Bad news for medical aspirants! HRD withdraws decision to conduct NEET twice a year
In a major announcement, the Union Human Resource Development Ministry (HRD) has withdrawn its decision to conduct the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) twice a year following Health Ministry's recommendations.
NEET to be held once a year:
Now, the NEET medical and dental entrance exam will be held once a year and in pen-paper mode, said a senior official.
Last month, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar had announced that the newly-formed National Testing Agency (NTA) would conduct NEET, along with the Joint Entrance Examination-Main (JEE) Main for admission to engineering colleges, twice a year.
Moreover, Javadekar had also announced that all exams conducted by NTA would be computer-based.
Health ministry raises concern over NEET decision:
In July, after the HRD ministry announced to conduct NEET twice a year and in line mode, the Health Ministry then wrote to the HRD, raising concerns about conducting NEET as the examination calendar may put additional pressure on students.
It had also voiced concern about students living in rural areas, who may suffer if the exam is conducted in online mode only.
"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 official said.
NEET 2019 to be held on May 5:
Subsequent to the tentative schedule released by the ministry last month, the HRD Ministry also made public the final schedule of examinations to be conducted by NTA till May 2019. NEET will be conducted on May 5, 2019.