With the approval of National Testing Agency (NTA) the examinations will be conducted twice a year to give adequate time and opportunity to candidates.
After the approval, it was decided to grant Rs. 25 crore to the NTA to start its operation in first, thereafter it will be financially independent.
On March 12, 2018 Minister of State (HRD), Dr. Satya Pal Singh in his reply to a question in the Lok Sabha elaborated about the exam. ‘The NTA would initially conduct those entrance examinations which are currently being conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The examinations will be conducted in online mode twice a year,’ he said. ‘In order to serve the requirements of the rural students, NTA would locate the centres at sub-district/district level and as far as possible would provide hands-on training to the students,’ he further added.
On March 30, 2018 Senior Bureaucrat Vineet Joshi was appointed as the Director General of the NTA. The establishment of the NTA will benefit about 40 lakh students appearing in various entrance examinations.
As of now, the JEE Main and NEET exams are being conducted once a year within April-May.
As per reports, the exams are likely to be held in December this year. However no confirmation in this regard is available.