- A number of critical entrance examinations will now be held in a computerised format
- NEET and JEE will be held twice-a-year
- The National Testing Agency will conduct the examinations
In an announcement with massive ramifications for Engineering and Medical college aspirants, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday announced that a number of prominent entrance examinations, particularly the JEE and NEET, will henceforth be held twice a year and in a computerised format.
Javadekar held a news briefing to announce that the National Testing Agency will conduct the following examinations and that they will be computer-based:
- NEET (National Eligibility and Entrance Test) for students who want to pursue MBBS or BDS degrees in government or private medical colleges and dental colleges
- JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) - for students who want to pursue Engineering at a number of colleges in India, including the IITs (which also require the JEE-Advanced) and NITs
- UGC NET - for determining eligibility for Masters degree or for JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) at government universities
- CMAT - for admission to a number of management institutes across the country
- A number of other examinations
Additionally, the JEE and NEET exams will be conducted twice-a-year:
- NEET will be conducted in February and in May
- JEE Main will be conducted twice a year in January and April and a student can appear in either or both exams with the best result to be considered.
All of the exams mentioned above will be computer-based and will be conducted on 4-5 dates. Students will be able to select a date that is convenient to them and pick a testing centre of their choice. The initiative will also avoid leakage of question paper and the rigging of exams, Javadekar said, adding that the National Technical Agency has started work in this regard.