JEE Main, NEET exams to be held twice a year from 2019: Javadekar


New Delhi, In an overhaul of the education system, the Government on Saturday announced that it will set up a new agency to conduct Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) main and NEET exams twice a year from 2019. The newly-constituted National Testing Agency (NTA) will start conducting NEET, JEE (Mains) and NET entrance exams, which are currently organised by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), from the upcoming academic session, Human Resource Development minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters here. 'The National Testing Agency has started its work. It will conduct Joint Entrance Examination (JEE-Main), UGC-NET, National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) and Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) examinations. Millions of students to benefit,' he said. The main feature, he said, was that 'the student will not lose one year because there will be two examinations before admission. He/she can appear in either of the two or both. The best score will be taken into account for the result. While JEE exam will be held in January and April, NEET will be conducted in February and May. The practice module would be made available at from August1, 2018. From August-end, students could practice, if needed in the nearby engineering colleges, CBSE or Kendriya Vidyalaya schools.