National Testing Agency will now conduct all entrance exams done by CBSE from 2018
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) approved the Union cabinet’s proposal of having a separate National Testing Agency (NTA) that will handle all entrance tests that get managed by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) currently.
As per the latest updates, CBSE will only be responsible for conducting board examinations for class 10 and 12. The other five CBSE entrance examinations like the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET), University Grants Commission (UGC), Joint Engineering Entrance (JEE), National Eligibility Test (NET), tests of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas and Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) will now be handed over to the NTA that will take complete charge of conducting them.
Here are some important changes related to National Testing Agency you need to know about:
- The Government has given a fund of 25 crore to NTA for getting started with the operation in the first year. The agency will become self-sustainable from its second year.
- The exams will take place online and will most probably be conducted twice a year. As of now, entrance exams like JEE Main or NEET UG get conducted only once a year. UGC NET used to be conducted twice a year but from this year, CBSE has declared that NET will also be conducted once a year. The idea of having entrance exams twice a year will certainly provide relief to students who face undue pressure especially for exams like JEE and NEET that are conducted after the board exams immediately.
- NTA will make sure that all the exams have a uniform difficulty level.
- This decision will benefit over 4 million students who want admission in reputed colleges in India.
- Students who are from rural and semi-urban areas will now have the privilege of selecting centres at their nearby sub-districts.
- The agency will work as an autonomous body and have an educationist as a chairman who will be appointed by the MHRD.
- NTA will now be a society registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act, 1860.
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