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About National Testing Agency

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About National Testing Agency

shape Introduction

National Testing Agency (NTA) has been established as a premier, specialist, autonomous and self-sustained testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for admission/fellowship in higher educational institutions.
To assess the competence of candidates for admissions and recruitment has always been a challenge in terms of matching with research-based international standards, efficiency, transparency and error-free delivery. The National Testing Agency is entrusted to address all such issues using best in every field, from test preparation, to test delivery and to test marking.

shape Vision

Vision NTA:
The right candidates joining best institutions will give India her demographic dividend.
To improve equity and quality in education by administering research-based valid, reliable, efficient, transparent, fair and international level assessments. The best subject matter experts, psychometricians and IT delivery and security professionals will ensure that the current gaps in existing assessment systems are properly identified and bridged.
Core Values
NTA will create a system which will promote teaching (by teachers), learning (by students) and assessment (by parents and institutions). NTA strongly believes in quality, efficiency, effectiveness, equity and security of assessments. To practice these values, NTA will constantly engage with its stakeholders, viz. students, parents, teachers, experts and partner institutions.

shape Objectives

  • To conduct efficient, transparent and international standards tests in order to assess the competency of candidates for admission, and recruitment purposes.

  • To undertake research on educational, professional and testing systems to identify gaps in the knowledge systems and take steps for bridging them.

  • To identify experts and institutions in setting examination questions.

  • To produce and disseminate information and research on education and professional development standards.

shape Functions

  • To identify partner institutions with adequate infrastructure from the existing schools and higher education institutions which would facilitate conduct of online examinations without adversely impacting their academic routine.

  • To create a question bank for all subjects using modern techniques.

  • To establish a strong R&D culture as well as a pool of experts in different aspects of testing.

  • To help individual colleges and universities in the field of testing and to provide training and advisory services to the institutions in India. To provide quality testing services to the academic institutions in India.

  • To develop a state of the art culture of testing in India by using domestic and international expertise. To collaborate with international organizations like ETS to achieve the same.

  • To undertake any other examination that is entrusted to it by the Ministries/ Departments of Government of India/ State Governments.

  • To undertake the reforms and training of school boards as well as other bodies where the testing standards should be comparable with the entrance examinations.

shape Structure

The administration of the NTA has been entrusted to the Governing Body, the first members of which are as under:
S.NO. Name Designation Occupation
01 Shri R. Subrahmanyam Chairman Secretary, Department of Higher Education, MHRD
02 Dr. S.S. Sandhu Member Additional Secretary (Technical Education), Department of Higher Education, MHRD
03 Ms. Darshana Momaya Dabral Member Joint Secretary & Financial Adviser, Department of Higher Education, MHRD
04 Ms. Anita Karwal Member Chairperson, Central Board of Secondary Education
05 Sh. Vineet Joshi Member Secretary Director General, National Testing Agency (NTA)
06 Dr. Abhay Karandikar Member Director, IIT Kanpur
07 Shri Anil Kumar Member Director (Finance), Department of Higher Education, MHRD
08 Shri Prashant Agarwal Member Director (IITs), Department of Higher Education, MHRD

shape Recruitment

NTA will create a pool of highly professional subject matter experts who will be trained by the psychometricians and statisticians. These subject matter experts will write items for NTA and using software/ artificial intelligence, the NTA will create tests.
Initially, the tests of NTA will come under the following categories:
  • Entrance Examinations
    • JEE (Main)
    • NEET – UG
    • CMAT
    • GPAT

  • Assessments for Fellowship
    • UGC - NET

  • Targeted Assessments
      In future, NTA will also undertake other tests to measure specific population’s content, knowledge and skills.