The Indian Institutes of Technology has turned down the government’s proposal of JEE Advanced to be conducted by the National Testing Agency. The Union Cabinet has already approved the National Testing Agency on November 10 for conducting major national level entrance exams like NEET and JEE main. The government had also proposed that NTA would conduct the JEE Advanced for admission to Indian Institutes of Technology.
NTA conducting JEE Advanced 2018 may not reduce the burden of IITs
Now the Indian Institutes of Technology have decided in a meeting that there is no need for involvement of NTA in the JEE Advanced. Handing over the JEE Advanced to NTA would not lessen the burden of IITs. NTA would have to coordinate with the faculty of IITs for setting up the question papers for JEE Advanced.
In case the NTA takes the responsibility to hold JEE Advanced, IITs would have to send at least one teacher to every examination centre for reviewing the choice of exam centres. The Indian Institutes of Technology have always been protective of their engineering entrance test. Earlier, the IITs refused to merge their entrance test with the AIEEE to create a single common entrance test for admission to central government engineering institutes.
The decision of IITs will have an effect on the Indian Institutes of Management whether they would part with the CAT (Common Admission Test) for admission to IIMs.
NTA to conduct the entrance exams conducted by CBSE
The National Testing Agency will take over all the entrance exams conducted by the CBSE in its first year. Currently, the CBSE conducts UGC NET (National Eligibility Test), CTET (Central Teacher Eligibility Test), JEE Main and NEET (National Eligibility Entrance Test). CBSE will hand over the responsibility of conducting these entrance tests to the NTA. After that, the responsibility of other entrance tests would be taken over by the NTA.
Earlier, also several governments proposed for the establishment of NTA, but the idea worked with the current government. This year CBSE expressed its difficulty of conducting multiple entrance exams and board exams for class 10 and class 12. CBSE would be relieved of the burden of conducting multiple entrance tests after the NTA takes over the responsibility.