NEET To Be Conducted Twice By National Testing Agency (NTA) from 2019 Onwards

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The Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister, Mr. PrakashJavadekar declared on 7th July 2018 that the newly formed National Testing Agency will now conduct the national-level examinations NEET, JEE (Mains). The exams were conducted by The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) till now.

This may have big implications for those who are preparing for NEET for the next year and for those who have already written this exam before as the pattern of the exam may see a complete overhaul from next year and the previous years’ question papers will be of no use now.

With the declaration of NTA, there will be a few changes in the exam pattern from the next year, i.e. 2019. Here’s all you need to know about NEET 2019:

  • When will the NEET Exam conducted? NEET will now be conducted twice a year from 2019 in the month of February and May. Earlier, it was conducted once in a year.
  • Can NEET Applicants appear in both the tests? The applicants can appear both the times in NEET and the bestof the two scores will be considered in account for admission. According to reports, the new exam body will take into consideration the variation in difficulty levels in the two tests by using special standardization techniques while determining the final score.
  • Will NEET Exam be computerized or written?
    Exams conducted by the NTA will be computer-based. NTA will soon announce a list of its computer centers. From the last week of August, students can go to these centers to practice for the exams.
  • What remains the same?
    “The syllabus, question formats, language and fees would not be changed for any of the exams,” said the HRD Minister.
  • All you need to know about NTA
    1. NTA will be entrenched as a Society registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act, 1860.
    2. The NTA would work as an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for higher educational institutions.
    3. It will be chaired by an educationist appointed by the Human Resource Development Ministry.
    4. To serve the requirements of the rural students, NTA would locate the centers at sub-district level and as far as possible would undertake hands-on training exercise for the students.