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NTA to open up Test Practice Centers for JEE aspirants

Last Updated - August 23, 2018

National Testing Agency (NTA) is in charge of conducting JEE Main from 2019 onwards. 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 – 20 in eight sittings. The last date to apply online at nta.ac.in is September 30. Register Now

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 (approx. 2000 centers) to ensure that candidates get familiar to functionalities of the computer-based test through mock tests. CheckNTA Official Notification for JEE Main TPCs

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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 2019, 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.

About Computer Practice Centers for JEE

JEE Main aspirants had the option to take exam in online as well as in offline mode till the current year. However, as per statistics, most candidates preferred opting for the offline test rather than taking the exam in the online mode. So, this complete switch from offline to online has come as a shocker to aspirants, who are mostly not acquainted to computer-based testing techniques.

In order to ease the shock and discomfort of career-defining crucial examination in an unfamiliar mode, NTA has decided to open 3000 computer practice centres, mostly in the rural areas, across the country. The purpose of these practice centres is to provide candidates with adequate opportunity to practice taking a computer-based test in an appropriate environment. Expected to be set up by the 3rd week of August 2018, these centres will provide the following:                          

  • A mobile app will be launched to help them locate and register for a center.
  • The centers will function on weekends only i.e. Saturdays and Sundays.
  • A one-hour session each for the practice of computer-based tests akin to JEE-Main.
  • Facilities of educational institutes with ready computer labs in primarily rural areas will be used as the practice centres by the NTA.
  • The entire procedure and practice will be free of cost.

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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