An engineering aspirant has to work really hard to get admission in a good college. For some, the preparations begin in class 11th, and believe it or not, many starts preparing from class 9th. In this situation, a student’s main aim has to be preparation, in which, knowing the exam pattern and syllabus do play a major role. Thus, it brings us to the question “Will NTA conduct JEE Main 2019? If yes, what will be the changes?”
Now why this question arises is because last year the cabinet approved the formation of NTA.
What is NTA?
National Testing Agency is a society, registered as an autonomous self-sustained premier testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for higher educational institutions.
NTA is the National Testing Agency. This body is going to take over conduct of exams from CBSE. So NTA is going to hold all the exams which CBSE has been holding now including JEE Main, NEET, UGC NET, CTET, JNV.
But from when?
The press information bureau which publishes all government issued notices, only released the notice below on November 10, 2017.
NTA approved by Union Cabinet
As can be seen, the concerned government process for formation of NTA is underway. But any definite timeline for it has not been given.
From when will NTA conduct JEE Main? 2019 or 2020?
Only the government can answer this question. Specifically, the Ministry of Human Resource Department (MHRD) that looks after smooth functioning of education related matters in India will have to decide or set processes in motion to get things in deadline. But right now they have not given any indication as to whether JEE Main 2019 will be conducted by CBSE or NTA.
In the opinion of subject matter experts, there are very high chances that NTA JEE Main 2019 will take place. That is because the government had been trying for a long time to get a thumbs up for NTA, and now that they have it, there should not be too much delay in it.
Another reason why they thing NTA will hold JEE Main 2019 is that CBSE has been conveying to the government for long that it is not able to hold so many exams. The JEE Main itself has over 10 lakh takers. NEET also has an equal number. So a separate body has long been a requirement for conduct of JEE Main.
Now that grants and processes are in place so there are high chances that JEE Main 2019 be conducted by NTA.
What will happen if NTA conducts JEE Main 2019?
A lot of changes will be implemented if NTA conducts JEE Main 2019. Here are a few.
- JEE Main 2019 will then be held twice a year.
- Exam will be completely online.
- There will be more centres for conduct of exam.
Pros and cons of NTA conducting JEE Main 2019/JEE Main 2020
Honestly, any change in exam pattern or type causes much confusion. A few years ago when NEET replaced AIPMT, students were thrown into utter chaos. The last minute changes in plans is not conducive for preparation. Also, there have been several cases of mishaps whenever changes takes place. In the year 2016, NEET had to be conducted twice. In fact NEET has always been surrounded by controversies.
JEE Main is a critical exam for over a million students. Let us look at pros and cons is NTA conducts JEE Main 2019.
Pros: To start with, the new body, National Testing Agency, will solely be dedicated towards conducting exam. So it might be better equipped to hold exams. Also, of exam is twice a year then maybe students can be more relaxed. Another pro could that more centres will enable rural students to get accessible centres.
Cons: Chaos is the first con. Students have been preparing for JEE Main 2019 for long. If suddenly the exam pattern is changed and so is the marking system, mode, and other things, then students might panic and be unable to do well. The first and second batches on which the change will be implemented could be chaotic.
Will eligibility criteria also change from JEE Main 2019?
No. There is no such news report which shows that eligibility criteria of JEE Main 2019 may change, whether or not NTA conducts it. So candidates planning to appear in the Joint Entrance Examination 2019 need not worry about that.
Now another huge question: Will NTA JEE Main 2019/ NTA JEE Main 2020 replace all other engineering entrance exams?
This is a very interesting question, and a rather impactful one. Currently there are dozens of engineering entrance exams in India. Some are at state level, some university level. Most of them are open to all students irrespective of domicile.
For a long time the government has wanted to have a single NEET like entrance exam for engineering. But even when NTA was announced, it did not say that it will replace all engineering entrance exams.
So candidates who are aiming for state level engineering entrance exams or university level engineering entrance exams, here is what you should do:
- Keep your preparations ongoing for the state level / university level engineering entrance exams.
- But also, prepare for JEE Main. So that if there is a single exam then also you can be prepared for it and do well in it.
Above all, do not panic. Keep yourself focused on preparations.
Conclusion on NTA to conduct JEE Main 2019 / JEE Main 2020
The conclusion is that students should continue with their preparations. You should focus on studying the concepts and being able to answer multiple choice questions.
It is likely that MHRD / CBSE / NTA will announced whether NTA will conduct JEE Main 2019 or CBSE, in the month of November 2018.
Ultimately any exam pattern will require you to answer MCQs on physics, chemistry, mathematics only. So if you can do well in the existing pattern, and CBSE only conducts JEE Main 2019, then also you will do well. And in the event that NTA conducts JEE Main 2019 then also you will do well.
It is very important at times like this to stay motivated and focused throughout. So surround yourself with people who have a positive influence on your life.
If at anytime you have any concern, feel free to ask us in comments below.