Ever since NTA (National Testing Agency) is formed and entrusted with the responsibilities of conducting the major entrance tests like JEE (Main), NEET, CTET, NET, etc. things have started falling into the right place for the aspirants. The one-point agency of Centre was founded in the 2017 Union Cabinet chaired by the PMO of India. It will take away the burden from the conducting authorities like the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), University Grant Commission (UGC), etc. This year, the National Testing Agency is going to conduct its first exam in December.

From now onwards, NTA will organise all the important entrance exams twice a year. While the Agency is assigned the responsibility of conducting the exams, it has no authority to declare the ranking of the students. It will announce the percentile score of the candidates, and based on that the concerned institute may or may not consider taking admission.

NTA 2019 to take Over Most CBSE-conducted Entrance Tests:

From the academic year 2018-19, the agency will take over some of the important entrance examinations organised by CBSE. Prakash Havadekar, the Union Minister for Human Resource, told TOI, “barring the board examinations (Class X and XII), rest of the examinations conducted by the CBSE will be taken over the NTA in phase manner”. The agency would relieve AICTE, CBSE and other statutory bodies from the duties of managing and organising various entrance tests like UGC NET, NEET, JEET, etc.

National Testing Agency

The Press Information Bureau Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development in its notification has stated that the National Testing Agency “would initially conduct those entrance examinations which are currently being conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The examinations will be conducted in online mode twice a year in order to give adequate opportunity to candidates to bring out their best”.

NTA 2019 Exam List and Schedule:

Now that NTA has taken over the charge from all the leading conducting authorities, let’s take a look at the popular entrance examinations that the agency will take care from now onwards.

Exam Names Conducting Authority 2019 Previous Conducting Body
NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) NTA NEET 2019 Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
JEE (Joint Engineering Entrance) NTA JEE Indian Institute of Technology
Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) NTA CTET CBSE
NET (National Eligibility Test) NTA NET CBSE
Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas Entrance Test (JNVST) NTA JNVST NVS, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India (MHRD)
Common Admission Test (CAT) – Expected NTA CAT Indian Institute of Management (IIM)
Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) – Expected NTA GPAT All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)
Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) – Expected NTA CLAT National Law University (NLU)
Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) – Expected NTA CMAT AICTE

Check out the latest news to know more about NTA conducting exams

National Testing Agency 2019 NEET, JEE (Main), CTET:

NTA – National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET UG 2019):

NEET (UG) or National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is a national level medical entrance examination conducted for admission to undergraduate MBBS and BDS course. Previously, the Central Board of Secondary Education was entitled with the responsibility of organising the exam every year in the month of May. Now NTA will schedule the exam twice every year, and the mode of the exam will be computer-based (online). Based on the proposal, it is estimated that the agency will hold its first test in December. It has also come to the fore that NTA will schedule NEET (UG) exam in the month of May and December.

Until the National Testing Agency releases the official notification, candidates can get a rough idea of exam dates and other important details like application form, eligibility, etc. here.

NEET 2019 (I) Important Dates:

The year 2019 will see NEET exam in two phases – Phase I (May) & Phase II (December). This move has certainly become a big hit amongst all the medical aspirants. The candidates will now take the exam twice and increase the possibility of clearing it and getting into their preferred medical colleges. Let’s take a look at the tentative dates of NTA NEET 2019 (I) beneath.

NEET 2019 (I) Exam Events Important Dates (Tentative)
Release of notification Mid-January 2019
Submission of application form begins Third week of January 2019
Last date to apply online Third week of February 2019
Correction form commences Fourth week of February 2019
Availability of admit card Second or third week of April 2019
Written exam commences First week of May 2019
Result declaration First week of June 2019

NEET 2019 (II) Important Dates:

The NEET 2019 (II) exam will be held in the month of December, for which the notification will be out by September 2019.

NEET 2019 (I) Exam Events Important Dates (Tentative)
Release of notification Fourth week of September 2019
Submission of application form begins 1st week of October 2019
Last date to apply online Fourth week of October 2019
Correction form commences First week of November 2019
Availability of admit card Fourth week of November 2019
Written exam commences Mid-December 2019
Result declaration First week of Jan 2020

As earlier mentioned, this is a tentative date-list, based on which students can prepare for the exam. The agency will release the NEET 2019 (I & II) Information Bulletin shortly. Candidates are required to keep a track of it.

NTA NEET Exam Pattern 2019:

How well-versed are you with the latest exam pattern of NTA National Eligibility cum Entrance Test? The exam will have questions from Physics, Chemistry and Botany (Biology and Zoology). There’s negative marking scheme. 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer. For each correct answer, students will get 4 marks.

  • Mode of Exam: The exam will be held in online mode.
  • Type of Question: Students are going to get objective type questions.
  • Total Questions: There will be 180 marks in total. Medical aspirants need to answer all the questions for 720 marks (total).
  • Question Paper: The exam will be done in 4 sections – Chemistry, Physics, Botany & Zoology
  • Negative Marking Scheme: Each correct answer carries 4 marks. Failing to provide correct answers will result in the deduction of marks.
  • In Case of Un-attempted Questions: Confused about the answer? Just leave it and proceed with others. This is the best way to not deduct marks. Un-attempted questions will carry zero marks.
  • Language: The NTA NEET 2019 exam will have questions in 10 languages. They are English, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Assamese, Kannada, Urdu, Gujarati, Tamil and Marathi.

National Testing Agency – JEE (Main) 2019:

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), another national level entrance test, will be conducted by the National Testing Agency from now onwards. If the latest news is to be believed, the agency will seek applications from engineering aspirants for its first exam in December 2018. Moreover, the conducting body will be responsible for the JEE (Main) 2019 and will issue Information Bulletin carrying all important information like notification, eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus and many more.

For all the aspiring engineering, JEE Main is the ultimate getaway. The students need to qualify the exam for admission to undergraduate programmes like B.Tech./B.E in the best engineering colleges in India. There’s one more hurdle or stage (JEE Advanced) to cross. Only JEE Main qualified candidates are eligible to appear for the exam.

NTA JEE (Main) 2019 Notification:

The official announcement is yet to be made by the National Testing Agency. Here, we are offering information based on the previous years’ trends. The dates mentioned below are tentative in nature.

NTA JEE (Main) 2019 Important Dates (Tentative):

Availing the confirmed dates of NTA JEE Main 2019 is difficult since the recently appointed authority is yet to declare them. Hence, a tentative list consisting exam dates is mentioned underneath to help you prepare for the entrance test in advance. Candidates must remember that the exam is held in both pen and paper (offline) and computer-based (online).

Exam Events Dates (Tentative)
Availability of application form First week of December 2018
Last date to apply First week of January 2019
Correction commences Mid-January 2019
Admit card available Mid-March 2019
Offline exam commences First week of April 2019
Online exam commences Mid-April 2019
Answer key and OMR images available Fourth week of April 2019
Result declaration for Offline Fourth week of April 2019
Result declaration for Online May 2019

Note: The Joint Entrance Examination Main has two papers.

  • JEE Main Paper 1 is held for B.Tech/B.E. courses.
  • JEE Main Paper 2 is held for B.Planning/B.Arch.

NTA JEE Main 2019 Exam Pattern:

One of the highly competitive entrance exams, NTA JEE Main witnesses a whopping number of engineering aspirants taking the test. For the last few years, there has constantly been growth in the number of students appearing for the entrance exam. In 2018, JEE Main saw more than 13 lakh students grabbing their seats in various exam centres across the country. If you are one of the aspirants and wish to study in IITs, NITs, etc. cracking the Main exam is the first thing to do. Before you go ahead with the NTA JEE Main 2019 preparation, we urge you to take a look at the Exam details and understand the process.

  • Mode of Exam: The exam is held in both online and offline. The online mode is otherwise known as computer-based exam. The offline mode is also known as pen and paper based examination.
  • Applying for Courses: The JEE Main Paper 1 is conducted for B.Tech./B.E. The Paper 2 is held for B.Planning./B.Arch. If anyone wishes to apply for both the papers, he is certainly eligible to do that.
  • Subjects: Paper 1 consists of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, and Paper 2 comprises Mathematics, Drawing and Aptitude.
  • Total Questions: The Paper 1 has 90 questions, while the Paper 2 carries 82 questions.
  • Total Marks: Each paper carries 390 marks.
  • Duration of Exam: 3 Hours

Negative Marking: Yes, there is negative marking scheme.