Supreme Court is allowing the candidates to appear for NEET 2020 entrance exam on October 14, 2020. The entrance exam is going to be conducted for only those candidates who could not appear for NEET-UG 2020 in September due to COVID-19 infection or because they reside in the containment zones. Furthermore, MHRD minister, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has confirmed on twitter that NEET 2020 result will be announced on October 16, 2020, online at ntaneet.nic.in.
The decision to reconduct the entrance exam has been taken by the Supreme Court as it was reported that several students could not appear for the exam because of the lockdown restrictions. As per the reports, over 14.37 lakh candidates appeared for NEET 2020 while nearly 16 lakh had registered for it. Many students in states like Odisha, Maharashtra, etc could not appear for the exam.
NTA shall soon release complete information for the candidates appearing for NEET 2020. On the day of the entrance exam, candidates will need to carry a hard copy of NEET admit card, hand gloves, hand sanitizer, face mask, their own water bottles.
The result once declared can be checked online at ntaneet.nic.in. To check the result, candidates will have to log in by entering details like their roll number and date of birth. After submitting the login details, the result for the candidate is displayed on the screen. It consists of details like their roll number, candidate’s name, mother’s name, father’s name, percentile score obtained in each subject, total marks obtained, NEET All India Rank, Category rank, cut off score, etc.
In order to qualify the entrance exam to be eligible for MBBS / BDS courses, candidates need to obtain a minimum 50th percentile in NEET. Whereas, those belonging to SC / ST / OBC category will have to obtain 40th percentile and for PwD candidates it is 45th percentile. The score is further used in Indian medical colleges and institutes as it is mandatory for students in India to appear and qualify in NEET if they aspire to study medicine and related fields abroad.
Only those qualified in the entrance exam will be eligible to appear for NEET 2020 counselling. NTA is only responsible for conducting the entrance exam and preparing the result. It then forwards the list of successful candidates to DG of Health Services, medical examination cell of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The counselling under 15 per cent of all India quota seats is done by the Medical Council of India (MCI). From this year onwards, admission in AIIMS and JIPMER will also be done through NEET 2020 score.