National Authority for Testing (NAT) will conduct a new entrance examination that will replace the two-tier Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main and Advanced tests for engineering admissions into IITs and NITs
According to the latest report, a major revamp in the process of admissions to engineering colleges in the country may be introduced later this year, by the month of October.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) will soon establish a National Authority for Testing (NAT) to conduct a new entrance examination. The new exam will replace the two-tier Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main and Advanced tests.
Once NAT is established, it will be conducting a new entrance exam.
The key highlights of the exam are:
- NAT is likely be conducted first in the month of October 2016, wherein it will screen candidates for appearing in the next levels of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for the 2017 session.
- The new exam system will test students on their logical and analytical skills and further filter out nearly 4,00,000 among them.
- The pattern of this new exam will be similar to the existing Advanced exam. It will test an aspirant's knowledge on subjects like Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
- The score will be used for admission into Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs) etc.
The NAT will be established only after the approval from the Union Cabinet. It will be registered as an independent society under the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry.
However, in a meeting held last week, the concept of NAT has been given approval in principle.
The NAT will be a general aptitude score like SAT and will be used for JEE.
It must be noted that NAT has been introduced and pushed upon to reduce the dependency of students on coaching institutes. It is a step towards making it a standardized test for clearing competitive exams.