Sasikala’s pick Palaniswami is new CM, floor test to­mor­row Soon, take engg en­trance tests sev­eral times a year JEE MAIN TO GO ON­LINE?

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Nee­lam Pandey and Gauri Kohli let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Stu­dents as­pir­ing to study at the coun­try’s top en­gi­neer­ing colleges are likely to get mul­ti­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties in a sin­gle year to crack the tough en­trance exam.

The move will sig­nif­i­cantly shrink an as­pi­rant’s wait­ing time for the next test in case of fail­ure to clear the first at­tempt at the Joint En­trance Ex­am­i­na­tion (JEE) Main — con­ducted for ad­mis­sion to NITs, IITs and other cen­trally funded in­sti­tu­tions.

For in­stance, if back-to­back ex­ams are con­ducted in De­cem­ber, Fe­bru­ary and April, a can­di­date will be al­lowed to write all of them, or she can opt for one or two. The best marks from any of the three tests will ac­count for the stu­dent’s all-India rank­ing, which de­cides her el­i­gi­bil­ity for ad­mis­sion.

The Na­tional Test­ing Ser­vice (NTS), a new over­ar­ch­ing agency that the gov­ern­ment an­nounced in its an­nual bud­get this Fe­bru­ary to con­duct all en­trance ex­ams for higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions, might hold the JEE Main fully on­line from the next aca­demic ses­sion.

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