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NEET 2019 to be held Annually, Pen-Paper Mode

Last Updated - August 23, 2018

The centralized test for the medical aspirants of India, National Eligibility cum Entrance Examination (NEET), has been under a lot of controversies for recent past years. Its aspirants always complain about the last moment changes either in the pattern or the eligibility criteria.

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Registration Dates: November 1 – 30, 2018 (Register Now)
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Following this trend, when it was declared earlier this year by the Honorable Union Minister of Human Resource Development, GOI, Mr. Prakash Javadekar, that NEET UG will be conducted twice every year in the online mode starting 2019, this decision is now reverted.

The exam will be continued to be conducted only once annually in 2019 in a single session, as usual. As per the statement by an NTA official - “The change in the NEET exam pattern was on the request of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, who wanted the same pattern followed last year to be maintained.”

Additionally, there will not be any change in the examination mode. It means that NEET 2019 will again be conducted in the pen-paper based or offline mode. There will also not be any change in the number of (eight) languages in which the candidates would be allowed to attend the exam.

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NEET UG has undoubtedly been one of the top choices of the medical aspirants for getting admissions to the reputed colleges across the country offering the MBBS and BDS courses. On July 07, 2018, it was declared by Mr. Prakash Javadekar that the NEET 2019 exam would be conducted by the newly formed examination conducting authority, National Testing Agency (NTA), which would impose the said changes.

Earlier, it used to be conducted and coordinated by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). When the decision of getting the NEET exam to be conducted by NTA would be retained, in a U-turn, the Ministry of Human Resources Development recently declared that all other prior announced changes will be reverted.

Resulting the same, the NEET 2019 exam will not observe any changes when comparing with the NEET 2018 exam. The changes were reverted based on the recommendations provided by the Health Ministry, Government of India to HRD.

The Health Ministry was concerned that the biannual pattern of the NEET exam would put up additional pressure on the medical aspirants. Additionally, the compulsion of online mode for the NEET exam would become a problem for many such students from the rural background, who would not have even touched a computer in their life.

As stated by the HRD officials to the PTI - "The change in the NEET exam pattern as against the statement earlier, which will now be a single exam in pen-and-paper mode and in the same number of languages as has been conducted last year, is on the request of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, which wanted the same pattern followed last year to be maintained".

The schedule for NEET 2019 exam for admissions to the undergraduate medical courses has also been declared. The registration for NEET 2019 will start from November 01, 2018, and end on November 01, 2018. The enrolled candidates will be able to download the NEET 2019 admit cards from April 15, 2019.

The exam will be held on May 05, 2019 and its result will be declared on June 5, 2019. Additionally, NTA will introduce Test Practice Centers (TPCs) to facilitate the candidates across the country practice on the NEET exam.

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To materialize the same, starting September 1, 2018, nearly 2690 schools and engineering institutions will enable the NEET aspirants to attend the practice test over every Saturday and Sunday. The aspirants will not be required to pay any fee for availing this facility.

This decision would give a vital opportunity to those meritorious students, who could not join a coaching institute for making their dream come true to become a doctor. As stated by an NTA official – “NTA is also establishing a countrywide network of test practice centres (TPCs) for students of rural areas so that everyone will have an opportunity to practice before the exam”. Register for Test Practice Center – Click Here


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