The cabinet had approved the creation of National Testing Agency (NTA) on November 2017. Since then, there were widespread reports on when and how NTA will start conducting the exams. Well, the air was cleared on July 07, 2018, when Prakash Javadekar confirmed the formation of NTA and the JEE Main 2019 Exam dates in a press conference. Thus, now all the confusions come to an end. We are now clear that NTA will conduct JEE Main 2019 twice and in Online mode only. The first exam will be in the month of January 2019 and the second one will be in the month of April 2019. The official website of NTA is also live now, at nta.ac.in.
Read all about NTA, the changes in JEE Main 2019, what you should be prepared for and all the frequently asked questions on NTA JEE Main 2019.
What is National Testing Agency (NTA)?
National Testing Agency is a society, registered as an autonomous self-sustained premier testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for higher educational institutions. This body is going to take over the 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, GPAT and CMAT. Thus from 2019 onwards, NTA will be conducting all the aforementioned 5 exams. Slowly it will take charge of other CBSE held exams as well.
The press information bureau which publishes all government issued notices, released the notice below on November 10, 2017.
NTA approved by Union Cabinet
What are the Changes made by NTA in JEE Main 2019?
In the press conference, Mr Prakash Javadekar has made the announcements regarding the following points:
- JEE Main 2019 will then be held twice a year (January and April).
- The exam will be completely online.
- A candidate may choose to appear in any one exam in a year or both the exams in a year.
- The best marks out of both the exam will be used for preparing the admission list/AIR.
- The announcement of the exam centres will be made as early as possible.
- Candidates will be able to take the practice tests by visiting the centers from August-end or September start.
- There will be no change in the syllabus, exam pattern, languages of the question papers and examination fees.
FAQs on NTA JEE Main 2019
Here are the most frequently asked questions on NTA JEE Main 2019. Thus, we have compiled them here. If you cannot see your concern below, do comment and we will definitely revert back!
1Q: I am giving jee for the third time. So I wanted to know, can I give the exam in April 2019 also, or my last attempt will be of January 2019? (Most Common)
A: Well, in the press conference this point was not clarified. But going by the logic, you should be able to give both the exam. This is because admission will be done based on the best scores out of the two exams. It is like having 2 chances to perform better. Therefore, logically we say it must be counted as 1 attempt and not 2. We advise you to wait for the information brochure which will be released along with the Application Form on September 01, 2018.
2Q: Is there any change in the 75% criteria, or 20 percentile criteria?
A: No, it is clear on the official website of NTA, nta.ac.in, that these criteria remain the same.
3Q: Will JEE Main 2019 be conducted in online mode only?
Conclusion on NTA to conduct JEE Main 2019
The conclusion is that students should continue with their preparations as per the old pattern and syllabus. Ultimately the exam pattern will require you to answer MCQs on physics, chemistry, mathematics only. Just make sure you are friendly with mouse and keyboard operations. 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.
All the very best friends!!
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