Prakash Javadekar, a month before, had made an announcement that National Testing agency will conduct NEET from 2019 onwards, twice a year and in online mode only. However now, the Health Ministry is claiming some major drawback of this decision. As per various newspaper reports, it is also being said that the Ministry of Health has written a letter to MHRD about how the public announcement on the NEET being conducted in CBT mode was made “without formal consultation” with them. Thus, now MHRD might reconsider the decision of NEET 2019 conduct.

As per the reports, there are 8 major problems highlighted in the letter by Health Ministry to MHRD. One of the major problems is that if the Computer Based Test (CBT) is implied, then rural and economically poor families will be at a disadvantage.


The Health Ministry also fears that if NTA would conduct exam in February and May, this would mean a continuous period of 4-5 months of exams for the class 12 students as, during the February-March period, class 12 students also appear in the Board exams. This may add to the pressure on students.

Health Ministry fears that NTA conducting NEET in online mode will be unfair to the economically backward students and the NTA proposed NEET calendar will add to extra pressure on the class 12 students.

Now that Health Ministry disagrees with MHRD’s decision, a meeting was held between officers of the Health and HRD ministries, suggests the newspapers reports. After which the decision to maintain the status quo, only for the NEET, till 2019, has been made.

Thus, until at least 2019, NEET might continue in Pen and Paper mode only. In addition to that, newspaper report also claims that CBSE and not National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct NEET in 2019. Also, NEET might remain an annual entrance examination, which means in 2019, NEET will be conducted once.

Summarising, we can now say that the decision of conducting NEET 2019 by NTA, twice a year and in CBT mode remains unclear. If the Ministry of Health’s concerns are taken into consideration by MHRD then, NEET 2019 will be conducted once a year, in pen and paper mode and by CBSE.

Students are advised to not worry about the mode and time of conduction of the examination. The NEET 2019 syllabus is the same. Also, no changes will be made in the exam pattern and eligibility. Thus, the preparations must go on without any hindrances. Until any final notice or official announcement of NEET 2019 – Stay prepared for the exam in the best possible manner.

Do you think the Ministry of Health’s concerns are legit? What do you think the mode of conduction of national entrance examinations like NEET and JEE Main should be? Should these exams be bi-annual? Do let us know your opinions in the comment section below. Stay tuned with AglaSem news for more!

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104 COMMENTS

  1. Benefits of two neets 1.If anyone is ill or any mishaps or death of relatives or could not reach centre timely then can take second exam.without year loss.2.If someone is unable to appear due to pressure/tension/stress,can avoid it.3.suicidal tendencies will be drastically reduced. 4.It will become at par with engineering entrance.5.High blessings/satisfaction/gratitude of students and parents to policy makers.

  2. Neet should need to be conducted twice a year, as it gives benefit to neet aspirants& once NTA committed about neet in feb then there should not be any change nw. as students set their mind according to neet held in feb nd they became hopeful cuz of twice neet as stated by nta. There should not need to made any change nw.

  3. Neet should need to be conducted twice a year, as it gives benefit to neet aspirants& once NTA committed about neet in feb then there should not be any change nw. as students set their mind according to neet held in feb nd they became hopeful cuz of twice neet as stated by nta. There should not need to made any change nw. & it should need to be online online mode of examination is beneficial for neet aspirants

  4. NEET should be conducted twice a year. And from 2019. Whether online or offline mode. Twice a year will be less burdening.

  5. Definitely twice a year will relieve stress
    And it wll improves performance of students
    As in single attempt nervous student suffering more

  6. neet should be held twice a year it will be very helpfull….. Students study for hole year and they have to face the exm in one day.. By chance if they are not well on the exm day thier life is spoiled…. Sooo if exm is twice a year it s very helpfull bcoz they get confidense in themself… Yes i can still do it…… Soooo plzz conductthe exm twice a year….

  7. Computer based examination best for every student, because there is rectification option available and OMR Sheet is big problem for every student in last minutes which is highlighting problem. Please arrange this exam in online based.

  8. NEET should be conducted through CBT by NTA. Only for the year of 2019, students may be given the option of pen and paper. It is for those who have fear of CBT. We need to move towards transparency and efficiency. Not sure for what MCI is opposing CBT. Actions of MCI are making me skeptic about their honesty.

  9. IMPORTANT NOTE:
    To all guys who want NEET TO BE CONDUCTED TWICE A YEAR.
    Please email to the HRD minister requesting the above.
    Email ID:[email protected]
    Request your friends to do the same.share this on WhatsApp,Facebook and make this as a campaign. Then 100% sure The HRD Ministry will not change their decision.

  10. I think it is better to conduct only once in a year because the board exams will be at same time so it creates a tension of both neet and board exams we can’t read both at once and it makes us confusion so for me it is better to conduct once

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