On July 07, 2018 National Testing Agency (NTA) has been announced as the conducting body for the national level entrance examinations like NET UGC, JEE Mains, NEET, CMAT, and GPAT. But this creates a lot of chaos among the students as a lot of questions hitting their minds regarding the sudden changes in these examination. Likewise What is NTA? Will NTA make GPAT difficult? How many attempts can one take?

In general GPAT is the Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test which was conducted by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). All the pharmacy graduates who aspire to attain admission in the Master’s programme i.e M.Pharma. It is a online based test. The students have to attempt all the questions during the duration of three hours. But the question arises that  what will happen in upcoming year i.e 2019.

For GPAT 2019 NTA is going to hold the responsibility for conducting across India. On last Saturday evening i.e July 07, minister of human resource development (MHRD) Prakash Javedkar has announced a major change in the educational curriculum at the entrance level examinations. This is not enough, to gear up more he also announce the schedule officially and said that NTA has all set itself for conducting the exams from the next year.

As per the official notification, the application forms for GPAT will start from October 22 to December 15, 2018. While the examinations will conduct on January, 27, 2019 followed by the declaration of result in the first week of February 2019.

Changes In GPAT Through NTA 

By introducing the NTA as the conducting body for the examinations there are changes occurred in GPAT entrance exam. That inspite of AICTE, now NTA is the main body responsibile for organizing GPAT for the year 2019. Also, NTA will set up the practice centres for the students in rural areas in order to make the students familiar with the online mode of the examinations. This facility would start from the 3rd week of August. Centres will be open on Saturday and Sunday and student can access this facility free of charge.

No Changes In GPAT Through NTA 

There are certain things which will remain same as per the last year. Just like 2018, in 2019 also, the pattern of the examination will remain same. The examinations will conduct in the online mode only. part from this, there will be no change in the medium of the examination i.e the language as well as the fees structure. Above all and the most important there will be no change in the syllabus of the examination.

These ‘ no change’ rule is applicable for all the entrance exams such as JEE Main, UGC-NET, NEET, CMAT and GPAT. So, aspirants can take the breath of relief after by analyzing the number of changes and no changes for the session 2019.

Will NTA Make GPAT Difficult? 

This is most curious and the prominent question asked by the candidates who are going to appear for 2019 entrance examination. As, in the press conference MHRD, Prakash Javedkar has said that the syllabus of the examination would not be changed. While designing the question paper it will be ensured that NTA experts will become familiar with the previous year question paper. So, we this we can say that the difficulty level of the question paper will remain same for the year 2019. Aspirants should not take too much stress for it and have to prepare well for the desired examinations.

How many attempts one can take in GPAT after NTA? 

As there is no changes set in the age limit for appearing in GPAT after the implementation of NTA. So, it can be say that the one can go for GPAT for the unlimited times. However, there is no official notification regarding any change in the number of attempts. So, we are expecting the last year trend.

National Testing Agency (NTA) has introduced in the year 2017. The main aim of bringing the NTA into functioning is that to make the evaluation system leak proof. Apart from this, also to bring these national level entrance examination to the international level exams like GRE and GMAT. The NTA is seems to be beneficial to all those drop year candidates who not able to appear for the exams due to certain circumstances.


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