existence and is now responsible for conducting the higher level examinations. It will function as an autonomous body chaired by an educationist as appointed by MHRD. Consequently, CBSE will not be conducting JEE Mains and NEET anymore and NTA will take over both these examinations.

Following the creation of NTA, Last year, Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) informed the Lok Sabha that NEET and JEE Mains might be conducted twice. “The exams will be conducted online at least twice a year, thereby giving an adequate opportunity to the candidates to bring out their best,” Kushwaha had said.

In December 2017, IIT Kanpur was given the responsibility to conduct the first leg of exams as apparently scheduled in December 2018. “IIT Kanpur has already been assigned the task of setting up the agency and they have started with forming a team of subject experts in various fields and technical experts to design the question papers. The agency will be able to conduct the first examination in December next year,” a senior official said in November last year.

If implemented this will be very beneficiary for the students who often get rushed between preparing for board examinations and the competitive examination both occurring around the same time.  NEET is usually conducted in the month and May and JEE Mains in the month of April. With Board examinations scheduled during March-April, it breaks the flow in preparation for a below average student. NTA will also be responsible for standardization of question pattern and thus be fair to students from all the boards. Currently, NEET is criticized for giving an extra edge to CBSE students which is unfair to the students from different boards. It is also expected that NTA will work towards conflicts about varying levels of difficulty in different sets of question paper.

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