CMAT (Common Management Aptitude Test) and GPAT (Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test) to be conducted By NTA (National Testing Agency) has announced to conduct the exam twice a year – alleged by education Minister Prakash Javadekar in the press conference held today in New Delhi. The national level entrance test of CMAT and GPAT will be conducted through online mode from the year 2019.
As said by the minister, the competitive exam will be steered by NTA from 2019 onwards, whereas the exam pattern, syllabus, language alternative, and exam fee will remain the same. The tentative last date for online submission of application forms is from 22.10.2018 to 15.12.2018. The examination will be held on 27th January 2019. The result will be declared in the first week of February 2019. Hence, the Government has decided to accelerate the existing budget of Rs 1800 crores for educational loans and subsidies to the students appearing for the exam.
NTA stands for National Testing Agency, was approved by Union Cabinet in November 2017 which is registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act, 1860. It is an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organization which will conduct the entrance examination for the competitive level. Once the NTA is geared up with the responsibility of conducting the exam independently, the other exam conducting authorities like CBSE will not take up any more.
The Honorable Minister Shri Javadekar has also thrown light to rural candidates to fulfill their basic requirements. The centers will be located at sub-district as well as district level on the other hand; NTA will establish computer-based test practice centers for the students of rural areas to seek the opportunity for practice purpose.
According to HRD ministry, NTA will be chaired by Shri Vineet Joshi and the CEO will be the Director General who will be appointed by the Government and Board of Directors will also be there which will consist of members from user institution. The Director-General will be assisted by 9 verticals headed by academicians/experts.
The Government of India will finance one time of Rs 25 crore to start its operation in the first year and later it will be financially self-sustained as decided in the cabinet meeting.
The education minister Javadekar also stated that NTA is established to bring benefits for the students to standardize the difficulty level of the exam for assessing the aptitude as well as intelligence and problem-solving abilities. On the other hand the benefits of conducting the computer-based examination to keep a check on the paper leak.