The National Level Medical/Engineering exams like NEET and JEE are hitting the headlines again.
In an interesting turn of events, The Centre has conveyed to the Loksabha, that keeping in mind interests of the aspirants, the medical entrance examination NEET and the engineering entrance examination JEE might be conducted twice a year to give an opportunity to the students to bring out their best performance.
In response to a written question in the Lower House of Parliament, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD) Upendra Kushwaha said, “The Centre is setting up a National Testing Agency (NTA), an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organisation, to conduct the entrance exams for the higher educational institutions. The NTA will initially conduct those entrance exams which are held by the CBSE. The exams will be conducted online at least twice a year, thereby giving an adequate opportunity to the candidates to bring out their best,”
The introduction of NTA is expected to benefit about 40 lakh students appearing in various entrance examinations. In addition, It will relieve CBSE, AICTE, and other agencies from the responsibility of conducting these entrance examinations.
With time, it seems, the NTA will bring in high reliability, standardized difficulty level for assessing the aptitude, intelligence and problem-solving abilities of the students, thus ensuring the advancement of the current standards of education and examination.
This step of conducting NEET and JEE twice a year may be in response to the plea submitted by CBSE, through which they had earlier conveyed their inhibitions to the HRD ministry about conducting the exams in future, saying they are overburdened with the massive exercise.
The CBSE currently conducts both NEET- for admission to medical colleges and JEE- for admission to engineering colleges.
Whether this is a welcome move of conducting NEET and JEE twice a year or leads to increased difficulties in the examination process, only time will tell.