With the formation of a new testing body, competitive exams like the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) and the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) may be held twice a year, starting this December.
The primary goal is to give more chances to the lakhs of students who appear these tests each year.
The National Testing Agency will begin by taking over such exams conducted by CBSE.
What’s this new body about?
The Cabinet approved the NTA, an autonomous body, in November. It will eventually take over the responsibility of conducting exams like NET, CTET and more.
The current exam organizers, including CBSE, AICTE, IITs and IIMs, will be able to focus on improving their own quality of education.
NTA has received a one-time grant of Rs. 25cr; it will become self-sustainable after that.
How will the NTA help students?
For one, the twice-a-year exam model will reduce burden on the 40L students who appear the entrance exams every year; many tend to waste an additional year or more to reappear exams, which currently take place once yearly right after Class 12 finals.
It is also expected to bring about a standardized difficulty level; state board students often face hardship clearing the CBSE-themed paper.
Source : newsbytesapp
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