Life doesn’t always give you a second chance. But, according to the latest announcement by the HRD Ministry of India, the aspirants of NEET and JEE Main can appear for these competitive exams twice a year, from 2019. And, what’s more, the best of both scores will be taken into consideration, during the admission process.
According to reports, these exams will now be conducted by the newly formed National Testing Agency (NTA). The NTA, approved by the government in 2017, is an autonomous body which will now be responsible for conducting the majority of entrance examinations to higher institutes of learning. The agency will be taking over from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the AICTE, who were earlier responsible for conducting these examinations.
So, what does this new schedule mean for your teen hoping to crack either of these entrance tests? Here are some of the top facts you should know:
Top 10 facts you must know
- Aspirants for JEE Main, conducted by the NTA, can now appear for the examination twice a year – in January and April. The details of the examination will be soon announced by the organisers.
- The NTA will conduct NEET entrance tests in February and May. The details of the examination will be soon announced by the organisers.
- HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, in a statement, said that the best of the two scores will be considered during the admission of the candidate. This means, if your child either failed to appear for the first examination or didn’t perform as per his expectations, he has the option to better his scores in the second test. However, it is not compulsory for a student to appear for both exams, if he’s satisfied with his first attempt.
- The NTA plans to make sure these tests are on a par with international standards. Also, the HRD Ministry aims to make these exams ‘leak-proof’ under this system. In a report, Javadekar was quoted as saying, "There will be no issues of leakage and it would be more student-friendly, open, scientific and a leak-proof system."
- The NTA aims to raise the standards of the examination process by focussing on research and using a scientific test design recommended by experts and specialists.
- Students planning to crack these exams can practise for these tests online, by the end of August. A few schools and engineering colleges, which will soon be identified, will remain open during the weekends, so students can use the computer centres at these institutions to practise for the exam.
- The NTA would also set up test practice centres in rural areas, so that everyone has an opportunity to practise for the entrance examinations.
- The exams for NEET and JEE Main will be held over a span of four to five days and the students can choose the exam dates as per their convenience.
- The difficultly level of the exam will be the same across both papers. Specialised standardisation techniques will be used to determine the concluding score.
- Other details like the syllabus, format of the question paper, language and fees for JEE Main and NEET will remain unchanged. The time table for the examinations will be uploaded on the official government website.
NEET and JEE Main 2019 Exam Schedule
NEET 2019 February Exam
- Online submission of application forms: From 1 October 2018 to 31 October 2018
- Examination dates: From 3 February 2019 to 17 February 2019
- Results: The first week of March 2019
- Online submission of application forms: From 1 November 2018 to 30 November 2018
- Examination dates: 5 May 2019
- Results: 5 June 2019
JEE Main 2019 January Exam
- Online submission of application forms: 1 September 2018 to 30 September 2018
- Examination dates: 6 January 2019 to 20 January 2019
- Results: 31 January 2019
JEE Main 2019 April Exam
- Online submission of application forms: From 8 February 2019 to 7 March 2019
- Examination dates: From 6 April 2019 to 20 April 2019
- Results: 30 April 2019
Share these facts with your child and help him prepare for the entrance tests in advance.
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