HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, on Monday informed the Lok Sabha during the Question Hour session that NTA will conduct the entrance examinations in computer based mode and not online.
According to Javadekar, students will have to take the test in an already downloaded answer sheet using a computer mouse. He added that it is under government’s consideration to allow students to take the test in pen and paper during the first year of National Testing Agency’s establishment.
The decision to not conduct the tests online was taken after finding that internet connections could be an issue in some areas, he said.
Also mock test facilities which will be made available for the aspirants during the examination preparation time, Javadekar added.
Newly formed NTA would conduct the national level examinations NET, NEET, JEE (Mains) that were organised by the CBSE. National Eligibility Test (NET) would be conducted in December and JEE (Mains) twice a year, in January and April. NEET would be conducted in February and May.
NET, a qualifying test for admission in higher educational institutions in the country, would be the first exam to be conducted by the newly formed body in December.
The NTA would also conduct National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) and Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) that were organized by AICTE until now.