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National Testing Agency

  • 08 Jun 2019
  • 3 min read

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has announced the results of the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test(undergraduate medical entrance exam).

  • National Testing Agency is responsible for conducting competitive entrance exams like NEET, JEE, CTET, GATE, GPAT, GMAT, CAT, UGC NET, etc.

National Testing Agency

  • National Testing Agency (NTA) was established as a Society registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act, 1860.
  • It is an autonomous and self-sustained testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for admission/fellowship in higher educational institutions.

Objectives

  • To conduct efficient, transparent and international standards tests in order to assess the competency of candidates for admission and recruitment purposes.

Functions

  • To identify partner institutions with adequate infrastructure from the existing schools and higher education institutions which would facilitate the conduct of online examinations without adversely impacting their academic routine.
  • To create a question bank for all subjects using modern techniques.
  • To establish a strong R&D culture as well as a pool of experts in different aspects of testing.
  • To provide training and advisory services to the institutions in India.
  • To collaborate with international organizations like ETS (Educational Testing Services).
  • To undertake any other examination that is entrusted to it by the Ministries/Departments of Government of India/State Governments.
  • To undertake the reforms and training of school boards as well as other bodies where the testing standards should be comparable with the entrance examinations.

Governance

  • NTA is chaired by an eminent educationist appointed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
  • The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will be the Director-General to be appointed by the Government.
  • There will be a Board of Governors comprising members from user institutions.

Significance

  • Establishment of a specialized testing body like NTA has relieved the agencies such as CBSE, AICTE of their responsibilities of conducting Entrance examinations.
  • Examinations are conducted by NTA in the online mode at least twice a year, in order to give enough opportunities to candidates and to bring out the best in them.
  • In order to increase the accessibility and meet the requirements of the rural students, it will locate centers at sub-district and district level.
  • National Testing Agency (NTA) has launched a ‘mobile app’ and Test Practice Centres (TPC’s) through which students can practice or take mock tests on their own computers or smartphones.
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