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Campus Connect: NEET, JEE twice a year: Boon or bane?

Newly-formed national testing agency will be conducting national-level competitive exams from 2019 onwards

pune Updated: Jul 13, 2018 16:13 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The decision by the central government to hold national-level engineering and medical entrance exams, twice a year, has been met with mixed responses.(HT File Photo)

July started with a historic move in the higher education sector with Prakash Javadekar, human resource developement minister announcing that the newly formed national testing agency (NTA) will be conducting national level competitive examinations, like national eligibility test (NET), national eligibility cum entrance test (NEET) and joint entrance exam (JEE Mains), twice a year from 2019 onwards.

Experts in the higher education sector share their views on the decision of the government. which the latter s

“No doubt it is a good move by the government to ensure that the exams are fair, leak-free and student friendly. Giving a second option to the students to score better is a great idea. In the long run, it will benefit the students, especially those who have miss the opportunity to get admitted into the college and course of their choice, by a few marks. However, the time span between the two exams could have been increased,” said Vijay Kharche, director of Prism Academy, Pimpri.

Vaibhav Bakliwal,director, Bakliwal Tutorials, said , “JEE (mains) is the first exam among the engineering entrance exams and it usually comes with a lot of unnecessary stress. Now, most students would be at ease while writing the exam in January, as they will be able to give it another shot, few months later. To benefit the students, other state-level entrances should be cancelled and the results of JEE (mains) should be considered as the eligibility criterion.”

Anuj Srivastava, city topper who scored an all India rank of 25 in JEE (advanced) 2018 says,” "This is definitely a missed opportunity for many students who could not make it by a few marks, this year. However, with two chances in place, it would also mean more competition.

Talking about the downside of the exams, VNV Hanuman,centre head, FIITJEE Swargate said,“ Though the move looks beneficial to the students, it also has some negatives. Contrary to claims by the government, it is impossible to create papers of similar difficulty levels and standardise the scores from the two sittings, say of January and April 2019 for JEE of August 2019. Each time that a student would sit for an exam, the performance based on the preparation and circumstantial mindset would be different, and the variation in this might cause problems in implementation.”

According to the HRD ministry, the tests will be standardised usingpsychometric methods and different techniques to aggregate the best of the equated scores.

Opposing the move, Chandreshekhar Nikam, director of Rajat Academy added,“Unless the syllabus is reduced, especially with respect to NEET, this might do more harm than benefit for the students, as it would mean more complication and confusion. Also, the less time frame would not allow many to have a robust preparation, as is in case of many repeaters. Further, two opportunities might even breed a laid-back attitude in many, reducing the overall performance level.”

First Published: Jul 13, 2018 16:12 IST