The JEE Main and NEET examinations will be held twice a year by NTA (National Testing Agency) in an online format, as per recent news updates. NTA will be established as an independent, self-reliant and autonomous premier testing organization which shall sustain all its operational and administrative expenses by the fee paid by the 40 lakh students appearing for the exam. Several Governments have proposed this in the past but later on, decided not to proceed with such an agency. The Government will provide an initial grant of 25 crores for NTA to start the operation whereby the 'twice a year model' for important exams like JEE and NEET will give students an additional opportunity of taking the exam without wasting another year. In the meanwhile, the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) will focus on improving their curriculum and quality of education.
This rule is not only going to give students more time to prepare better for these National level competitive exams, but also give them time to perform better and upgrade their scores to get into their dream colleges across India. The Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD) Upendra Kushwaha said, “The NTA will initially conduct those entrance exams which are held by the CBSE. The exams will be conducted online at least twice a year, thereby giving an adequate opportunity to the candidates to bring out their best.”
The resources for NTA which was proposed this year at the Union Budget 2017 will be better employed and aligned to create more uniformity among the preparing candidates. This will help students from state boards to ace these entrances because of less disparity in the present curriculum which follows the CBSE syllabus of class 11th and 12th.
The location for the exam centers shall also serve the requirements of rural students as it said to be located at the sub-district and district levels. The Director-General of NTA will be assisted by nine verticals headed by academicians and experts.