The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry is working to establish a National Authority for Testing (NAT), which will assess the abilities of aspirants before they undergo JEE. The move will help filtering out the best candidates to take up the entrance examinations for prestigious institutes like IITs and other top engineering institutes.
The NAT will roll out its operations in a few months’ time from now and the first task for the testing authority will be to conduct a test in the latter half of this year. The scores obtained by the candidates in the NAT test will be the base for shortlisting of candidates who will be able to sit for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) in 2017. Presently JEE- Advanced examination is conducted as the entrance test for the IITs along with JEE Mains. For setting up the testing authority, the HRD ministry has to seek permission from the union cabinet, which seemed to get over real soon.
The HRD ministry opted for such a model on the basis of proposal given by the committee that was formed to give an alternative to the present entrance examination model to select candidates for prestigious institutes like IITs. According to the recommendations, this national aptitude test will shortlist nearly 4 lakh candidates for the JEE advanced examinations. After undergoing JEE Advanced examination, over 40000 candidates will be given their ranks on the basis of which they can seek admission into various IITs and NITs in the country through common counseling.