Recent changes in JEE & NEET Examinations

A newly formed body by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, National Testing Agency (NTA) will now be conducting JEE Main & NEET examination from the year 2019 (which were earlier conducted by the CBSE). Here are some important changes introduced in the examinations under the NTA.

1. It’s an Online World!

Starting with the basic changes, the most important is that all the examinations that would be conducted by NTA would be Computer Based Tests or CBTs. Till 2018, JEE Main was conducted in both online as well as offline mode. From the year 2019 JEE Main will be conducted in ONLINE FORMAT ONLY.

NEET – the admission test for medical and dental courses in country has been happening in offline mode till date. For the year 2019 it will continue to be offline (paper based) However, under NTA, from 2020, NEET will also be in online mode only.

2. Twice a Year!

JEE Main would be conducted twice every year. Students would have a choice to appear in either both of the attempts or any one of them. Candidates who clear in the first attempt but wish to improve their ranks would also be able to do the same by sitting in 2nd attempt for the exam. Best of both the attempts will be considered. The difficulty of both the attempts would be equated using psychometric methods, standardization and normalization of scores would also be employed.

NEET for the year 2019 will continue to be a single attempt examination like before. It is expected from the year 2020 NEET will also be conducted twice a year.

3. Syllabus of the Exams

The syllabus of the examinations would not be changed. Experts hired by NTA would ensure that they familiarize themselves with the previous paper formats to maintain the formats. The teachers would be trained and given feedback on the functioning of the previous year’s examinations for the same.

4. What happens to JEE Advanced?

There is no change in exam process for JEE Advanced. Like before IITs will continue to host the JEE Advanced Exam and admission process to IITs.

Examination: JEE Main I
Mode of examination Computer based
Registration dates 1st to 30th Sep 2018
Downloading of admit cards 17th Dec 2018
Dates of examinations 6th to 20th Jan 2019
Date for announcing results 31st Jan 2019
Examination: JEE Main II
Mode of examination Computer based
Registration dates 8th Feb 7th March 2019
Downloading of admit cards 18th March 2019
Dates of examinations 6th to 20th Apr 2019
Date for announcing results 30th Apr 2019