What will National Testing Agency do?

Union HRD Minister recommends setting up of National Testing Agency which will hold exams. At present, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts several examinations including board exams as well as entrances. CBSE exams are taken by more than 1.12 crore students every year.

It is becoming difficult for CBSE to hold exams at such large scale. For the purpose of lessening burden of CBSE, National Testing Agency will/can be formed.

What will National Testing Agency do?

To start with, it will conduct all India engineering entrance exam. Currently CBSE holds JEE Main which acts as entrance exam for NITs, IIITs, CFTIs and also as preliminary round for JEE Advanced held by IITs. There are several news reports on how Government is trying to work out a single engineering entrance exam. Like they introduced NEET to replace all state level medical entrance exams, there could be a similar engineering entrance exam on national level.

Exams conducted by CBSE

  • Board exams for Class 10
  • Board exams for Class 12
  • Joint Entrance¬†Examination (JEE MAIN)
  • National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET)
  • National Eligibility Test (NET)

Full forms

AICTE. All India Council for Technical Education.

CABE. Central Advisory Board for Education.

CBSE. Central Board of Secondary Education.

HRD. Human Resource Development.

NCERT. National Council Of Educational Research And Training.

UGC. University Grants Commission.