NTA to conduct Common University Entrance Test twice a year: National Education Policy 2020
New Delhi, 21 September 2020: University entrance exams will be revamped as University Common Admission Test is on the card, as per the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020. The NEP proposes that the National Testing Agency will be assigned to conduct Common Aptitude Test twice a year.
Now time will come, when students will say good bye to appearing number of entrance tests for getting admission in universities. NTA Common University Test will enable most universities to use these common entrance exams - rather than having hundreds of universities each devising their own entrance exams.
University Common Admission Test will drastically reduce the burden on students, universities and colleges, and the entire education system.
During the ongoing Shikshak Parv conclave, the Union Education Minister said "The NTA will work towards offering a high-quality common aptitude test, as well as specialised common subject exams in Science, Humanities, Languages, Arts, & Vocational Subjects, at least twice every year." During the ongoing Shikshak Parv conclave, the Union Government is discussing plans how to implement NEP 2020.
The principles for university entrance exams will be similar. These exams shall test conceptual understanding and the ability to apply knowledge and shall aim to eliminate the need for taking coaching for these exams. Students will be able to choose the subjects for taking the test, and each university will be able to see each student's individual subject portfolio and admit students into their programmes based on individual interests and talents.
The NTA will serve as a premier, expert, autonomous testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for undergraduate and graduate admissions and fellowships in higher education institutions. The high quality, range, and flexibility of the NTA testing services will enable most universities to use these common entrance exams - rather than having hundreds of universities each devising their own entrance exams - thereby drastically reducing the burden on students, universities and colleges, and the entire education system. It will be left up to individual universities and colleges to use NTA assessments for their admissions.