The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will hold the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for medical aspirants on May 6. DH file photo
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will hold the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for medical aspirants on May 6.
Announcing the date for the nationwide test, the board opened registration for candidates from Thursday midnight. The online application of the NEET aspirants from India and abroad will be accepted by the CBSE till March 9 till 23:50 hrs. (Indian Standard Time).
Students of all government-recognized secondary school examination boards including Karnataka Board of Pre-University Education are eligible to apply for the test except those who have passed class XII board examination through the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) or any other open school in India.
Students who have passed their class XII board examination as "private candidates" are also not eligible to take the test.
"Candidates who have passed 10+2 from open schools or as private candidates shall not be eligible to appear for NEET. Furthermore, study of Biology/Bio-technology as an additional subject at 10+2 level also shall not be permissible," the CBSE said.
The Medical Council of India (MCI), under Health Ministry, has barred open school students from taking the entrance test from this year on the ground that the students clearing their class XII board examinations through such schools cannot be considered on par with the students of other secondary school examination boards who complete their 12th year of schooling in a regular mode with practicals in the science subjects.
The NIOS, which functions under the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, had requested the MCI not to bar its students from taking the NEET, pointing out that its examination system was rigorous and the passing certificates that it issues to the students were valid for all purpose including higher education and employment.
The HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and Health Minister J P Nadda in January held a meeting to resolve the issue. Official sources told DH that the health minister was "almost convinced" at the meeting that the NIOS students should be allowed to take the test.
"The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has decided that Indian students who wish to pursue MBBS/BDS from a foreign Medical Institute need to qualify NEET (UG)," the CBSE said in its notification.
The board, however, did not specify as to why students aspiring to pursue MBBS/BDS abroad are required to clear NEET exam. It has also not specified the list of countries or medical colleges abroad where NEET scores would be required for admission.
"The duration of the test will be of 3 hours.The conduct of the NEET would be videographed. The candidates are required to keep their head in upright position and face the camera during videography so that their identity could be clearly established," the CBSE said.