NTA may conduct NEET twice a year from 2021


New Delhi, October 17: NTA director Vineet Joshi said that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) may be held by the National Testing Agency (NTA) twice in a calendar year. He shared that the planning has just started and the exam authority will continue only after receiving an approval from the Ministry of Health.

“We have received lots of communications from the students and teachers across the country and are, therefore, thinking of conducting it twice a year, like the JEE Main,” Joshi has been quoted as saying to a national daily.

No change in exam dates, pattern for 2020

There will be no change in the exam dates or pattern for 2020, the director stated. “The exam schedule for NEET 2020 will remain unaffected. Even if we plan to conduct the medical entrance exam twice, it will happen only in 2021,” he told a news daily.

In the meantime, an official from the Ministry of Health told media, “It is under the consideration of the Health Ministry and we will soon take a decision.”

Admissions to MBBS courses through NEET only

A recent announcement was made by the Ministry of Health that the common national entrance test NEET will be the basis for admission to MBBS courses in medical colleges across India including JIPMER and all the AIIMS.

“The common national entrance test — NEET — applicable to institutes of national importance like AIIMS and JIPMER and common counselling for MBBS, as per the National Medical Commission Act, will come into force from the next academic year (2020),” read the official notification.

The demand for conducting NEET twice a year was done by students and teachers from across the country after the decision of the Health Ministry to make the medical entrance test a single entrance examination was made.

“If the NTA followed the same pattern for JEE Main in conducting the NEET, there will be a huge reduction of pressure on medical students for the entrance exam. The module of NEET should follow the structure of JEE Main as it is a single door to get entry into medical colleges across the country. Apart from JEE, the states conduct their own entrance exams for admissions to engineering colleges,” Founder and CEO of exam preparation website Adda 247, Anil Nagar suggested.