NAT to alter IIT entrance test systems

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Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar recently met with the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) members to deliberate on the issue on National Authority for Testing (NAT). According to a source, NAT is setting new ways to conduct entrance examinations to IITs and other top engineering institutes in the country. For some time now HRD Ministry has been working to establish a NAT to assess the abilities of aspirants before they appear for JEE. In the process, the scores obtained in NAT test would form the basis for short-listing candidates for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE-Advanced) 2017. JEE-advanced test is conducted for entrance to the IITs. 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. As per the recommendations, the testing service would hold tests on the basis of which around four lakh students would be shortlisted for JEE.