After the major debate that was going on regarding the NEET entrance examination pattern from next year, the HRD Ministry has finally passed their verdict. The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has rolled back its decision to conduct MBBS and BDS entrance exam NEET online twice a year. They also stated that the examination will be conducted in the old format that was offline. Earlier the notice had come that the examination will be conducted from 2019 through online mode. As per sources, the examination will now be held in pen-and-paper, i.e. offline mode only.
“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 told News18. The National Testing Agency on Tuesday has published the schedule for exams to be held between December 2018 and May 2019. The date has also been announced that NEET would be held on May 5, 2019.
Earlier this year, the HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar in July informed that both engineering examination that is JEE and Medical examination that is NEET will be conducted twice a year. This received mixed reactions from the masses. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was responsible for organising JEE Mains and NEET examinations but now on, the NTA will be taking care of entrance examinations like NEET, JEE, CMAT, GPAT and UGC NET.
“NTA will establish a network of test practice centers for students of rural areas so that everyone will have an opportunity to practice before the exam. Schools/engineering colleges with computer centers would be identified and kept open on Saturday/Sunday starting from 3rd week of August. Any student can use the facility free of charge,” a press release by the ministry had said.
The HRD minister has also stated that the syllabus, question format, language and fees for the competitive exams won’t change. “These examinations will use highly secured IT software and encryption to ensure delivery of tests just in time. This will ensure no leakages and other malpractices,” a press release by the ministry said.