January 2016, National
In a move to alter the way entrance examinations to IITs and other top engineering institutes, the Human Resource Development Ministry is working to establish a body named National Authority for Testing (NAT) which will assess the abilities of aspirants before they appear for Joint Entrance Exam (JEE).
The NAT is proposed to be established in the coming months and its first major task would be to conduct tests in the latter half of the year.
The scores obtained in NAT test would form the basis for shortlisting candidates for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE-advanced) 2017. JEE-advanced test is conducted for entrance to the IITs.
The HRD Ministry may soon seek the nod of the Union Cabinet for setting up the testing agency.
The HRD ministry began working on the proposal for setting up the NAT after a committee constituted by the IIT council recommended changes to entrance examination structure for these prestigious institutes including setting up of a National Testing Service.
As per the recommendations, the testing service would hold tests on the basis of which around four lakh students would be shortlisted for JEE.