National Testing Agency (NTA) released revised dates for various entrance examination tests to be undertaken for admissions 2020-21. These dates were announced today morning in an official notification by NTA. These exam dates majorly mention Delhi University Entrance Test (DUET), UGC NET, IGNOU OPEN MAT, PhD Entrance Exam and ICAR AIEEA Exams.
According to the revised schedule notified by the National Testing Agency, DUET will be held from 6 September to 11 September 2020 varying according to the course you are appearing for. UGC NET will be conducted between September 16 to September 25 whereas IGNOU OPEN MAT will be conducted on September 15. October 4 is booked for PhD Entrance exams while ICAR AIEEA UG Entrance exam is scheduled to be held on September 7 and 8. There is no notification for the PG level exam by ICAR AIEEA.
To add to this, NTA has postponed the AIPGET Exam which was earlier scheduled on August 29. The revised slot for the above-mentioned exam is 29 September. The admit cards for these tests, however, will be released and available for download 15 days before the date of the test. The admit cards will carry all the necessary information regarding the exam centres. NTA scheduled these exams initially for months of May and June but had to postpone them due to mushrooming of COVID-19. NTA has already announced the dates of JEE Mains and NEET UG exams. The JEE Mains will be held from September 1 to 6 and NEET UG will be held on September 13.
The entrance exam dates have been decided in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and MHRD. “Keeping in view the academic interest of a large number of students, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has agreed to the proposal of MHRD (now MoE) for conducting various Entrance Examinations in September,” the notification mentioned. The candidates can also contact at the respective email Ids or 8287471852, 8178359845, 9650173668, 9599676953 and 8882356803 for any further clarification, read the NTA notification.
NTA, in order to improve the quality of entrance tests and align them with the purpose of conducting tests, undertook some improvement measures and some developments. The tests will be designed by experts in collaboration with psychometricians. The questions have been designed in order to match the test objectives with the need for conducting tests. Various test development committees have been formed in order to define test objectives and to ensure that questions are unbiased. They also determine the test format and consider test supplements.
NTA has designed a step-wise procedure for ensuring fair and unbiased tests. It has gone through various levels of creating questions and editing and removing the unnecessary questions for the ease of students.
This year, however, due to COVID-19, the tests and admission have been postponed and this created chaos in the education system. With all the developments undertaken by NTA, there will be an improvement in entrance test procedures and they will benefit the students.