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New Delhi: On July 29, after receiving pleas from 4,000 NEET aspirants, Supreme Court asked the Central Government and Medical Council of India (MCI) to give a suitable response on setting up NEET exam centers in Gulf countries. The bench headed by Justice L Nageswara was behind issuing the notice to the Central Government and the MCI.
The plea of those 4000 aspirants proposed to postpone the exam until the pandemic situation eases down. Parents belonging to Doha, Qatar, Oman and UAE sought response from the highest dignitaries after Kerala High Court rejected their proposal.
Criticizing NTA, Abdul Azeez, the general secretary of Kerala Muslim Culture Center in Qatar said that if the authority wants, they can open NEET exam centers in Gulf countries as they have done for JEE Main.
The plea to the Supreme Court mentioned that NTA would only open examination centers if MCI gives a green signal. On the other end, MCI on May 21 had conveyed the message to the apex government that NEET 2020 online examination is not possible.
The plea said, “During these exceptional circumstances, the MCI and the Union government need to be flexible so as to facilitate these students to sit for NEET.”
A lot of students from the Gulf countries had tried to travel to India via the Vande Bharat Mission flights in order to sit for NEET examination to get themselves enrolled in MBBS and BDS courses in medical colleges. However, they could not get hold of seats on these flights as they are prioritizing those who are stuck abroad.
Medical aspirants living in the United Arab Emirates have signed an online petition asking for a local centre in the country for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) which is the only national medical entrance examination in India for undergraduate courses in the country to MBBS courses in AIIMS, New Delhi, JIPMER and all the similar institutions. The conducting body for this exam is NTA (National Testing Agency).
The exam was supposed to be conducted in the month of May, however, it had to be postponed to a later date due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The exam is now scheduled to be conducted all around the country on July 26.
NEET is conducted in offline mode where the candidate has to answer on the OMR sheet. This exam can be taken by Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and these candidates have to take the exam in India only.
According to the statistics, out of 10 lakhs aspirants, 300 resides in UAE. They have signed an online petition which says, “Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 all over the world, the flights have been disrupted and even the limited window of travel opportunities come along with compulsory quarantine. In this situation, it is impossible for the students of UAE or GCC to travel to India to appear in the proposed NEET Exam (26th July). We sincerely request the National Testing Agency to arrange for a test centre in UAE so that students can safely take the exam without risking their life.” This petition has already been signed by over 909 people.
Subramanian Krishnamoorthy, CEO of the UAE-based Meccademia Education Group which prepares candidates for NEET and other exams, commented that the demand was “under consideration” by the NTA. Krishnamoorthy assures that Meccademia can open its facilities for a local test, bearing all costs, at its 10 centres in the UAE that can hold a capacity of 500 candidates.
“There are many students from UAE who are enrolled to give the exam. “Travel and stay in India will be very tough to arrange in time for the exam. It will be safer for everyone if an exam centre is held in UAE”, writes India expat Jiya Shankar on ipetitions.com, supporting the petition.
NTA will conduct the NEET-UG exam on 26 July. With this announcement, the National Testing Agency is at a crossroads to administer the pen and paper exam for around 15 lakh aspirants while conforming to the norms of social distancing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
As NEET-UG is a pen and paper-based exam, it is conducted all around the country at the same time, unlike JEE Main and JEE Advanced, that are conducted online and in multiple shifts. To resolve this issue, NTA is planning to conduct the exam at around 6000 exam centers contrary to the 3000 centers for normal conditions. This plan will enable a minimum of 2 metres distance between two students. Usually, Kendra Vidyalayas, CBSE-affiliated schools, engineering colleges and state government colleges are chosen for the exam. It will be challenging for the agency to figure out additional 3000 exam centers in a limited time.
Furthermore, NTA is also planning on increasing the number of shifts and add around 200 more exam centers to maintain social distancing for JEE Main. As for JEE Advanced, the exam will be conducted in 600 exam centers as the number of students qualifying for the exam is estimated to be only 2 lakhs.
Due to the pandemic of COVID-19, NTA has doubled the number of NEET Exam centres to ensure the regulations of social distancing implementation. NTA has also revised some of the NEET 2020 exam centres due to general elections. The authority reopened the NEET Application Correction Window till 20th July, 2020, so that the aspirants can modify their preferable exam centres.
Update: NTA has rescheduled NEET 2020 examinations to 13th September 2020. Candidates will be able to download NEET Admit card approximately 15 days prior to the exam. Read More
Students from UAE are advised to choose their NEET exam centres in UAE only, since it is not possible to travel from the country to India to appear for the NEET 2020 exam. In this regard, NTA got support from Pinarayi Vijayan, CM of Kerala in favour of the demand for local exam centres.
Students can give their choices of top 3 NEET 2020 exam centres as per their preference. But the examination authorities will allot the final examination centre. The students do not have flexibility to change the allotted exam centre. NTA has released NEET exam dates 2020 at their official site as well.
NEET Exam Centres and their Codes
NEET Exam Centres from Andaman & Nicobar to Delhi/New Delhi
|State/UT||City||Code of City|
|Andaman & Nicobar||Port Blair||1101|
|Chandigarh||Chandigarh / Mohali / Panchkula||1601|
|Chhattisgarh||Bhilai/ Durg/ Bhilai Nagar||1701|
|Dadra & Nagar Haveli||Dadra & Nagar Haveli||1801|
|Daman & Diu||Daman||1901|
|Delhi/New Delhi||Delhi/New Delhi||2001|
NEET Exam Centres from Goa to Punjab
|State/UT||City||Code of city|
|Goa||Panaji/ Madgaon/ Margao||2101|
|Jammu & Kashmir||Jammu||2501|
|Gulbarga / Kalaburagi||2705|
|Kozhikode / Calicut||2808|
NEET Exam Centres from Rajasthan to West Bengal
|State/UT||City||Code of City|
|Noida / Greater Noida||4410|
|West Bengal||24 Pargana||4601|
NEET 2020 Test Centres
- NTA has established a wide network of test centres for the aspirants from rural areas.
- The candidates, who are willing to complete their UG coursework in AYUSH (that is Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), need to apply for NEET 2020 Exam.
NTA Doubles NEET 2020 Exam centres
Approximately 15 Lakh aspirants will sit for NEET 2020 exam. Amidst the pandemic of COVID-19, it is very challenging to seat that number of students while conforming to the social norms. Consequently, NTA has increased the number of exam centres in 2020. It will help to maintain social distancing.
- As per their planning, the candidates will sit two metres apart from the other candidate. The gap between two aspirants was 1 metre last year.
- To obey the government orders, the number of test centres for NEET 2020 will be increased to 6000. Initially, the number of NEET 2020 exam was 3000.
- Mode of exam for the single shift and single day will be same.
Initially the NEET aspirants can choose their preferable exam city and centre. Nonetheless, NTA will conduct the final seat allotment for the students. For instance, in the situation like overbooking and underbooking, NTA will change the seat allotment to the aspirants. Read More
Process of Choosing NEET 2020 Exam Centres
- NTA allots the NEET exam centres to the aspirants.
- The candidates should choose three preferable exam centres during the NEET Application 2020 form fill up process.
- Once the students login to their account, they need to provide detailed information. The information is related to their choice of preferences.
- Kindly note it down that you will not be eligible to edit your application once you submit it.
- Candidates should double check every entry, based on their accessibility.
- The booking slots for online exams are dependent upon first come first serve basis. There are eight different settings for online exam.
- You are advised to book your slots as soon as possible. Kindly note it down that queries related to the same matter will not be entertained.
- The aspirants from Assam, Meghalaya, Jammu and Kashmir should bring Aadhaar Card number to the exam centre. Otherwise they must choose the exam centres only within their state respectively.
- NEET exam centres will be allocated based on first-come-first-serve basis.
Exam Centres of NEET 2020: Based on the Language
The candidates can give their exam in 10 different languages (as per their preferences). The following table shows the enlisted languages and the available exam centre correspondingly:
|Languages you prefer||NEET 2020 Exam Centre|
|English, Hindi and Assamese||NEET Examination Centres in Assam|
|Hindi and English||All NEET 2020 examination centres and cities|
|English, Hindi and Gujarati||NEET Examination Centres in Gujarat, Daman, Dadra and Nagar Haveli|
|Bengali, English, and Hindi||West Bengal and Tripura NEET Examination Centres|
|English, Hindi and Marathi||Maharashtra NEET Examination Centres|
|Hindi, English, and Telugu||NEET Examination Centres in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana|
|English, Hindi and Tamil||Tamil Nadu NEET Examination Centres|
|Kannada, English, and Hindi||NEET Examination Centres in Karnataka|
|English and Urdu||All NEET Examination Centres 2020|
|Oriya, English, and Hindi||NEET Examination Centres in Odisha|
NEET 2020 Exam Day Instructions
- NEET exam centre will be opened 2.5 hours before the exam time, i.e., at 7:30 am. No entry will be allowed after 9:30 am so candidates are advised to reach the exam centre on time.
- Candidates must carry their NEET Admit Card at the exam centre.
- The applicants must carry a passport-sized photograph at the exam centre to be pasted on the attendance sheet.
- Without the NEET admit card, candidates will not be allowed into the exam centre.
- Candidates are advised not to carry any personal belongings at the exam centre may or may not allowed to keep anything at the NEET 2020 exam centre
- No applicants will be allowed in the NEET 2020 exam centre with any digital instrument such as calculator, Mobiles.
- If any candidates found with any digital instrument then his/her exam will be cancelled.
The students are advised to book their exam centre as early as they can to avoid being allocated randomly by the exam authority.
Documents Needed at NEET Exam Centres
On the NEET exam day, the aspirants should carry admit cards and few other essential documents. Go through the following content in order to get to know about the essential testimonials, which are needed to carry on the NEET 2020 exam day.
- One passport size photograph. It will be attached with the NEET admit card
- Another passport size photograph will be attached with the attendance sheet
- You will need to show your valid identity proof. Do not forget to carry your PwD certificate (if applicable).
- One postcard size coloured photograph (4”*6”), which has been taken in white background, will need to be attached with the downloaded Proforma. It will need to be handed over to the invigilator.
- To enter to the exam hall, the aspirants should bring all the aforementioned documents along with admit card.
Check | NEET Dress Code
NEET 2020 Exam Day Schedule
Find the below mentioned table to identify the NEET 2020 exam day schedule:
|Last Entry to the exam hall||1.30 PM|
|Sitting on the seat||1.15 PM onwards|
|Announcement of instructions and checking of NEET Admit Card||1.30 to 1.45 PM|
|Distribution of Test Booklet||1:45 PM|
|Writing of particulars on the test booklet by the candidate||1.50 PM|
|Test Concludes||5.00 PM|
Guidelines Follow to the Disabled Candidates in NEET 2020 Exam
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released the NEET examination guidelines for the disabled aspirants on 23rd April, 2019. The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment issued the notice on 29th september, 2018. Finally, NEET 2020 will be going to implement the rule for the candidates with disabilities.
Read the following guidelines to find the revised rules and regulations for the disabled candidates:
- Considering the improvement in technology in new avenues, it is necessary to start a uniform and comprehensive policy for the benchmark disabled candidates.
- No added advantages or criteria for the regular candidates.
- The disabled benchmark candidates will get the facilities like scribe/reader or lab assistant.
- Aforementioned facilities will be provided once a certificate of their disability will be submitted. The certificate should highlight the fact that the candidate is unable to write. Consequently, he needs a scribe to write the exam, on his behalf.
- Candidates will get the opportunity to choose their own scribe. In order to check his suitability, the candidate will get a chance to meet with the scribe two days before the exam.
- In case of providing the scribe to the disable candidates from the examination authority, then the scribe should not be more than matriculate qualification.
- If the candidate brings scribe on their own, then the aspirant needs to submit the details and qualifications of the scribe.
- In case of ocurring emergency, the aspirants can ask for more than one scribe to complete the writing of the papers. For instance, one scribe for each paper is allowed.
Some More Tips for Disabled Candidates
- The disabled candidates are required to select the mode of giving the written test that is Computer/Braille/large print. Apart from this, the candidates will be able to record the answers.
- Benchmark disabled candidates will be able to check their system prior to the exam, if they choose the computer based mode. Besides, if they find any discrepancy, they can rectify it immediately.
- Candidates are allowed to carry gadgets like talking calculator, braille slate, geometry kit, abacus, tailor frame, communication chart, braille measuring tape and electronic devices etc.
- The sitting arrangement for the disable candidates will be at the ground floor.
- Once the exam starts, the disabled candidates will get the supplementary sheets timely.
- In case of open examination, the examining body will provide reading material in Braille/e-text and special computer screen reading software.
- The hearing-impairment candidates will get alternative objective questions.
The aforementioned guidelines, rules and regulations will be followed by the exam authority in case of conducting the test for disabling aspirants.
NEET 2020 Exam Centres FAQs
Ans. No, you will not be able to change your NEET 2020 exam centre. Since you have chosen vernacular languages as the mode of exam, hence, the exam centre will be allotted to the respective state. Hence, your NEET 2020 exam centre will be in Assam.
Ans. Yes, you can allot your seat as per your preferable choice, even if it is not mentioned in the application form.
Ans. Yes, you definitely can choose Delhi as the preferred location. However, you are advised to select the NEET 2020 exam centre to your nearby location. It will be convenient for you to reach by time.
Ans. No, it is not possible to change the NEET 2020 exam centre by the aspirants if the admit card has been released.
Ans. Yes, it is better to carry since the NTA authority will not provide you such kind of stuff.
Ans. No, you will not get permission to enter the exam hall if you do not carry it with yourself.