NTA Exam

It is now clear that the National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct JEE Main, NEET, CMAT, GPAT, and UGC NET for upcoming admission. MHRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar, announced the details regarding NTA Exam in a press conference. He also disclosed that NTA has started the preperation for the examination. Few changes has also been announced in the exam and the way it is conducted. However, there are four common constants for all the NTA Exam.

Since the announcement, a lot of confusion regarding the examination and how it will be conducted has been bugging the students and parents. The major changes in the NTA Exam is that it will be held online and twice a year. However, there is a catch to it, as this is not applicable for all the examinations. Hence, here we will try and remove the ambiguity about the NTA Exams and changes in it.

Know All About the NTA Exam

Before knowing the changes and what remains the same, the candidates should know which exam is of concern to them. There are five exams that NTA will be conducting and brief about these are  given below.

JEE Main – Joint Entrance Examination Main is a national level exam. It is conducted to fill B.E / B.Tech / B.Arch / B.Planning seats in NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs. The examination consists of two Papers, where Paper I is for UG Engineering and Paper 2 is for B.Arch and B.Planning students.

NEETNational Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test has been surrounded with controversy since it was introduced. The examination is held to fill 100 percent MBBS and BDS seats in the nation.

CMAT – Common Management Admission Test was conducted by AICTE until now. It is held to fill seats in MBA, PGDM, Executive PGDM, PGCM courses, offered by colleges approved by AICTE.

GPAT – Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test is the biggest entrance examination for admission in PG Pharma courses. The examination is considered equivalent to GATE, in the field of Pharmacy.

UGC NET – National Eligibility Test is held for those candidates who wish to be Assistant Professor or Junior Research Follow. Qualifying the examination means that the candidates eligible for these posts and get the eligibility certificate.

What are the Changes in NTA Exam 2019?

#1. National Testing Agency has announced certain prominent changes in the exam. The first one is that the NTA Exams will be held in online mode. Until now, only NEET and UGC NET were held in pen and paper mode. However, JEE Main was held online and offline and AICTE used to conduct CMAT and GPAT in Computer Based only.

Last time, for JEE Main 1135084 candidates registered. Out of these, only 237318 registered for the online examination and 897766 opted for pen and paper based examination. For NEET around 13 lakh candidates and the number of applicants for UGC NET goes as high as 11 to 12 lakh.

Converting the NTA Exam mode from online to offline might create a problem for the candidates. Hence, to eradicate it, NTA has decided to announce exam centres where students can go and give the practice test. The online mock test for the exam will also be soon announced on the official website of NTA, i.e. nta.ac.in.

Know How to Prepare for: NTA JEE Main | NTA NEET | NTA CMAT

#2. Another major change in NTA Exam will be that it will be held twice a year. NTA has released the schedule for all the examination. As per it, only NEET and JEE Main will be held twice. As per the available dates, UGC NET, CMAT and GPAT will only be held once a year. In near futur, NTA might announce the dates for second paper of these examination but for now, the dates are only available one exam. The complete schedule for NTA Exams is as follows:

These are the 4 Major Factors which will Remain the Same as Last Year in NTA Exam

National Testing Agency has clarified that 4 things will not change in any of NTA Exam. These are – Exam Pattern, Language, Syllabus, and Fee of the exam. Hence, these in NTA Exam will be:

#1 Language of NTA Exam: JEE Main will be held in Hindi, English, and Gujarati Language. Only the candidates appearing for JEE Main in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli can opt for JEE in Gujarati. NEET is held in 11 languages and these are English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya, Kannada and Urdu.

UGC NET will be held in Hindi and English Language and the Paper II will be in the respective Language for which the exam is being held. The questions in CMAT and GPAT are available in the English Language only.

#2 Syllabus of NTA Exam: The syllabus of the examination will also remain as it was. The syllabus for JEE Main and NEET is NCERT and CBSE focused. Whereas, the syllabus for NET is as per UGC norms and for CMAT / GPAT it has been decided by AICTE.

Check Here Complete Syllabus: JEE Main | NEET | CMAT | GPAT | UGC NET

#3 Exam Pattern for NTA Exam: The pattern of each examination varies. JEE Main and NEET are UG exams in which all the questions are of multiple choice type. The question in JEE Main are asked from Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, whereas, in NEET the question are from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology subject.

In JEE Main the total number of questions is 90 and in NEET candidates have to solve 180 questions. JEE is of total 360 marks and NEET is of 720 marks. In both the exam negative marking of 1 mark is applicable for marking incorrect response.

UGC NET consists of two papers. Paper I is general for the candidates but Paper II is the subject paper. Paper I has 50 questions of 100 marks and in Paper II, candidates have to attempt 100 questions of 200 marks. In both the exams, the questions are of objective type.

Check Here Previous Year Questions for NTA Exam: JEE Main | NEET | NET

CMAT is a 400 marks exam, in which there are 100 questions. These questions are asked from Logical Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, and Language Comprehension.

Lastly, in GPAT there are 125 MCQs. For each correct answer, 4 marks are awarded and negative marking is of 1 marks. Candidates get 3 hours to solve the questions, which are asked from Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacognosy, and other subjects related to Pharmacy.

#4 Fee of NTA Exam: Since it is clear that the amount of application fee will be the same as last year. Hence, it will be Rs. 1400 for General category aspirants of CMAT / GPAT. The same for other categories NTA CMAT / GPAT aspirants will be Rs. 700.

The aspirants of UGC NET will have to pay Rs. 1000. However, those belonging to OBC NCL category need to pay Rs. 500 and those of SC / ST / PwD category will have to pay Rs. 250 only.

The application fee for NEET will be Rs. 1400 for General and OBC category and Rs. 750 for SC / ST / PH category. The amount of JEE Main 2019 application fee is as follows:

JEE Main 2019 Fee

We hope this article was helpful to you. If there are more questions and queries which bother you then leave a comment.  Also, we would like to know your thoughts on NTA and NTA Exam. Speak out your thoughts, comment below.


    • Hi Sanjiv

      Candidates should have secured either 75% in Qualifying Examination or should be among Top 20 Percentile of respective School Board.

      For the SC / ST candidates, the minimum marks percentage in Qualifying Examination is 65%. However, the Top 20 percentile criteria remain the same.

      These are some condition but there is always some exceptions like: https://admission.aglasem.com/jee-main-eligibility/

    • HI Salil

      Now NTA will conduct all the exams in online mode only.So UGC NET Dec 2018 will be conducted online i.e CBT.

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