Earlier last week, Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, introduced significant changes to how the JEE (engineering) and NEET (medical) exams would be scheduled and taken by students. The changes are expected to be implemented from 2019.
Here are eight things you need to know:
1) Students will now have two shots each at cracking JEE and NEET exams. JEE Mains for entrance into the IITs will be held twice, and the same goes for NEET. The best of both scores will be accepted as the candidate’s final result. Also, it isn’t mandatory for students to write both. They can choose either one.
2) Submission of online forms for JEE will begin on September 1 and go on till September 30. Examinations, meanwhile, will be held between January 6, 2019, and January 20 across eight different sittings, of which candidates can choose one. Results for the same will be declared in the first week of February.
Meanwhile, the submission for online application forms for the second phases of JEE Mains will begin from the second week of February 2019. Exams, meanwhile, will be held between April 7, 2019, and April 21, 2019, once again across eight different sittings. Final results will be out in the first week of May 2019.
3) Submission of online forms for NEET (UG) will begin from October 1 to October 31. Exams, meanwhile, will be held from February 3, 2019, to January 17, 2019, across eight different sittings. Candidates can once again choose when to appear among these dates. Results will be out in the first week of March 2019.
For the second phases of NEET (UG), meanwhile, candidates can submit online application forms from the second week of May 2019. Examinations for the same will be held from May 12 to Ma6 26, 2019 once again across different sittings. Results will be out in the first week of June.
Mind you; these are all tentative dates. The NTA could change them so look out for further notifications or circulars.
4) All examinations will be conducted online, and not offline. According to a press release by the MHRD, ” All these examinations will use highly secured IT software and encryption to ensure delivery of tests just in time. This will ensure no leakages and other malpractices.”
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5) These examinations will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), except the JEE Advanced exam, which the IITs will continue to host. The NTA is an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organisation to conduct entrance examinations for higher educational institutions in India.
6) There will be no changes in the question paper or syllabus.
7) “All tests would be set in a scientific manner with the test items developed jointly by the subject matter experts and psychometricians. Before developing the 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 examinations as mentioned earlier will be held in existing number of languages,” says the press release issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
8) There has been no increase in the exam fees currently being charged.