NTA JEE Main 2019 to give Two Chances in the Same Year
Joint Entrance Examination – JEE Main, the qualifying examination for admission to B.E. / B. Tech. & B. Arch. / B. Planning Courses in NITs, IIITs, and other CFTIs, will be conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) from 2019 onwards and is now NTA JEE Main. This Examination was being conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) till 2018. NTA established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development as a premier, specialist, autonomous and self-sustained testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for admission/fellowship in higher educational institutions has now been mandated to conduct Entrance Tests for JEE (Main), besides NEET (UG), UGC-NET, CMAT and GPAT examinations.
NTA JEE Main will be held in computer-based mode twice a year starting from January 2019, once in January and later in April with the intention that if the first test is missed by a candidate for some reason, the second can be taken, without having to wait for a year and as the exams are spread over four months this will give students a chance to fare better.
NTA JEE Main 2019 will be held tentatively only during weekends on January 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 and again from April 6 to 20.
NTA JEE Main will have complete sessions of the online test wherein all candidates will have to answer the same set of questions (as against other systems – where each candidate is served a different set of questions, randomly selected by a computer). Here the different sessions will, however, have different sets of questions, which may result in differences in the difficulty levels in the questions.
NTA will tackle this anomaly of differences in the difficulty levels in the questions by normalising a simple, effective and acceptable to all procedure that consists of computing the percentiles of candidates in each mark list, leading to preparation of percentile rank lists, all of which will be merged to yield a single percentile rank list. Ties will be resolved by standard methods.
Online Mock Test for NTA JEE Main 2019 has also been released on 8 September 2018 Candidates can even download the mock test and practice it offline.
NTA has established Test Practice Centres (TPCs) across the country in order to facilitate students of rural areas and others appearing in entrance examinations for Higher Education to hold practice sessions to enable them to get used to the changed mode and pattern of examination. Students get an opportunity to practice the Computer Based Test (CBT) before the exam. The TPCs will provide Mock Tests to the candidates of JEE (Main) and UGC-NET examinations. 3400 TPCs, spread across the 622 Districts in 33 States/UTs in the country, were inaugurated by Prakash Javadekar Union Minister of Ministry of Human Resource Development on 16 September 2018. Registrations for the NTA established Test Practice Centres (TPCs) can be done on the weekly basis as the TPCs will be available on weekends for practise.
NTA has also launched a practice App through which students can practice on their own on their computers or on smartphones.