What Is The National Testing Agency (NTA) And How Does It Function

National Testing Agency (NTA) And How Does It Function

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), which has been renamed the Ministry of Education, Government of India (GOI), established the National Testing Agency (NTA) is an independent, autonomous, and self-sustaining premier testing agency under the Society Registration Act 1860 for conducting efficient, transparent, and international standards-based tests to assess candidates’ competency and will conduct almost all national level examination in different domains. 

The National Testing Agency (NTA) was formed as a leading, specialized, autonomous, and self-sustaining testing body for the purpose of administering entrance examinations for admission or for fellowship in postsecondary educational institutions.

Assessing candidates’ competency for admissions and recruiting has always been a difficulty in terms of conforming to research-based international standards, ensuring efficiency, transparency, and ensuring error-free delivery. The National Testing Agency is tasked with resolving all such challenges by utilizing the best practices in every discipline, from exam preparation through test administration and marking.

To promote educational equity and quality through the administration of research-based, valid, reliable, efficient, transparent, and fair assessments at the worldwide level. The top subject matter experts, psychometricians, and information technology delivery, and security professionals will ensure that existing assessment system deficiencies are effectively identified and closed.

The National Testing Agency will establish professional standards for assessments in the country, as well as to conduct research on education and professional development.

Due to the vast diversity of India, the NTA will successfully communicate with numerous state governments, universities, state education boards, the UGC, AIU, NCTE, NCERT, CBSE, CISCE, and NIOS, among others, to ascertain students’ skills and higher education institution requirements.

 The main objective of National Testing Agency (NTA)

  • To conduct quick, transparent, and worldwide standards-based exams to determine a candidate’s competency for admission and recruitment purposes.
  • To conduct research on educational, professional, and testing systems in order to discover knowledge gaps and provide strategies for bridging them.
  • To assist in the development of examination questions by identifying specialists and institutions.
  • To generate, share information, and research about educational and professional standards.

List of National level Examination Conducted by NAT in different domains  

The national level examinations conducted by NAT in each section are listed below and this list was most recently updated in 2021 and will be updated on a regular basis thereafter.

Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)

The Ministry of Human Resource Development’s (now-renamed Ministry of Education) Department of Higher Education has entrusted the NTA with the responsibility of conducting the Joint Entrance Examination JEE (Main) beginning in 2019.

The Joint Entrance Examination for Mains (JEE Main) is divided into two sections. Paper 1 is used to determine eligibility for admission to undergraduate engineering programs (BE / B.Tech) is used by NITs, IIITs, other centrally funded technical institutes (CFTIs), and state-funded institutions/universities, as well as JEE IITs to determine the Advanced Entrance Test.

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)

The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a national-level entrance examination for admission to management programs offered by institutions around the country. This Test enables AICTE-accredited participating institutions to identify qualified graduate applicants for admission to their management programs.

Until 2018, the All India Council for Technical Education administered the Test (AICTE) and since 2019, the NTA has been administering this Test.

The NTA will conduct the CMAT-2021. The CMAT is a three-hour computer-based online test that assesses candidates’ competence in a variety of areas, including quantitative techniques, logical reasoning, language comprehension, and general awareness.

All AICTE-Approved Institutions / University Departments / Constituent Colleges / Affiliated Colleges accept the CMAT score.

UGC National Eligibility Test

The National Eligibility Test (NET) is administered by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to determine Indian citizens’ eligibility for Assistant Professorships, Junior Research Fellowships, or a combination of the two, in Indian Universities and Colleges.

Until June 2018, CBSE administered the NET in 84 subjects across 91 cities in the country. Following that, beginning in December 2018, the National Testing Agency will administer the UGC-NET (NTA).

The award of a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and/or eligibility for an Assistant Professorship are contingent upon the candidate’s aggregate performance in UGC-NET Papers I and II. Candidates who qualify solely for Assistant Professorship will not be considered for the JRF award. Candidates who pass the eligibility test for Assistant Professorship are subject to the norms and regulations governing Assistant Professor recruitment at the respective universities/colleges/state governments.

Jawaharlal Nehru University Entrance Test

The National Testing Agency (NTA) was founded as a leading, autonomous, and self-sustaining testing body for the purpose of administering entrance examinations for admission/fellowship in higher educational institutions.

Assessing candidates’ competency for admissions and recruiting has always been a difficulty in terms of conforming to research-based international standards, ensuring efficiency, transparency, and ensuring error-free delivery. The National Testing Agency is tasked with resolving all such challenges by utilizing the best practices in every discipline, from exam preparation through test administration and marking.

The Jawaharlal Nehru University was established in 1969 by the Jawaharlal Nehru University Act 1966, (53 of 1966). The University’s strategy has been to develop policies and programs that will distinguish JNU as a distinct contribution to the nation’s higher education resources. Admission to JNU is determined by a candidate’s performance in the All India Level Entrance Examination. For more information, please refer to the e-prospectus on the university website.

ICAR’S All India Entrance Examination

From 2019, The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has assigned NTA with the responsibility of administering the All India Entrance Examination for the admission of undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs at the AU, as well as for the awarding of scholarships and fellowships.

From 2019, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has entrusted the NTA with the task of conducting All India Entrance Examinations for admission to undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs in AUs, as well as the provision of scholarships and fellowships.

In India, the ICAR-AU system comprises 75 agricultural universities: 64 State Agricultural, Veterinary, Horticultural, and Fisheries Universities (SAUs), four ICAR-DUs (IARI, IVRI, NDRI, and CIFE), three Central Agricultural Universities (CAU, Imphal, Dr. RPCAU, Pusa, and RLB CAU, Jhansi), and four Central Universities (CUs) with a Faculty of Agriculture (BHU, AMU, Viswa Bharati, and Nagaland University). India’s National Agricultural Research and Education System (NARES) is one of the largest in the world, annually enrolling over 15,000 graduates, 11,000 post-graduates, and 2,500 Ph.D. students in a variety of agricultural and allied sciences areas.

Hotel Management Joint Entrance Examination

National Council for Hotel Management & Catering Technology (NCHMCT) was established in 1982 as an autonomous agency under the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, to oversee the growth and development of hospitality management education in the country. The Council governs academics who teach in the subject of hospitality education and training at its affiliated institutes.

In collaboration with the Indira Gandhi National Open University, the NCHMCT-affiliated institutes provide a B.Sc. (Hospitality & Hotel Administration) curriculum. The three-year (six semesters) program provides students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitude to effectively perform supervisory tasks in the hospitality industry.

Admission to the program is determined by the results of the NCHM JEE test. The NCHM JEE score is recognized by all participating institutes for admission to their respective B.Sc (HHA) programs.

The NCHM JEE-2021 will be conducted online by NTA (Internet-based).

Study Web Of Active Learning By Young And Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM)

This is accomplished using a platform that enables the hosting of all classroom-based courses from Class 9 through post-graduation to be accessed by anyone, anywhere, and at any time. All courses are interactive, taught by the greatest teachers in the country, and are completely free to all students. Over 1,000 highly selected faculty and teachers from across the country contributed to the development of these courses.

SWAYAM’s courses are divided into four quadrants: (1) video lectures, (2) carefully prepared reading material that may be downloaded or printed, (3) self-assessment tests via tests and quizzes, and (4) online discussion forum for clarifying problems. The learning experience has been enhanced using audio-video, multi-media, and state-of-the-art pedagogy/technology.

Nine National Coordinators have been chosen to ensure the highest quality material is generated and delivered. They are as follows:

  • For self-paced and worldwide courses, AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education)
  • Engineering NPTEL (National Program for Technology-Enhanced Learning)
  • UGC (University Grants Commission) for post-graduate education in non-technical fields
  • For undergraduate education, CEC (Consortium for Educational Communication)
  • For school education, NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training)
  • For school education, NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling)
  • IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University) is a distance education institution for out-of-school students.
  • For management studies, IIMB (Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore)
  • Teacher Training Program at NITTTR (National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research)

While SWAYAM courses are provided free of charge to learners, anyone interested in earning a SWAYAM certificate must register for the final proctored tests, which are offered for a price, and attend in-person at designated centers on certain dates. Certificate eligibility will be stated on the course website, and learners will receive certificates only if they meet this requirement. Universities/colleges that accept credit transfer for these courses may do so using the grades/certificates earned in these courses.

National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test

The National Eligibility Cumulative Entrance Test (NEET) (UG) will be conducted by the National Testing Agency every year in Pen and Paper mode in 13 languages as a uniform entrance examination for admission to MBBS/BDS/BAMS/BSMS/BUMS/BHMS and other undergraduate medical courses in approved/recognized Medical/Dental/AYUSH. The NEET (UG) 2021 examination will be conducted in the following languages: English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

The NEET (UG) result may be used by various Central and State Government entities in compliance with their own eligibility criteria/other standards/applicable regulations/guidelines/rules. Additionally, the result data may be used for B.Sc. (H) Nursing courses in compliance with their individual eligibility criteria/other standards/applicable regulations/guidelines/rules.

Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test

Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) is a National Level Entrance Examination for admission to Master of Pharmacy (M. Pharma) programs. Until 2018, the All India Council for Technical Education administered the Test (AICTE) and since 2019, the NTA has been administering this Test.

This Test enables universities to identify qualified Pharmacy Graduates for admission to Masters of Pharmacy (M.Pharma) programs. The GPAT is an online computer-based test and its scores are also used to award a few scholarships and other forms of financial help in the field of pharmacy.

The GPAT Score is accepted by all AICTE/PCI-accredited / affiliated University Departments / Constituent / Affiliated Colleges / Institutions.

Candidates must apply separately with their GPAT Score to the desired GPAT participating institutions. The candidate’s final selection will be based on his or her performance in the GD and PI and is recommended to review the admission policies of each GPAT participating institution on their individual websites.

IIFT Entrance Examination

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) was founded in 1963 as an autonomous entity under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry with the mission of contributing to India’s foreign trade sector’s skill development. In 2002, the Institute was designated as a “Deemed to be University.” In 2005 and 2015, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) designated IIFT as a Grade ‘A’ institution.

MBA (International Business), IIFT’s flagship curriculum, is a six-trimester residential general management degree with a concentration in international business. There are campuses of IIFT in Delhi, Kolkata, and Kakinada.

NTA will administer the entrance exam for admission to IIFT’s MBA(IB) program in 2022–23.

IGNOU Ph.D. And Open mat (MBA) Entrance Examination

The National Testing Agency (NTA) was founded as a leading, autonomous, and self-sustaining testing body for the purpose of administering entrance examinations for admission/fellowship in higher educational institutions.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) is tasked with resolving all such challenges by utilizing the best practices in every discipline, from exam preparation through test administration and marking. Among other tests, NTA will administer the Ph.D. and OPENMAT (MBA) programs, as well as IGNOU’s entrance examinations for 2020 admissions; however, the test dates have not yet been finalized and will be announced.

JOINT CSIR – National Eligibility Test

NTA has been entrusted by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) with the responsibility of conducting the CSIR-UGC NET in CBT mode. The CSIR-UGC NET exam is used to evaluate eligibility for Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) and Lectureship/Assistant Professor positions in Indian universities and colleges, subject to meeting the UGC’s eligibility criteria. CSIR-UGC NET Fellowships are available in universities/IITs/PG colleges/government research facilities, including those of the CSIR, and research and development establishments of recognized public or private sector industrial organizations, as well as other recognized institutions. The test is only open to genuine Indian citizens. In India, the CSIR-UGC NET Fellowship is available. The initiative is geared toward the development of the nation’s science and technology workforce.

Delhi University Entrance Test

The National Testing Agency (NTA) is charged with conducting all entrance tests in Delhi university and fixing all these issues using best practices across all disciplines, from exam preparation through test administration and marking. Among other tests, NTA will administer the Delhi University Entrance Test for admissions to postgraduate, Ph.D. programmers; however, the test dates have not been set and will be publicized on the university’s website.

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