New Delhi: About a month after it announced that the National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) twice a year and only in computer based Online Mode, the union government on Tuesday rolled back the decision.
However, the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) will be held twice a year, the government said.
“The change in the NEET exam pattern was on the request of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, who wanted the same pattern followed last year to be maintained,” the National Testing Agency said.
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is a compulsory entrance test for admission to various medical, dental and para-medical courses. As per the new order, it will now be held only once a year. The government also announced that NEET will continue to be held in online as well as offline - pen and paper based, as earlier.
ummid.com was among the first to reveal that with National Testing Agency (NTA) taking charge of all competitive exams, the government planned to conduct National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and JEE Mains twice a year - one in the month of February and the other in the month of May 2019.
Though welcome be a section, the announcement was greeted with strong opposition, especially from the ruling as well as opposition parties in Tamil Nadu.
"Conducting NEET only in online mode is a conspiracy to cut the chances of the students from rural areas where neither electricty is available nor computers with internet. Amidst such a situation conducting computer based online test will be a grave injustice", parties in Tamil Nadu had said soon after HRD Ministry made public its proposal.
Meanwhile, registration process for NEET 2019 will begin from November 1 and the exam will be held on May 5 like previous years.
According to the tentative schedule, JEE (Main) will be held in January 2019 and April 2019. On the other hand, NEET (UG) will take place in May 2019, and UGC-NET will be held in December 2018.
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