July 13, 2018
NTA (National Testing Agency) is all set to conduct JEE Main 2019 and all the major entrances currently managed by CBSE. One of the most significant impact of this change is that JEE (Joint Entrance Examinations) will be organized twice a year i.e., in December and May. In a report published by a popular national daily, IIT Kanpur would assume the responsibility for setting up NTA for conducting JEE Main and JEE Advanced.
The original proposal of setting up NTA was approved by the cabinet way back in November 2017 and according several media reports was expected to conduct JEE Main 2018 also. Yet no official notification to this regard has been released so far.However, going by the recent notifications and media reports, NTA will be the official conducting authority for JEE Main 2019 and other CBSE held exams.
Here is a list of some major changes expected to be introduced in JEE Main this year.
Mode of Examination to be Online
Based on the official notification released by Press Information Bureau of India on November 10, 2017, it is pretty evident that the mode of examinations will be CBT (Computer Based Entrance Test). This could also result in deviating from the conventional pattern and structure of examination. At present, students can opt to appear for JEE Main in either online and offline mode while NEET is conducted in offline mode only. JEE Advanced 2018 was the first instance when the mode of exam was switched to online.
On candidates’ part, familiarity with using online interface and keyboard and mouse is must before the examination. One of the best method to get hands-on practice for examination is to appear for online mock tests which are available in abundance on internet.
Changes in Qualifying Marks
Many candidates are anticipating a change in the qualifying marks criteria. At present, the class 12th marks are not considered while preparing the rank list for JEE Main. But for admission to IITs, NIT, IIITs and CFTIs, candidates must secure 75% marks in their qualifying examination (60% marks for reserved category candidates).
No official mandate for JEE Main 2019 has come out concerning qualifying marks so far. The suggestion therefore would be to focus on the boards preparation for now and wait for the official notification to release for further clarity. Well no candidates would like to ignore their board exams anyways since other entrances consider 10+2 score as benchmark for providing admission to concerned undergraduate programs.
Changes in Number of Attempts
One of the fundamental changes to be expected after NTA taking over the reins of JEE is that students will be able to appear for JEE Main twice every year. This simply means more opportunities and less waiting time for anyone taking preparation break after their 10+2 examination. However, no clear picture has emerged regarding the number of attempts for JEE aspirants.
Currently, the number of attempts for a candidate to qualify JEE Main is 3. So, the most important suggestion is to focus solely on preparation and not get distracted by any news on social media or internet until the official notification is released.
The new model however is sure to be more flexible for aspirants as one can now take the test as per their convenience without wasting a year. Similarly, those worried about preparing together for JEE and boards will surely find the new model as an added cushion.
The cabinet or CBSE has not released any further notification after November 10, 2017 notification. But with latest media reports and stance of the officials, it seems that NTA is all set to take over the management of entrance exams from CBSE as the latter has repeatedly request MHRD to shed some responsibility from itself due to maintenance concerns. So far, no official notification about conducting the first phase of JEE Main 2019 in December 2018 or changes in any section of the syllabus has been notified. Therefore, all the aspirants are advised to carefully scrutinize any information or reports published on social networks or media about NTA.