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DECISION REGARDING HOLDING THE NEET EXAM TWICE
27 January 2021 6 minutes read

The NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is an entrance examination conducted annually for admission in Medical and Dental courses. According to official data, an average of 1.3 Million candidates appeared for the NEET 2020 examination. 

Recently, the National Testing Agency (NTA) had requested the Union Health Ministry whether the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) could be conducted twice a year from 2021 onward. 

According to the latest reports, it is suggested that the education ministry is involved here but the final decision rests with the health ministry. 

Anonymous education ministry officials told a reputed media portal that a computer-based NEET 2021 will be more transparent and the evaluation process will be easier with no delay in the declaration of results.

This request from the NTA came into existence after an official from the NTA had highlighted the high level of stress prevailing among the students while preparing for the highly competitive NEET examination.

Hence, conducting the examination twice, a year is seen as reducing the stress and pressure on students. However, for any such decisions NTA needs permission from the ministry to take decisions regarding any such move. 

The NEET examination is presently only conducted by the National Testing Agency.

Previously, NTA had stated, “The move to hold the test twice would bring relief to students. However, presently it is not easy to conduct a pen and paper twice as it requires much larger arrangements. The NTA has also suggested that the possibility of holding it in the online mode may be examined.”

Therefore, it was decided that the senior officials of the education and health ministries and National Testing Agency (NTA) would hold a meeting on 25th January to discuss whether or not NEET-UG should be conducted more than once a year in CBT mode.

The main Agenda of the meeting:

  • Will NEET 2021 be conducted twice a year?
  • Will the exam be held online or offline?
  • What will be the exam date or dates?
  • When will registration and application form of NEET 2021 be released?
  • Will there be a change in exam pattern to include optional questions?


Other Advancements 

Earlier, Government officials had announced a report stating, “If NTA can manage the logistics and conduct the examination in online mode, NEET can also be held as a computer-based exam (CBT). It will be a great initiative. As the online exams’ reliability and security are well established, it is time for NEET to embrace the online mode of examination.”

Medical candidates have also been requesting NTA and Ramesh Pokhriyal to conduct NEET 2021 two times over Twitter. 

 Dr. Rakesh Yadav, President, Faculty Association of AIIMS gave a statement that , “There may be various reasons for which a student may not be able to sit for the NEET exam (in a particular session). If NEET can be conducted multiple times a year like JEE, this would prove to be beneficial for many students. Their academic year will be saved.”


The Final decision on holding the NEET exam in online mode will be entirely the decision of the Health Ministry. It is being expected that conducting NEET online will not only benefit the students but will also make the exam process more transparent and the results of the test will be evaluated faster and more accurately.

Besides, the Ministry of Education has confirmed that the syllabus of NEET 2021 or any other national level entrance exam will not be changed. The application form of NEET 2021 will be released at www.ntaneet.nic.in or www.nta.ac.in


It is safe to say that this Demand to hold multiple NEET exam sessions has been heavily influenced by the NTA’s decision to hold the JEE-Mains exam 4 times a year


Given NEET is the only entrance exam for undergraduate medicine programmes in the country, more than 16 lakh medical aspirants registered for it in 2020. 


THE MEETING ON 25TH JANUARY

As per a recent update, on 25th January a high-level meeting regarding NEET was conducted in the presence of Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan. 

It is being speculated that there was no satisfactory conclusion to the discussion and another meeting on the same issue shall be conducted within a week.

There is no update on the meeting officially. Even news reports are silent about it. At some point, questions also arise as to whether the meeting was held at all.

 The meeting was supposedly a very private affair and the details and conclusions of it are not to be shared at the moment. 

If any official update on it will come, it will be through the medium of either Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank’s twitter handle, or press release from Ministry of Education, or NTA website nta.ac.in, or NEET UG website ntaneet.nic.in. 


Teachers and NEET UG mentors are BEING advising students to stay away from the panic inducing news about the exam and instead focus on the preparations. Last year also there was a lot of chaos surrounding the exam date, and then its postponement. 

It is evident that the students are disappointed on the radio silence over NEET 2021 exam date, application form release, and other aspects. 

Social Media is fuzzing over the Issues regarding NEET 2021, such as the dates, syllabus and postponement with now the issue of holding two exams in an annual year being added to the list.


WHAT TO DO NEXT?

Education Minister’s twitter handle (@DrRPNishank) is the best source of any information regarding the NEET 2021 where Dr. Nishank posts multiple updates on various topics throughout the day. 

It can be said that if the dates of the board exams remain the same and there is no change in the exam pattern of NEET, then the exam date has to be by end of June. However, if the exam happens multiple times then it can be expected that the NEET exams will be in May, June or June, July. 

The application form is expected to be released soon.



FAQ’s

Question: What will be the mode of entrance exam?

Answer: NEET shall be conducted in offline mode i.e, pen and paper-based mode. 

Question: How many attempts does a candidate get for NEET?

Answer:  Candidates can appear for the exam as many times as they want. There is no limit on the number of times a candidate can sit for the exam.

Questions: Who conducts the NEET exam?

Answer: The National Testing Agency has been entrusted with the responsibility to conduct NEET.

Question: What is the eligibility Criteria for NEET ?

Answer:

  • Aspirants must have attained the age of 17 years as on December 31, 2021, will be eligible to take NTA NEET 2021.
  • Candidates must have completed their Class 12 or equivalent from a recognised central or state board with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English as the core subjects.
  • The qualifying marks for general category applicants is 50%, while for SC/ST/OBC, it is 40%.


  • Candidates who belong to NRIs, OCIs, PIOs and Foreign nationals category can also apply for NEET-UG.


Question: what will be the mode of answering in NEET Examination ?

Answer: NEET 2021 will be available in 9 different languages other than English and Hindi. Candidates who wish to write the test in Oriya can fill the language option in NEET application form 2021.



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DECISION REGARDING HOLDING THE NEET EXAM TWICE
27 January 2021 6 minutes read

The NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is an entrance examination conducted annually for admission in Medical and Dental courses. According to official data, an average of 1.3 Million candidates appeared for the NEET 2020 examination. 

Recently, the National Testing Agency (NTA) had requested the Union Health Ministry whether the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) could be conducted twice a year from 2021 onward. 

According to the latest reports, it is suggested that the education ministry is involved here but the final decision rests with the health ministry. 

Anonymous education ministry officials told a reputed media portal that a computer-based NEET 2021 will be more transparent and the evaluation process will be easier with no delay in the declaration of results.

This request from the NTA came into existence after an official from the NTA had highlighted the high level of stress prevailing among the students while preparing for the highly competitive NEET examination.

Hence, conducting the examination twice, a year is seen as reducing the stress and pressure on students. However, for any such decisions NTA needs permission from the ministry to take decisions regarding any such move. 

The NEET examination is presently only conducted by the National Testing Agency.

Previously, NTA had stated, “The move to hold the test twice would bring relief to students. However, presently it is not easy to conduct a pen and paper twice as it requires much larger arrangements. The NTA has also suggested that the possibility of holding it in the online mode may be examined.”

Therefore, it was decided that the senior officials of the education and health ministries and National Testing Agency (NTA) would hold a meeting on 25th January to discuss whether or not NEET-UG should be conducted more than once a year in CBT mode.

The main Agenda of the meeting:

  • Will NEET 2021 be conducted twice a year?
  • Will the exam be held online or offline?
  • What will be the exam date or dates?
  • When will registration and application form of NEET 2021 be released?
  • Will there be a change in exam pattern to include optional questions?


Other Advancements 

Earlier, Government officials had announced a report stating, “If NTA can manage the logistics and conduct the examination in online mode, NEET can also be held as a computer-based exam (CBT). It will be a great initiative. As the online exams’ reliability and security are well established, it is time for NEET to embrace the online mode of examination.”

Medical candidates have also been requesting NTA and Ramesh Pokhriyal to conduct NEET 2021 two times over Twitter. 

 Dr. Rakesh Yadav, President, Faculty Association of AIIMS gave a statement that , “There may be various reasons for which a student may not be able to sit for the NEET exam (in a particular session). If NEET can be conducted multiple times a year like JEE, this would prove to be beneficial for many students. Their academic year will be saved.”


The Final decision on holding the NEET exam in online mode will be entirely the decision of the Health Ministry. It is being expected that conducting NEET online will not only benefit the students but will also make the exam process more transparent and the results of the test will be evaluated faster and more accurately.

Besides, the Ministry of Education has confirmed that the syllabus of NEET 2021 or any other national level entrance exam will not be changed. The application form of NEET 2021 will be released at www.ntaneet.nic.in or www.nta.ac.in


It is safe to say that this Demand to hold multiple NEET exam sessions has been heavily influenced by the NTA’s decision to hold the JEE-Mains exam 4 times a year


Given NEET is the only entrance exam for undergraduate medicine programmes in the country, more than 16 lakh medical aspirants registered for it in 2020. 


THE MEETING ON 25TH JANUARY

As per a recent update, on 25th January a high-level meeting regarding NEET was conducted in the presence of Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan. 

It is being speculated that there was no satisfactory conclusion to the discussion and another meeting on the same issue shall be conducted within a week.

There is no update on the meeting officially. Even news reports are silent about it. At some point, questions also arise as to whether the meeting was held at all.

 The meeting was supposedly a very private affair and the details and conclusions of it are not to be shared at the moment. 

If any official update on it will come, it will be through the medium of either Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank’s twitter handle, or press release from Ministry of Education, or NTA website nta.ac.in, or NEET UG website ntaneet.nic.in. 


Teachers and NEET UG mentors are BEING advising students to stay away from the panic inducing news about the exam and instead focus on the preparations. Last year also there was a lot of chaos surrounding the exam date, and then its postponement. 

It is evident that the students are disappointed on the radio silence over NEET 2021 exam date, application form release, and other aspects. 

Social Media is fuzzing over the Issues regarding NEET 2021, such as the dates, syllabus and postponement with now the issue of holding two exams in an annual year being added to the list.


WHAT TO DO NEXT?

Education Minister’s twitter handle (@DrRPNishank) is the best source of any information regarding the NEET 2021 where Dr. Nishank posts multiple updates on various topics throughout the day. 

It can be said that if the dates of the board exams remain the same and there is no change in the exam pattern of NEET, then the exam date has to be by end of June. However, if the exam happens multiple times then it can be expected that the NEET exams will be in May, June or June, July. 

The application form is expected to be released soon.



FAQ’s

Question: What will be the mode of entrance exam?

Answer: NEET shall be conducted in offline mode i.e, pen and paper-based mode. 

Question: How many attempts does a candidate get for NEET?

Answer:  Candidates can appear for the exam as many times as they want. There is no limit on the number of times a candidate can sit for the exam.

Questions: Who conducts the NEET exam?

Answer: The National Testing Agency has been entrusted with the responsibility to conduct NEET.

Question: What is the eligibility Criteria for NEET ?

Answer:

  • Aspirants must have attained the age of 17 years as on December 31, 2021, will be eligible to take NTA NEET 2021.
  • Candidates must have completed their Class 12 or equivalent from a recognised central or state board with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English as the core subjects.
  • The qualifying marks for general category applicants is 50%, while for SC/ST/OBC, it is 40%.


  • Candidates who belong to NRIs, OCIs, PIOs and Foreign nationals category can also apply for NEET-UG.


Question: what will be the mode of answering in NEET Examination ?

Answer: NEET 2021 will be available in 9 different languages other than English and Hindi. Candidates who wish to write the test in Oriya can fill the language option in NEET application form 2021.



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How to prepare for NEET

NEET is one of the most arduous exams in the country. Students must be determined while preparing for this medical entrance exam. Here are 5 ways that will help students tackle the exam and polish their NEET prep -

1. Make a practical study schedule - Students should first look to make a practical study schedule as their first step in their preparation for the exam. The schedule should be made in such a way that it helps the students finish their syllabus in the time set according to the exam. And of course, it goes without saying that the students must stick to the schedule dedicatedly so as to not have a pile of pending topics later. Students should set practical and realistic targets according to their own capacity.

2. Thorough knowledge of the syllabus - Candidates need to be thorough in their knowledge of the syllabus that is covered in the exam. This knowledge of course also serves them while making the schedule. Formulating a preparation strategy also depends on their knowledge of each and every minute detail of the syllabus, and as such division of time between the sections can only be done effectively when they know the syllabus thoroughly.

3. Books - Students must be thorough with their NCERT books. Apart from them, here’s a list of books that are recommended for the NEET exam -

Physics - Concepts of Physics by H. C. Verma, Objective Physics by DC Pandey, Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick, and Walker, DC Pandey Physics for NEET

Chemistry - ABC of Chemistry for Classes 11 and 12 by Modern, Concise Inorganic Chemistry by JD Lee, Physical Chemistry by OP Tandon

Biology - Biology Vol 1 and Vol 2 by Trueman, Objective Biology by Dinesh, Objective Botany by Ansari

4. Analysis of previous years’ question papers - It is important that students get familiar with the previous years’ question papers to get familiar with the NEET exam pattern. This way they know which areas get covered most in the NEET exam and which areas they need to work on. Apart from getting to know the recurring areas, the students also can try and work the papers out in the stipulated time periods as this will give them the real-time practice of the NEET exam. Take a look at the NTA NEET 2020 exam to gauge the latest pattern. This way they can work on their speed too.

5. Area-wise weightage - There is always a dilemma of focussing on numerous topics rather than wasting time on less important topics. NEET 2021 chapter wise weightage is evaluated on the basis of the analysis of previous year question papers which will help in the preparation of the exam. The chapter-wise weightage of NEET also allows the candidates to identify the importance of a topic and the number of marks it is likely to fetch.


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10 things you need to know about NEET 2021

NEET 2021, or the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, is expected to be held on May 2, 2021. Here are the 10 things you need to know about NEET 2021:

1. The NEET 2021 will be an offline exam conducted across India. The exam will test students in three subjects namely Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. The paper will consist of 180 MCQs. Out of the 180, 90 questions will be from the Biology section, while 45 each from Chemistry and Physics. Students will be allotted a total of 3 hours for the exam.

2. Students can choose to give the exam from one of the following languages: English, Hindi, Odia, Bengali, Kannada, Tamil, Assamese, Gujarati, Telegu, Marathi, and Urdu.

3. Registrations for NEET 2021 have begun from the first week of December 2020.

4. NEET 2021’s application process has five steps - Online registration, Detail filling in the application, Upload of scanned image of photograph and signature, Completing application fee, and Printing of applications and Fee payment receipt.

5. Students can correct their applications for NEET 2021 from the third week of January 2021 to the last week of January 2021.

6. The NEET 2021 application fees are as follows - General/OBC category: Rs 1400, SC/ST category: Rs 750.

7. The NEET 2021 admit card will be made available to download from the NTA website from the final week of March 2021.

8. NTA will release the NEET 2021 answer key in the second week of May 2021.

9. The NEET 2021 exam results will be released by the NTA in the first week of June 2021.

10. In case of any doubts regarding and/or from the NEET 2021 syllabus, feel free to click here to connect with the top experts from each subject.

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What to expect from NEET 2021

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, or NEET 2021, is expected to be held on May 2, 2021. Here are the 10 things students may need to know about the NEET 2021 exam:

1. NEET 2021 will be an offline exam conducted across centers in India. The exam tests in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. The exam pattern is - A total of 180 MCQs will be in the exam. Of the 180 questions, 90 will be from Biology, while 45 questions will be from Chemistry and Physics. Candidates are given three hours to attempt the exam.

2. Students can choose to give the exam from one of the following languages: English, Hindi, Odia, Bengali, Kannada, Tamil, Assamese, Gujarati, Telegu, Marathi, and Urdu.

3. The NEET 2021 registrations have been started from the first week of December 2020.

4. The application process for NEET 2021 has five steps - The online registration, The detail filling part of the application, Uploading of the scanned images of the candidate's photograph and signature, Paying the application fee, and Taking the print outs of the applications and the fee payment receipt.

5. In case of corrections in the NEET 2021 application, students do that from the third week of January 2021 to the last week of January 2021.

6. The application fee for NEET 2021 is as follows - For the General/OBC category: Rs 1400, For the SC/ST category: Rs 750.

7. The NTA website will have the NEET 2021 admit card made available to download from the final week of March 2021.

8. The NEET 2021 answer key will be released by NTA on their website in the second week of May 2021.

9. NTA will release the NEET 2021 exam results in the first week of June 2021.

10. For students who face doubts, queries, and questions regarding NEET 2021, feel free to click here to connect with the top experts from each subject.


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What will set apart toppers from the crowd in NEET 2021?

There are millions of students that are set to appear for the NEET 2021 and despite the best efforts, only a handful of them are going to make it into the cream of the rankings. That brings us to the question - What sets apart toppers from the crowd in such a competitive exam? Here are a few things that previous years’ toppers have to say about making the cut -

1. Belief in oneself -

One of the most important things that a student needs to succeed is a strong belief in oneself and their abilities. Students need to remind themselves of this fact daily. Doing so will etch this belief in their subconscious mind and that will always give them confidence.

2. Be well-versed with NCERT to the last detail

Students preparing for NEET from class 11, and especially without coaching, should recognize that NCERT is one of the most crucial materials for the exam. Questions featured in the NEET are based on NCERT books. So students should make sure that they are extremely well-versed with the NCERT books thoroughly. A thorough grasp of NCERT will ensure that students can crack the NEET without even coaching.

3. A Time Table/Schedule

Successful people have a trait in common, they always have a set timeline towards their goals - a timetable or a schedule. Students must also recognize that there is nothing more precious than time.

If you really want to be in the cream of the rankings then need to crack the NEET 2021. For that one needs to know how to utilize time effectively and what topics should get more time and which ones should get less time.

For that students should make a timetable and follow it strictly. And as such for the preparation of NEET 2021, students need to give at least 10-12 hours daily.

Students should divide their time into three equal parts and study accordingly.

4. Make Your Own Notes

Most students suffer because they do not make their own notes. Making one's own notes help with revision and clearing of concepts on a later date. During the final stages of the preparation, it’s very difficult to go through entire books and so the notes came in handy for such times.

It has been suggested that students should make three separate notebooks for each subject and write down all the formulas of each chapter, and after each formula have two or three solved problems related to the formula.

Also, pro tip - write the SI Units after each solution, this will help with SI Unit questions. Keep revising the formula book every 15 days.

5. Previous Years’ Papers

To get the best feel for the NEET 2021, students can take the help of the exam papers from the previous years. Students should attempt these papers at regular intervals of time. Since currently, NEET 2021 occurs two times a day, students can get their hands on around 8 to 10 papers from each year.

Begin solving the papers chapter-wise first, then as a whole.

6. Practise on Test Series

Practice for the exam environment is really crucial for the students who want to make it to the top tiers. Students are encouraged to join a couple of test series. The test series can be joined online these days. Students should try and solve the complete Test series with complete dedication and time consideration. This will help them fare well in NEET.

7. Students need smart work

Students need to be creative and need to employ smart work instead of hard work these days. Most students spend so much time on reading lengthy chapters from which only a few questions appear in the exam. Students should smartly divide their time and give more time to chapters that are going to give good returns.

Division of time based on weightage is critical for students to crack the top ranks in the NEET 2021.

8. Don’t go heavy with too many books

Several students emphasize on buying several books for each subject. This leads to them trying to read all of them or none of them. Toppers advise that students should buy just one or two books for every subject and try to get their grasp on those books. Trying to learn concepts from several books can lead to confusion.

9. Distractions

Social media has turned out to be the biggest distraction for students in today’s time. A lot of time can be utilized on important preparation aspects.

If you want to be inside the top ranks, you need to cut out the distractions. Try and distance yourself from mobile phones when studying. Focus is critical.

10. Shortcuts are not all bad

Time is a big constraint in the NEET 2021 exam and so to solve a maximum number of questions in the given time you will need to employ shortcuts.

Students should go to YouTube and other such resources and scourge for shortcuts in Chemistry and such. This will help you save time.

11. Don’t let doubts linger

Students tend to let go of the concepts they could not get cleared in class or coaching. This should not be the case if they want to crack into the top ranks. They should always go back to the uncleared concepts. For this students can take the use of theFilo app, where doctors and medical students are available 24x7 to help them out over video calls, that too for free.


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27 January 2021 6 minutes read

The NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is an entrance examination conducted annually for admission in Medical and Dental courses. According to official data, an average of 1.3 Million candidates appeared for the NEET 2020 examination. 

Recently, the National Testing Agency (NTA) had requested the Union Health Ministry whether the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) could be conducted twice a year from 2021 onward. 

According to the latest reports, it is suggested that the education ministry is involved here but the final decision rests with the health ministry. 

Anonymous education ministry officials told a reputed media portal that a computer-based NEET 2021 will be more transparent and the evaluation process will be easier with no delay in the declaration of results.

This request from the NTA came into existence after an official from the NTA had highlighted the high level of stress prevailing among the students while preparing for the highly competitive NEET examination.

Hence, conducting the examination twice, a year is seen as reducing the stress and pressure on students. However, for any such decisions NTA needs permission from the ministry to take decisions regarding any such move. 

The NEET examination is presently only conducted by the National Testing Agency.

Previously, NTA had stated, “The move to hold the test twice would bring relief to students. However, presently it is not easy to conduct a pen and paper twice as it requires much larger arrangements. The NTA has also suggested that the possibility of holding it in the online mode may be examined.”

Therefore, it was decided that the senior officials of the education and health ministries and National Testing Agency (NTA) would hold a meeting on 25th January to discuss whether or not NEET-UG should be conducted more than once a year in CBT mode.

The main Agenda of the meeting:

  • Will NEET 2021 be conducted twice a year?
  • Will the exam be held online or offline?
  • What will be the exam date or dates?
  • When will registration and application form of NEET 2021 be released?
  • Will there be a change in exam pattern to include optional questions?


Other Advancements 

Earlier, Government officials had announced a report stating, “If NTA can manage the logistics and conduct the examination in online mode, NEET can also be held as a computer-based exam (CBT). It will be a great initiative. As the online exams’ reliability and security are well established, it is time for NEET to embrace the online mode of examination.”

Medical candidates have also been requesting NTA and Ramesh Pokhriyal to conduct NEET 2021 two times over Twitter. 

 Dr. Rakesh Yadav, President, Faculty Association of AIIMS gave a statement that , “There may be various reasons for which a student may not be able to sit for the NEET exam (in a particular session). If NEET can be conducted multiple times a year like JEE, this would prove to be beneficial for many students. Their academic year will be saved.”


The Final decision on holding the NEET exam in online mode will be entirely the decision of the Health Ministry. It is being expected that conducting NEET online will not only benefit the students but will also make the exam process more transparent and the results of the test will be evaluated faster and more accurately.

Besides, the Ministry of Education has confirmed that the syllabus of NEET 2021 or any other national level entrance exam will not be changed. The application form of NEET 2021 will be released at www.ntaneet.nic.in or www.nta.ac.in


It is safe to say that this Demand to hold multiple NEET exam sessions has been heavily influenced by the NTA’s decision to hold the JEE-Mains exam 4 times a year


Given NEET is the only entrance exam for undergraduate medicine programmes in the country, more than 16 lakh medical aspirants registered for it in 2020. 


THE MEETING ON 25TH JANUARY

As per a recent update, on 25th January a high-level meeting regarding NEET was conducted in the presence of Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan. 

It is being speculated that there was no satisfactory conclusion to the discussion and another meeting on the same issue shall be conducted within a week.

There is no update on the meeting officially. Even news reports are silent about it. At some point, questions also arise as to whether the meeting was held at all.

 The meeting was supposedly a very private affair and the details and conclusions of it are not to be shared at the moment. 

If any official update on it will come, it will be through the medium of either Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank’s twitter handle, or press release from Ministry of Education, or NTA website nta.ac.in, or NEET UG website ntaneet.nic.in. 


Teachers and NEET UG mentors are BEING advising students to stay away from the panic inducing news about the exam and instead focus on the preparations. Last year also there was a lot of chaos surrounding the exam date, and then its postponement. 

It is evident that the students are disappointed on the radio silence over NEET 2021 exam date, application form release, and other aspects. 

Social Media is fuzzing over the Issues regarding NEET 2021, such as the dates, syllabus and postponement with now the issue of holding two exams in an annual year being added to the list.


WHAT TO DO NEXT?

Education Minister’s twitter handle (@DrRPNishank) is the best source of any information regarding the NEET 2021 where Dr. Nishank posts multiple updates on various topics throughout the day. 

It can be said that if the dates of the board exams remain the same and there is no change in the exam pattern of NEET, then the exam date has to be by end of June. However, if the exam happens multiple times then it can be expected that the NEET exams will be in May, June or June, July. 

The application form is expected to be released soon.



FAQ’s

Question: What will be the mode of entrance exam?

Answer: NEET shall be conducted in offline mode i.e, pen and paper-based mode. 

Question: How many attempts does a candidate get for NEET?

Answer:  Candidates can appear for the exam as many times as they want. There is no limit on the number of times a candidate can sit for the exam.

Questions: Who conducts the NEET exam?

Answer: The National Testing Agency has been entrusted with the responsibility to conduct NEET.

Question: What is the eligibility Criteria for NEET ?

Answer:

  • Aspirants must have attained the age of 17 years as on December 31, 2021, will be eligible to take NTA NEET 2021.
  • Candidates must have completed their Class 12 or equivalent from a recognised central or state board with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English as the core subjects.
  • The qualifying marks for general category applicants is 50%, while for SC/ST/OBC, it is 40%.


  • Candidates who belong to NRIs, OCIs, PIOs and Foreign nationals category can also apply for NEET-UG.


Question: what will be the mode of answering in NEET Examination ?

Answer: NEET 2021 will be available in 9 different languages other than English and Hindi. Candidates who wish to write the test in Oriya can fill the language option in NEET application form 2021.



Home   /   Blog   /   NEET   /   DECISION REGARDING HOLDING THE NEET EXAM TWICE
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DECISION REGARDING HOLDING THE NEET EXAM TWICE
27 January 2021 6 minutes read

The NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is an entrance examination conducted annually for admission in Medical and Dental courses. According to official data, an average of 1.3 Million candidates appeared for the NEET 2020 examination. 

Recently, the National Testing Agency (NTA) had requested the Union Health Ministry whether the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) could be conducted twice a year from 2021 onward. 

According to the latest reports, it is suggested that the education ministry is involved here but the final decision rests with the health ministry. 

Anonymous education ministry officials told a reputed media portal that a computer-based NEET 2021 will be more transparent and the evaluation process will be easier with no delay in the declaration of results.

This request from the NTA came into existence after an official from the NTA had highlighted the high level of stress prevailing among the students while preparing for the highly competitive NEET examination.

Hence, conducting the examination twice, a year is seen as reducing the stress and pressure on students. However, for any such decisions NTA needs permission from the ministry to take decisions regarding any such move. 

The NEET examination is presently only conducted by the National Testing Agency.

Previously, NTA had stated, “The move to hold the test twice would bring relief to students. However, presently it is not easy to conduct a pen and paper twice as it requires much larger arrangements. The NTA has also suggested that the possibility of holding it in the online mode may be examined.”

Therefore, it was decided that the senior officials of the education and health ministries and National Testing Agency (NTA) would hold a meeting on 25th January to discuss whether or not NEET-UG should be conducted more than once a year in CBT mode.

The main Agenda of the meeting:

  • Will NEET 2021 be conducted twice a year?
  • Will the exam be held online or offline?
  • What will be the exam date or dates?
  • When will registration and application form of NEET 2021 be released?
  • Will there be a change in exam pattern to include optional questions?


Other Advancements 

Earlier, Government officials had announced a report stating, “If NTA can manage the logistics and conduct the examination in online mode, NEET can also be held as a computer-based exam (CBT). It will be a great initiative. As the online exams’ reliability and security are well established, it is time for NEET to embrace the online mode of examination.”

Medical candidates have also been requesting NTA and Ramesh Pokhriyal to conduct NEET 2021 two times over Twitter. 

 Dr. Rakesh Yadav, President, Faculty Association of AIIMS gave a statement that , “There may be various reasons for which a student may not be able to sit for the NEET exam (in a particular session). If NEET can be conducted multiple times a year like JEE, this would prove to be beneficial for many students. Their academic year will be saved.”


The Final decision on holding the NEET exam in online mode will be entirely the decision of the Health Ministry. It is being expected that conducting NEET online will not only benefit the students but will also make the exam process more transparent and the results of the test will be evaluated faster and more accurately.

Besides, the Ministry of Education has confirmed that the syllabus of NEET 2021 or any other national level entrance exam will not be changed. The application form of NEET 2021 will be released at www.ntaneet.nic.in or www.nta.ac.in


It is safe to say that this Demand to hold multiple NEET exam sessions has been heavily influenced by the NTA’s decision to hold the JEE-Mains exam 4 times a year


Given NEET is the only entrance exam for undergraduate medicine programmes in the country, more than 16 lakh medical aspirants registered for it in 2020. 


THE MEETING ON 25TH JANUARY

As per a recent update, on 25th January a high-level meeting regarding NEET was conducted in the presence of Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan. 

It is being speculated that there was no satisfactory conclusion to the discussion and another meeting on the same issue shall be conducted within a week.

There is no update on the meeting officially. Even news reports are silent about it. At some point, questions also arise as to whether the meeting was held at all.

 The meeting was supposedly a very private affair and the details and conclusions of it are not to be shared at the moment. 

If any official update on it will come, it will be through the medium of either Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank’s twitter handle, or press release from Ministry of Education, or NTA website nta.ac.in, or NEET UG website ntaneet.nic.in. 


Teachers and NEET UG mentors are BEING advising students to stay away from the panic inducing news about the exam and instead focus on the preparations. Last year also there was a lot of chaos surrounding the exam date, and then its postponement. 

It is evident that the students are disappointed on the radio silence over NEET 2021 exam date, application form release, and other aspects. 

Social Media is fuzzing over the Issues regarding NEET 2021, such as the dates, syllabus and postponement with now the issue of holding two exams in an annual year being added to the list.


WHAT TO DO NEXT?

Education Minister’s twitter handle (@DrRPNishank) is the best source of any information regarding the NEET 2021 where Dr. Nishank posts multiple updates on various topics throughout the day. 

It can be said that if the dates of the board exams remain the same and there is no change in the exam pattern of NEET, then the exam date has to be by end of June. However, if the exam happens multiple times then it can be expected that the NEET exams will be in May, June or June, July. 

The application form is expected to be released soon.



FAQ’s

Question: What will be the mode of entrance exam?

Answer: NEET shall be conducted in offline mode i.e, pen and paper-based mode. 

Question: How many attempts does a candidate get for NEET?

Answer:  Candidates can appear for the exam as many times as they want. There is no limit on the number of times a candidate can sit for the exam.

Questions: Who conducts the NEET exam?

Answer: The National Testing Agency has been entrusted with the responsibility to conduct NEET.

Question: What is the eligibility Criteria for NEET ?

Answer:

  • Aspirants must have attained the age of 17 years as on December 31, 2021, will be eligible to take NTA NEET 2021.
  • Candidates must have completed their Class 12 or equivalent from a recognised central or state board with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English as the core subjects.
  • The qualifying marks for general category applicants is 50%, while for SC/ST/OBC, it is 40%.


  • Candidates who belong to NRIs, OCIs, PIOs and Foreign nationals category can also apply for NEET-UG.


Question: what will be the mode of answering in NEET Examination ?

Answer: NEET 2021 will be available in 9 different languages other than English and Hindi. Candidates who wish to write the test in Oriya can fill the language option in NEET application form 2021.



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How to prepare for NEET

NEET is one of the most arduous exams in the country. Students must be determined while preparing for this medical entrance exam. Here are 5 ways that will help students tackle the exam and polish their NEET prep -

1. Make a practical study schedule - Students should first look to make a practical study schedule as their first step in their preparation for the exam. The schedule should be made in such a way that it helps the students finish their syllabus in the time set according to the exam. And of course, it goes without saying that the students must stick to the schedule dedicatedly so as to not have a pile of pending topics later. Students should set practical and realistic targets according to their own capacity.

2. Thorough knowledge of the syllabus - Candidates need to be thorough in their knowledge of the syllabus that is covered in the exam. This knowledge of course also serves them while making the schedule. Formulating a preparation strategy also depends on their knowledge of each and every minute detail of the syllabus, and as such division of time between the sections can only be done effectively when they know the syllabus thoroughly.

3. Books - Students must be thorough with their NCERT books. Apart from them, here’s a list of books that are recommended for the NEET exam -

Physics - Concepts of Physics by H. C. Verma, Objective Physics by DC Pandey, Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick, and Walker, DC Pandey Physics for NEET

Chemistry - ABC of Chemistry for Classes 11 and 12 by Modern, Concise Inorganic Chemistry by JD Lee, Physical Chemistry by OP Tandon

Biology - Biology Vol 1 and Vol 2 by Trueman, Objective Biology by Dinesh, Objective Botany by Ansari

4. Analysis of previous years’ question papers - It is important that students get familiar with the previous years’ question papers to get familiar with the NEET exam pattern. This way they know which areas get covered most in the NEET exam and which areas they need to work on. Apart from getting to know the recurring areas, the students also can try and work the papers out in the stipulated time periods as this will give them the real-time practice of the NEET exam. Take a look at the NTA NEET 2020 exam to gauge the latest pattern. This way they can work on their speed too.

5. Area-wise weightage - There is always a dilemma of focussing on numerous topics rather than wasting time on less important topics. NEET 2021 chapter wise weightage is evaluated on the basis of the analysis of previous year question papers which will help in the preparation of the exam. The chapter-wise weightage of NEET also allows the candidates to identify the importance of a topic and the number of marks it is likely to fetch.


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10 things you need to know about NEET 2021

NEET 2021, or the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, is expected to be held on May 2, 2021. Here are the 10 things you need to know about NEET 2021:

1. The NEET 2021 will be an offline exam conducted across India. The exam will test students in three subjects namely Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. The paper will consist of 180 MCQs. Out of the 180, 90 questions will be from the Biology section, while 45 each from Chemistry and Physics. Students will be allotted a total of 3 hours for the exam.

2. Students can choose to give the exam from one of the following languages: English, Hindi, Odia, Bengali, Kannada, Tamil, Assamese, Gujarati, Telegu, Marathi, and Urdu.

3. Registrations for NEET 2021 have begun from the first week of December 2020.

4. NEET 2021’s application process has five steps - Online registration, Detail filling in the application, Upload of scanned image of photograph and signature, Completing application fee, and Printing of applications and Fee payment receipt.

5. Students can correct their applications for NEET 2021 from the third week of January 2021 to the last week of January 2021.

6. The NEET 2021 application fees are as follows - General/OBC category: Rs 1400, SC/ST category: Rs 750.

7. The NEET 2021 admit card will be made available to download from the NTA website from the final week of March 2021.

8. NTA will release the NEET 2021 answer key in the second week of May 2021.

9. The NEET 2021 exam results will be released by the NTA in the first week of June 2021.

10. In case of any doubts regarding and/or from the NEET 2021 syllabus, feel free to click here to connect with the top experts from each subject.

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What to expect from NEET 2021

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, or NEET 2021, is expected to be held on May 2, 2021. Here are the 10 things students may need to know about the NEET 2021 exam:

1. NEET 2021 will be an offline exam conducted across centers in India. The exam tests in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. The exam pattern is - A total of 180 MCQs will be in the exam. Of the 180 questions, 90 will be from Biology, while 45 questions will be from Chemistry and Physics. Candidates are given three hours to attempt the exam.

2. Students can choose to give the exam from one of the following languages: English, Hindi, Odia, Bengali, Kannada, Tamil, Assamese, Gujarati, Telegu, Marathi, and Urdu.

3. The NEET 2021 registrations have been started from the first week of December 2020.

4. The application process for NEET 2021 has five steps - The online registration, The detail filling part of the application, Uploading of the scanned images of the candidate's photograph and signature, Paying the application fee, and Taking the print outs of the applications and the fee payment receipt.

5. In case of corrections in the NEET 2021 application, students do that from the third week of January 2021 to the last week of January 2021.

6. The application fee for NEET 2021 is as follows - For the General/OBC category: Rs 1400, For the SC/ST category: Rs 750.

7. The NTA website will have the NEET 2021 admit card made available to download from the final week of March 2021.

8. The NEET 2021 answer key will be released by NTA on their website in the second week of May 2021.

9. NTA will release the NEET 2021 exam results in the first week of June 2021.

10. For students who face doubts, queries, and questions regarding NEET 2021, feel free to click here to connect with the top experts from each subject.


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What will set apart toppers from the crowd in NEET 2021?

There are millions of students that are set to appear for the NEET 2021 and despite the best efforts, only a handful of them are going to make it into the cream of the rankings. That brings us to the question - What sets apart toppers from the crowd in such a competitive exam? Here are a few things that previous years’ toppers have to say about making the cut -

1. Belief in oneself -

One of the most important things that a student needs to succeed is a strong belief in oneself and their abilities. Students need to remind themselves of this fact daily. Doing so will etch this belief in their subconscious mind and that will always give them confidence.

2. Be well-versed with NCERT to the last detail

Students preparing for NEET from class 11, and especially without coaching, should recognize that NCERT is one of the most crucial materials for the exam. Questions featured in the NEET are based on NCERT books. So students should make sure that they are extremely well-versed with the NCERT books thoroughly. A thorough grasp of NCERT will ensure that students can crack the NEET without even coaching.

3. A Time Table/Schedule

Successful people have a trait in common, they always have a set timeline towards their goals - a timetable or a schedule. Students must also recognize that there is nothing more precious than time.

If you really want to be in the cream of the rankings then need to crack the NEET 2021. For that one needs to know how to utilize time effectively and what topics should get more time and which ones should get less time.

For that students should make a timetable and follow it strictly. And as such for the preparation of NEET 2021, students need to give at least 10-12 hours daily.

Students should divide their time into three equal parts and study accordingly.

4. Make Your Own Notes

Most students suffer because they do not make their own notes. Making one's own notes help with revision and clearing of concepts on a later date. During the final stages of the preparation, it’s very difficult to go through entire books and so the notes came in handy for such times.

It has been suggested that students should make three separate notebooks for each subject and write down all the formulas of each chapter, and after each formula have two or three solved problems related to the formula.

Also, pro tip - write the SI Units after each solution, this will help with SI Unit questions. Keep revising the formula book every 15 days.

5. Previous Years’ Papers

To get the best feel for the NEET 2021, students can take the help of the exam papers from the previous years. Students should attempt these papers at regular intervals of time. Since currently, NEET 2021 occurs two times a day, students can get their hands on around 8 to 10 papers from each year.

Begin solving the papers chapter-wise first, then as a whole.

6. Practise on Test Series

Practice for the exam environment is really crucial for the students who want to make it to the top tiers. Students are encouraged to join a couple of test series. The test series can be joined online these days. Students should try and solve the complete Test series with complete dedication and time consideration. This will help them fare well in NEET.

7. Students need smart work

Students need to be creative and need to employ smart work instead of hard work these days. Most students spend so much time on reading lengthy chapters from which only a few questions appear in the exam. Students should smartly divide their time and give more time to chapters that are going to give good returns.

Division of time based on weightage is critical for students to crack the top ranks in the NEET 2021.

8. Don’t go heavy with too many books

Several students emphasize on buying several books for each subject. This leads to them trying to read all of them or none of them. Toppers advise that students should buy just one or two books for every subject and try to get their grasp on those books. Trying to learn concepts from several books can lead to confusion.

9. Distractions

Social media has turned out to be the biggest distraction for students in today’s time. A lot of time can be utilized on important preparation aspects.

If you want to be inside the top ranks, you need to cut out the distractions. Try and distance yourself from mobile phones when studying. Focus is critical.

10. Shortcuts are not all bad

Time is a big constraint in the NEET 2021 exam and so to solve a maximum number of questions in the given time you will need to employ shortcuts.

Students should go to YouTube and other such resources and scourge for shortcuts in Chemistry and such. This will help you save time.

11. Don’t let doubts linger

Students tend to let go of the concepts they could not get cleared in class or coaching. This should not be the case if they want to crack into the top ranks. They should always go back to the uncleared concepts. For this students can take the use of theFilo app, where doctors and medical students are available 24x7 to help them out over video calls, that too for free.