National Testing Agency (NTA) Exams
Govind Kumar, 07 Jul 2018

NTA Exams - National Testing Agency commonly referred as NTA has been setup by Government of India for conducting national level entrance examinations for determining the eligibility and competency of candidates for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in engineering, medical, teachers, lecturers, and school like Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV). National Testing Agency -NTA is approved by the Union Cabinet in November 2017 as an Autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organization to conduct entrance examinations like JEE Main, NEET, UGC NET, CMAT and GPAT.

 

NTA exams will benefit about 40 lakh students appearing in various entrance examinations like JEE Main, NEET, UGC NET, CMAT and GPAT. The NTA will relieve CBSE, AICTE and other agencies from responsibility of conducting these entrance examinations, and also bring in high reliability, standardized difficulty level for assessing the aptitude, intelligence and problem solving abilities of the students.

 

What is NTA - National Testing Agency

  • The National Testing Agency (NTA) would initially conduct those entrance examinations which are currently being conducted by the CBSE
  • Other examinations will be taken up gradually after NTA is fully geared up.
  • 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
  • In order to serve the requirements of the rural students, it would locate the centers at sub-district/district level and as far as possible would undertake hands-on training to the students

NTA Exams - What exam will NTA Conduct

 

The Government of India has decided that National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct NEET, JEE Main, UGC NET, CMAT, GPAT. As per the notification NTA will be conducting a total of 5 national level examination. The details of NTA Exams are mentioned below.

  1. Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main)
  2. National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET)
  3. National Eligibility Test (NET)
  4. Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)
  5. Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT)

How will (National Testing Agency) NTA Functions:

 

The proposal for a NTA was shared in the annual budget session of 2017-18. The NTA will be created as a society registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act, 1860, and as an autonomous and self-sustaining premier testing organization to conduct entrance exam for higher educational institutes. It will comprise an eminent educationist appointed by the ministry of human resource development as the chairman, a CEO who will be the director general and appointed by the Centre, and a board of governors including members from user institutions.

  • NTA will be chaired by Vineet Joshi (former CBSE Chairperson) appointed by MHRD
  • The CEO will be the Director General to be appointed by the Government
  • There will be a Board of Governors comprising members from user institutions
  • The Director General will be assisted by 9 verticals headed by academicians/ experts

How (National Testing Agency) NTA Exams will be different:

 

The NTA will bring qualitative difference in the examination process by its focus on research and scientific test design using services of Experts, Researchers, Statisticians, Psychometricians, Test Item Writers and Education Specialists. The item writers would be trained to ensure that the quality of questions is as per the test design. The experts, statisticians and item writers/subject matter experts are already identified for being inducted into NTA.

 

The syllabus and the pattern of question paper would remain the same and there will be no increase in the exam fees currently being charged.

 

National Testing Agency (NTA) Exams and its features

  • For the first time in the history of competitive examinations, the JEE Main and NEET UG will be conducted twice before admissions in the next academic session. This gives a choice to the students to take exam as per their preparation level and convenience which will give chances to students to bring out his/her best and reducing stress which develops due to single exam conducted on one single day in the year. However, sitting in both the tests will not be compulsory. The two tests each for JEE Main & NEET UG will be equated using psychometric methods, standardisation techniques and best of the equated scores will be used for the admissions
  • The examinations for all candidates will be conducted in online (computer based) mode only and it will start from next exam of UGC NET exam
  • All the NTA Exams like UGC NET (December), JEE (Main) & NEET (UG) will be conducted in multiple sessions and a candidate will have an option of dates to choose from. And scores of different candidates in multiple sittings will also be equated using standardisation techniques.
  • The NTA Exam will use highly secured IT software and encryption to ensure delivery of tests just in time. This will ensure no leakages and other malpractices of NTA exams
  • 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.
  • All NTA exams questions paper will be set in a scientific manner with the test items developed jointly by the subject matter experts and psychometricians. Before developing the NTA exams question papers, the item writers for the exams will be given feedback on the functioning of the previous years’ items so that they are able to make test items which are more valid and reliable.
  • All the NTA exams will be held in existing number of languages

Exams Dates According to NTA

 

In order to allow adequate time for preparing for the exams, the tentative schedule for exams is being declared well in advance:


NTA JEE Main January 2019 Exam Dates

Online submission of application forms

September 1 to 30, 2018

Dates of examination

January 06 to 20, 2019 

(8 different sittings, and candidate can choose any one)

Declaration of result

First week of February, 2019

 NTA JEE Main April 2019 Exam Dates

Online submission of application forms

Second week of February, 2019

Dates of examination

April 7 to 21, 2019

(8 different sittings, and candidate can choose any one)

Declaration of result

First week of May, 2019

NTA NEET UG Feb 2019

Online submission of application forms

October 1 to 31, 2018

Dates of examination

February 3 to 17, 2019  (8 different sittings, and candidate can choose any one)

Declaration of result

First week of March, 2019

 NTA NEET UG May 2019

Online submission of application forms

Second week of March, 2019

Dates of examination

May 12 to 26, 2019 (8 different sittings, and candidate can choose any one)

Declaration of result

First week of June, 2019

NTA UGC NET in Dec 2018

Online submission of application forms

September 1 to 30, 2018

Dates of examination

December 2 to 16, 2018 (two shifts per day on Saturdays and Sundays)

Declaration of result

Last week of January, 2019

NTA CMAT Jan 2019

Online submission of application forms

October 22 to December 15, 2018

Dates of examination

January 27, 2019

Declaration of result

First week of February, 2019

 NTA GPAT in Jan 2019

Online submission of application forms

October 22 to December 15, 2018

Dates of examination

January 27, 2019

Declaration of result

First week of February, 2019

 

 

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