As per the latest announcements, there will be no changes in the exam pattern of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, NEET UG 2021. The exam will be conducted twice a year in pen paper mode, between June-July 2021, as decided by the higher authorities.
As per a report, Amit Khare, secretary, higher education, said “Any changes in the exam with such short notice will be unfair to students who are preparing for NEET 2021 and any further delay in the entrance test will affect the next session”.
The education minister, in an interview, said that the higher authorities have discussed whether NEET 2021 should be conducted twice a year and in a computer-based mode in a meeting. However, the approval was not made on time. Many students want NEET to be conducted more than once a year.
Khare said that NEET UG should be held more than once a year because at times it is possible that for some reason, a candidate is not able to prepare for a particular attempt and that will result in the waste of one year. However, multiple exams cannot be conducted in pen and paper mode and have to be computer-based. Hence, authorities have decided to conduct the NEET more than once a year. But for this year, the exam will not be conducted in the computer-based mode as there is very little time left for the exam and the date cannot be postponed further. As such, candidates will have to appear this year in pen-paper mode.
Upon conducting NEET UG 2021 in computer-based mode, the report further stated Khare: “It requires consultation with all the stakeholders because there is a difference between JEE and NEET. JEE is not compulsory for all engineering colleges, whereas NEET is mandatory for admission to all medical colleges. Also suppose a biology student is not comfortable with a computer, they need to practice and learn. That is why for any changes, we will give six to eight months’ notice.”