Published: 28th August 2019
Despite complaints, NTA to conduct computer-based JNU Entrance Exam in 2020. Details here
The 2019 entrance exam had paper leak scares and the decision to let the NTA conduct the exam drew criticism from students and teachers
Jawaharlal Nehru University Entrance Test 2020 will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) from May 11 to May 14, 2020, and the results will be declared on May 31, 2020. The decision of letting the NTA conduct the entrance test this year (2019) drew a lot of criticism from the student and teachers alike. There were allegations that the new examination isn't transparent and that there is no system in place to administer its proper conduct. Even though the exams were conducted from May 27 to May 30, a few days later, students raised concerns over the exam, suspecting a paper leak through WhatsApp.
Registration for the 2020 test will begin from March 2, 2020, and will go on till the end of the month (March 31). Applicants can download their admit cards from April 21. The NTA also announced the dates for the Delhi University Entrance Test, NEET, Joint Entrance Examination (Main) along with 12 other all-India examinations.
Vishnu Prasad, a PhD student in the university's School of International Studies was the first to raise this issue of the paper leak, after he came across 2019's question paper in a couple of WhatsApp groups, right after the exam got over. The questions, along with the options that appeared in the examination were apparently written on a book. Vishnu told us why this was dubious, "Since this is a computerised exam, the candidates can only take their hall ticket inside the exam hall. It is highly impossible for someone to come out of the hall with a notebook or a piece of paper, with the questions and options written on it. This raises a lot of questions."
Even though Vishnu didn't assert that there is a paper leak, he doubts the exam's credibility and demands an inquiry. He has also written to the university's Vice-Chancellor demanding the same. "The VC, however, told me that the NTA's credibility cannot be questioned, as its expertise in conducting exams is unmatched. I had submitted an application to him, but he refused to accept it, saying that he is against harming trees. But he had also not seen my email which I had sent before that. But, in the end, he said that he will forward my email to the NTA," he said. "It is disheartening to see that our apprehensions and speculations about the entrance are coming true. I merely want an inquiry to restore trust in the system," Vishnu had added.