New Delhi: Soon students will be able to avail coaching services for higher education free of cost. The National Testing Agency which is a premier, specialist, autonomous and self-sustained testing organisation conducting entrance examinations for admission or fellowship in higher educational institutions. The NTA will convert its 2,697 test practice centres into teaching centres from next year. Also Read - National Testing Agency Extends Application Deadline For NCHM JEE 2020, ICAR AIEEE 2020, AIAPGET 2020 Exams; Revised Dates Here

These practice centres will become functional from September 8, said an official of the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The ministry official said, “The plan is to take these centres beyond just practice tests and turn them into teaching centres. They will not charge any fees and so will be especially helpful for talented students from sections where aspirations are high but private coaching is impossible due to financial constraints.” Also Read - JNU Admission 2020: Registration Begins For JNUEE, Apply Now at jnuexams.nta.nic.in



Students hailing from rural and semi-urban centres will also stand to benefit. Although these centres will become functional this year, the teaching will begin from May 2019 only. Also Read - JEE Main April 2020: Online Registration Open, Apply on jeemain.nta.nic.in

How NTA’s practice test centres will function as coaching institutes:



Step 1: NTA will allow all the aspirants to sit for a mock test for the JEE-Main that is scheduled for January 2019.

Step 2: Once the results of the mock test are out, the students will be able to analyse their results with the NTA mentors.

Step 3: Once the teaching component of the test practice centres begins, the teachers at the institutes will help the students with their problems.

It must be noted that aspirants will have to register for slots at the test practice centres through the mobile app or NTA’s official website. Only registered candidates will get to sit for the tests. Students who register with the testing agency through a mobile app and website can appear for mock tests for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-UG (NEET-UG) and the University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET). NTA will launch the mobile application and websites for registration on September 1.

The online registration process for UGC-NET 2018 and JEE-Main will also begin on September 1. Registrations will continue till September 30. Not just this, the testing agency will launch a mobile application to help an aspirant identify the centre closest to their location.

Although the government offering coaching for higher studies free of the cost comes as a welcome step for scores of needy students, this will hamper the private coaching centres that offers coaching services to students at a much higher price.