New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is likely to release the official Answer Key of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) Phase 1 and Phase 2 (both the tests held on different dates) on its official website by today i.e. Monday August 08, 2016 evening.
According to the earlier notification, the CBSE was supposed to release the NEET 2016 Official Answer Key on August 07, 2016. But it did not release the Answer Key yesterday. Hence it is expected that it will release it today.
Though the CBSE has not issued any clarification about the delay, it is cited that due to technical glitches and because it extended the date to challenge the OMR Sheet by a day, the release of NEET Phase 1 and Phase 2 Answer Key has also been delayed.
The NEET / AIPMT website was down for hours yesterday. The candidates visiting the website either could not get the pages opened on their computers or they got the message that the servers are facing some technical issues. The website is now currently operarting perfect.
The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) Phase 1 was held on May 01, 2016 whereas Phase 2 was held on July 24, 2016.
The candidates who appeared for NEET Phase 1 were demanding that the Answer Keys for Phase 1 should be declared before NEET Phase 2 is held. The CBSE however declared that Answer Key for both the tests would be published on its official website on the same day.
According to the tentative schedule published on its website earlier, the CBSE said Answer Key for NEET Phase 1 and Phase 2 can be released from 07.08.2016 to 09.08.2016.
As per this schedule, the CBSE had said it will display the images of OMR Sheet from From 04.08.2016 to 06.08.2016. According the CBSE released the images of OMR Sheet on August 04 evening.
It is hence most likely that the official Answer Key for NEET I and NEET II will also be declared by the CBSE today.
Once declared, the Answer Key will be available for download on the CBSE - AIPMT / NEET official website: www.aipmt.nic.in.
To download NEET I and II Answer Key, the candidates need to visit the above mentioned website, go to Download section and follow the instruction.
Though the CBSE has not mentioned any specific time, it is most likely that the NEET I and NEET II Answer Keys will be released today on or before 07:00 pm.
Meanwhile, the CBSE has extended by a day the time to challenge the OMR Sheet displayed on its website on August 04, 2016.
"The dates for display have been extended by 01 day and accordingly the candidates can check the scanned Images of their OMR Sheet by logging into their account using their user ID (Registration No.) and Password on NEET website", the CBSE said in a notification issued on August 06.
NEET-1 was held amid uncertainty when issue was under consideration of the Supreme Court.
When the apex court finally decided the issue, it allowed NEET-1 candidates also to avail another chance to appear in NEET-2, considering the fact that many could not appear in first exam or many did not perform well in the wake of uncertainty.
However, the option was open to candidates and those who apply for NEET-2, NEET-1 score automatically stood forfeited.
More than 4.5 lakh students from all across the country sat for the prestigeous medical entrance exam on Sunyday i.e. July 24, 2016. As many as 1621 candidates appeared in the entrance test at the three centres in trouble affected Jammu and Kashmir, out of the scheduled 1740, the officials said.
At the two centres in Srinagar, out of the 600 candidates each, 555 appeared in one centre at S P College, while 571 appeared in the other at Amar Singh College, they said. They said at the examination centre in Budgam, out of 540 candidates, 495 wrote their papers.
Many students found that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) phase 2 test was tougher than NEET phase 1 conducted on May 1.
Many of them had given up their candidature to take up the test after the Suprem Court stated that the exam would be conducted for undergraduate and post graduate admissions.
While students found the physics section tricky, they found the biology and chemistry exam comparatively easier. Students wrote the exam amidst heavy frisking with many of them not being allowed to even wear footwear in the exam hall. Several latecomers were not allowed entry into the examination halls after 9.30 am.