Government Removes NTA Director General Subodh Kumar Singh

NTA Director General Subodh Kumar Singh

New Delhi: In a significant development related to the NEET paper leak case, the Indian government has taken decisive action. NTA Director General Subodh Kumar Singh has been removed from his post, and he is now on compulsory waiting. The decision comes in the wake of irregularities detected during recent examinations.

Key Points:

  1. Subodh Kumar Singh’s Removal:
  • The government has ousted NTA Director General Subodh Kumar Singh from his position.
  • Singh has been placed on compulsory waiting by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) until further orders.
  • Retired 1985 batch officer Pradeep Singh Kharola will take over as interim head of NTA.
  1. NEET-UG Paper Leak Investigation:
  • The central government has already canceled the National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET).
  • Allegations of paper leak have also surfaced in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-Graduate).
  • Calls for canceling NEET-UG persist, but the government is actively investigating the matter.
  1. NTA’s Role and Major Exams Conducted:
  • The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts several crucial exams:
    • JEE Main and Advanced (engineering entrance exams)
    • NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Medical)
    • CUET (Central University Entrance Test)
    • UGC NET (University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test)
    • State eligibility tests (NET SET)
    • Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) exam
    • All India Institute of Medical Sciences Postgraduate Entrance Exam (AIIMS PG)
    • Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) exams
  • Additionally, NTA oversees exams like CMAT (for management institutes) and GPAT (for pharmacy institutes).
NTA Director General Subodh Kumar Singh
  1. Meet Subodh Kumar Singh:
  • A native of Uttar Pradesh, Subodh Kumar holds a graduation and master’s degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee.
  • He also earned an MBA degree from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi.
  • From 2009 to 2018, Subodh Kumar served in the Chhattisgarh Secretariat during the tenure of three-time BJP Chief Minister Raman Singh.

The NEET paper leak scandal continues to reverberate, and authorities are committed to ensuring fairness and integrity in the examination process.