New Delhi: The government has made over 2.72 lakh computers available for students to take up free practice tests of JEE (Main) and UGC-NET examinations. The move has been made for students who have no personal computers or smartphones. On Sunday, as many as 3,404 Test Practice Centres (TPCs) were launched across the 662 districts of the country by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Through these test practice centres, candidates can register and take up the practice Computer Based Test (CBT) for free.

With the launch of a mobile app by the NTA, students can now access the online free tests on their personal computers or smartphones. The TPCs were established on the demand of the students, stated the NTA officials. There are over 300 centres each in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Kerala. A preliminary round of trial mock tests was conducted on September 8 and 9. About 2,452 candidates took up the exam at 96 TPCs across the country. After the exams, the candidates were assessed and provided immediate feedback on their results.

HRD minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday assured that no student would be at the disadvantage of not appearing for the exam due to lack of resources. He interacted with 1,993 candidates through Google Hangout and asked their suggestion on the trial run. The candidates were those who appeared for the mock tests from 25 centres across 16 states. Javadekar added that with the help of IIT PAL (Professor Assisted Learning) video lectures on the Swayam platform, students can easily prepare for JEE exam.

To register for the online exam, students can visit the NTA website or use the ‘NTA Student App’ available on Play Store. The mock test is available online so that students can study at ease while at home or anywhere. Currently, there are 689 TPCs set up in Kendriya Vidyalayas and 403 in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas. While the north-eastern states have 163 TPCs, Jammu and Kashmir have 47.