The National Testing Agency or NTA is an independent organization initiated by the Government of India. The National Testing Agency has been approved by the Union Council of Ministers. The NTA was formed in November 2017 to find eligible applicants for higher educational programmes in reputed institutions all over India. The National Testing Agency is responsible for conducting various national level entrance exams, that ensures admission to professional, as well as non-professional courses across the country.

The entrance exams that are conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) include the following:

  • Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main)
  • National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG)
  • National Eligibility Test (UGC NET)
  • National Eligibility Test (CSIR NET)
  • Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)
  • Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT)
  • Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Entrance Exam (IIFT)
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University Entrance Exam (JNUEE)
  • IGNOU PhD and OPENMAT (MBA) Entrance Examination
  • ICAR All India Entrance Examination for Admission (ICAR AIEEA)
  • National Council for Hotel Management Joint Entrance Examination (NCHMCT JEE)
  • Delhi University Entrance Test (DUET)

NTA NEET Exam

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET UG) is conducted every year for admissions into medical courses in all government, as well as the government recognized institutes in India. The NEET-UG entrance exam is conducted once every year by the National Testing Agency. Only those candidates who are appearing or have completed class 12 from a state or central recognized board are eligible for the exam. The exam has multiple-choice questions (MCQ), with questions from the class 11 and 12 syllabuses of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. This year, under section 14 of the National Medical Commission Act, 2019, admissions to undergraduate medical programmes in institutes like JIPMER, AIIMS Delhi, and all the AIIMS institutions will be through NEET-UG. The following is the list of major medical courses that come under NEET-UG:

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
  • Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
  • Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS)
  • Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yoga Sciences (BNYS)
  • Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS)
  • Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery (BSMS)
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc and AH)
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm)
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (B.P.T)

NTA UGC NET & CSIR NET Exams

The UGC NET exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency on behalf of the University Grants Commission. The UGC NET exam is conducted for admission for Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor in Indian Universities. The National Testing Agency conducts UGC-NET entrance examination for 81 different subjects. The UGC NET examination is conducted twice a year. The NTA conducts UGC-NET examination online mode as a computer-based test (CBT). Only those candidates who have cleared a masters degree or equivalent from a recognized university are eligible for the exam.

The National Testing Agency conducts the National Eligibility Test (NET) on behalf of the CSIR (The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research), as well. Online applications for CSIR NET are invited twice a year. The NTA conducts CSIR NET examination in the online mode as a computer-based test (CBT). The examination is offered only for the following subjects listed below:

  • Chemical Sciences
  • Earth Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences

NTA Joint Entrance Exams (JEE)

The National Testing Agency conducts the JEE Main entrance examination for admissions to various NITs, IITs and Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTI). The entrance exam mainly covers topics from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. The exam is conducted as multiple-choice questions, with questions from the prescribed subjects. Only those candidates who have cleared or appeared for the class 12 exams or equivalent from a state or central recognized board are eligible for the JEE Mains entrance exam. The JEE Mains entrance exam is conducted in both online mode and offline mode. The JEE Mains will serve as the eligibility criteria for the JEE Advanced exam. The minimum eligible marks for JEE Mains is different for different categories and courses. The participating institutions include 24 IITs, 32 NITs, 18 Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), 19 other Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTI). JEE Mains has 2 papers- Paper 1 and Paper 2. Admission to the following subjects are offered through JEE Mains :

  • Bachelor of Engineering/ Bachelor of Technology (B.E / B.Tech)
  • Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch)
  • Bachelor of Planning (B.Plan)

NTA CMAT Exam

The National Testing Agency conducts the Common Management Admission Test or CMAT exam every year for admission to PG and PG diploma courses. The CMAT exam is an All India exam, with centres across 75 cities, and can be attempted multiple numbers of times. The CMAT scores are accepted by all participating institutions for admissions into the respective management programmes approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The exam is conducted in online mode as a computer-based test (CBT). The CMAT exam is conducted only once a year, usually in the last week of January or the first week of February.

The questions for the CMAT examination are multiple-choice questions (MCQ). Only those candidates with a bachelor's degree from a recognized university or candidates currently appearing for the final year of the undergraduate programme are eligible to attend the CMAT exam. Admission to the programmes is based on the All India merit list.

NTA GPAT Exam

The GPAT exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency every year for admissions to M.Pharm or equivalent courses in reputed institutions across India. The GPAT scores are accepted by 800 participating institutions that are recognized by the AICTE. The candidates who have a bachelor's degree in Pharmacy or equivalent from a recognized university are eligible to attend the GPAT exam. Those candidates in the final year of the bachelor’s programme or equivalent are also considered eligible. The exam is conducted in online mode, as a computer-based test. The GPAT exam grants supporting financial resources like scholarships for students to complete their post-graduate education. Admission, as well as financial assistance, is strictly based on the rank secured in the GPAT examination. There is no age restriction to attend the GPAT examination.

NTA IIFT Entrance Exam

The National Testing Agency conducts the IIFT exam every year. The exam is conducted all over India for admission to MBA International Business course offered by Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada. Candidates holding a bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized university are eligible to attend the IIFT exam. Candidates currently enrolled in the final year of bachelor’s programme are also considered eligible. The mode of examination is online, as a Computer Based Test. The question for The IIFT exam is a multiple-choice questions (MCQ) paper. The medium of IIFT examination is English.

NTA JNUEE Exam

The National Testing Agency conducts the JNUEE exam every year for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Jawaharlal Nehru University. The mode of the examination is online. Eligibility criteria are different for different programmes. For PG courses, all applying candidates should have a bachelor's degree from a recognized university. Through the NTA JNUEE examination candidates can secure admission in the following schools listed below:

  • School of International Studies (SIS)
  • School of Life Sciences (SLS)
  • School of Environmental Sciences (SES)
  • School of Social Sciences (SSS)
  • School of Physical Sciences (SPS)
  • School of Computer & Systems Sciences (SC&SS)
  • School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies (SL)
  • School of Computational and Integrative Sciences (SC&IS)
  • School of Arts & Aesthetics (SAA)
  • School of Biotechnology (SBT)
  • Centre for Sanskrit Studies (CSS)
  • Centre for Molecular Medicine (CMM)
  • Centre for the Study of Law & Governance (CLG)
  • Centre for Nano Sciences (CNS)

NTA IGNOU B.Ed, Ph.D and OPENMAT (MBA) Entrance Exams

The National Testing Agency is responsible for conducting the IGNOU B.Ed, IGNOU Ph.D and IGNOU OPENMAT exams. The IGNOU PhD entrance eligibility norm is that the applying candidates should have a masters’ degree or equivalent from a recognized university. The IGNOU PhD application fee is INR 1000 for General category and INR 800 for other categories. The written exam will be followed by a personal interview and only those candidates qualifying both the phases are eligible for admission. The NTA conducts IGNOU PhD entrance exam across all major cities in the country. The number of seats and intake for different programmes may vary. IGNOU PhD exams are conducted for admitting students to the following PhD programmes:

  • PhD in Anthropology
  • PhD in Economics
  • PhD in Library and Information Science
  • PhD in Political Science
  • PhD in Psychology
  • PhD in Public Administration
  • PhD in Sociology
  • PhD in Biochemistry
  • PhD in Chemistry
  • PhD in Geography
  • PhD in Geology
  • PhD in Statistics
  • PhD in Food and Nutritional Science
  • PhD in Home Science
  • PhD in Commerce
  • PhD in Management
  • PhD in Education
  • PhD in Gender and Development Studies
  • PhD in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • PhD in Dairy Science and Technology
  • PhD in Development Studies
  • PhD in Computer Science
  • PhD in Law
  • PhD in Nursing
  • PhD in Social Work
  • PhD in Translation Studies
  • PhD in Vocational Education and Training
  • PhD in French

The NTA conducts OPENMAT exam for admission to MBA or PGDM programmes. The exam is conducted twice every year. The NTA OPENMAT exam is in online mode, as a Computer Based Test. The exam is generally three hours and is offered across nearly 100 cities in India. All candidates appearing for the OPENMAT exam should have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.

NTA ICAR AIEEA Exam

The National Testing Agency conducts the ICAR AIEEA exam every year. The all India exam is conducted to find eligible applicants for undergraduate agriculture and animal husbandry programmes. All candidates applying for the exam should have passed 12th from a state or central recognized board. Candidates currently enrolled in 12th std are also eligible. The NTA conducts the ICAR AIEEA exam in online mode as a Computer Based Test. Candidates qualifying the ICAR AIEEA can apply to 71 agricultural universities and 102 ICAR institutes across the country. Bachelor’s degree programmes include the following subjects mentioned below:

  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Fisheries
  • Forestry
  • Home science
  • Sericulture
  • Food Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Dairy Technology
  • Agricultural Marketing and Co-operation

NTA NCHM JEE Exam

The National Council for Hotel Management Joint Entrance Examination (NCHMCT JEE) is conducted by the National Testing Agency to provide admission to hospitality and hotel management. The exam is conducted only once every year. The mode of examination is online and the medium of exam will be English and Hindi. The NCHM JEE exam is conducted across the country in nearly 90 test centres. The NCHM JEE is accepted by 71 institutions including 21 central IHMs, 25 state IHMs, 24 private IHMs and 13 food craft institutes.

NTA DUET Exam

The National Testing Agency conducts Delhi University Entrance Test once every year. The DUET exam is a national level exam. The exam is conducted in online mode as a Computer based test. The DUET exam is a 2 hours exam that is accepted by nearly 45 colleges for admitting eligible students to undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses. The NTA conducts DUET exam across India in three shifts in 101 centres in 18 major cities.



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