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NEET-UG unlikely twice-a-year, online in 2019

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test - UG (NEET-UG) may not be conducted twice in 2019 as planned. Also, the HRD ministry is discussing a proposal of the health ministry to continue with the offline mode at least for 2019.
Education News This would mean, according to a HRD official, “status quo for the undergraduate medical entrance test in 2019 with no change”. Nearly a month ago the HRD minister Prakash Javadekar announced the ambitious plan to conduct the medical/ dental entrance along with the Joint Entrance Examination - Main, for engineering twice a year by the newly formed National Testing Agency (NTA).

It was also announced that all the exams to be conducted by NTA would be computer based. The ministry also announced the tentative dates for the exams, according to which NEETUG was scheduled for February 2019 with a repeat on May 2019.

According to sources, under pressure from the health ministry, the HRD ministry is “reconsidering the decision to conduct NEET twice in 2019. Also the health ministry has proposed to continue the test on pen-paper mode in 2019”.

The HRD ministry, according to officials, is yet to take a call on the matter and a decision is likely next week. According to a HRD official, “The health ministry also feels that CBSE should assist NTA in the conduct of the exam as the Board has been conducting it for many years, earlier in the form of PMT.”

Source: PTI
Published on 8/10/2018 3:12:00 PM

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