Can NEET be held online twice a year: NTA to health ministry – education

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The National Testing Agency (NTA) has written to the Union health ministry asking if the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions to medical and dental colleges could be held online twice a year. The NEET is at the moment held once once a year and this year 1.3 million took it.

“Students undergo an enormous amount of stress preparing for these highly competitive exams. Whether the test can also be conducted more than annually, it would hugely lessen the pressure on them,” said an official.

Officials said the sort of move will require the ministry’s nod. “For NEET, the NTA is only the exam conducting body.,” said the official cited above. “The move to hold the test twice would bring relief to students. Then again, at the moment it’s not easy to conduct a pen and paper twice as it requires much larger arrangements. The NTA has also suggested that the potential of holding it in the online mode is also examined.”

The Joint Entrance Examination for admissions to engineering colleges will be held online four times in 2021.

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