Cabinet approves creation of National Testing Agency to conduct entrance examinations
November 11, 2017

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 10 November 2017 approved creation of National Testing Agency (NTA) as an autonomous, self-sustained organisation to conduct entrance examinations for higher educational institutions.

The cabinet approved creation of the agency as a society registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act 1860. To start off, the agency will be given a one-time grant of Rs 25 Cr from the Union Government.

Key Duties of NTA

• The agency would initially conduct the entrance examinations that are currently being conducted by the CBSE.
• Other examinations will be taken up gradually after NTA is fully geared up.
• The entrance examinations will be conducted online at least twice a year, thereby giving adequate opportunity to candidates to bring out their best.
• The agency would also locate centres at sub-district/district level in order to serve the requirements of the rural students.
• It would also undertake hands-on training for the students.

Significance of the NTA

• The establishment of the agency is expected to benefit around 40 lakh students appearing in various entrance examinations.
• It will relieve CBSE, AICTE and other agencies from responsibility of conducting these entrance examinations.
• It will also bring in high reliability, standardised difficulty level for assessing the aptitude, intelligence and problem solving abilities of the students.
• Its establishment was announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his 2017-18 Budget speech.

NTA Members

• The agency will be chaired by an eminent educationist appointed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
• It will also have a CEO/ Director General, who will be appointed by the Union Government.
• The Director General will be assisted by 9 verticals headed by academicians/ experts.
• The agency will also have a board of governors that will comprise members from user institutions.