National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) examination is all set to reach out to a lot more students this year onwards, thanks to the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development. The ministry has increased the number of cities for the exam from 107 to 150 this year, making the exam much more accessible to students from outside the major cities.
“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,” Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said in a series of tweets.
The new centres, where the NEET will be conducted include, 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.
“All the cities from where 4000 and more candidates have applied and which were not the centres in 2017 have been added as centre cities for #NEET2018 exam,” the HRD minister said in another tweet.
The NEET 2018 exam, based on the common syllabus of NCERT/CBSE and State Board of Class XI and XII, will also be conducted in Urdu from this year onward, making it a total of 11 languages.
“#NEET2018 exam will be based on common syllabus of NCERT/CBSE & State Board of XIth & XIIth class,” the minister said, adding, “#NEET2018 will be conducted in 11 languages. This year URDU is the new language.”
“#NEET2018 There will be same question paper for all languages – English, Hindi, Urdu, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Tamil & Telugu (2/2)
#TransformingIndia #NewIndia #IT4MHRD @CBSEINDIA @ciet_ncert,” he further said in a tweet.
The NEET will be held on May 6 this year for which the online application process began on February 8, and March 9 is the last date to register. The last date for payment of fee online is March 10.
The NEET examination is conducted every year for students who would like to study any graduate medical course (MBBS), dental course (BDS) or postgraduate course (MD / MS) in government or private medical colleges in the country. The entrance exam for MBBS and BDS courses is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) which also conducts NEET-SS in partnership with Prometric Testing Pvt Ltd headquartered in the US.