On Monday, the newly appointed Union Education Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, made a significant announcement regarding the NEET examination. The minister announced that the NEET UG 2021 exam for admission to the medical courses will be conducted on September 12, 2021. The Union Education Minister explained that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test i.e. NEET (UG) 2021 will be conducted across the country on 12 September 2021 following all the necessary COVID-19 protocols. The application process will commence from 5 P.M. on Tuesday through the NTA (National Testing Agency) website.
To ensure social distancing norms, the number of cities where the examination will be conducted will be increased from 155 to 198. The number of exam centres will also be increased from the 3862 centres which were used in the year 2020. To ensure adherence to the COVID-19 protocols, face masks will be provided to all the candidates at the examination centre. Time slots during entry and exit, contactless registration, proper sanitization, seating with social distancing etc. will also be ensured.
The Union Minister asserted that the examination can be held smoothly and successfully only if all the participating members (students and authorities) follow the COVID-19 protocols properly. The minister further said that various steps have been taken by the NTA and state governments to ensure hassle-free conduction of the NEET examination.
The application process for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Undergraduate (NEET-UG) will begin from July 13, 2021. The candidates can visit the website of the National Testing Agency (NTA) neet.nta.nic.in for more details.
It is to be noted that every year, more than 15 lakh medical candidates appear for the NEET exam. Regarding the NEET 2021 syllabus, the education ministry clarified that the medical entrance test will be conducted as per the syllabus prescribed by the NTA.