Its FINAL: NEET 2019 will be handwritten, to be held once a year
New Delhi: The Union HRD Ministry has dropped its ambitious plan to conduct the NEET 2019 medical and dental entrance exam twice a year and in online mode only following Health Ministry's recommendations, a senior official said on Tuesday.
Last month, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar had announced that the newly-formed National Testing Agency (NTA) would conduct the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test, along with the Joint Entrance Examination-Main for admission to engineering colleges, twice a year.
He had also announced that all exams conducted by NTA would be computer-based.
The Health Ministry then wrote to the HRD Ministry, raising concerns about conducting NEET twice a year as the examination calendar may put additional pressure on students.
It had also voiced concern about students living in rural areas, who may suffer if the exam is conducted in online mode only.
"The change in the NEET exam pattern as against the statement earlier, which will now be a single exam in pen-and-paper mode and in the same number of languages as has been conducted last year, is on the request of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, which wanted the same pattern followed last year to be maintained," the official said.
Subsequent to the tentative schedule released by the ministry last month, the HRD Ministry today made public the final schedule of examinations to be conducted by NTA till May 2019.
NEET will be conducted on May 5, 2019.
Following is the schedule released
|Examination: NEET (UG)*|
|Mode of examination: Pen & Paper exam (in single session)|
|Registration dates||1st November to 30th November 2018|
|Downloading of admit cards||15th April 2019|
|Date of examinations||5th May 2019|
|Date of announcing results||5th June 2019|
* The change in the NEET exam pattern (as against the statement made on 7th July 2018), which will now be a single exam in pen-and-paper mode and in the same number of languages as has been conducted last year, is on the request of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, who wanted the same pattern followed last year to be maintained.
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