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National Testing Agency (NTA) UPSC NOTE

 Why in news

  • The National Testing Agency (NTA) has formed a high-powered committee led by a former UPSC Chairperson to look into grievances around the NEET 2024 results.

  • Question paper leak in Bihar.

  • Grant of grace marks, perceived illogical high scores, unexpected number of full marks (720/720).

  • Eight high-scorers from one centre in Haryana.

  • The grievances pertain to only 1,600 students out of 23 lakh candidates who appeared for the exam.

  • A Grievance Redressal Committee (GRC) was formed earlier to address concerns about lost exam time at some centres due to reasons like wrong question paper distribution or torn OMR sheets. 

  • The GRC considered factual reports and CCTV footage to determine the loss of time and compensated affected candidates with marks based on a pre-defined formula.

  • Grace marks were awarded based on the number of questions attempted within a specific time frame. The maximum score after grace marks was 720, and the minimum was -20.

  • The NTA conducts entrance exams for admissions and fellowships to institutes of higher education in the country. 

  • The NTA was established in 2017.

  • It has become one of the largest competitive exam testing agencies in the world today.

  • It is mandated with creating an exam system that is scientific and at par with global standards.

  • It is registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act, 1860.

  • It will relieve the CBSE, AICTE and other bodies from their exam-conducting responsibilities.

  • It now conducts: JEE (Main), NEET – UG, GPAT CMAT, UGC – NET (assessment for fellowship)

The objectives of the NTA are:

  • Conducting transparent, efficient and international standards tests to assess candidates’ competency for admission and recruitment purposes.

  • Undertaking research on professional, educational and testing systems in order to recognise lacunae in the knowledge systems and undertake steps to bridge them.

  • Identifying experts and institutions in preparing examination questions.

  • Producing and disseminating data as well as research on education and professional development standards.

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