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?
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.
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 ?
- 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.