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MHRD sets up Panel to review NEET Exam Dates, Suggestions to be presented by tomorrow

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown of the nation, NEET and JEE Main examinations were already rescheduled to be conducted in the month of July with the anticipation that the situation will get better. NEET 2020 was scheduled to be conducted on July 26, 2020 and JEE Main from July 18 to July 23, 2020. Unfortunately, the situation hasn’t got better and the number of cases in the country is rising at an increasing rate day by day. This will make it very difficult to conduct national level entrance exams which will be given by lakhs and lakhs of students. MHRD received thousands of messages and tweets from the NEET and JEE Main aspirants and their well-wishers, urging to postpone both the medical and engineering entrance examination. Hashtags such as #SaveNEETJEEstudents, #NoExamsinCovid are trending on Twitter.

Consequently, MHRD has recently formed a panel to evaluate the situation and hold both the medical and engineering entrance exams in the country. The panel is set up to make a decision based on several factors in terms of seating logistics and the extreme safety of the students due to the alarming rise of the COVID-19 cases in the country.

As the exams are just around the corner, the ministry is finally reviewing the situation and addressing the petitions of the students. The experts will present their suggestions on exam dates by tomorrow and soon we will know their decision.

JEE Main, NEET 2020: Will the HRD Ministry postpone the exams?

Social media is still flooding with a superfluity of tweets from JEE Main and NEET 2020 aspirants demanding clarification on the exams. The concern among the students is growing as the entrance exams are approaching and the COVID-19 pandemic situation is getting worse. NTA is the main conducting authority of JEE, NEET and all the other entrance exams and functions under HRD Ministry. JEE Main is scheduled to be conducted from July 18 – July 23, 2020 and NEET 2020, on July 26, 2020. As per the statistics, students applying for NEET-UG stands at 15 lakhs and for JEE Main, 9 lakhs.

On June 25, 2020, CBSE announced the cancellation of the remaining class 10 and 12 examinations scheduled between the first 15 days of July. Although, class 12 students have been provided with the provision to be either evaluated on the basis of previous examinations or sit for the exams when the situation is “conducive”. The central board has also cancelled the CTET examination which was scheduled on July 5.

Students are growing anxious for a number of reasons such as maintenance of social distancing outside exam centres. “A single corona patient is enough to create hotspot at the examination centres.”, Jaydeep Thakor wrote on Twitter.

To make things easy for the students from their end, NTA earlier launched a National Abhyaas App on May 19. The application will provide mock tests in both English and Hindi.

Some of the tweets by the aspirants are –

The panic among the students has grown more since the cancellation of Class 10 and 12 Board examinations. HRD Ministry is likely to make a decision soon. The ministry calmed the students by stating that they will assess the current pandemic situation in the country and might review dates in the first week of July.

Cancellation of Class 10 and 12 CBSE Board Exams, NEET and JEE Aspirants Awaits a Decision

New Delhi: On Thursday, CBSE announced the cancellation of the remaining class 10 exams and Class 12 exams. This has spurred a lot of questions in the mind of the aspirants appearing for JEE Main and NEET examinations in July. According to the sources, the education ministry will postpone these exams as well.

Central Board of Secondary Education informed the Supreme Court that Class 10 and 12 exams that were all set to be conducted from July 1 – 15 will now be put on hold, amidst the rising COVID-19 cases in the country. Although, Solicitor General stated class 12 students will have the option appearing in the examination when the environment is conducive.

On one hand, as the CBSE exams aspirants take a sigh of relief, the announcement has triggered extreme anxiety in NEET and JEE Main Aspirants. NEET exam date was set on July 23, 2020, and JEE Main, from July 18 – July 23, 2020. It does not seem feasible to postpone these entrance exams but now this seem to have become more of a health and safety issue. As our country is quickly making it’s way upwards in the list of most affected countries in the world, conducting exams will just mean playing with the lives of the lakhs of students.

Anxious students are asking for a confirmed decision from the government. While a student asks for an update on the exams, other claims to be depressed.

As per the sources, it is speculated that a proposal was made to conduct NEET online and offline mode to avoid crowds at the center. NTA has told Kerala High Court that it is impossible to conduct NEET in online mode.

Our Education Minister ensures that students’ safety is the utmost priority. Let us hope that decision made is best suited for everyone.

Fake NTA Notice On ‘NEET 2020 Postponed’ Circulating On Social Media, Warns PIB

In another fake news incident, a fake public notice dated 15th June 2020 is circulating on the social media and WhatsApp forwards of parents and students. The alleged notice by NTA says that the NEET (UG) 2020 exam has been postponed till 15th August 2020. Press Information Bureau’s (PIB) Fact Check Twitter handle has tweeted that the notice is fake and not issued by NTA. Along with this, NTA also issued an advisory public notice (given below) acknowledging that a fake public notice is being circulated and that ‘stringent action would be taken against such anti-public elements’.

Fake NTA Notice On NEET 2020 Postponement
NTA’s Advisory on Fake Notice of NEET

In the tweet by PIB’s Fact Check Twitter handle, a screenshot of the fake notice is also shared. It is clearly visible that the dates have been changed by someone. The fonts and size of the font are clearly uneven in the picture being circulated, which shows the anti-public element using a photo editing software for misleading the interested stakeholders.

NTA has stated that the investigation is undergoing to catch the source of this fake notice. Such elements have an intent to misguide candidates, parents and the general public. NTA has clarified that no such decision has been taken. Students and parents must only rely on the official website of NEET (UG) 2020 – ntaneet.nic.in – for all the important updates. NTA’s Twitter page can also be followed for regular updates.

NEET 2020 was postponed by NTA due to COVID-19 pandemic and country-wide lockdown. The topmost medical exam is now scheduled for 26th July 2020 with more than 6,000 exam centres being set up to conduct the exam.

What Preparation Strategy to Follow in Last Six Weeks For NEET 2020?

It is hard to find good things that might have happened this year. Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak caused all non-essential activities to halt. Students are stuck with self-study during these last few days during the lockdown. It is during the last few days, a lot of students prefer taking tests at coaching centres and peer study. But none of it seems possible in these extreme circumstances.

NEET 2020 was scheduled for May 2020 but has now been scheduled for 26th July 2020. This gives aspirants exactly six weeks from the beginning of June 2020 to push themselves for best results. Having these extra days of preparation is probably the only good cause of all this.

How to Prepare for NEET in the Last Six Weeks?

Let us talk about how to properly utilise this bonus period to study in a productive manner. Do remember that these tips will be useful for those under revision mode and not for learning something from scratch.

Solve Topic-wise Tests

NEET syllabus is vast. And completing the whole NEET Syllabus is probably not possible during the last few weeks. Students should rather solve problems from topic-wise tests. Multiple books offer chapter-wise tests and section-wise tests. A lot of online portals also provide NEET Mock Tests along with the official portal of NTA. Solve at least 3 tests each day giving appropriate time to your weak sections.

Strategies Can Be Different

We suggest that you talk to your friends only about something different than their strategies. Yes, do take their tips and tricks on solving questions. But the strategy one follows, might not be suitable for everyone else. Develop your own strategy and stick to it. If not able to develop a strategy, take hints from experts and take a full day to prepare a Revision Plan. NEET Preparation Tips can be useful for this purpose. Do not be overwhelmed if you find someone being able to finish more topics than you. Try to do your best and forget the rest!

Daily Targets Must Be Set

Set daily targets before beginning the day. This should be done either during the start of the day or before you go to sleep. The latter works much better. Say, you have set a goal for particular topics from each section of NEET Syllabus – Biology, Physics, Chemistry. First, try to divide the goals for each of the six weeks. Now, bifurcate them further for every day. This way the plan is set for each day. Try to complete revision for easy topics first. Preparing difficult topics at the end gives a better edge at remembering them.

Solve Old Question Papers

NEET is largely based on NCERT syllabus. The exam has more questions on theory rather than numerical questions. Students have to solve 180 questions in 180 minutes. This implies that the paper requires first speed, and then accuracy. Hence, students should solve more and more old question papers of NEET 2020 in order to build the approach towards solving maximum questions in the minimum time possible. Old Question Papers or Previous Year Question Papers are also available on NTA’s website in downloadable PDF formats. Along with this NEET Sample Papers based on the latest syllabus and exam pattern can also be useful.

Go Offline For NEET

Aspirants know that NEET (UG) is conducted offline in pen and paper mode. A lot of students are familiar with OMRs as they have taken part in National Olympiads. But there are many who have not practised enough on OMR sheets. It is easy to click an option in online mocks. But, it takes time and a calm mind to fill up the OMR. Because a small mistake could result in losing important marks even when you know the right answer. To help you out, download this PDF of an OMR Sheet. Take multiple printouts and solve question papers using it.

Some Important Topics

Given below are some important topics for NEET 2020. Practise these topics as much as possible, as chances of questions appearing from these topics are pretty high.

Biology: Biological Classification, Plant Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Cell, Human Health and Disease, Ecosystem, Principle of Inheritance & Variation, Human Reproduction

Physics: Modern Physics, Semiconductor Devices, Magnetism and Matter, Current Electricity, Newton’s Laws, System of Particles and Rotational Motion.

Chemistry: Chemical Bonding, Molecular Structure, S & P Block Elements, Equilibrium, Chemical Kinetics, D and F Block Elements.

Tips For Upcoming Batch

It is understandable that students who have to appear in NEET 2021 are not able to attend classes. Therefore, they might think they are losing this time even though they are completely free. Aspirants of NEET 2021 have several options considering the jump in online classes. Students can take online classes from various sources such as Allen Kota, Resonance, Aakash iTutor, Unacademy and much more. These are interactive courses where teachers also answer their queries like in a simulated class environment. Moreover, according to the statement from the Education Minister of India, Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal, the exam syllabus is going to be reduced accordingly. Hence, students do not need to worry. They should kickstart their preparations and utilise the power of the Internet!

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.

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.