The most awaited, NEET 2021 exam date is out. National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2021 on August 01, 2021. The national level medical entrance exam will be held in pen and paper mode. It is going to be conducted in 11 different languages including Hindi and English.
NTA has announced NEET 2021 exam date via official notice. As per the notice, NEET can also be used for admission in Nursing courses as well, apart from MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BUMS, and BHMS courses.
The application form for NEET 2021 will release online on March 15, 2021, at ntaneet.nic.in. Along with it, NTA will also release the information brochure which consists of important details about the exam like eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus, selection process, etc.
With the announcement of the NEET 2021 exam date, the speculation that the number of attempts for the same will be increased to twice has been put to rest. In January this year, education minister, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank announced that JEE Main will be held four times a year in response to which, NEET aspirants demanded to increase the number for NEET 2021 as well. However, now it is clear that NEET will only be held once.
It was also hinted by the education minister, that the number of internal choice questions for NEET 2021 shall be increased but there will not be any cut in the entrance exam syllabus. But soon after that, it was made clear that there will be no change in the exam pattern and syllabus of NEET 2021.
The medical entrance exam is conducted every year to shortlist candidates for admission in MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BSMS, BUMS and BHMS Courses. The score and All India Rank (AIR) for NEET 2021 is utilized by other entities of Central/State Governments (including Indian Nursing Council/ Nursing Colleges/ Schools, JIPMER) for counselling / admission to relevant courses like B.Sc. (Nursing) and B.Sc. (Life Sciences).
Since last year, admission to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) are also done based on NEET result.
Last year, NTA conducted the national level medical entrance on September 13 after it was postponed twice due to the pandemic situation. Over 13.66 lakh candidates appeared out of which a total of 7,71,500 candidates qualified the examination. The exam was conducted in eleven different languages – English, Urdu, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Odia, Marathi, Kannada, Gujarati, Tamil, and Telugu.