We hear about so many top-level entrance exams like JEE Main, NEET, UGC NET, etc.
Do you know who conducts them?
Who is authorised to evaluate the score?
How does the conducting body function?
Delve in the blog to find answers to all these questions and much more.
What is NTA?
National Testing Agency (NTA) was established as a chief and self-sufficient testing organization that conducts entrance exams for admissions, fellowships and recruitment in top educational institutions.
The conducting body is trusted to deliver the best in every aspect of testing, starting from preparation, delivery to scoring. They match the international standards by exhibiting utmost competence, transparency and flawless execution.
About National Testing Agency:
NTA was set up by The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). It is a registered society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. The board has been conducting exams since 2018.
The core of the NTA team consists of Researchers & Psychometricians, Education Specialists and Test Item Writers.
What are the Functions of NTA?
The core functions of the agency are as follows:
- Recognize the partner institutions to conduct the online examination without impacting their academic routine.
- Formulate a question bank for all the subjects using modern methods and techniques.
- Authorize research & development, and appoint qualified experts in different aspects of testing.
- Provide each college with the required training and advisory services for testing to ensure high standards.
Achieve global standards of testing by using domestic & international expertise and collaborating with international organizations like ETS.
- Undertake any other exam that is entrusted to it by any Department of Central/ State Governments.
- Handle the training and reforms of school boards and other bodies to make the testing standards equivalent to the entrance exams.
The National Testing Agency conducts examinations in several domains. Here is the list of NTA exams in different disciplines:
- Engineering Entrance Exam:
Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main:
The exam is conducted for admissions to Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech), Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) and Bachelor of Planning (B.Plan) courses.
Several IITs, NITs, IIITs, other Government-funded Institutions and Private Institutions across the country accept JEE Main scores.
Candidates must complete their 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as compulsory subjects to be eligible for this exam.
- Medical Entrance Exam:
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET):
The exam is conducted for admissions at several medical courses like Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS), Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), etc.
Over 450 colleges in India accept NEET scores for admissions. Some of the top colleges are AIIMS, JIPMER, CMC, BMCRI, etc.
Candidates must complete their 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology as compulsory subjects to appear for the exam.
All India AYUSH Postgraduate Entrance Test (AIAPGET):
The exam is held for students who want to seek admission in PG based on the Indian system of medicine in Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Siddha or Unani.
Aspirants should have completed their relevant bachelor's program along with a 1-year mandatory internship to apply for the exam.
They can seek admissions at top colleges in India by qualifying the exam and participating in counselling sessions.
- Management Entrance Exam:
Common Management Admission Test (CMAT):
The exam is conducted for admissions in Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM).
Several top B-Schools in India like Goa Institute of Management, KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Christ University, and others accept CMAT scores.
Candidates with a Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized board can apply for the exam.
- Pharmacy Entrance Exam:
Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT):
After qualifying in the GPAT exam, students can apply for the Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm) program in AICTE and PCI approved institutions.
It is an online examination conducted once a year for 24,000 seats at several top colleges in India.
Aspirants applying for the exam should have graduated or appeared in the final year of Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) course.
- College/ University Teaching & Fellowship Entrance Exam:
Students who qualify for the examination can take up the post of Assistant Professors or Junior Fellowship Researcher (JFR) in several colleges and universities in India.
Candidates applying for this exam must have completed their master's program with a minimum aggregate score of 55% or equivalent.
It is an online examination that offers 81 language options for paper 2. Students can choose any one of the subjects and prepare accordingly, to conduct active research in various fields.
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (CSIR UGC NET):
CSIR UGC NET or CSIR NET is conducted for candidates interested in Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or Assistant Lectureship.
Students who qualify for the exam can work in UGC recognised institutions across India for the following subjects:
- Chemical Sciences
- Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences
- Life Sciences
- Mathematical Sciences
- Physical Sciences
Aspirants who have an undergraduate degree in the required field can appear for the exam.
- University/ Institute Level Entrance Exam:
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Admission Test (IIFT):
The exam is conducted for admissions in the management courses offered by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) at its Delhi and Kolkata campus.
Both Indian and foreign students can take up the exam to pursue an MBA in International Business in any of the IIFT campuses.
Aspirants have to complete their graduation in their preferred field to appear for the exam.
Jawaharlal Nehru University Entrance Exam (JNUEE):
The exam is conducted for admission into various undergraduate, postgraduate, doctorate, and integrated courses in JNU's 14 schools. It's an online university level exam for both Indian and foreign students.
The eligibility for the exam depends on their prefered course. Students must check and match the eligibility criteria before applying for the exam.
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Ph.D and OPENMAT (MBA) Entrance Examination:
The IGNOU Ph.D and OPENMAT (MBA) Entrance Exam exam is conducted for admissions in MBA and Ph.D courses offered by the Indira Gandhi National Open University.
It is an aptitude test for students seeking admissions at Indira Gandhi National Open University. Students must match the required eligibility to apply for the exam.
Delhi University Entrance Test (DUET):
The exam is conducted for admissions to several UG, PG, Doctorate courses offered by Delhi University. The university was established in 1922. It has 77 affiliated colleges across India.
The NTA agency has set the basic eligibility criteria for the exam as the completion of 10+2. Students must check for the qualifications based on their prefered course before applying for the exam.
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research has entrusted the NTA to conduct its All India Entrance Exams for admissions to UG, PG & doctorate courses in Agricultural Universities. The exam is also conducted to award scholarships and fellowships.
- Hotel Management Entrance Exam:
National Council for Hotel Management Joint Entrance Examination (NCHM JEE):
The exam is conducted for admissions to Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) in Hospitality & Hotel Administration.
It is a mandatory exam for students seeking admission to institutions accepting NCHM JEE scores.
Aspirants applying for the exam should have completed 10+2 or appeared in the final year, with English as a compulsory subject from a recognized board.
- SWAYAM Test:
Study Web of Active Learning by Young and Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM) Exam:
The Ministry of Human Resource Development's new initiative SWAYAM aims to achieve the 3 principles of Education Policy, which are Access, Equity, & Quality. SWAYAM provides an integrated portal for online courses covering the subjects from 9 to 12, Undergraduate, and Postgraduate levels of education.
Students have to take the SWAYAM Exam, which will test their knowledge gained through the portal.
Annual Refresher Programme In Teaching (ARPIT) Exam:
The Ministry of Human Resource Development launched a new initiative wherein, 66 discipline-specific National Resource Centres (NRCs) have been identified to develop new refresher modules in their discipline each year. The training material for each discipline will be available through SWAYAM each year.
- Sports Authority of India - Coaching Education Programme Examination (SAI- CEP):
It is an entrance examination for admission to coaching education programmes of the sports authority of India.
The exam is based on two papers. In Paper I, candidates can choose any one of the 20+ sports disciplines and for Paper II, candidates have to answer a paper on Sports Science.
- Indian Scholastic Assessment Test (IND SAT):
IND SAT is for foreign students to seek admissions in India. Meritorious students are also offered scholarships under the exam.
Application Process for NTA Exams:
The application process for all the exams authorized by the NTA agency is the same. Following are the steps:
- Basic Registration: The initial registration process involves providing all the primary and mandatory details in the official website of a particular NTA exam to create an account for admission.
- Application Form: Candidates have to log in with their account credentials to fill the application form, choose the exam centres and pay the application fee.
- Admit Card: After the application form is accepted, students must download the admit card from the official website to appear for the exam.
- NTA Examination: Applicants must appear for the exam with all the required documents and follow all the guidelines provided by the NTA.
- Selection Process: Post the declaration of the results, eligible candidates must participate in the selection process. It may be a counselling session, or the students must apply with their scorecard at the participating institutes.
Candidates who qualify in the exam are placed in the top colleges of India based on their merit and performance in the selection round.
NTA agency offers the best preparation experience before the exam. Students can take the mock test in three ways:
- Free Mock Test at Test Practice Centre (TPC):
Step 1: Visit the official website of NTA.
Step 2: On the home screen, click on the "Students" tab and then select "Registration for Mock Test @TPC"
Step 3: Enter the login credentials like email ID/ mobile number and password, then hit "Login"
Step 4: Students must add all the required details and select 5 TPCs in the order of preference.
Step 5: They must also choose a favourable time session and follow the NTA online procedure to register themselves for NTA Mock at TPC.
Students can book any of the following slots at the TPC:
Saturday: 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM & 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Authentication of a Slot:
The TPC authenticates the slot through SMS or Email. Candidates receive all the details regarding the time and day of the practice test 24 to 48 hours before the scheduled slot. The message will be used as an admit card for entry to the centre.
- NTA Online Mock Test on the Official Website:
Students can also take up the mock test in the comfort of their homes. They must visit the official website and click on the "Mock Test" link under the Students tab.
The page will redirect them to the mock test. Students must choose the exam and the paper to begin with the session.
- Downloaded Mock Test:
On the home page, under the "Student" tab, candidates should click on the "Download Test" link to download the zip file for the mock test.
They can also download the exam paper of previous years for reference. There is no limit on the number of attempts to appear for the mock test.
Gist of the Blog:
NTA was formed to ensure international standards, transparency and unmarked quality criteria for high-priority entrance examinations conducted in the country.
The National Testing Agency is one of the prime exam conducting bodies in the country. The high standards maintained by the body streamlines the admission process of top colleges across several fields of study.
It also conducts various content-based lectures, provides mock tests and has an AI-driven platform for students to help them ace their exams.
Choose a domain and appear in one of the NTA exams to seek admissions in a top college of India.