Medical Entrance Exam NEET Once A Year, To Be Handwritten


The Union Education Ministry has scrapped its plan to conduct the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET Exam  twice a year and in online mode after recommendations of the the Health Ministry. NEET, the entrance exam for medical and dental undergraduate programmes, will be held in May next year and will be handwritten.


In July, the Education Ministry had said that the newly formed National Testing Agency will conduct NEET twice a year and the the exam will be computer-based.

“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,” news agency PTI quoted an official as saying.

After the Education Ministry’s announcement last month, the Health Ministry had voiced concerns over holding NEET twice a year as it may put additional pressure on students.

There were also concerns that the computer-based exam may put aspirants from rural areas at a disadvantageous position.

An announcement by the Education Ministry today said that registration for the NEET will begin on November 1 and the exam will be held on May 5, 2019.


The dates for registration and exam schedule exam schedule of various us competitive exams has been announced by National Testing Agency such as University Grants Commission-National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET), Joint Entrance Examination-Main (JEE-main) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test , Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) and Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) on Tuesday.

The UGC-NET December 2018 will be the first exam to be conducted by the NTA from December 9 to 23, 2018, while JEE-main 1 will be conducted from January 6 to 20, 2019 and JEE-main 2 will be from April 6 to 20, 2019.

CMAT and GPAT will also be conducted once a year and they will be single day exam – January 28, 2019. NEET-UG will be held on May 5, 2019.

Source: Ndtv


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