JEE (M) and NEET Twice Will Increase Opportunities
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Deepak Kumar, a science student of class 11 preparing for JEE (mains), appeared happy and relaxed as he walked into his weekend classes in Delhi's Kalu Sarai, a veritable hub of engineering and medical entrance coaching centres.
According to his friends, his countenance displayed a marked change since the HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar's surprise announcement on Sunday informing students that they can now appear for the crucial National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main twice a year.
"I am overjoyed. This is the most important examination of our lives and we are all working very hard to do well. But we all have bad days. The new reform has given me encouragement that all will not be lost if I do not get through in the first try," Deepak Kumar said.
Deepak is one of many who have lauded the HRD Minister's announcements to conduct NEET and JEE(M) examinations twice a year.
As part of reforms introduced to the structure of the crucial, state-supervised examinations, Javadekar further announced that instead of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) that was so far responsible for the tests, the newly formed National Testing Agency will now be conducting the examinations.
Aspirants can now appear twice for the same seat and the best of the two scores shall be considered for the admission.
NTA will also take over conducting the UGC-NET examinations which were earlier conducted by the CBSE.
Another major announcement Javadekar made was that from now all examinations will be held online and students only have the option to appear for the tests online.
Abhinandan, a school pass-out and currently preparing for JEE(M) from Fitjee in Kalu Sarai said that making the tests online would help students save precious time during exams.
"The OMR sheets that earlier had to be manually filled in were tedious and required a lot of time and unnecessary effort. Students also had to answer correctly at one go or the answer would stand cancelled. Online OMR sheets will allow students to review their answers and change the response if they need to," said Abhinandan.
Other students also felt that the two exams will give an opportunity to those who have weaknesses to polish their flaws before the next sitting.
"Students can look at this as a pre-selection exam before the final examination. If one has weaknesses, they will be found out during the first try. I think it is an excellent decision," engineering aspirant Pooja Soni told News18.
Pooja's views were echoed by RK Mishra, Director and HOD of Physics at 'The Guidance Classes' in Kalu Sarai.
"It is a specially good news for weaker students and the timing is also perfect. Earlier the JEE main entrance was held right after Class 12 boards and thus students would often be divided between devoting time to boards and to JEE preparations. Now the exams are more easily timed and students can actually get some time to breathe," Mishra said.
However not all students were as optimistic as that.