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NEET to Be Held Once Only, NTA Releases Official Schedule

National Eligibility and Entrance Test, NEET will be held only once and in pen and paper format against the July 07 declaration of conducting the exam twice a year. Ministry of Human Resources Development announced details for NEET 2020– date, the schedule, and the format of the exam.

Before filling NEET Application form, you should know how to apply for NEET. 2019 onwards, there will be no offline Application form. There are certain fields which cannot be changed in the application form once filled despite the form correction window for NEET 2020.

Important Dates for NEET 2020

NEET 2020 Registration began from December 2 and will continue till December 31, 2019. The important dates for NEET 2020 as per the official schedule released by NTA are mentioned below.

Mode of examination Pen & Paper exam (in a single session)
NEET Application Process 02 December 2019 – 31 December
2019
Availability of admit cards March 27, 2020
Date of the examination May 03, 2020
Date of announcing results June 06, 2020
The beginning of counseling June 04, 2020

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What the Experts are Saying

The experts have given different opinions on the pros and cons of the decision of conducting the NEET once a year and in pen and paper format. As said by majority of them, a sudden transition from the pen and paper mode to the computer-based mode is challenging. But, the latter is going to be indispensable in the coming days and the other exams under the supervision of the NTA like UGC-NET, JEE Main (I & II), CMAT & GPAT are all going to be computer-based tests this time.

Because of the fact that NEET is single point examination for all undergraduate medical and dental seats in the MBBS, BDS & AYUSH courses offered by the medical colleges in India, the logistic challenge of conducting the examination in an online format has been pointed out by many.

Considering not only the huge number of students appearing for the test but also the difficulty that might be faced by the candidates from the remote areas if the test goes online, many experts are of opinion that the Ministry has taken correct decision for the time being.

The underlying political move behind holding NEET once a year in pen and paper based mode is also quite obvious. Last year, NEET saw a huge uproar after it was made mandatory for admission to all medical institutions in India barring AIIMS MBBS and JIPMER MBBS. Also, the curriculum based on CBSE Syllabus raised further concerns among students from various state level boards.

After the announcement on July 07, states like Tamil Nadu have already expressed their concerns and fears that the new system is explicitly made to give an edge to students from urban areas. The center’s move to reverse the decision is an obvious attempt to appease these vehement protests over holding NEET in online mode.

The feasibility of conducting the exam has been taken into consideration when it was decided to conduct the exam once a year. According to some of the concerned people, the expense of conducting the examination twice a year could be an obvious challenge in the case that the test would be conducted in the pen and paper format and not in the computer-based format. However, experts are divided over this debate and the greater part of them is of the opinion that the decision taken by the Ministry is a balancing act so that further development can be implemented in the future, only after there is sufficient supporting infrastructure.