The Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar has recently stated that the government has increased the number of cities where the NEET examination would be conducted this year, from 107 to 150, to make it easier for the students to reach the venues.
He shared this news on his Twitter account by tweeting that :
43 new centres granted for #NEET2018 exam. For the first time NEET exam would be conducted in 150 cities. In 2017 NEET exam was conducted in 107 cities. #TransformingIndia #IT4MHRD #NewIndia @CBSEINDIA @ciet_ncert— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) February 27, 2018
Meanwhile, the CBSE has clarified that it has no role in deciding eligibility criteria for the medical entrance exam, NEET 2018, and grievances, if any, should be submitted to the Medical Council of India (MCI).
The clarification came following several complaints received by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) about barring open school candidates and those with biology as an additional subject in class 12 from appearing in the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET).
This year, NEET will be held on May 6th, 2018. The online application process began on February 8th, 2018, and will end on March 9th, 2018. The last date for payment of exam fee online is March 10th 2018 till 11.50 PM.
The new centres have been set up in Andhra Pradesh (5), Assam (2), Gujarat (3), Maharashtra (6), Odisha (4), Tamil Nadu (2), Kerala (5), Telangana (2), West Bengal (3), Uttar Pradesh (3) and one new centre each in Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Karnataka and Uttarakhand.
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (UG) is a qualifying cum entrance examination notified under the 'Regulations on Graduate Medical Education 1997 and BDS Course Regulations, 2007' by the Medical Council of India as published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary dated 21st December, 2010 and 15st February, 2012 and the Dental Council of India as published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary dated 31st May, 2012. NEET has been introduced by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) Govt, of India and Medical Council of India (MCI). NEET has been introduced for the Undergraduate (NEET-UG) Medical Course like MBBS, BDS etc. and Post Graduate (NEET-PG) Medical Courses like M.S, M.D.