NEET 2018 Online application forms soon, check all recent changes and updates from CBSE regarding the exam
NEET 2018 Online application forms soon, check all recent changes and updates from CBSE regarding the exam,
New Delhi: National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, NEET 2018 online application forms are expected to release either by end of this month or latest by end of this week. The notification and online application forms would be released on the official website cbseneet.nic.in. As always, ahead of the examination, there is a lot of confusion regarding the eligibility, syllabus, upper age limit, exemption to states and so on. While students from all over the country wait for the NEET 2018 notification, here is a quick recap of all the controversy, updates and clarifications regarding the NEET 2018 examination so far.
Before we begin, quickly, NEET 2018 would be the only medical entrance test conducted for admissions to undergraduate medical and dental courses across government, state or private colleges. NEET 2018 scores would be used for admission to even the Armed Forces Medical College. For admission to AIIMS and JIPMER MBBS seats, there would be separate admission tests. Here are the answers to all the important questions ahead of NEET 2018.
Are Open School Students eligible to apply for NEET 2018?
The answer is yes. Starting the list of confusions and controversies was the announcement of Medical Council of India, MCI which made students of open schooling ineligible to apply for NEET 2018 examination. The National Institute of Open Schooling, NIOS, however, approached the Ministry of Human Resource Development, MHRD which in turn asked the Ministry of Health to look into the matter. Following the directives, MCI is said to have been asked to withdraw the order. Official confirmation is expected along with the notification of NEET 2018. Related News | NEET 2018 News update: NIOS, Open School students eligible to apply for exam, MCI asked to reverse order
Is there any change in NEET 2018 exam pattern?
No. NEET 2018, like 2017, would be an offline paper. There is no suggestion or notification of changing the examination pattern of NEET 2018. The only change in the examination or the question papers this year is that all the question papers of NEET 2018 in all languages (English, Hindi and all regional languages) would be the same.
What is the syllabus for NEET 2018?
The syllabus for NEET 2018 is exactly the same as that of NEET 2017. CBSE has confirmed the same after news about inclusion of state board curriculum while setting up NEET 2018 question paper spread. Reaching out to the students distressed by the sudden change in the syllabus prompted CBSE to release an official notification regarding the same. Students can check the CBSE notification along with the details NEET 2018 syllabus here.
Is there any upper age limit for NEET 2018?
The answer to this question is, there is no confirmation or clarity on this as yet. While the Supreme Court had directed CBSE last year to remove the upper age limit criteria of 25 years from the eligibility criteria of NEET 2017, the order did not impose any restrictions on CBSE to impose it from 2018 onwards. All students/ applicants are advised to hence kindly wait for the notification. Please note, there is a lower age limit of 17 years for NEET 2018. Related News | NEET 2018: Upper age limit of 25 years for the examination? This is what reports suggest
Are there any states that are exempted from NEET 2018?
No. The apex court is very clear on the implementation of the examination across the country. While Tamil Nadu has been requesting the centre to gain exemption from NEET for a few years now, it was directed last year by Supreme Court to ensure all the admissions to medical or dental colleges are done through NEET scores. There is no exemption at this point and all students interested in picking medical or dental courses are advised to fill the online application forms for NEET 2018 as and when released.
Which all languages would NEET 2018 be conducted in?
NEET 2018 would be conducted in 10 languages which are English, Hindi and 8 regional languages of Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Oriya and Kannada. Please note, NEET 2018 might also introduce Urdu as a medium of instruction from 2018. Also, the students would have the option of regional languages only in limited centres. For example, students appearing for NEET 2018 in New Delhi may not be able to opt for Tamil as a language. Also, CBSE has recently confirmed to the SC that the question papers would be same for all languages – simply translated in the regional languages. Also Read | NEET 2018: Online application forms to start from Jan 31 on cbseneet.nic.in, sources
Would NEET 2018 scores be used for admission to Ayush courses?
No clarification as yet. The proposal to use NEET scores for admissions to Ayurvedic and other medical courses that fall under Ayush was discussed last year. There is, however, no confirmation yet from either the Ministry of Ayush nor the CBSE. As of now, the probability of that happening is very low.
NEET 2018 notification is expected to be released by CBSE by end of January. As per sources, the notification would release on January 31, 2018, and the facility to fill the online application forms would begin from February 1, 2018. All students are advised to note that Aadhaar card would be mandatory for NEET 2018. Also, candidates are required to only fill the online application form. No paper application form would be accepted by CBSE. The notification would release on the official website cbseneet.nic.in.