Medical Council of India (MCI) in a major releasement has decided to prohibit students who finished their +2 through open/distance learning method to sit for NEET 2018 (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test). Amidst the willing brewing controversy surrounding NEET, this comes as another setback for thousands of medical candidates. Last year statistics reported show that almost 3,000 students from National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) have appeared for the common medical entrance exam, out of which 864 even qualified the exam successfully and the number was likely to go up this year.
The primary reason said for the prohibited by the MCI is the difference in the level of education between the two categories of students that apply. A member of the MCI stated that the regular students cannot be made to compete with students of NIOS as the latter lack exposure to practical lessons in their +2 education.
This move of the MCI has been challenged by the NIOS, who has asked the HRD ministry to intervene and prevent thousands of capable students from missing the opportunity to become medical practitioners. An important meeting on the allot was held with the HRD minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday, January 18; the outcome of the meeting is yet to be made public.
Besides, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has also taken into account concerns from students of state boards and confirmed that NEET this year would include of questions set from both CBSE as well as State Board Curriculum. Students appearing for NEET who have finished 12th from state boards have earlier expressed the unfairness they were subjected to as NEET was entirely prepared on CBSE curriculum and level of difference between these boards was immense, putting students of state boards at a significant disadvantage. Check sullabus for NEET
This year, NEET will be set with questions by taking into consideration curriculum of CBSE and all the State Boards in the country. Some states like Tamil Nadu have willing taken initiative to train the students from state boards to allow them to compete on an equal footing with other participants in NEET 2018.
As said above, aspirants can soon expect the schedule for NEET 2018 to be out soon along with the allot of the information brochure. Here we are providing you the tentative schedule for NEET 2018 based on the expected dates and earlier year trends.
|Application Form||Last week of janaury|
|Exam Date||May 10, 2018|
|Hall Ticket Announce Date||First week of April 2018|
|Result Declaration||First week of June 2018|
|Counseling begins||First week of July 2018|
CBSE will announce notification for NEET 2018, which is tentatively scheduled for May 10, 2018, on the official website of the exam in the last week of January. Students appearing for their 10+2 final examination from the regular method can take into account the following points concerned to NEET 2018.