NEET JEE Main To Merge Into CUET From Next Year, Here’s Full Details

UGC plans to combine NEET, JEE exams with CUET – Here are the Full Details!!! The National Testing Agency is an Indian government agency that has been approved by the Union Council of Ministers. This National Testing Academy (NTA) conducts three major entrance exams namely Common University Entrance Test (CUET), National Eligibility and Entrance Test for Medical and allied courses (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for Engineering and Architecture courses.

Now, the University Grants Commission is planning to combine NEET and JEE exams with CUET exam. This decision has been taken considering the students should not suffer from stress due to the entrance exams. The Common University Entrance Test is an all India based entrance test for undergraduate, integrated, postgraduate, diploma and certification courses in 45 Central Universities of India.

Likewise, the Joint Entrance Examination is a computer-based test for getting admission from engineering, architecture courses across the country. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is a pre-medical entrance test for students who want to pursue undergraduate in Medicine. Now, the UGC plans to unite or combine all these entrance examination.

NEW DELHI: The government is exploring the possibility of merging the national engineering and medical entrance exams into the existing Common University Entrance Test (CUET), University Grants Commission (UGC) chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar said on Friday. Kumar said the government was looking at introducing the integrated entrance exam at the earliest, preferably by next year.

“We have three major entrance examinations, that is NEET, JEE (Main) and CUET and a large number of students appearing for these entrances are common. And all these examinations are conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Therefore, we are thinking why not use CUET scores alone for admission to multiple disciplines,” he said.

CUET was launched this year for undergraduate admissions to 90 universities including 45 central universities. Officials said 1.05 million students applied for CUET, making it the second biggest exam after NEET which received 1.8 million applications.

Kumar said the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 also envisages “one nation, one entrance” and this will reduce students’ burden of taking multiple entrance examinations for higher education.

Neet Jee Main Merge

While the National Eligibility Entrance Exam (NEET) is conducted for admission to medical courses including MBBS and BDS, the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) is designed for admission to various engineering courses including NIITs, IIITs and other centrally funded technical colleges and shortlist students who can appear for the JEE-Advanced exam for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technologies (IITs).

“NEET requires biology, physics and chemistry, JEE requires mathematics, physics and chemistry. All these subjects are already in CUET. Therefore, it won’t be an issue for medical and engineering colleges to use CUET scores for admission,” the UGC chairperson said.

Kumar said that the union ministry of education and UGC have started the discussions to prepare the stakeholders. “We don’t want to announce anything in a sudden manner just a few months before the exams,” he said.

The UGC will form a committee, including experts from diverse fields, to look at the present forms of entrance exams. “The committee will work on preparing recommendations for an integrated entrance exam. These recommendations will then be shared with the stakeholders for consultation and feedback and based on that the ministry and UGC will decide the modalities of the exam. A lot of planning has to be done,” Kumar said.

The exam may be conducted twice a year to provide more opportunities to students. “We may conduct the first session immediately after the conclusion of board exams and other sessions can be conducted in November or December,” he said.

When asked about the technical glitches reported during the ongoing CUET exams for undergraduate admissions, Kumar said the NTA is working on handling all the challenges.

“We are also discussing if the NTA can come up with its own entrance examination centres in educational institutions across the country that can accommodate more than 300 to 400 students at a time. These centres can be used by educational institutions for the rest of the year,” he said.

Emphasising that there is not much difference between the assessment process of NEET, JEE and CUET, Kumar said, “The question papers of all these entrance exams are strictly based on NCERT syllabus and are in multiple-choice format. NTA uses the same criteria for selecting experts for preparing these question papers. The only difference will be in the case of NEET, which is still OMR-based and not computer-based. Therefore, introducing a common entrance exam will be good both from a logistical point of view and the interest of the students.”

One Nation, One Entrance: UGC proposes NEET-JEE merger with CUET

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has proposed to merge the engineering and medical entrance exams with the Common University Entrance Test-Undergraduate (CUET-UG) paving way for ‘One Nation One Entrance’.

National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) is conducted for admission to the undergraduate medical and dental courses while for engineering, it is JEE (Main). Physics, chemistry and mathematics are the subjects in JEE (Main) and in NEET, biology replaces mathematics.

The CUET-UG was introduced this year for admission into all UG programmes in all Central Universities. In the first edition, there were 14.9 lakh registrations.

According to the Union government, “The Common University Entrance Test (CUET) will provide a common platform and equal opportunities to candidates across the country, especially those from rural and other remote areas and help establish better connect with the Universities. A single examination will enable the Candidates to cover a wide outreach and be part of the admissions process to various Central Universities.”

What UGC chairperson said

UGC chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar said that as per the proposal, instead of appearing for the four subjects — mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology — in three entrance exams, students can take the exam once and be eligible for and explore different fields of study, a Times of India report said.

“The proposal is, can we integrate all these entrance examinations so that our students are not subjected to multiple entrance examinations based on the same knowledge base? The students should have one single entrance examination, but multiple opportunities to apply among the disciplines,” Kumar told the newspaper.

“Typically, what are the programmes that are available? Some students may like to go into medicine or engineering. If they don’t get into either, many will be in general education. So is it possible to have only one CUET for all disciplines? The students who would like to go into engineering their marks in mathematics, physics, chemistry can be used as a ranking list and similarly for medicine,” he added.

Further, he said, “If they don’t get into medicine or engineering, under CUET they will still have the opportunity to join different programmes using the same marks of either mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and so on. So therefore, by writing once, in these four subjects, students can try for different opportunities.”

Kumar said the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 also envisages “one nation, one entrance” and this will reduce the students’ burden of taking multiple entrance examinations, a Hindustan Times report said.

The UGC will form a committee of experts to look at the present forms of entrance exams and the exam may be conducted twice a year to provide more opportunities to students, the report added.

“The committee will make recommendations for an integrated entrance exam, which will be shared with the stakeholders. Based on that, the ministry and UGC will decide the modalities of the exam… We may conduct the first session immediately after the conclusion of board exams and other sessions can be held in November or December,” Kumar said.

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