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It was mandatory for all MBBS aspiring students to take the NEET (UG) exam before pursuing their graduation from a foreign institute or university. However, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has made an exception this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, following which students can skip NEET 2020 exam on 13th September 2020.
However, this exception does have a condition i.e. students must qualify in NEET (UG) 2020 or NEET (UG) 2021.
- COVID-19 Advisory for NEET 2020
- NEET 2020 Admit Card Released, Check How To Download
- As per MCI, “If the student fails to qualify in NEET, the decision to further pursue the medical course in a Foreign Institute would be at his/her own risk. The student will not be allowed to take the MCI Screening Test or FMGE Exam. Further, the State Medical Council or MCI will not grant them the licence of Registered Medical Practitioner.”
The rule of mandatorily qualifying NEET 2020 for pursuing MBBS from a foreign college or university was brought by MCI in 2018. Today, a large number of students hope to pursue their education in medical fields from countries like Russia, Hong Kong, China, Germany, USA and more.
The admissions to the foreign universities usually begin soon and NEET 2020 has already been delayed thrice. Moreover, international travel has been banned amid the COVID-19 pandemic, due to which even after qualifying NEET 2020, students might not be able to travel abroad for education. This was making it difficult for students to take a firm decision regarding their higher education.
Also, all the students must fulfil the criteria under the “Eligibility Requirement for Taking Admission in an Undergraduate Medical Course in a Foreign Medical Institution Regulations, 2002”.
NEET 2020 is scheduled for 13th September 2020. It will be conducted in a single shift in around 6000 exam centres. The total number of participants for NEET this year are expected to be around 15 lakhs.
COVID-19 pandemic is fatal and also already taken away more than 50,000 lives in India. To ensure the health and safety of students taking the NEET UG 2020, NTA has released the COVID-19 Advisory for all staff and candidates attending the NEET Exam Centres.
NEET 2020 COVID-19 Advisory has been released just a day after the JEE Main 2020 COVID-19 Advisory on Safety Protocols to follow. Both are similarly framed in a sequence of –
- Pre-Examination Controls / Measures
- Exam Conduct Controls / Measures at Examination Centres
- Post Examination Controls / Measures at Examination Centres
Mentioned below are the controls / measures under all 3 heads.
Pre-Examination Controls / Measures
- Candidates must maintain a safe distance of around 6 feet as per the social distancing norms.
- NTA has devised a seating plan that will allow candidates to sit at a safe distance from each other as per social distancing norms.
- Few new changes will be introduced in NEET 2020 Admit card-
- Admit cards will provide instructions to maintain social distancing and other COVID-19 Guidelines / Advisory.
- Candidates will be asked to report in Staggered Time Slots at the examination centres – to be printed as “Slot (time)” such as 11.00 A.M. -11.30 A.M. This will decrease huge crowds.
- It will provide a list of items permitted in exam halls
- A hyperlink to the location of the exam centre /venue will also be provided (under digital format) to verify the location of the NEET Exam Centre in advance.
- PwD candidates availing the facility of scribe will be required to wear a mask along with the scribe.
- All necessary sanitizing equipment will be used at exam halls to ensure proper sanitization before a shift starts.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided at the entry gates, registrations desk, server rooms and other important entry points to ensure proper sanitization.
- Staff will be required to use gloves and masks which will be dumped in dustbins at the end of each shift as per SOP (Standard Operating Procedure).
Also Read NEET Exam Day Instructions
During Entry at NEET 2020 Exam Centres
A set of rules will be followed on entry of candidates at NEET Exam Centres.
- Candidates will report in batches as per time mentioned in their NEET (UG) 2020 Admit Cards. This will ensure a limited crowd at entry gates.
- Time slots for staggered (slot-wise) entry will be communicated to candidates through SMS (on registered mobile number) and Admit Cards.
- Thermal Guns will be used to check body temperatures of candidates.
- If the temperature is less than 99.4 F, they will be forwarded for frisking.
- But if the temperature is higher than 99.4 F, they will be taken into an isolation room. The temperature will be checked again after 15-20 minutes. If the temperature does not go down, they will have to take exam alone in separate rooms.
- Candidates will be sent to the registration desk/room in batches of 15 boys and 15 girls at once.
- Frisking will be conducted using handheld metal detectors with long handles.
- Bluetooth and Wi-Fi signal presence will be checked inside the examination rooms and examination centres.
- During the conduct of examination, all the installed jammers / CCTVs (if applicable) will be functional as per NTA guidelines.
Items Permitted at NEET 2020 Exam Halls
The list of items that will be allowed at exam centres is given below-
- Mask (on face)
- Personal Water Bottle (Transparent)
- Personal Hand Sanitizer Bottle 50ml
- Documents – NEET 2020 Admit Card, Valid Photo ID, Passport Photos
During Exam Controls / Measures
- Manual Attendance and handwriting samples will be taken from the candidates.
- Manual Attendance with signature will be collected while wearing gloves. No thumb impression will be taken.
- Candidates must ask the invigilator for going to the washroom.
- Water dispensers will not be provided. Hence, personal transparent water bottles will be allowed.
Post Exam Controls / Measures
- Candidates will be allowed to exit the exam halls in an orderly manner – one at a time.
- Social distancing must be maintained at all times, without any crowding.
- Volunteers will be present to ensure all the guidelines are followed even after exit.
Candidates are advised to read the official guidelines thoroughly. COVID-19 Advisory will also be provided in NEET (UG) Admit Cards. You can also download and read the complete advisory regarding COVID-19 on NEET (UG) 2020 here.
NEET 2020 has been confirmed to be conducted on 13th September 2020 under a single shift of 2 PM to 5 PM. The admit cards are expected to be released during the last week of August 2020.
According to the media reports, the health department of Kerala has issued the guidelines for successful conduction of NEET 2020 exam amidst the global pandemic. The state government and the Kerala Health department are making arrangements to make those students sit in separate NEET exam centres who are coming from the containment zone or are coming from outstation and haven’t completed their institutional quarantine period. NEET Exam day guidelines have been issued and the state government has asked the exam authorities to take utmost care this time and not repeat the lapses that occurred during KEAM 2020.
Kerala Health Department has issued a thorough NEET exam day guidelines that are to be strictly followed by both the exam authority and the students. The insights of the guidelines are as follows:
For students coming from abroad and other places in India
NEET 2020 aspirants and their parents coming from outside the state will have to come 14 days prior to the exam and complete their stay-home quarantine or institutional quarantine before the exam day.
Exemption from Quarantine, if COVID report turns negative
Candidates who don’t wish to stay quarantined for 14 days before the exam are required to present their COVID-19 negative report on arrival. The reports presented must be of at least 96 hours prior to arrival.
Separate exam centres for students arriving from the containment zone
Now, the NEET aspirants who are coming from containment zones or who haven’t finished their necessary quarantine period will be seated in separate NEET exam centres to draw out any possible chances of spreading the virus. Also, candidates showing “mild symptoms” will be allotted separate rooms to take the medical exam.
Heath Workers at the exam centres
Field level health workers will be deployed at the exam centres to ensure that the exam is being conducted in conformity with COVID-19 guidelines and precautions.
NEET Exam Date is set on September 13, 2020. All the necessary guidelines have been issued by the health department of the state. The Health Department has also confirmed that guidelines followed during KEAM 2020 will be followed in NEET too. Additionally, the invigilators will be trained to conduct the exam with maximum safety.