NEET 2021 to have more internal choices, no syllabus cut: Education Ministry
Conforming to JEE Main, the Medical Entrance Examination – NEET 2021 will have a more internal option. This has been done to ensure that students who have prepared on the basis of low syllabus – as determined by most boards including CBSE – are not at a disadvantage. However, there will be no syllabus cut for NEET 2021.
Ever since the Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has responded to the Kendriya Vidyalaya student on Monday, there has been talk of reducing the NEET syllabus. However, the minister indicated in a changed pattern. “As the syllabus (for the board examination) was cut by 30 percent due to Kovid-19, the candidates will have more options to answer questions in the upcoming competitive exams like JEE and NEET this year,” he said. .
The exact pattern for NEET (UG) 2021 is yet to be announced. However, given the lack of syllabus by some boards across the country, the NEET (UG) 2021 question paper will also have options on the lines of JEE (Main), ”read an official statement of the ministry.
Last month, a high-level meeting chaired by Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank stated that “NTA will come up with syllabus for competitive examinations after assessing the current scenario in various boards”. The NTA had then decided against a reduction in the syllabus of competitive exams and instead announced more internal options.
Not only has the number of attempts for JEE Main doubled, but there are also internal options. The same is expected for NEET. Along with having pen and paper exams, a large number of candidates take the same day exams, there are more challenges of conducting NEET in epidemics than JEE Main.
For NEET, it was reported that the NTA had written to the Ministry of Health and asked if it could be conducted twice. Last year too, the NTA had to conduct NEET twice after the apex court order. However, the authorities refused to confirm it. The exam is usually held in May and students are eagerly awaiting a notification and some clarity.
From 2020, five additional seats in NEET counseling are reserved for the children of Kashmiri migrants as well as Kashmiri Pandits or Hindu families living in the Valley will get concessions in college admissions. Students will get up to 10 percent relaxation in cut-off, along with the number of seats for each course will be increased by 5 percent.
Apart from this, the government has also approved reserving five MBBS seats under the central pool for the children of Kovid warriors, who will introduce a new category called ‘Ward of Kovid warriors’ for the academic year 2020-21.