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Common Counselling For PG Medical Courses From 2021: Supreme Court Asks NBE

Common or single counselling for admissions in Post Graduate medical courses should be conducted from 2021, the apex court has asked the National Board of Examination (NBE). Medical PG Courses help graduate students to achieve degrees and diploma as well as seats in DNB (Diplomate of National Board) courses in the country.

The bench comprised of Justice UU Lalit and Dinesh Maheshwari. Plea asking NBE to conduct common counselling for this academic year was refused by the bench. NBE is the authority which conducts NEET (PG) examination all over the country. NBE was set up by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for improving the quality of medical education. ‘Diplomate of National Board’ is the title awarded by NBE which is considered equivalent to MD/MS in medical education.

“Process is at an advanced stage”

The decline of the plea for the current year counselling by Supreme Court was due to the fact that counselling and admissions process in postgraduate medical courses was already undergoing. The process is at a stage where few counselling sessions have been conducted.

In its judgement, the bench stated, “Since the petitioners have approached the court at a stage where the entire process has been undertaken and many candidates have been allocated various courses in the counselling, we do not deem it appropriate to pass any direction for the present year. However, going by the assertions made in the response filed by the Medical Council of India, we may observe that a common counselling or single online counselling in the coming years would definitely take care of any similar grievance.”

DNB is a three-year postgraduate or postdoctoral diploma where the training lasts for three years. Whereas, Fellow of National Board or FNB is a sub-speciality fellowship programme where the students undergo training of two years.

Noting down the submissions of the NBE, the apex court said that the authority to conduct common counselling from the next academic year was agreeable “in principle”.

The judgement of the apex court bench stated, “Consequently while refusing to pass any directions in so far as the present year is concerned, we hope that the authorities will be able to have common counselling for DNB PG seats along with all Post Graduate seats leading to Degrees and Diplomas… for coming years starting with NEET (PG) 2021 Examination.”

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The Grievance of Medical Aspirants

The plea was filed by four medical students requesting Centre, NBE and other authorities to conduct a “single counselling” for allocation of seats under PG Medical and DNB Courses. Other PG Medical courses would include MD and MS.

In NEET (PG) 2020, Alapati Jyotsna and others had scored certain All India Ranks. But, in the counselling process, undertaken by the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC), they could not get the degree courses as per their preference.

While noting down the grievances of students, the Supreme Court said, “Their grievance is that it is only after the regular seats of Post Graduate Courses leading to Degree and Diploma are exhausted that the counselling for DNB courses is undertaken; those who have secured any seat in courses leading to Degrees and Diplomas are disentitled to lay any claim for DNB courses.”

According to the statement, once a candidate is allotted a seat under Degree and Diploma courses, he/she is not entitled to get a seat for DNB Courses. If NBE agrees with the proposal from next year, counselling for all the PG courses will be conducted under a single process and students will have the option to choose from all the courses.

NEET PG/MDS 2020 – MCC Releases Counselling Round 2 Schedule, Registration Begins from June 03, 2020.

May 28, 2020, New Delhi – The medical Counselling Committee has released the official schedule of 2nd round of counselling for NEET PG/MDS. The registration process begins on June 03, 2020. The registration will be open for admission to 50% All India Quota, Deemed/Central Universities, ESIC and AFMC institutes. The last date to resign from the first round of counselling is June 1, 2020.

The issue was flashed in the news as the Supreme Court was insisted NBE to consider only the first round of counselling to be conducted for the admissions through NEET PG.

Important dates for NEET PG/MDS Counselling- 2nd Round

Particulars Dates
New Registrations Start Date June 03, 2020
Last date to Register June 09, 2020, till 10 A.M
Choice filling dates June 04 – June 09, 2020
Result for 2nd round June 12, 2020
Last Date for joining Institute  June 18, 2020

Who can Apply for NEET PG Counselling Round 2?

  • Candidates who have qualified NEET MDS 2020 but were unable to register for the first round of NEET MDS Counselling.
  • This round of counselling is opened for those who had registered for the 1st round but were not allotted any seats.
  • Furthermore, candidates who want to change the institute they were allotted can also register.
  • Lastly, candidates who did not accept seats allotted to them in the first round can also register.

Check NEET PG 2020 Counselling Process

Steps to register for NEET PG Counselling Round Two

  • Visit mcc.nic.in and enter your streams.
  • Enter your personal, academic details, communication and other details.
  • Pay fee in online mode.

Category-wise Fee Details for the Counselling

Particulars Amount (in ₹)
Non-refundable Fees
General 1000
SC/ST/OBC/PWD 500
All Deemed Universities 5000
Refundable Fees (AIQ/Central Universities)
General 25,000
SC/ST/OBC/PWD 10,000
All Deemed Universities 2,00,000

Note – After the registration process, candidates are required to fill the choices by clicking on the add ‘+’ button for every option. It is crucial to click on the ‘save and next’ tab to lock your selected options. If candidates do not do so, then the options will automatically be locked.

Tamil Nadu School Students To Get Free Online Crash Course For NEET From 15th June

The Tamil Nadu government school students and students of government-aided schools are going to receive a free online crash course for National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET 2020) amid the multiplying COVID-19 pandemic and the country-wide lockdown. This initiative is jointly taken by Tamil Nadu School Education Board and Amphisoft Technologies who will be offering this free online crash course through their ‘E-box’ online learning platform.

NEET Test Registration Details

The course is commencing on 15th June 2020 and students can register for this course using this link – http://app.eboxcolleges.com/neetregister

Registrations for this course are closing on 8th June 2020. Registration is very easy and only requires a few particulars mentioned below-

  • Name
  • E-mail
  • Mobile Number
  • Date of Birth
  • District
  • School Name
  • NEET Registration Number
  • Medium

NEET Test Registration Success

The Director of Tamil Nadu School Education Board, S Kannappan, said in a letter to all Chief Educational Officers, that the department was tying up with Amphisoft Technologies and is going to offer this free online crash course beginning from 15th June.

‘Practice-Oriented, Activity-Based Course’

E-box will offer video lectures recorded by subject experts in Physics, Chemistry, Zoology and Botany, covering all the major concepts for the NEET 2020 examination. The course is specifically designed for NEET (UG) 2020 course only. As per the information on the website, the course will be extensively practice-based. There will be more than 6,500 questions to be solved, along with, 80 chapter-wise practice tests, 80 formative tests, 5 unit tests, 2 half-portion tests, and 10 full-portion tests.

Director S Kannappan has asked all the Chief Educational Officers to promote this free course and encourage the NEET aspirants to register for this course for their maximum benefit.

Before this, the Tamil Nadu School Education Board has organised 1-month residential crash courses for students of government schools appearing for NEET (UG). This practice was being followed for the last two years but it is uncertain whether the Education Board would conduct these courses during the lockdown period.

AI-powered Mobile App for Free Mock Tests of NEET 2020 Launches by the Government

Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, the Minister of Union Human Resource Development has launched a new mobile application for NEET 2020 and JEE Main aspirants so that they can take mock tests as much as possible for free of cost. National Test Abhyas (the free mobile app) will lead to boost up the confidence level of the candidates before appearing for the main entrance test.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has taken this initiative for the constant closure of NTA’s Test Practice Center and Educational Institutions and for making up for the loss of the aspirants. Consequently, the aspirants will find the online mobile app suitable for uplift their performance and revision process, during this pandemic situation.

“This timely launch is designed to ensure that no student is left behind in getting exposure to practice testing, especially when Student’s loss due to closure of educational institutions is to be compensated and NTA’s Test-Practice Centers are shut due to the Covid-19 lockdown,” according to HRD Minister.

AI-Powered Mock Test Application Notice

The aspirants across India are eligible to get access to high-quality tests free of cost so that the students can prepare themselves for the upcoming tests like NEET and JEE and also the competitive exams.

The aspirants, who are android users, are able to download from the Google Play Store. The government has also announced that the iPhone users will also be capable of downloading the app from iOS shortly.

The aspirants only need to remind that they should create a free account once they complete their downloading the app. After that, the aspirants will be capable of starting and taking mock tests on the selected examination. Apart from this, the aspirants are capable to take the exams offline after completing the downloading of the application. At last, if the students complete their offline test, they can go online for submitting their test and can also review their test report.

Steps to Download the National Testing Abhyas application:

  1. Go to the Apple Store or from Google Play Store and then download the National Testing Abhyas application.
  2. Now, the aspirants should sign up the application by providing the email id and phone number and password.
  3. Next you should choose either ‘NEET’ or ‘JEE MAIN’ option from the list of alternatives.
  4. The aspirants are now capable of downloading the full syllabus test.
  5. You are now capable of starting the mock test.

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The HRD Minister has stated in the press release that NTA has decided to publish one new mock test in the mobile application for the aspirants every day.

In addition, the HRD Minister also mentioned that since the past few years, the education sector has been experiencing leverage of advanced technologies such as Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence compared to the traditional and simple digital distribution of content.

NTA Announces Expected Release Date For NEET 2020 Admit Cards

More than 11 lakh candidates have applied for NEET 2020. The exam had been delayed by over 3 months and is now scheduled for 26th July 2020, which is still about 2 months away. Preparations for the exam are undergoing full pace by students and with a recent announcement, the students are pacified even more.

NTA has announced in a notification released on the official website of NEET (UG) 2020 that the admit cards for NEET 2020 will be available 15 days prior to the examination date.

Release of Admit Card

According to this speculation, the NEET 2020 Admit Cards will be released on or before 11th July 2020.

The exam is going to be conducted on 26th July 2020 in a single shift of 2 PM to 5 PM only. As the NEET 2020 paper is conducted in pen and paper mode only, NTA has reached out to various schools and colleges to increase the number of centres which will help maintain social distancing guidelines for students. It is expected that total centres for NEET 2020 will be increased from 3000 to 6000 in order to accommodate all the students in a single shift on a single day.

NTA has also released the expected dates for the release of JEE Main 2020 Admit Card which is same as NEET – 15 days prior to the exam date. More than 9 lakh candidates have applied for JEE Main 2020 which will be conducted in two shifts from 18th to 23rd July 2020.

Tripura Government To Fund Its Own ‘Super 30’ For NEET Aspirants

Tripura Government has announced a scheme which will sponsor the education of 30 medical and engineering aspirants from the state. The scheme termed as ‘Super 30’ will fund education or coaching of 30 students towards the preparation of NEET or JEE for the upcoming year.

The scheme will fund 30 students based on their marks in Madhyamik Examinations (matriculation) conducted by the Tripura Board of Secondary Education. State Education Minister, Raman Lal Math, informed while speaking to the state secretariat that the students will be chosen after due consideration of SC and ST reservations.

To avail the benefit of this scheme, the first criteria is annual family income, which should be less than Rs 8 lakh. Tripura Board of Secondary Education has been asked to prepare a list of beneficiaries according to their board exam results. This list will be prepared by Tripura Board out of a list of 20 SC, 30 ST and 50 General category candidates.

Estimated Budget of the Scheme

According to the scheme, students who finally avail the benefits would be eligible to study at a coaching centre of their choice anywhere in the country, with funding for education provided completely by the State Government. It is estimated that the scheme would require finance of Rs 72 lakh per annum with approximately Rs 2.4 lakh spent on each student. Since the scheme is going to sponsor 30 students for both NEET and JEE each, the net estimate goes around Rs 1.44 crore.

The Education Minister also said, “Education department officials would be in charge of checking the progress of students by visiting respective coaching centres twice a year and reviewing their performance in each quarter”.

Lack of Resources for Students

According to the data provided by Tripura Board of Secondary Education, 3,690 students appeared under exams from science stream in 2019. A lot of students apply at top coaching institutes but are unable to attend them either due to lack of resources or due to heavy travel costs from north-eastern states.

Education Minister Nath said that students from Tripura do not get the best opportunity to get admission to top medical or engineering colleges. If provided an equal opportunity as other students, they can also grab a seat in top courses of best colleges and universities.

A total of 27,155 students, which included 13,906 male and 13,249 female students, appeared in Higher Secondary Exams of Tripura state board last year. Among these, 80.51% of students passed the exams, which was a bit higher than the 78.62% pass rate from 2018.

‘Super 30’ is Anand Kumar’s Ramanujan School of Mathematics based in Patna, where he provides education to 30 aspiring students for IIT JEE. The scheme devised by Tripura govt has not credited any reference or inspiration to the school run by Kumar.

New NEET Exam Centres List To Be Released Within A Week

The Director-General of National Testing Agency, Mr Vineet Joshi, has said that the new list of new NEET exam centres will be released within a week. The list will have information about all the exam centres which are now being added to improve social distancing norms considering the situation of COVID-19 pandemic across the country. The list for new exam centres for the JEE Main 2020 will also be announced.

In an interview, he said, “We are in talks with all the organizations and the list of examination centres will be announced within a week, and not more than that.”

Mr Vineet Joshi also said that the examination body, NTA, is going for trials runs of home-based “proctored” tests for some small examinations in order to combat the risks of travelling amid COVID-19 outbreak. He added, “We are trying to introduce this for the smaller examinations for now. We’ll begin the smaller ones, learn the lessons and move on the bigger examinations soon enough.” Although, NEET and JEE Main would not come under this.

Social Distancing Guidelines For Students

New exam guidelines are being set up as a precautionary measure which shall be followed at NEET Exam Centres. He stated that parents will be asked not to escort their children to the exam centres except if it is very essential such as in the case of an exam centre being situated in the outskirts of a city or if the child has special needs. He said that barricading shall be in place to ensure that candidates do not crowd at gates or break social distancing. Entry will also be maintained in such a way that the gates do not get too crowded. Social distancing will be followed before, during and after the examination.

Conducting Exams with Extra Rooms and Centers

NEET is conducted in Pen and Paper mode only. Moreover, the examination shall be conducted on a single day i.e. 26th July 2020 with approximately 11 lakh aspirants appearing for the examination. According to Mr Joshi, NTA is under talks with schools and colleges to provide extra rooms and centres so that maximum number of centres are available to maintain social distancing. This will also help students get their first preference for the exam centre. But this also raises a question of whether the newly set-up exam centres will be able to prevent any leakage of data?

A lot of students face problems due to missing photographs or documents. Students will be asked to carry a photograph so that they can appear for the examination. But “no student shall be turned away because of these problems”, he said.

On dates of NEET Admit Card, he said that if the situation is stable, admit cards will be released around 21 days prior to the exam dates. And for NEET 2020 Results, they will try to release the results in about 15 to 20 days after the exams are concluded as inspection of OMR sheets might take some time. While for the results of JEE Main, he told that NTA would be able to release results soon after the exam as JEE is conducted completely in computer-based mode.

On NEET 2020 being conducted in Pen and Paper mode, he said that they are reviewing the possibility of conducting future NEET examinations in an online computer-based mode as the ‘logistics of computer exams are much easier to maintain than an exam on pen and paper.’

NEET Aspirants sign petition, Demanding Exam Center in UAE

Medical aspirants living in the United Arab Emirates have signed an online petition asking for a local centre in the country for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) which is the only national medical entrance examination in India for undergraduate courses in the country to MBBS courses in AIIMS, New Delhi, JIPMER and all the similar institutions. The conducting body for this exam is NTA (National Testing Agency).

The exam was supposed to be conducted in the month of May, however, it had to be postponed to a later date due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The exam is now scheduled to be conducted all around the country on July 26.

NEET is conducted in offline mode where the candidate has to answer on the OMR sheet. This exam can be taken by Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and these candidates have to take the exam in India only.

According to the statistics, out of 10 lakhs aspirants, 300 resides in UAE. They have signed an online petition which says, “Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 all over the world, the flights have been disrupted and even the limited window of travel opportunities come along with compulsory quarantine. In this situation, it is impossible for the students of UAE or GCC to travel to India to appear in the proposed NEET Exam (26th July). We sincerely request the National Testing Agency to arrange for a test centre in UAE so that students can safely take the exam without risking their life.” This petition has already been signed by over 909 people.

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Subramanian Krishnamoorthy, CEO of the UAE-based Meccademia Education Group which prepares candidates for NEET and other exams, commented that the demand was “under consideration” by the NTA. Krishnamoorthy assures that Meccademia can open its facilities for a local test, bearing all costs, at its 10 centres in the UAE that can hold a capacity of 500 candidates.

“There are many students from UAE who are enrolled to give the exam. “Travel and stay in India will be very tough to arrange in time for the exam. It will be safer for everyone if an exam centre is held in UAE”, writes India expat Jiya Shankar on ipetitions.com, supporting the petition.

NEET Super Specialty 2020 to Conduct Unlikely In July Or August

The National Board of Education or NBE conducts the NEET SS (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test – Super Specialty) exam as per the admission schedule specified in the Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations (PGMER), 2000. The exam authority has announced that the exam could be conducted in July or August due to the spread of COVID-19.

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the NBE, which is conducting various postgraduate medical entrance exams, has already differed the exit exams of MS, MD and DNB Board speciality candidates across the country.

NEET SS 2020 Notice

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Due to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus all over the world, the exit exam of MS, MD and DNB Board speciality have been postponed. On Friday, 15 May 2020, The board said in the statement that, it is also unlikely their final exam results will be announced by the 15 July 2020, which is the cut off date according to the current regulations to nominate MD, MS and DNB Board Specialty exit examination as qualified to appear in the respective admission year’s NEET SS.

The final exam date of the NEET super speciality exam will be declared on the official website. Candidates are advised to keep visiting the NBE website

What’s Next in NEET-SS?

NBE Will release the application form for NEET SS and form can be filled in online mode only. Candidates who have completed their MD, MS or DNB degree or its equivalent from the recognised universities will be eligible to apply for the NEET-SS.

NTA Reopens NEET-UG 2020 Correction Facility Yet Again Till 31st May 2020

With multiple requests coming again from candidates appearing for NEET 2020, NTA has re-opened the NEET 2020 Correction Facility yet again. According to the official notice, the correction facility has been re-opened “in view of the hardships faced by aspirants of NEET-UG 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic.”

The NEET-UG 2020 Correction Facility has now finally been re-opened for the 4th time till 31st May 2020, which also signifies that the nation-wide lockdown will be extended for 2 more weeks. It is evident that during the third phase of lockdown or ‘Lockdown 3.0’, many candidates living in various other cities decided to leave for their hometown. There were reports mentioning students leaving Kota in buses arranged by various states.

Correction Window till 31stMay

Before this, NTA had re-opened and then further extended the NEET 2020 Correction Facility till 3rd May 2020. Students were under the impression that exams would be conducted by the end of May 2020 or during June 2020 and did not utilise this facility.

After the NEET Correction Facility was closed, HRD Minister, Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal announced that NEET-UG 2020 shall be conducted on 26th July 2020. With the dates being postponed for around 3 months, a lot of aspirants decided to shift to their hometowns. Due to this reason, the majority of students had requested to re-open the facility for one last time.

Choice of Exam Centre

The main purpose of re-opening the facility was to give this option to students. NTA has stated in the official notice that all efforts will be made to allot exam centres in the chosen preferred city by the candidate but this is subject to the availability of capacity. They have also mentioned that it might be possible that a different city from the ones preferred could be allotted due to administrative reasons.

The NEET 2020 Correction Facility shall be open till 31st May 2020 on the official website – www.ntaneet.nic.in. As observed in the previous facility, changes shall be accepted till 5 PM and the submission of the fee shall be accepted by 11.50 PM. Any changes that might require an additional fee will only be charged for. Payment can be made using Net Banking, Debit/Credit Card, UPI or Online Wallets.

For updates or any other related queries on the NEET-UG 2020 exam, students can always reach these official helpline numbers – 8287471852, 8178359845, 9650173668, 9599676953 and 8882356803. Candidates can mail at neet@nta.ac.in.