NTA (National Testing Agency) is the newly formed body by centre to conduct JEE main and NEET online from next year, taking over the management of these exams from CBSE. Education minister, Prakash Javadekar confirmed all the confusions with the announcement, “NTA to conduct JEE-main 2019” in an official press conference on July 07 at New Delhi.
Changes to be Implemented with the Introduction of NTA
- Candidates can appear for JEE Main in online mode only, no option for pen and paper based test.
- Double the chance, more opportunity, NTA to conduct tests like JEE Main and NEET twice a year.
- The test will be held in 8 sittings giving aspiring candidates ample opportunity to pick the desirable slot for appearing.
- With JEE (main) taking place in January and April , students appearing for board exams will have more time to prepare for their entrance exam.
- According to the education minister, Javadekar, “…the best of the two scores will be taken into account for the result.” In case a student appears for both the attempts in the same year.
- NTA is going to conduct tests like UGC NET, NEET (UG), JEE MAIN, CMAT, GPAT etc, that were earlier handled by CBSE and AICTE.
- 3000 centres for JEE aspirants to train them for computer based examination, which will be functiona by the end of August, 2018.
- Normalization process will be adopted for the calculation of scores to have fair results.
Reactions from Students
All these changes have left the aspiring candidates anxious, dubious and confused. Every person has something to say about this change. Some students seemed happy and jovial while the others have not been able to grasp the situation completely.
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However, most students are happy with the fact that now they will be getting two chances to sit for the exam and that also in the same year. Such a decision gives them more opportunities to perform well.
“I am overjoyed. This is the most important examination of our lives and we are all working very hard to do well. But we all have bad days. The new reform has given me encouragement that all will not be lost if I do not get through in the first try,” Deepak Kumar exclaimed as covered by News18.
When some students were seen celebrating NTA’s decision, some students were seen asking practical questions like the number of attempts.
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Prince Singh, an aspiring candidate for 2019 NEET took twitter’s help to ask the education minister about the examination being conducted in 8 sittings and requested him for not doing so. His claim is that it will lead to chaos and confusion. The uniformity will be lost that is supposed to be the USP of such JEE MAIN and NEET.
Some of the students taking coaching from institutes like Akash and Fitjee are against the system. According to them, instead of simplifying the process, government is making it all the more complicated.
Students were seen questioning the govt. There seems to be no effort on the part of govt. to improve the student’s quality. The question of unemployment also got explored by some students. Will there be enough vacancies for more candidates? If not, there will be more students, less seats, which will lead to direct unemployment.
Reactions from Experts
Experts are dealing with the change positively as well as they believe this move is going to benefit the country’s education system and institutes with more efficient candidates.
The news covered by News18 saw Mr. RK Mishra, director and HOD of Physics at ‘The Guidance Classes’ in Kalu Sarai exclaiming, “It is a speaking good news for weaker students and the timing is also perfect. Earlier the JEE main entrance was held right after class 12 boards and thus students would often be divided between devoting time to boards and to JEE preparation. Now the exams are more easily timed and students can actually get some time to breathe.”
Tamil Nadu government is already against this change and leader of the opposition party exclaimed that, “The proposal to hold NEET online is a conspiracy to make medical education remain out of reach of rural students.”
Another big change is that JEE main will be online from the next session. The education minister personally tweeted about the advantage of such a system. He tweeted, “…it will make exams safe, leak proof, scientific and transparent”.
With the test being online, it will be more efficient with no wastage of paper and ink, it is easier to change your answer online, without putting in much effort.
- It will be difficult for students with no prior knowledge of computer system.
- Students with relatively less affluent financial background are going to suffer
- A student studying at a coaching institute in Kota exclaimed, “even now we have to go to cyber cafes to even fill the form because of lack of technological knowledge.”
The training centres will be functional from August. The big questions is whether NTA will be able to bridge this gap between urban and rural area students? Is it going to be fair for students coming from different financial and geographical backgrounds?
No matter who conducts the test and in whatever mode it is being conducted, the most important thing to ensure here is that the performance of not even a single candidate should be hampered, no excuses should be given on the part of the government or the new governing body regarding that.
The question whether NTA is the right choice or not will be answered shortly as January is not that far and lastly to all the candidates just do your best, study well, one can tackle any problem if the preparation done is up to the mark. All the best and let us all hope for the best.