It was readily expected that like all previous NEET exams, the NEET 2019 will also be conducted in the month of May 2019. But there are many speculations that this time the exam will be conducted earlier, hopefully in the month of December 2018. What is really happening? Let’s sort out the confusion.
There is no doubt that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is the most prestigious medical entrance exam in India. Lakhs of candidates prepare and appear for this exam every year and CBSE is the conducting body of this exam.
The confusion started when a press release published by the Press Information Bureau (PIB) in the month of November 2017. According to this press release, the CBSE will no longer be the incharge to organize the JEE Main, NEET, UGC NET, JNVST exam. Instead, a new exam conducting body is approved by the cabinet with the name of National Testing Agency (NTA) who will be authorized to conduct the exams from now onward.
You can see that official press release below:
As you can see in the notification it is clearly stated that the NTA will conduct the exams in online mode and the exams will be held twice a year to give aspirants the ample opportunities.
This notification gives rise to two speculations:
- Will the NEET exam will be held in online mode? As it is used to held offline (OMR Sheet Based)
- Will NEET exam be held twice a year? If yes, then when?
However, the official quickly clarified that the CBSE will continue to conduct the entrance exams for the 2018 sessions.
As the entrance exams for 2018 sessions are over, the NEET 2019 or other entrance exam aspirants are confused about the date of exams for the 2019 session.
Will NEET 2019 be conducted by CBSE or NTA?
Well, as of now there is no concrete answer to this question. In response to an RTI, the authorities have replied that “it is envisaged that NTA will conduct the exams from 2019 onwards” it means it is not fixed that NTA will be conducting the NEET 2019 exam.
You can also see the answer of officials in reply to the RTI below:
However, there are many news agencies and newspapers who are claiming that this time the National Testing Agency will conduct the NEET 2019 exam that too in the month of December 2018. The cutting of one such newspaper is given below:
As you can see, in the news it is clearly stated that NEET 2019 exam will be held in December that too in online mode.
So, we can conclude that although there is news that NEET 2019 can be conducted in December 2018 but there is no official announcement has been made regarding this.
It is also not clear that if the exam is held online whether the exam pattern will remain the same or not.
All in all, it is recommended that the aspirants should keep themselves prepared in case the NEET 2019 exam being held in December 2018. What are your thoughts on the changes being made regarding the NEET exam? Tell us in the comment section below.