National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), the government is planning to conduct the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main) in multiple languages. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is in consultation with the entrance exam body, National Testing Agency (NTA), plans to conduct the entrance exam in all the 22 regional languages. HRD secretary R Subrahmanyam said unlike NEET which is offline, the JEE Main is a computer-based test and therefore, there are some technical limitations. “Since JEE Main is held in CBT mode, there are some limitations which need to be addressed first. We are committed to conducting JEE Main in multiple languages and the process will take time,” Subrahmanyam said, adding that there is no plan to withdraw Gujarati from 2021.
Meanwhile, the National Testing Agency (NTA) in its release on Thursday clarified that the translation of JEE (Main) question paper in the Gujarati language continued on the request of Gujarat. None of the other states has approached NTA to provide the JEE (Main) question paper in any other national language.
The JEE Main started in 2013 with the idea of all states admitting their engineering candidates through this exam. The request was sent to all the states in 2013 itself. Only Gujarat agreed to admit their candidates in the state engineering colleges through JEE (Main) score. They requested that the JEE Main paper should be made available in the Gujarati language, read the release.