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NEET 2020: Union HRD Minister announces new dates, Exam will be held on 26th July 2020

The new dates for NEET 2020 examinations have been announced and the exam will be held on 26th July 2020. Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Union HRD Minister and Education Minister of India, announced the dates in the online live session held on Facebook and Twitter. The session was held for answering queries of students regarding matters relating to exam dates, preparation of exams, the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on students and other similar matters.

NEET 2020 New Dates

Before this, the official notice by NTA proposed the dates for NEET 2020 for the end of May 2020. A few days ago, Mr Pokhriyal said in a statement that the exams will likely be delayed until June 2020. Requests from students regarding dates were to postpone the exams till July-August 2020. Considering the safety of students, NEET 2020 will now be conducted on 26th July 2020. The expected release of NEET 2020 Admit Cards might be around 10 days before the examination date considering the urgency of the situation. Usually, NEET Admit cards are released around a month before the exam. Confirmed dates for NEET Admit Card are yet to be announced by NTA on the official website – ntaneet.nic.in.

How to prepare for NEET 2020 during COVID-19 lockdown?

More than 15 lakh candidates registered for the NEET 2020 examination. Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal suggested some online portals such as Swayam, Diksha Portal, Swayam Prabha, National Digital Library of India (NDLI) to study from home utilising maximum content available online free of cost. Apart from this, he also shared some preparation tips to students such as-

  • Start revision once again from NCERT books
  • Do not stay too much active on social media
  • Attempt free mock tests by NTA
  • Make use of social platforms to study
  • Solve maximum NEET 2020 sample papers
  • Ask questions from your seniors
  • Stay updated and take small breaks while studying

Regarding the syllabus of the academic year 2021

Many students posed questions to Mr ‘Nishank’ regarding the syllabus for the academic year 2021. Students have lost more than 3 months of study due to COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown. Mr Pokhriyal said that the academic schedule has been delayed and MHRD has asked central and state boards to address this situation by reducing the syllabus for the commencing academic year 2021. The syllabus will be reduced in proportion to the time period lost for this academic year which in turn will reduce the study pressure on students of the new batch. HRD Minister informed that the syllabus of JEE Main and NEET in the next academic year will be reduced.

Questions raised about 12th Board Examinations

Students were also concerned about the dates for 12th boards examination for CBSE and other boards. Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal has announced that the new dates for board examinations will be announced soon within a day or two. Dates for the remaining 29 board examinations will be decided in accordance with the situation over how severely has COVID-19 affected a particular district. He talked about conducting of board exams in green and orange zones of the country would be suitable for students or not. A bigger question raised here is for students appearing for both 12th boards and NEET in this year as 12th percentage is a deciding factor for admissions to various top institutions of India.