HRD ministry came up with idea of a real mind game for students. The ministry is going to make a proposal to the Cabinet about setting up a National Authority for Testing (NAT). NAT would nourish young brains of the country and will conduct aptitude test for class IX to XII students. NAT will consult elites of psychometrics in India and also in abroad. It will also seek help from Educational Testing Service (ETS) that conducts test like SAT and GRE.
“We expect that apart from conducting aptitude tests that will help in IITs in filtering students for Joint Entrance Examination, NAT in future will be able to conduct similar tests parallel to other entrance examination,” one official said. He added, “We hope that in future aptitude score will become mandatory for admission across stream, be it engineering or humanities”. So this test would become the basic ground of next-step education.
On getting positive response from the Cabinet, HRD ministry will conduct NAT test twice in first year in order to select 4 lakh students who can appear in JEE. From 2nd year onwards, test will be conducted four times a year. After JEE, more than 40,000 students will be eligible to apply for IITs and NITs.
NAT tests will be different from the contemporary JEE (Mains and Advanced) which basically test students on the knowledge of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. It will test scientific and innovating skills of students. There is no requirement of any kind of special coaching for this test as it will be only based on basic aptitude questions.
Since it is now becoming trivial in Indian students that they are opting engineering after 12th. So there is a reason behind conducting tests for IX and X class students. As on official said, “It will help assess the child correctly. It will also give a better insight into strength of a child so that he can direct his energy in that direction rather than unnecessarily stressing himself for admission to engineering courses.” And it will act as a benefactor for students to pursue next level according to their strength and choice.
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