Pushing JEE examination into a more transparent manner, the National Testing Agency (NTA) decided to conduct Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), Main in more regional language, next year, for admission to the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and other engineering colleges, Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said on Thursday. This year, the NTA conducted the entrance test in three languages this year ie, in English, Hindi and Gujarati. The education Minister’s tweet appeared in such a way - “In line with the vision of NEP 2020, the Joint Admission Board of the JEE (Main) has decided to conduct the JEE (Main) examination in more regional languages of India.
The examination will be conducted in the regional languages where entry to the state engineering colleges is decided on the basis of an examination conducted in the language of the region. In addition, State language of the States who admit students based on the JEE (Main) will also be included under this. The decision of JAB will help students comprehend questions better & score higher,” the minister added. The minister did not share any further detail on the regional languages in which JEE-Main will be conducted, neither he give any timeline for implementation of the decision.
However, official sources in the ministry said that the NTA will prepare a list of the regional languages for conduct of the JEE-Main based on consultation with the states. The NTA conducts the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) in 11 languages, and the examination data released by the testing agency this year indicate a slight increase in the candidates registering for the entrance test in Hindi, Bengali, Assamese and Tamil. As much as 16 lakh students registered for NEET this year, out of which 79.08 percent had registered for the test in English, 12.80 percent in Hindi, 3.70 percent in Gujarati, 2.29 percent in Bengali, 1.07 percent in Tamil, 0.39 pe cent in Marathi, 0.33 percent in Assamese, 0.12 percent in Urdu, 0.10 percent in Telugu and 0.06 percent in Kannada and 0.05 percent in Odia.