With an aim to make the students of remote areas familiar with the new pattern of competitive entrance examinations, the National Testing Agency (NTA) will open the facility for Test Practice Centres (TPCs) soon on the official website. From this year, the NTA will conduct all the competitive entrance examinations like UGC NET, JEE (Main) and NEET (UG) which were earlier organised by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has formed the NTA to conduct entrance and competitive examinations. According to an official, 2,775 centres - schools and colleges from across the country - have shown their interest to be part of the TPCs for practicing the exam. "We will finalise the centres soon. The links provided right now on the official websites are only for the trial run," an official from NTA confirmed to NDTV today.
The National Testing Agency (NTA) will start the registration and practice on the official website of NTA i.e. www.nta.ac.in. In July, the HRD ministry issued a statement where it has stated that Schools/engineering colleges with computer centres would be identified and kept open on Saturday/Sunday starting from 3rd week of August.
"All tests would be set in a scientific manner with the test items developed jointly by the subject matter experts and psychometricians. Before developing the question papers, the item writers for the exams will be given feedback on the functioning of the previous years' items so that they are able to make test items which are more valid and reliable. All the above-mentioned examinations will be held in existing number of languages," HRD statement added. The students can use the facility provided by the agency for free. The registration process for UGC NET and JEE is set to commence from September 1 and will close by September 30.