NTA Test Practice Centers for JEE aspirants

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    National Testing Agency (NTA) is in charge of conducting JEE Main 2020. The national level examination will be conducted twice a year (January and April) in online (computer-based) mode. The January session is scheduled from January 6 – 11, 2020.

    Latest: Form Correction facility for JEE Main 2020 January Session is available now. Candidate can make changes till October 20, 2019 Check Here 

    Around 4000 Schools / Engineering colleges have been set up as Test Practice Centers (TPCs). The TPCs have been in operation since September 1, 2019 and can be utilized on all saturdays/sundays. The registration for TPCs is open at the official website of NTA. Check Free Online Video Lectures for JEE Main 2020 aspirants by IIT Faculty 

    Earlier, there was an option to appear for JEE Main in offline mode as well. But, this year, candidates must take the test via online mode only. A lot of candidates especially from rural areas might not be aware of the computer system. In order to avoid such a problem, NTA has established a network of test practice centers  to ensure that candidates get familiar to functionalities of the computer-based test through mock tests. CheckNTA Official Notification for JEE Main TPCs

    NTA Test Practice Center 2020 Details 

    NTA JEE Main 2020 Test Practice Centres Important Dates 
    Registration for NTA JEE Main 2019 Test practice centres starts on September 1, 2019 
    Test Practice Centres will operate on 

    September 8, 2019 onwards 


    (2:30 pm – 5:30 pm) 


    (11:00 am – 2:00 pm)

    (2:30 pm – 5:30 pm) 

    • Students can register themselves from anywhere in the country, either through the official NTA Website ( or through the ‘NTA Student’ App available on the playstore. They can avail of a TPC option nearest to their location. 
    • Candidates are notified about the TPC that has been alloted to them one day before the practice date via sms. In the TPC that has been assigned to them, they can practice and gain more awareness about how to actually take a computerized based test. 
    • Candidates can practice through the mock tests that are available for individuals preparing for JEE (Main) so that they can get familiar with the login process, the detailed test instructions, screen navigation, and edition and submission of questions. 

    Institute registration to function as TPC 

    The following are minimum infrastructual facilities required from an institute / school / college: 

    • 30 computers and more with necessary software 
    • Local Area Netword (LAN) or internet at all PCs with about 1 Mbps bandwidth
    • Power backup for at least 30 minutes of working 
    • Labs / Rooms for TPC 
    • Necessary Furniture 
    • Necessary manpower for ensuring uninterrupted working of all units 

    Institutions with the required infrastructure can register at NTA Website (

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    Set to conduct a total five entrance tests including Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), National Eligibility Entrance Test –Undergraduate (NEET-UG), University Grants Commission-National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET), Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) and Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) in 2020, the NTA, in a press release dated July 7, 2018, announced its plans that have been designed to bring about qualitative difference in the entrance examination process. The highlights of the announcement are:

    • JEE Main to be conducted twice a year in computer based mode.
    • As per the latest updates, NEET UG will be conducted once a year in pen-paper mode. Know more
    • The tests will be conducted in multiple slots/settings and candidates will be able to choose a convenient date from the examination schedule.
    • Scores across settings will be equated using standardization techniques.
    • To secure delivery of tests, advanced encryption software will be deployed.
    • Testing will adopt a scientific approach with subject matter experts and psychometric specialists coming together to design test papers.
    • A network of 3000 practice centres in rural areas will be set up to acquaint candidates of the online examination system.

    Reason Behind JEE Twice a year and Other Details

    JEE (Main), for the first time since the entrances’ introduction, will be conducted biannually 2019 onwards. The intention behind conducting the examinations twice before the start of admissions for the next academic session is to provide aspirants with a choice as well as a way of relieving the performance pressure. As a result of such an initiative, students will now get adequate opportunity to showcase their best efforts and reducing the stress of getting a single chance a year to choose one’s career path.

    NTA, however, clarified that it is not mandatory to appear for both the tests. The scores collated from the test will be equated using psychometric tools and standardization techniques.  The best of the scores will be used for admission purposes.

    NTA will conduct all the tests in multiple sittings and a candidate will be able to choose a convenient date from the examination schedule. Scores of multiple sittings will be normalized to arrive at the final score.

    In order to circumvent logistical and security issues, NTA is deploying advanced encryption software that promises to deliver the tests just in time. This change in the delivery system will reduce chances of question paper leakages and other such malpractices.

    NTA is taking on board subject matter experts and psychometric specialists in order to develop a thoroughly scientific testing system. The afore-mentioned specialists will be responsible to develop the testing material, viz., the question papers.

    Despite all the changes that NTA is attempting to bring about in the national entrance test scenario in India, it has promised simultaneously that no immediate alterations will be made in the syllabus, question pattern, examination languages or examination fees. This indeed, is a huge relief to the student community.



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