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NTA 2020 Entrance Exams: Important Dates and Exam Pattern

The National Testing Agency (NTA) is formed and entrusted with the responsibilities of conducting the major entrance tests like JEE Main, NEET, UGC-NET, CMAT, GPAT and NCHM JEE. The agency was founded in 2017 to take away the responsibility from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for conducting competitive entrance exams. NTA has also taken over the responsibilities of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for conducting exams such as CMAT and GPAT. The National Testing Agency has started accomplishing its task. The Agency has successfully conducted its first UGC Net exam in December.

NTA Took Over Most CBSE-conducted Entrance Tests in 2019:

From the academic year 2018-19, the agency has taken over some of the important entrance examinations organised by CBSE. Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister for Human Resource, then told TOI, “barring the board examinations (Class X and XII), rest of the examinations conducted by the CBSE will be taken over by the NTA in a phased 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-UG, JEE Main, etc.

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The Press Information Bureau Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development in its notification had 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 for candidates to bring out their best.”

NTA 2020 Exams and Previous Exam Conducting Authorities

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

Exam Names Previous Exam Conducting Authorities
NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
JEE Main (Joint Entrance Examination) CBSE
UGC NET (University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test) CBSE
GPAT (Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test) All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)
CMAT (Common Management Admission Test) AICTE
CSIR-UGC NET Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
NCHM JEE (National Council for Hotel Management Joint Entrance Examination) National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT)
ICAR AIEEA (Indian Council of Agricultural Research All India Entrance Examination for Admission) Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)
IGNOU MBA and B.Ed. Admission Test Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
JNUEE (Jawaharlal Nehru University Entrance Examination) Jawaharlal Nehru University
AIAPGET (All India AYUSH Post Graduate Entrance Test) All Indian Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA)
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) MBA Admission Test Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)

NTA 2020 Exams – UGC NET, NEET and JEE Main, CMAT, GPAT, NCHM JEE

University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) 2020 –

The first entrance examination that the National Testing Agency conducted was UGC-NET December 2018. The UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) is the minimum eligibility condition for becoming Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor in government and private colleges/ universities in India. The Agency has released the exam schedule of NET 2020. The exam is set to commence two times in June and December.

UGC NET Upcoming Exams Dates

UGC NET Exam Events December 2019 Session June 2020 Session
Online Application Form Submission Begins 9th September 2019 16th March 2020
Last date for Applying Online 9th October 2019 16th April 2020
Last Date for Fee Submission 9th October 2019 16th April 2020
Issuance of Admit Card 10th November 2019 onwards 15th May 2020 onwards
UGC NET Exam Date 2nd to 6th December 2019 15th to 20th June 2020
Answer Key Release Date Second week of December Fourth week of June 2020
UGC NET Result Date 31st December 2019 5th July 2020

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2020

The exam will be conducted in online mode. Take a sneak peek into the detailed information –

  • Mode of Exam: Computer-Based Test (CBT)
  • Type of Question: Objective-type questions
  • Total Questions: Paper-1 will comprise of 50 questions and paper-2 will have 100 questions.
  • Maximum Marks: 300
  • Question Paper: Two papers – Paper I and Paper II. The first paper will be on Teaching & Research Aptitude and the second paper will be subject-related
  • Negative Marking Scheme: No negative marking
  • Un-attempted Questions: No mark will be given or deducted for un-attempted questions

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) UG 2020

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 every year, and the mode of the exam will be pen-and-paper based (offline).

NEET 2020 Important Dates

NEET 2019 Exam Events Important Dates
Submission of application form begins 2nd November 2019
Last date to apply online 31st December 2019
Availability of admit card 27th March 2020
Exam to be commenced 3rd May 2020
Result declaration 4th June 2020

NTA NEET Exam Pattern 2020

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 Biology (Botany and Zoology). There is 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 offline mode (pen-and-paper based)
  • Type of Question: Objective-type questions
  • Total Questions: There will be 180 questions in total
  • Maximum Marks:720
  • Question Paper: The question paper will have 3 sections – Chemistry, Physics, and Biology (Botany & Zoology)
  • Negative Marking Scheme:1 mark will be deducted for the wrong answer
  • In Case of Un-attempted Questions: Confused about the answer? Just leave it and proceed with others. This is the best way to avoid negative marking. No marks will be awarded or deducted for un-attempted questions.
  • Language: The NTA NEET 2020 exam will have questions in 11 languages. They are English, Hindi, Bengali, Odia, Telugu, Assamese, Kannada, Urdu, Gujarati, Tamil and Marathi.

Joint Entrance Examination (Main) 2020

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), another national level entrance test, is being conducted by the National Testing Agency from 2019 onwards. For all the aspiring engineers, JEE Main is the ultimate gateway to IIITs, NITs and CFTIs participating though Central Seat Allocation Board. The students need to qualify the exam for admission to undergraduate programmes in engineering like B.Tech./B.E from the best engineering colleges in India. The exam is also an eligibility criterion for appearing in the JEE Advanced exam, conducted for admission in Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). The exam will be conducted twice in a year – in January and April.

JEE Main 2020 Important Dates

JEE Main Exam Events Important Dates
First Attempt Second Attempt
Availability of application form 2nd September 2019 7th February 2020
Last date to apply 30th September 2019 7th March 2020
Admit card availability 6th December 2019 16th March 2020
JEE Main 2020 Exam 6th to 11th January 2020 3rd to 9th April 2020
Answer key to be released Third week of January 2020 Third week of April 2020
Released
Result declaration 31st January 2020 30th April 2020

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2020

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main has two papers:

  • Paper 1 for B.Tech/B.E. courses.
  • Paper 2 for B.Planning/B.Arch.

Here is the detailed exam pattern.

  • Mode of Exam: Paper-1 and Part I and II of Paper-2 will be held in computer-based mode while Part III of the Paper-2 will be held through Pen-and-Paper based mode. It will be a drawing test.
  • Type of Question: Objective type questions.
  • Total Questions:There will be 90 questions in Paper-1 and 82 questions in Paper-2.
  • Maximum Marks: Paper-1 will be of maximum 360 marks and paper-2 will be of 390 marks.
  • Question Paper: Paper-1 will comprise three sections – Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. Paper-2 will comprise of three Parts – Mathematics, Aptitude Test, and Drawing Test. Check out the syllabus for JEE Main Paper-1 and Paper-2.
  • Negative Marking Scheme:1 mark will be deducted for incorrect answer.
  • Un-attempted Questions: No marks will be deducted or awarded for questions left un-attempted.
  • Language: The question paper will be in three languages – English, Hindi, and Gujarati. Candidates have to select their preferred language at the time of application submission.

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) 2020

CMAT is an entrance examination conducted for admission to management programmes. The exam was earlier conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The National Testing Agency has conducted the CMAT 2019 exam on 28 January. It will soon release the result. The national-level examination was conducted in a single session ‘to evaluate the candidate’s ability’ in Logical Reasoning, General Awareness, Language Comprehension and Quantitative Technique. As per the official NTA CMAT website, “The CMAT score is accepted by all AICTE-Approved Institutions/ University Departments/ Constituent Colleges/ Affiliated Colleges.”

Candidates with Bachelor’s degree (in any discipline) from a recognized university are eligible for the exam.

CMAT 2020 Important Dates

CMAT 2020 Exam Events Important Dates
Submission of application form 1st November 2019
Last date for application submission 30th November 2019
Availability of admit card 24th December 2019
CMAT 2020 Exam 24th January 2020
Result declaration 7th February 2020

CMAT Exam Pattern 2020

CMAT score will be accepted by more than 1000 participating institutes. Candidates have to appear in the Group Discussion and Personal Interview conducted by the particular institute.

  • Mode of Exam: Computer-based mode
  • Type of Question: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
  • Total Question:  Each section will have 25 questions
  • Maximum Marks:  Each question will be of 4 marks
  • Question Paper: The question paper will comprise of sections – Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness
  • The language of Question Paper: English only
  • Duration of Exam: 3 Hours
  • Negative Marking Scheme: 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer

Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) 2020

The national level entrance exam is conducted for admission to Post-Graduate Pharmacy courses. The GPAT score is accepted by approximately 800 participating institutions. Candidates are required to apply separately for different institutes/colleges on the basis of their GPAT score. The GPAT score remains valid for three years. Let’s have a look at the exam schedule as released on the NTA’s official website.

GPAT 2020 Important Dates

GPAT 2020 Exam Events Important Dates
Submission of application form 1st November 2019
Last date for application submission 30th November 2019
Availability of admit card 24th December 2019
GPAT 2020 Exam 28th January 2020
Result declaration 7th February 2020

GPAT Exam Pattern 2020

GPAT exam was conducted by the National Testing Agency for the first time in 2019. The exam will be conducted through online mode. Here are more details about the exam pattern:

  • Mode of Exam: Computer Based Test
  • Type of Question: Objective Type Questions
  • Total Question: 125
  • Maximum Marks:  Each question will be of 4 marks.
  • Question Paper: Questions are asked from various pharmacy topics. Candidates can check the syllabus on the official website.
  • The language of Question Paper: English
  • Duration of the Exam: 3 Hours
  • Negative Marking Scheme: 1 mark will be deducted for an incorrect response.

NCHM JEE 2020

Conducted by NTA, (earlier by the National Council for Hotel Management & Catering Technology), NCHM JEE paves the path for admission to B.Sc. course in Hospitality and Hotel Administration (B.Sc.HHA) across the country. The application process for the exam will start online from 1st January 2020 onwards. Interested candidates can visit the official website of NTA NCHM and submit the form. The last date to submit the form is 29th February 2020. The CBT exam will be held on 25th April 2020. The duration of the examination is 180 minutes.

NCHM JEE 2020 Important Dates

NCHM JEE 2020 Events NCHM JEE 2020 Dates (Announced)
Online application submission started 1st January 2020
Last date to submit online application form 29th February 2020
Issuance of admit card 01st  April 2020
Exam to be commenced 25th April 2020
Result announcement 10 May 2020
Counselling to be started (online/ offline) June 2020

NCHM JEE 2020 Exam Pattern

The medium of question paper is English & Hindi only. The exam will be held in CBT mode. Moreover, the candidates will be provided with rough papers with a pen/ pencil for calculations. They need to leave the papers at the desk. Remember, candidates have to use the rough papers provided by the Authority. They cannot use any other sheet or paper, as no other device or paper will be permitted inside the exam hall. Take a look at the table underneath.

Subjects Total Questions Duration
Reasoning and Logical Deduction 30 180 minutes
Aptitude for Service Sector 50
Numerical Ability and Analytical Aptitude 30
English Language 60
General Knowledge & Current Affairs 30
Grand Total 200 3 hours
  • Correct Answer: 4 marks
  • Incorrect Answer: 1 mark is deducted
  • Unanswered/ un-attempted Questions: 0 mark

ICAR AIEEA UG Exam

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has taken the responsibility of conducting the ICAR AIEEA UG exam from the year 2019 onwards. The exam was earlier conducted by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Through the exam, candidates get admission into undergraduate courses in agricultural and allied areas. Here are the important dates for the AIEEA UG exam 2020:

Important Dates for NTA ICAR AIEEA UG 2020 Exam

Exam Events Important Dates
Online application process 1st March 2020
Last date for Application Submission 31st March 2020
Download Admit Card 25th April 2020
AIEEA UG Exam 2019 1st June 2020
Result declaration 15th June 2020

ICAR AIEEA UG 2020 Exam Pattern

The AIEEA UG exam will be a computer-based test of 2:30 hours. Here are more details on the exam pattern:

Type of Exam – Computer Based Test (CBT)

Number of Questions – 150 (50 questions in each section)

Exam Duration – 2:30 Hours

Marking Scheme – 4 marks for every correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer

Medium of Question Paper – Hindi and English

ICAR AIEEA PG Exam

The ICAR AIEEA PG exam is being conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) from the year 2019 onwards. The exam is conducted for admission into Master’s degree programmes in Agriculture and Allied Sciences viz. Veterinary, Forestry, Animal Sciences, Dairy Science, Horticulture, Agriculture Engineering, etc. The exam is scheduled to be conducted on 1st June 2020.

 Important Dates for ICAR AIEEA PG Exam 2020

Exam Events Important Dates
Online application process 1st March 2020
Last date for Application Submission 31st March 2020
Download Admit Card 25th April 2020
AIEEA UG Exam 2019 1st June 2020
Result declaration 15th June 2020

AIEEA PG 2020 Exam Pattern

The AIEEA PG exam is conducted through the online mode. Other details of the exam pattern are as follows:

Number of Questions: 160

Type of Questions: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Duration of Exam: 150 Minutes

Medium of Exam: English

Marking Scheme:

For a correct response  4 marks
For an incorrect response -1
For the unattempted question 0
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