Our Finance Minister in the budget speech of 2017-18 announced the setting up of a national body which shall be responsible for conducting national-level entrance exam. National Testing Agency (NTA) was approved by Union Cabinet last year in November in order to relieve CBSE, AICTE, etc. of their exam conducting duties.
NTA Conduct NEET and Joint Entrance Exam
These exams include the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). Where JEE is conducted to enroll students in various engineering and architecture courses, NEET offers admissions to MBBS and BDS programs in medical colleges all across the country. Some of the other exams that NTA shall be responsible to conduct include CTET, GATE, GPAT, GMAT, CAT, UGC NET 2019.
To begin its operation in the first year, the Government allocated a fund of Rs. 25 Crores. The agency will cater to 40 lakh students who will be appearing for various entrance exams. It is believed that NTA will conduct these prestigious nationwide examinations online and that too twice a year.
Over the years these popular entrance tests were conducted only once in a year. The reason behind conducting these exams twice a year is to bring relief to students who usually face undue pressure. Students will now have better chances to perform. Furthermore, NTA would work as an autonomous & self-sustained premier testing organization to conduct these entrance exams.
Question Bank Prepared by Experienced subject matter experts
The agency will have subject matter experts and IT professionals who will be responsible to create question bank to be used in exams. The examinations will be completely online to avoid any kind of glitch and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) shall be compiled by NTA. Moreover, it will standardize the difficulty level which students are often seen complaining about.
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