Waves of news on NEET 2018 exam date are flooding the internet. Initial predictions were that Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct National-Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test on May 06, 2018. However, now the forecast state that the exam will be held on May 10, 2018. Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE), the conducting body of the exam, is maintaining silence on the matter. Then, what great excavation is leading to such predictions?

Well, assuming that NEET will be held on May 06 was no prophecy but simple analysis of the previous year trends. For past few years, the national level medical entrance examination is being held on the first Sunday of May and in the year 2018, the first Sunday is falling on May 06. Hence, it was assumed to be the exam date.

May 06, 2018, as exam date seems legit by the trends then why and from where is May 10 emerging as the new exam date? The source for this could be the press release, which depicted the events of the meeting held in the Ministry of Health & F.W. The outcome of the meeting, including the dates for the exam and rounds of counselling is mentioned on it. The original release is as follows:

One look at the notice clears that the exam will be held on May 10, 2018. However, a few seconds longer stare is enough to realize that the notice says “BY 10th May” and not “On 10th May”. Hence, in the meeting, only the deadline for conducting the examination was determined and not the exact exam date. MHRD wants CBSE to conduct exam until May 10, 2018, but now it’s upto CBSE to fix the exam.

CBSE is expected to announce the exam date before December end and release the application form in the month of January 2018. Medical aspirants should not let the exam date prediction affect their preparation. The exam will be held somewhere in May 2018 and the date will be revealed when it will be revealed but this precious time will not come back. Rather than focusing on exam date, a candidate’s aim should be to prepare well for NEET UG 2018.

Check the syllabus and pattern of the exam and mark the important and vital subjects. Make a timetable and work on weak topics first but as the exam will approach nearer shift gears to strengthen the stronger chapters. Hard work is the only key to success but it does not mean that you have to drown in the sea of studies. A once in a while time out from studies is recommended. All the best to all the medical aspirants, just keep working persistently and the success will be yours for sure.