2.7 lakh com­put­ers for free prac­tice for JEE, UGC tests

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - Manash.Go­hain@ times­group.com

New Delhi: Over 2.72 lakh com­put­ers are be­ing made avail­able for free prac­tice tests of JEE (Main) and UGC-NET ex­am­i­na­tions for those stu­dents who do not have com­put­ers or smart phones.

The Na­tional Test­ing Agency (NTA) on Sun­day launched 3,404 Test Prac­tice Cen­tres (TPCs) across the 662 dis­tricts of the coun­try where one can regis­ter and prac­tice the Com­puter Based Test (CBT) free of cost. Ut­tar Pradesh, Ma­ha­rash­tra and Ker­ala have over 300 cen­tres each. The NTA also launched a mo­bile app through which stu­dents can prac­tice on their own on their com­put­ers or smart phones.

Ac­cord­ing to NTA of­fi­cials, the TPCs were set up on stu­dents’ de­mand. A trial run of mock tests was con­ducted on Septem­ber 8 and 9 where 2,452 can­di­dates prac­tised at 96 TPCs across the coun­try and the can­di­dates were pro­vided in­stan­ta­neous as­sess­ment and feed­back.

On Sun­day, HRD min­is­ter Prakash Javadekar in­ter­acted with 1,993 can­di­dates who came for mock tests from 25 cen­tres across 16 states via Google Hang­out where he asked them for their sug­ges­tions and said no stu­dent would be at a dis­ad­van­taged due to lack of re­sources.

Javadekar told stu­dents that they could ac­cess IIT PAL (Pro­fes­sor As­sisted Learn­ing) video lec­tures on the Swayam plat­form while prepar­ing for JEE. To set up TPCs, the NTA has en­gaged a large num­ber of schools and col­leges which have 30 or more in­ter­net con­nected PCs/lap­tops at one lo­ca­tion. Depend­ing on de­mand, the TPCs func­tion for one shift (2.30 pm-5.30 pm) on Satur­days and two shifts (11 am-2.00 pm, 2.30 pm-5.30 pm) on Sun­days. There are 689 TPCs in Ken­driya Vidyalayas and 403 in Jawa­har Navo­daya Vidyalayas.

The north-eastern states have 163 TPCs and J&K 47. Any stu­dent can use the TPC free of charge. For reg­is­tra­tion, stu­dents can regis­ter them­selves on­line through the NTA web­site or us­ing the ‘NTA Stu­dent App’ avail­able on Play Store. The mock test is also avail­able for stu­dents to study at home or any­where.

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