NEET-UG 2017 to be conducted in 8 Languages

Published On 23/12/2016

NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is a national level medical entrance test which is regulated by the CBSE Board. NEET 2017 is a one tier exam which commences once in a year in month of May. From the year 2016 onwards, NEET exam has replaced AIPMT exam. All seats (MBBS/BDS) of any medical/dental college will be filled by the score of NEET examination only. As per the last order by Hon. Supreme Court, no other exam except NEET will be held for offering admission into MBBS/BDS courses in India from the year 2017. It is held for providing admissions in MBBS/BDS courses offered by all government and private medical colleges in India. 

The notification for NEET 2017 exam will be out in December. It is expected that the NEET UG exam 2017 will be held on May 7, 2017, however the official notification is awaited at the official website of AIPMT NEET.  Aspirants are required to note that the courses offered after NEET exam are MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) and BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery). 

NEET 2017 medical entrance exam to be conducted in 8 languages:

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test medical entrance test for academic year 2017-18 will be conducted in eight languages, the government of India said.

The decision was taken by the government after consultations with State Governments.

The eight languages are Hindi, English, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Telugu and Tamil.

The language will not impact the candidate’s all India rank.

“In addition to this, the candidate qualifying NEET will be eligible for All India quota and other quotas under the State governments/Institutes irrespective of the medium in which exam is taken by the candidate, said the government,” the government said.

The decision is to bring parity for the students who have taken the State Board exams, the government said.

NEET and its implementation in regional languages is the outcome of Governments commitment of bringing about transparency in medical education and removing malpractices, it added.

Karnataka and Odisha have also demanded the NEET exam in Kannada and Odia. The state government of Karnataka has also written to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MHFW) requesting that the question paper should be both Kannada and English. The chief minister of Odisha,  Naveen Patnaik also  wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the NEET  pre-medical exam to be conducted in the state’s language Odia. 

Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be eligible for NEET 2017 MBBS medical entrance exam, the applicants must have cleared class 12  or equivalent examination from a recognized board with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology & Mathematics or any other elective subjects with English (appearing applicants can also apply). The applicants of NEET 2016 must have scored minimum 50% in PCB group (45% for general PH and 40% for SC/ST/OBC).  

The applicants must be an Indian national or OCI (Overseas Citizen of India). The applicants must be between 17 to 25 years as on 31st December of the admission year (for reserved applicants maximum age limit is 30 years). The candidates of J&K, Telangana and Andra Pradesh have to follow same guidelines given in AIPMT. 



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