To put to an end to speculataion The new dates for NEET entrance exam will be announced on May 5, which will give some clarity to the preparing students.Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, the Human Resource Development Minister, is likely to announce dates for both the entrance exams Tuesday during his live interaction with students
A source in the ministry said, the JEE and NEET exams are likely to take place towards the end of June.
The HRD minister’s live interaction with students is aimed at addressing some of the fear among students given the circumstance. This will be the second live interaction that the minister will hold after his earlier one with parents of students.
During the interaction, most parents were concerned about dates of pending board exams and entrance exams. However, the minister did not give a definite answer and asked them to wait for the lockdown to be lifted.
"Since parents and students have to travel to different examination centres, to avoid any inconvenience to them, I have directed the National Testing Agency to postpone NEET (UG) 2020) till last week of May," said Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal in a tweet. Earlier NEET was set for May 3.
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With all the remaining CBSE, NIOS and CISCE Board exams being postponed after March 21, the competitive exams to be conducted thereafter are also going to be affected. After announcement of the 21-day lockdown across the country on March 24 the JEE (main) exam scheduled in the first and second week of April 2020 too stands postponed. According to a senior government official, “The new dates are likely to be announced only after the lock down period is over and subsequent review of the COVID-19 outbreak.”
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According to NTA sources, for the JEE (main) it will probably have to wait till the school education Boards like CBSE announces their new dates for the few exams that could not be conducted due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Earlier, the school Boards and NTA were supposed to work on the new dates after March 31, 2020. But now, they may have to wait till the April 14, 2020 lock down period.
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This year, a total of 15,93,452 lakh candidates have applied for the NEET entrance exam. Out of these, around 33,357 candidates are from Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
The NTA NEET UG gives eligibility to apply for undergraduate medical, dental and Aayush programmes. The admissions to all the state and central medical colleges, dental institutes, AIIMS and JIPMER will be eligible only through NEET exam.
The objective type OMR-exam is held for a duration of three hours. The paper will be held in the afternoon session and will have 45 questions each in Physics and Chemistry sections. The Biology part will have 45 questions each from Botany and Zoology
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