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National Aptitude Test (NAT) likely to replace JEE Main


The plan for a National Aptitude Test (NAT) in place of JEE Main is likely to be implemented from the academic year 2017-18. The students aspiring to get admission in the IITs, NITs and other technical institutes will have to first clear aNational Aptitude Test (NAT).

Those clearing NAT will be allowed to take the final JEE Advanced test for admission to the premier engineering institutes.

The directors of IITs and central government representatives will hold a meeting on February 20 in Hyderabad to decide about the implementation of National Aptitude Test (NAT) in place of the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE Main). Also, there is a proposal to add English to the syllabus for NAT, along with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

The government wants to replace JEE Main with NAT, and it will serve as the first layer to shortlist candidates for the final JEE Advanced test which will be the qualifying test for admission to IITs, NITs and other technical institutes.

The proposed NAT will be on the lines of the SAT conducted in the US for admission to colleges. It will an assessment of a students’ aptitude for engineering as well as other qualities, skills and traits. The questions in the NAT will include logical reasoning and graphical analysis, along with others.