The medical aspirants appearing for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) can check the latest news and updates of NEET 2019 to clear their doubts. From this year, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has announced some major changes in NEET which led the students in confusions regarding the mode of exam, question papers, eligibility criteria and more. Thus, Prerna Education brings NEET 2019 latest news and updates for appearing students and parents, right from the beginning of academic session.

As per the order of the Supreme Court of India in May 2013, NEET will be the only medical entrance examination for admission to around 90,000 MBBS, BDS and AYUSH courses offered by government, private, deemed and central university/colleges in India. NEET 2019 will be conducted on May 5, in pen and paper mode. Being the Institute of National Importance, AIIMS, New Delhi and JIPMER, Puducherry can conduct their own entrance examination namely AIIMS MBBS and JIPMER MBBS, respectively. The application form of NEET 2019 will commence from November 1, which is at least six months ahead of the exam. In 2018, the registration started from February.

September 26, 2018 – Aadhaar Card not mandatory for NEET registrations

Ruling on the batch of petitions that challenged the constitutional validity of Aadhaar, the Supreme Court of India ordered that It is not mandatory to use Aadhaar card for NEET registrations. Besides that candidates can also register through any other valid Government identity proofs such as Passports, Voter IDs, Ration Cards and Bank pass books.

August 25, 2018 – Students with ‘low vision’ can appear for NEET

The Supreme Court of India allowed candidates with ‘low vision’ to pursue MBBS course. Such aspirants need to appear and qualify in NEET 2019. The order passed on August 25, will allow MBBS aspirants suffering from various forms of visual impairment to avail the 5% admission reservation for persons with disability through the Right of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

August 21, 2018 – NEET 2019 to be held in offline mode

NTA released the schedule and date of NEET 2019 on August 21, 2018. Along with that, MHRD confirmed that National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will be conducted in offline mode in a single session. This means, NEET will be held once in a year. However, the exam pattern and types of questions will be same as the previous year.

NEET 2019 Latest Updates and Changes

With the change in the conducting authority of NEET 2019, it was obvious for the mode, syllabus, exam pattern, session and many other changes to happen. For a better clarity of candidates, here we brings the latest changes of NEET 2019.

NEET no more conducted by CBSE:

As per the press released passed on July 7, 2018, CBSE will not be conducting authority of NEET UG 2019. In spite of that, NTA will be responsible for all the events of entrance examination from release of application form, issuance of admit card, conducting the NTA NEET, declaration of result and preparing the merit list for 15% All India Quota candidates.

Change of NEET 2019 exam mode:

Along with that press released, it also announced that NEET will be conducted in computer based mode. It was decided that candidates who would have had to appear for the exam, where they would have been assigned computers. Later, with the announcement of NEET schedule on August 21, the decision of conducting the exam in online mode was debarred. Now, it has been finalized that NEET will be held in offline mode across India.

What is National Testing Agency (NTA)?

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on November 10, 2017, approved the proposal of creating NTA. In an effort to relieve CBSE, AICTE and other authorities, the proposal was accepted ti bring high reliability, standardized and difficulty level for assessing the aptitude, intelligence and problem solving

issued in the candidates. The NTA was given a one-time grant of Rs. 25 crores from the central government to start its operation in the initial year and later on it is to be financially self-sustainable.

Final Changes in NEET 2019

In conclusion with the NEET latest news and updates 2019, the final changes that are being implemented now are mentioned below:

  • NEET 2019 will be held in offline mode in single session.
  • Candidates with vision impairment can also apply for the national level medical entrance examination.
  • Aspirants who wish to pursue MBBS course outside India will be required to appear and qualify in NEET.
  • Candidates with Biology as an additional subject and NIOS students can also apply for the medical entrance test.

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