6 Points to know about National Testing Agency (NTA)

Last Updated - June 26 2018

National Testing Agency is a concept introduced to standardize the procedure of entrance exams so that the institutes/ board organizing those exams can be relieved of additional burdens. The testing agency or NTA was formally given a green flag from the cabinet last year. The testing agency will organize highly competitive entrance exams like JEE Main and NEET twice a year to offer an optimum opportunity to the candidates.

As per the official notification, the news has been confirmed that NEET and JEE will be organized again in December 2018. The schedule will be announced shortly. Read on to know more about NTA.

What is NTA Actually?

As per the releasement made during the budget statement of 2017-18, National Testing Agency (NTA) is an autonomous body that would oversee the organization of entrance exams erstwhile organized by the CBSE. It would strive to bring in high reliability, standardization, and transparency in its procedure of the organizeance of these examinations.

The body would organize entrance exams twice a year. In the first phase, it will be organizing the exams being organized by CBSE, which comprise JEE, NEET, UGC NET, CTET and exam for Navodaya Vidyalayas. Later on, it will take over other exams like CAT and GATE too.

Why is NTA introduced?

The introduction of NTA is not only to make the testing procedure efficient but also to relieve the academic institutions from the additional burden. To understand his, take a look at the scenario of CBSE. It constantly required to update the curriculum, introduce best exercises, organize board exams in smooth attitude along with many other duties. Central Board for Secondary Education is the largest educational board in the country, and for that matter, it has the huge responsibility of managing primary to secondary education of the country.

But, not only CBSE fulfills its duties concerned to school education, but it also manages additional 4 million students by organizing entrance tests. Some of the biggest entrance tests of the country like JEE, NEET and UGC NET are organized by CBSE, all of which have an audience of around a million each. This puts immense pressure on CBSE and decreases the efficiency of the exams.

With NTA bring created only for test-taking purposes, it will dedicate all its efforts to this sole task only, which will naturally improve the testing procedure. This probably sums up the biggest reason why NTA is being introduced, although there are some other obvious reasons as well. And further, it will relieve CBSE too, which would be able to focus on school education in a better attitude.

NTA Board Members

The NTA would be a multi-member body and would be chaired by an eminent educationist recruited by the union ministry of HRD. Director General of NTA would be recruited by Government and would act as Chief Executing Officer (CEO) of the body.

NTA would also include of Board of Governors which would encompass members from user institutions. Mr. Vineet Joshi was recruited as the Director General of the body by the Union government. As per the latest development.

Exams under NTA

The National Testing Agency would be entrusted with the responsibilities of organizing all those competitive entrance exams that are now been organized by CBSE. As per the official draft document, NTA would organize these exams twice a year unlike the current exercises of organizing these exams annually.

Following exams would fall under the ambit of NTA:

NAME OF THE EXAMEarlier Organizing AuthorityOrganizing Authority 2019
National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET 2019)CBSENTA NEET 2019
Joint Engineering Entrance (JEE 2019)AICTE/ IITJEE 2019 NTA, National Testing Agency
National Eligibility Test (NET 2019)CBSENTA NET
Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas Entrance TestNVS, MHRD Govt. of IndiaJNVST NTA 2019
CLAT (Probable)NLUNational Testing Agency CLAT
CAT (Expected)IIMCAT National Testing Agency
CMAT (Official Releasement Soon)AICTECMAT NTA

NTA for JEE Main 2018

The NTA would organize the JEE Main examination twice a year from 2019 (with an expectation of doing so from December this year onwards) to select aspirants for admissions into National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and the top 2, 24,000 aspirants who qualify the JEE Main exam would be allowed to take part in the JEE Advanced examination organized by IITs (on rotational basis).

NTA would only perform the role erstwhile played by CBSE in regards to the JEE Main examination. Any other change in the scheme or organizer of the exam would be duly notified on the official website of NTA.

Read about NTA Impact on JEE candidates

NTA for NEET 2018

NEET exam would be organized twice a year like the JEE Main to select aspirants for admission in MBBS and BDS courses. NTA would organize the exam as per the ongoing syllabus and format and would publish the result of the exam on its website.

The exam would be organized in an attitude similar to the one adopted by CBSE in the organizing of the exam.

Read about NTA Impact on NEET candidates 


The new set-up of NTA brings in a good opportunity for aspirants by giving them two shot a year at their dreams. Since there are two chances for aspirants to garb the admissions it is expected that the nerves would settle down among them as there would be a good six months gap between the first and the second organize of the exams.

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