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National Testing Agency (NTA) will take over entrance exams conducted by CBSE, AICTE and other agencies from 2019. The agency is approved by the Union Cabinet to conduct entrance examinations for admissions to higher educational institutions. Proposal for creating NTA was approved by Union Cabinet in November 2017. National Testing Agency finally got approved and will be in existence from 2019. National Testing Agency will be an autonomous and self-sustained testing organization. It will benefit nearly 40 lakh students to appear in various entrance examinations. National Testing Agency will relieve CBSE, AICTE and other agencies from the responsibility of conducting these entrance

Senior Bureaucrat Vineet Joshi is appointed as the first Director-General of National Testing Agency on 30 March 2018. The Director-General will be assisted by 9 verticals, headed by academicians who are experts in their field.

As per the Govt Press Release NTA will, "bring in high reliability, standardized difficulty level for assessing the aptitude, intelligence and problem-solving abilities of the students'.

National Testing Agency - Key Responsibilities 

The HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar cleared that NTA will be the conducting body fo the various entrance examination and CBSE are relieved so that they could focus on board examination at secondary and senior secondary level. An amount of 25 crores is funded to starts the process for its maiden year and later it will be financially self-sustainable. 

  • NTA will initially conduct the entrances that are currently conducted by the CBSE. Some of these exams are NEET, JEE Main, and CBSE NET.
  • National Testing agency will gradually take responsibility for conducting other entrances exams as well. 
  • National Testing Agency is proposed to conduct all the entrance exams twice a year in online mode. 
  • NTA will ensure to locate test centers at district as well as sub-district level. Moreover, going a step ahead for rural students, NTA will also undertake hands-on training to the students. 

National Testing Agency (NTA)

NTA Exam 2019 

Followings are the main entrance exam which will be conducted by NTA from 2019

JEE Main NET (National Eligibility Test) NEET (UG & PG)
CTET  Navodaya Vidyalaya Entrance Test --


Why is National Testing Agency Formed?

NTA is established with the aim is to bring in high reliability, standardized difficulty level for assessing the aptitude, intelligence and problem-solving abilities of the students.

Human Resource Minister Javadekar said that NTA will take charge to conduct all entrance examination after its maiden session gradually and eventually this will remove the load from CBSE and AICTE. NTA will conduct higher education entrance exams which are conducted by CBSE and AICTE so far.

As we know Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is conducting more than 24 entrance examination across India. Since NTA has been approved by the Prime Minister, it will take charge of all the entrance examination gradually. The setting up of NTA was first announced in the budget session 2017-18 by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

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