This year, 12 lakh youngsters sat for the annual JEE Main for admission to engineering institutions. Predictably, many could not make the grade, while others would have wanted to improve their scores, but their next opportunity would have come only a year later. This will no longer be the case, with the government announcing on Saturday that from 2019, aspirants will be able to sit twice a year for not only JEE Main, but also NEET for entry into medical colleges.
Examinees will be able to appear for JEE Main in January and April of every year and for NEET in February and May for the academic sessions beginning in August of that year. This will allow an examinee to choose either of the months to attempt the engineering or medical entrance test, or to repeat the test if the first score doesn’t prove satisfactory.
The exams will be conducted by the newly formed National Testing Agency (NTA), which will take care of the variation in difficulty levels in the two tests in each course through the use of specialised standardisation techniques while determining the final scores.
Exams and tentative schedule