There has been news in last few months that the entrance examinations like JEE and NEET will be conducted twice a year from 2019, in online mode, by a new examination body i.e. NTA (National Testing Agency). Is it really happening?
Note : There is nothing official as of now. [As per a RTI reply in April this year, HRD ministry said that NTA is “likely” or “expected” to conduct entrance examinations that has been conducted by CBSE so far, from 2019.]
Through this post we are trying to answer queries of many JEE/NEET aspirants who are getting anxious about the news of changes in JEE and NEET pattern.
From which year NTA will start conducting IIT JEE and NEET, twice a year?
Currently it’s in planning phase, MHRD along with newly formed NTA are working on how it can be implemented. There is no year or academic session they informed, when this new examination system would start.
For IIT JEE aspirants : JEE Advanced is unlikely to come under NTA. So it will be either JEE Main or Common Engineering Test (if started) which would be conducted twice a year.
How NEET and JEE would be conducted two times in a year?
The conducting of the examination twice a year is not something new. SAT, on a global level, is conducted multiple times during the year. For JEE and NEET, the best of two approach can be applied, where you attempt the exam twice and your best score among the two will be considered for the rankings.
According to sources, the government wants to give candidates more opportunities in a year. It would look like : If an aspirant able to clear the exam on 1st attempt, well done! Relax, enjoy, and wait for admission. If not (or want to improve score), he/she can go for the 2nd attempt.
Number of seats can remain unaffected. The new examination system would not interfere the admission/counselling schedule.
Overall it can be a big change in how JEE or NEET aspirants prepare for the exam. Most would try to clear the exam in first attempt, means early syllabus completion. If they miss out, then they need to improve, study and practice hard for the next attempt.
Keep in mind that NAT (National Aptitude Test), supposed to be conducted twice a year, was rejected by MHRD in 2016. So don’t make any changes to your JEE or NEET preparation strategy and schedule, as of now.
If you are JEE/NEET 2019 or later aspirant, keep your preparation going as per existing plan, suggested by your teachers. (Bookmark this post for any new updates on the changes in JEE or NEET exam pattern).
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