HRD Minister inaugurates more than 3400 Test Practice Centres for entrance examinations for Higher Education, across 622 Districts in the country

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The Union Minister for HRD Shri Prakash Javadekar has inaugurated a network of more than 3,400 Test Practice Centres (TPCs) spread across the 622 Districts in the country. 25 Test Practice Centres (TPCs) joined Minister of HRD through Google Hangouts in this inauguration at New Delhi  today. These test centres have been set up to facilitate students appearing in entrance examinations for Higher Education to hold practice sessions to enable them to get used to the changed mode and pattern of examination.

While interacting with Test Practice Centres (TPCs), the Union Minister said that the government is committed to provide quality education with equity, therefore we are launching Test Practice Centres across the countryfor those students who do not have computers and smart phones. Now no student will suffer due to lack of resources, the Minister added.

He further said that the government has changed the pattern of JEE (Mains) and UGC NET Examination from this year. Now it has become computer based instead of Pen and Paper mode. The new exam pattern is more Transparent, leak proof, scientific, student friendly and fast. In order to provide facility for practice for the changed pattern, National Testing Agency (NTA) has established Test Practice Centres across the country.NTA has also launched a practice App through which students can practice on their own on their computers or on smartphones.This is the real revolution in the field of competitive examinations, the Minister explained.

While interacting with students, HRD Minister informed students that now students can access IIT PAL(Professor Assisted Learning) video lecture on SWAYAM Platform for the preparation of JEE. The HRD Minister received overwhelmed response from all 25Test Practice Centres. Students from various centres appreciated and thanked the government for this particular initiative. Secretary, Higher Education Shri R. Subrahmanyam and DG, NTA Shri Vineet Joshi were also present during the video conference.

In order to bring efficiency, transparency and qualitative difference in competitive examination process for Higher Education, MHRD has set up ‘National Testing Agency’ (NTA), (www.nta.ac.in) a premier testing organization, to conduct entrance Tests for higher educational Institutions. The NTA has been mandated to conduct JEE (Main), NEET (UG),UGC-NET, CMAT and GPAT examinations.

NTA has established, a network of ‘Test Practice Centres’ (TPCs)across the country in about 622 Districts in 33 States/UTs, so that students of rural areas and others, get an opportunity to practice theComputer Based Test (CBT)before the exam. The TPCs will provide Mock Tests to the candidates of JEE (Main) and UGC-NETexaminations.

For setting up TPCs, the NTA has engaged a large number of schools and colleges, that have 30 or more Internet connected PCs/laptops at one location. Depending on the demand, the TPCs function for one shift (02:30 PM – 05:30 PM) on all Saturdays and two shifts (11:00 AM – 02:00 PM, 02:30 PM – 05:30 PM) on Sundays. As on date, more than 3400 TPCs have been setup including 689 Kendriya Vidyalayas and 403 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas. State wise number of TPCs and computers available for practice therein is as follows –

 

Sl. No State/UT No. of TPC No. of Districts where TPC is available No. of computers
1 Sikkim 7 4 196
2 Andaman & Nicobar Island 8 2 230
3 Mizoram 9 7 301
4 Nagaland 9 7 417
5 Goa 11 2 586
6 Meghalaya 11 7 535
7 Tripura 12 5 549
8 Puducherry 15 4 1109
9 Manipur 17 10 618
10 Chandigarh 18 1 1243
11 Arunachal Pradesh 21 14 655
12 Himachal Pradesh 44 12 2325
13 Jammu & Kashmir 47 16 2296
14 Uttarakhand 76 13 4683
15 Assam 77 30 3862
16 Jharkhand 81 18 6788
17 Chhattisgarh 86 21 8067
18 Telangana 90 17 7230
19 Delhi 96 10 7793
20 Bihar 98 30 5439
21 Orissa 108 27 8672
22 Gujarat 109 28 7765
23 West Bengal 115 20 7509
24 Andhra Pradesh 122 13 14437
25 Haryana 122 22 7753
26 Punjab 144 22 17611
27 Karnataka 181 29 13679
28 Rajasthan 190 32 14494
29 Tamil Nadu 229 31 33646
30 Madhya Pradesh 241 49 24208
31 Kerala 318 14 19355
32 Maharashtra 325 36 23362
33 Uttar Pradesh 369 69 24935
Total 3406 622 272348

 

Any student can use the facility in TPC free of charge. For registration, students across the country can register themselves, online through NTA Website (https://www.nta.ac.in) or using ‘NTA Student App’available on Play Store. They can offer their choice of TPCs near their location.

Students are communicated about the allotted TPC, 1 day before practice date through SMS. In the allotted TPC, they can practice and can experience the actual method of taking a CBT. Computer Based Mock tests are provided to the candidates of JEE (Main) and UGC-NET, so that they can familiarize themselves with the logging process, going through detailed instructions regarding the test, using the mouse for attempting each question, navigating between questions, reviewing and editing their options and submitting questions as they would be required to do in the actual tests.

The TPCs are made operational based on the student demand. A trial run, of Mock Tests, was conducted on the 8th& 9th September 2018, wherein 2,452 candidates practiced at 96 TPCs across the country and the candidates were provided instantaneous assessment & feedback on the Mock Test. About 2,000 candidates were scheduled for 15th September in which 87 TPCs participated and about 3,000 candidates were scheduled for 16th September in which 85 TPCs participated. State wise details are as follows –

 

Sl. No. State/UT No. of TPCs (15 Sep) No. of TPCs (16 Sep)
1 Andhra Pradesh 2 4
2 Arunachal Pradesh 1 1
3 Assam 3 1
4 Bihar 4 5
5 Chandigarh 1 1
6 Chhattisgarh 2 2
7 Delhi 7 7
8 Gujarat 6 6
9 Haryana 4 3
10 Himachal Pradesh 3 1
11 Jammu & Kashmir 1 2
12 Jharkhand 3 3
13 Karnataka 1 1
14 Kerala 1 3
15 Madhya Pradesh 3 5
16 Maharashtra 9 10
17 Manipur 1 1
18 Orissa 2 2
19 Punjab 3 2
20 Rajasthan 5 3
21 Sikkim 1  
22 Tamil Nadu 3 4
23 Telangana 4 3
24 Uttar Pradesh 8 9
25 Uttarakhand 1 1
26 West Bengal 8 6
Total 87 85

 

The Mock Test is also available for students to study at home or anywhere, wherein so far, more than 55,000 candidates have taken on-line test from NTA website and more than 32,000 have downloaded the Mock test for practice in offline mode. The test can also be practiced on NTA Student App; so far more than 10,000 students have downloaded the App.

The “Mock Test”at NTA marks the beginning of complete ‘Computer Based Test (CBT)’, era.

Video Conferencing through Google Hangout was successfully held with HRD Minister and around 25 TPCs with 1993 students. State wise details are as follows –

Sr. State No. of TPCs No. of Students
1 Andhra Pradesh 2 145
2 Arunachal Pradesh 1 10
3 Assam 1 28
4 Bihar 2 178
5 Delhi / UT 2 177
6 Gujarat 2 238
7 Jharkhand 2 96
8 Karnataka 1 41
9 Madhya Pradesh 1 74
10 Maharashtra 2 262
11 Manipur 1 10
12 Orissa 1 101
13 Rajasthan 2 145
14 Tamil Nadu 1 53
15 Uttar Pradesh 2 312
16 West Bengal 2 133
  Total 25 1993

 

 

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