Engineering and medical, two of the most sought career choices in Indian, are often clouded with controversy and uncertainty. The recent talk of the town is “Will NTA conduct JEE and NEET in December or not?” Every day a new narrative focusing the same is published online, only resulting in further ambiguity. It is high time to probe the surge before students across the nation put thier hope on JEE Main December 2018 and NEET December 2018.

How it all started?

Well, it all began when a reputed regional newspaper published an article. While the news targeted to sow speculation, the language of the article rather confirmed it. Later on, in an audio recording, the reporter of the news article cleared that it is a surmise and no official proof supporting it is available. The copy of the news reports that started it all is as follows:

The truth behind the reports was explored and brought out. Finally, when the discussion started to mix with the dust, the reports of NTA conducting JEE and NEET not only in December 2018 but also in May 2019 started surfacing. Now, the student across the nation is more focused on finding about the December and May exam than focusing on JoSAA Counselling 2018 and School Boards.

5 Reasons Why NTA wil Not Conduct JEE Main and NEET in December 2018 and then again in May 2019

The matter escalated pretty quickly but there are certain very rational reasons which indicate that NTA will not be conducting JEE Main and NEET in December 2018. These are:

# Difficult to Follow Timeline – To conduct a national level examination, minimum of 4 to 5 months are needed. If NTA wants to conduct Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main or National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) then it needs to release the first notification in July 2018, followed by application form in August-September and admit card by November 2018 end. Now, everything is possible, yet the chances are less.

# Where is National Testing Agency? – All we know is that Vineet Joshi is the director general of NTA. He is a former Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) director. Other than this, there is no other information about NTA. The Agency is definitely existing in papers and in thoughts of MHRD. However, the actual existence of it is not in sight yet.

# Holding JEE Main and NEET Together will be a Task – Approximately 13 lakh candidates apply for NEET and 11 lakh for JEE Main, every year. The audience of both the exams is of same age group and smaller section of it collide as well. But, it will be very difficult to conduct two such huge entrance examinations in the same month. Both the papers will be held at national level and thousands of exam centers will be needed. Also, JEE Main was held abroad as well this year and conducting it again in a foreign country will be a challenge in itself.

# Then Conduct National Level Exam in May 2019? Not At All – If the entrance exams are held in December 2018 then the result of it will be either announced by the end of the month or in January 2019. Which leave NTA with only 4 months to conduct the exam again. Keeping the time needed for conducting the exam, this again does not sound feasible.

# A Proper Official Notice for Online Exam – NEET has only been conducted in pen and paper mode and even for JEE Main, students mostly opt for the offline examination. Now, the word is out there that NTA will conduct the exam in online mode but there is no official notification confirming it. NTA will have to inform students about scrapping offline paper option, months before announcing the exam. It will be unjust if a prior official announcement is not made.

These are some of the reasons which make us think that JEE Main and NEET will not be held in December 2018 and then again in May 2019. What is your take on the matter? Do you think NTA  is ready to conduct two of the biggest entrance examinations this early? Also, is it a good idea to conduct the exams in December 2018? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. 


  1. No its not advisable to conduct online exam in December. It’s is better to conduct the same way as it is. Please don’t do experiments with students emotions.

  2. No NTA should not conduct J E E and n e e t exam on December 2018… As because it will not only be the problem of the organizers but it would also be the problem of candidate who would be preparing for these entrance exam..

  3. If NTA conduct JEE and NEET in December-2018 the probability of getting chances to study in engineering and medical college for interested students ( those who can’t study in engineering and medical college due to less number of seats ) will increased. So, it is better to conduct this two entrance exam in December-2018 as well as in May-2019.

  4. No
    Not to conduct online
    Don’t do experiment with students
    It’s better to conduct as it is in may

  5. U guys are misguiding the student n talking bullshit..u don’t have enough knowledge about NTA..Go check out leading news paper like DNA ,zee news ,India today ,Times now etc..they all are saying that NTA will going to conduct NEET n JEE mains in the month of DECEMBER 2018 for 2019 session..

  6. Can you people in the comment box justify that how conducting the exam again will be a problem for students, dont say stupid things if you dont have any idea about whats going on.

  7. my opinion about conducting NEET twice in years, which will make lots of controversy about students study and plan for admitting in the course, because only one admission is happening in a year. there is no any kind of explanation about how selection of candidature for MBBS/BDS admission from two results in year. this would be high pressure for the candidates in preparation. whoever may be conducting examination either NTA or CBSE, yearly once would be the best option above the same.

  8. Better to Conduct both the Examinations in Dec’18 / Jan’2019 and Twice in a year . This is very useful to the Students who lost their chances earlier Please.

  9. NTA conduct both the National level Exams like JEE / NEET twice in a year in the month of Dec / Jan & June / July Please.

  10. Yes, NTA should conduct these exams because it would be a second chance for the NEET and JEE aspirants who did not perform well and got low scores in their exams this year. These candidates would have dreamt about their dream career of becoming doctors and engineers. In the first chance they couldn’t achieve their goal. So to achieve their goal, they have to take a year drop and waste a year. So in order to achieve their goal, I prefer that these exams have to be conducted in December 2018 just to make their dreams come true…

  11. No, I am also not in agreement with this as it would not be possible for some students specially the droppers to finish the whole of the syllabus of both 11 and 12 classes in just such a short span and not only those students but some others also who want to secure their future in medical or engineering lines….

  12. Yes,NTA SHOULD exam twice in a year. It benefits the students who got less marks. Please keep the exam in december2018

  13. ItsI a very big step and the confusion sorrounding it must be cleared. Like is a student allowed to give it twice? If yes then which one’s result will be considered? The best one or the average? What happens if the difficulty level of both papers don’t match?

  14. yes plz conduct exams in December it can save a lot of time of droppers, and help to focus again in short time, plz Sir

  15. Yes NTA should conduct the neet exam again in Dec it ‘ll help many students who fail to score good marks in neet like me .please conduct

  16. Yup …they should conduct the exam.in dec.2018 as well as in may or June of 2019…it’s true that the droppers this year would not be able to perform well…but it will.be a good chance for those who didn’t perform well this year even after taking a year drop…

  17. Then what about the syllabus for JEE MAINS 2019 …is same as existing syllabus or there any possibilities for the changes in the syllabus conducing by NTA?

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