New Delhi, July 7: Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday announced that JEE Mains and NEET — the two national level engineering and medical entrance examinations — will be held twice a year from 2019 by a newly-formed National Testing Agency (NTA). The NTA was approved by the Union Cabinet in November 2017 as an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organisation to conduct entrance examinations for higher educational institutions to bring in major reforms in the examination system.
JEE Main exams will be held in January and April while NEET will be held twice in February and May, Javadekar told reporters. The nodal agency responsible for JEE Main and NEET examinations was the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Javadekar said apart from Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main and National Eligibility cum Entrance Examination (NEET), NTA would also conduct National Eligibility Test (NET), Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) and Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) exams. The minister said there would be no change in the syllabus, neither would the exam cost more than what it did earlier. (IANS)