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The HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has clarified on 30th July 2018 that the newly formed exam conducting body NTA will be conducting NEET and JEE Main in the computer based mode and not in the online mode. Mr. Prakash Javadekar also indicated that the NTA is planning to hold JEE Main and NEET in pen and paper based mode in the first year of formation of National Testing Agency.

During the Question hour session in the parliament on 30th July 2018, Javadekar clarified that the exam will not be held in the online mode but in computer-based mode. According to the HRD Minister, the students will have to reply on already downloaded answer sheets using the mouse of the computer. Prakash Javadekar said the government is also considering to allow students take the test using paper answer sheets during the transitional first year.

What are the difference between computer-based and online exam?

Online Exam – In any online examination, the internet acts as a major element. Without the internet, it is impossible for any candidate to take an online exam. In an online examination, the candidate is first required to log in using certain credentials. Then he/she take the exam where the questions appear on the screen and candidates have to complete the exam within the stipulated time. The answers marked and saved by the candidate are directly saved to the server and cannot be undone which also allows the exam conducting authority to release each candidate’s result within 1 week of the conduct of the exam.

Computer Based exam – While taking a computer-based examination, no candidates will be required to use the internet. Talking specifically of NTA JEE Main and NEET, candidates will be asked to mark the answers on the screen in a downloaded OMR sheet. However, this is likely to cause a delay in the release of the results of both examinations. It is expected that the OMR answer sheet of the candidate will also be uploaded on the NTA official website.

This decision to conduct the exam in computer-based mode has been taken because there are a lot of areas with internet issues. There are lakhs of candidates who take the JEE Main and NEET and the decision has been taken to aid the candidates who have internet problems in their areas.

In order to make students understand about this new method of taking entrance tests held by NTA, the agency will hold practice tests starting in the month of August 2018. Candidates will be required to register themselves and then appear for the practice tests in a centre near them. Taking the NTA JEE Main and NEET practice test will help the candidate take real-time examination with ease.

All the updated information about NTA and any new information about the mode of the exam will be provided here as soon as it is released officially.

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