The government is gearing up to set a timeline for key entrance exams in the country to streamline these competitive tests. A fixed calendar is designed to make exam dates more transparent and avoid last minute misunderstandings. The calendar enables the aspirants to speed up their preparations by date. The fixed calendar will reportedly include entrance tests such as the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG), and Common University Entrance Test (CUET), among others.
An announcement about the streamlining of exams is expected from the Ministry of Education soon. Information on the examination schedule for admission to undergraduate and medical schools and technical schools will also be released. According to a leading daily newspaper, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has already appointed a committee to develop the exam calendar.
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The report of a fixed calendar for the entrance tests comes as the National Testing Agency (NTA) is expected to announce the JEE (main) exam this week.
The report added that a portion of the JEE (Main) and NEET-UG candidates have demanded that the two technical entrance exams be taken in April and May and the medical entrance exam in June. However, the officials suggest that this will further slow down the academic calendar, which has already been impacted by COVID-19 in recent years.
“If the first JEE (Main) is held in April, the aspirants, many of whom take all three exams, would appear for back-to-back exams without gaps. The idea of taking the exam twice is also to give a chance to improve and to ensure that if a candidate is unable to appear in an exam due to various reasons, he/she is given some time to prepare prepare. Back-to-back exams will not serve the purpose,” the official told the national daily.
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