New Delhi, July 7: Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday announced that the national level engineering and medical entrance examinations – JEE Main and NEET – will be conducted twice a year from 2019 in online mode and the best score will be considered for admission.  Addressing a press conference today, Javadekar stated that the newly formed examination conducting agency National Testing Agency (NTA) will held the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main and National Eligibility cum Entrance Examination (NEET), UGC NET and CMAT exams. At present, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is responsible for organising JEE Mains and NEET examinations. Also Read - WhatsApp's Fate Hangs in Balance as New Rules Require to Identify Originator of a Message | EXPLAINED

“These examinations will be conducted on multiple dates. National level engineering examination JEE Main  will be held in January and April while medical entrance examination NEET will be conducted in February and May,”Javadekar added. Also Read - Information Technology Rules, 2021: Govt Announces Guidelines to Regulate Social Media, OTT Platforms | Key Points

The minister however said that the syllabus, question format, language and fees for the competitive exams won’t change. “These examinations will use highly secured IT software and encryption to ensure delivery of tests just in time. This will ensure no leakages and other malpractices,” a press release by the ministry said. Also Read - Delhi University Recruitment 2021: 1145 Vacancies For Non-teaching Posts Announced | Check Steps to Apply Online

“NTA will establish a network of test practice centres for students of rural areas so that everyone will have an opportunity to practice before the exam. Schools/engineering colleges with computer centres would be identified and kept open on Saturday/Sunday starting from 3rd week of August. Any student can use the facility free of charge,” it added.