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The verdict is out and it’s again the same. NEET 2020 will not be postponed. The complete order will be uploaded by the court which will reveal what the 3-judge bench of Supreme Court said while rejecting the review plea on postponing NEET and JEE entrance exams during COVID-19 pandemic.
The review plea was heard ‘in-chamber’ where the lawyers were not allowed to put forward any arguments on their behalf. The judges who were hearing the plea are- Justice BR Gavai, Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice Krishna Murari.
Supreme Court rejects review plea filed to postpone the conduct of #NEET_JEE exams.
Three-judge bench says plea does not merit reconsideration #SupremeCourt #reviewplea #dismissed #jeeneetpostpone #NEETisSocial_Injustice #ExamsInCovidASuicide #speakforstudentsafety pic.twitter.com/YPdjcYRz8F
— Bar & Bench (@barandbench) September 4, 2020
As per the recent reports, the plea was rejected as the bench said that it does not carry any merit for reconsideration. It is to note that NEET 2020 is going to be conducted in a single shift on a single day only i.e. 13th September, with almost double candidates than JEE Main 2020.
— Bar & Bench (@barandbench) September 4, 2020
As it is evident, the review petition has been rejected. Students who have been deprived of resources amid COVID-19 must request the authorities to ensure proper management at exam centres, so that the risk of spread of coronavirus is decreased. What events will unfold next, will decide the career of more than 15 lakh students.
While, National Testing Agency (NTA) is firm on their decision of conducting JEE Main 2020, six states who filed review petition, are firm to get NEET 2020 postponed. The hearing for the review petition will be heard by the Supreme Court of India at 1:30 PM.
The review petition has been filed on the decision taken by the Supreme Court on not postponing the NEET 2020 and JEE Main exam, specially when COVID-19 cases are rising every day by 80,000. The apex court rejected the plea citing that not conducting entrance exams will put the “Career of students at peril.”
A three-judge panel led by Justice Ashok Bushan will hear the review plea today. The plea was filed by the following opposition states-
- Maharashtra (Uday Ravindra Sawant)
- West Bengal (Moloy Ghatak)
- Chhattisgarh (Amarjeet Bhagat)
- Jharkhand (Rameshwar Oraon),
- Rajasthan (Raghu Sharma),
- Punjab (B S Sidhu)
Dear #NEET_JEE Friends,
Tomorrow at 1.30 PM, a 3-Judge Bench led by Hon’ble Justice Ashok Bhushan, will consider 3 Review Petitions seeking #POSTPONEJEE_NEET
Hon’ble Justice Ashok Bhushan had recently allowed States to Postpone #UGC final year Exams.
Let’s hope for the Best🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/rz1ZYAqfA1
— Alakh Alok Srivastava (@advocate_alakh) September 3, 2020
West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamta Banerjee, on Tuesday said that more than 75% students were absent for JEE Main 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is to be noted that JEE Main 2020 is being conducted in several shifts in a span of 6 days i.e. 1st to 6th September.
While on the other hand, NEET 2020 will be conducted in a single shift on 13th September only. Moreover, the number of candidates for NEET 2020 are much higher around 15 lakhs, while for JEE the number is only 8.5 lakhs.
As per the official website of NTA NEET (UG) 2020, the admit cards for NEET 2020 have finally been released on 26 August 2020. More than 15.9 lakh candidates have registered for NEET 2020 which will be conducted on 13th September 2020.
- Considering the safety amid COVID-19 pandemic, NTA has increased the number of NEET exam centres from 2546 to 3843.
- Numbers of candidates per room have been reduced from 24 to 12 in order to maintain social distancing.
Candidates can download the NEET 2020 Admit Card from the official website – ntaneet.nic.in
How To Download NEET Admit Card 2020?
Students have to enter their application number, password, DOB and a security pin in order to download the NEET Admit Card 2020.
The complete steps are given below-
- Open the official website – ntaneet.nic.in
- Two links will be provided to download NEET Admit Cards.
- Click on any link saying “Download Admit Card”
- A new tab will open. Enter the details such as NEET Application Number, Password, DOB and security pin (captcha).
- Click on the submit button.
- Your NEET 20202 Admit Card will appear.
- Click on Print or use the print option on your browser to save the NEET 2020 Admit Card as PDF.
- Ensure that PDF has been downloaded and stored safely.
The NEET Admit Card 2020 will have multiple details this year as mentioned in the Advisory Regarding COVID-19, published by NTA recently.
- NEET Admit Card will provide a hyperlink to check directions to the exam venue/centre.
- “Do’s and Don’ts” at the exam centre and exam halls will also be mentioned.
While registered candidates of NEET 2020 are in an unfavourable situation due to COVID-19, NTA has released the information regarding exam centre city allotted as per the preferences provided. In a public notice (dated 20th Aug 2020), NTA stated that the exam is going to be conducted as per revised schedule on 13th September 2020 without any further delay. The NEET (UG) 2020 will be conducted in a single shift of 2 PM to 5 PM only.
How To Check Your NEET Exam Centre City?
Candidates can check the same using a link provided on the official website. Complete steps are provided as below-
- Head to the official website of NEET 2020 i.e. www.ntaneet.nic.in
- Click on “Know your centre city”
- Enter the NEET Application Number and password.
- Click on ‘Login’ and you will be able to know the exam centre city allotted to you.
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This facility will urge students to request NTA in advance to change the exam centres allotted in case of any discrepancy. Moreover, students usually forget their password or application number while downloading NEET Admit Card, which can be retrieved beforehand to avoid any last minute hassles.
The students are worried and so are parents. But it seems that they have to move on. The Supreme Court of India rejected the plea demanding postponement of NEET 2020 and JEE Main 2020 exams till the normalcy is restored after the COVID-19 pandemic. Late night on 17th August 2020, the National Testing Agency (NTA) also released the ‘JEE Main April/September 2020 Admit Cards’ for candidates pretty quick after the final verdict of the Supreme Court. This could mean that NEET 2020 Admit Cards might be released soon enough.
— Bar & Bench (@barandbench) August 17, 2020
“Students Could Lose The Academic Year”
The Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra was hearing the plea, who also announced the final verdict. Since the plea demanding postponement has been dismissed, the NEET 2020 will be held as per the revised schedule on 13th September 2020.
“Life should move on even during COVID-19. How can we just stop the exam? We must move on”, said Justice Arun Mishra over the plea demanding NEET postponement. He also said that not conducting the entrance exams will be a loss to the country. Students will lose the entire academic year and their career will be put under jeopardy.
NTA vs Students
Solicitor General, Mr Tushar Mehta, advocate for NTA, assured the SC bench that both exams will be conducted taking all necessary precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19.
While on the other hand, Advocate Alok Srivastava cited the Prime Minister’s 15th Aug speech that a vaccine for COVID-19 is coming soon. Hence, the exams need not be postponed indefinitely but only for some time until the vaccine is out.
But, the Supreme Court bench rejected the petition to postpone NEET and JEE exams. Justice Arun Mishra dismissed the plea saying that delaying the exams any further will put the ‘Career of students under peril’.
The petition filed on behalf of 11 students by Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava has the following requests from students-
- Exams must be postponed as the COVID-19 cases are increasing rapidly.
- NEET exam must be conducted only after normalcy is restored post COVID-19
- Exam Centres must be increased and each district must have an exam centre to ensure students need not travel outside their city.
- Aspirants must be provided a fresh opportunity to fill the application form along with exam centre preferences from scratch.
It is being reported that NTA is considering revising the dates of NEET 2021. This is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the delayed NEET 2020 Exam Dates. The postponing of the current year dates of NEET and JEE Main has already caused trouble with the academic calendar for students. The decision on NEET 2021 dates would be taken only after the situation of COVID-19 spread is under control and schools are set to re-open.
For now, schools and colleges are shut until 31st July 2020. There’s varying response from various authorities over reopening the schools and colleges and thereby conducting the exams that have not been conducted due to the country-wide lockdown. However, most of the universities are conducting open-book online exams which are now being seen as the new normal.
Delay in 2020, Means Delay in 2021
The dates for NEET 2020 have been postponed twice since March 2020. Considering the gap of around 2 months, it is unlikely that the COVID-19 situation in the country would come under control so soon. This could mean another delay in the NEET 2020 exams. The new date for NEET 2020 is 13th September 2020.
If that happens, it is likely that the NEET 2021 Application Forms could not be released by Nov-Dec 2020. Moreover, the possibility of conducting the JEE Main January 2021 session by NTA will also come at a halt. The dates for a lot of other exams might coincide such as CBSE Boards, NEET (UG), JEE Main and JEE Advanced. This will put pressure on authorities, as well as, hamper the performance of students in respective exams. This is also another reason why NEET 2021 dates might be shifted from the expected dates.
Another reason for this delay could be the inappropriate time for preparation. Most of the students start their preparations from class 11th. Delay in class 10th results and admissions to class 11th have caused a gap in preparations of NEET and other competitive exams. Similarly, students of class 11th and 12th are deprived of classroom education due to closure of schools and coaching institutes amid COVID-19 pandemic. This has deteriorated their preparations for the NEET 2021 examination.
In such a situation, it seems that the best option for NTA would be to postpone the dates for NEET 2021. Another relief that can be provided is a reduction in the NEET Syllabus for students, similar to the revised curriculum of CBSE, that has been released recently.
In another fake news incident, a fake public notice dated 15th June 2020 is circulating on the social media and WhatsApp forwards of parents and students. The alleged notice by NTA says that the NEET (UG) 2020 exam has been postponed till 15th August 2020. Press Information Bureau’s (PIB) Fact Check Twitter handle has tweeted that the notice is fake and not issued by NTA. Along with this, NTA also issued an advisory public notice (given below) acknowledging that a fake public notice is being circulated and that ‘stringent action would be taken against such anti-public elements’.
In the tweet by PIB’s Fact Check Twitter handle, a screenshot of the fake notice is also shared. It is clearly visible that the dates have been changed by someone. The fonts and size of the font are clearly uneven in the picture being circulated, which shows the anti-public element using a photo editing software for misleading the interested stakeholders.
Claim: A whatsapp forward of an alleged public notice by @DG_NTA is doing rounds claiming that NEET- UG has been postponed to august. #PIBFackCheck: It’s #Fake. There is no such advisory on postponing the test. Check your info only from authentic sources https://t.co/w1U5qWRsnD pic.twitter.com/o0WeCYfLKP
— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) June 17, 2020
NTA has stated that the investigation is undergoing to catch the source of this fake notice. Such elements have an intent to misguide candidates, parents and the general public. NTA has clarified that no such decision has been taken. Students and parents must only rely on the official website of NEET (UG) 2020 – ntaneet.nic.in – for all the important updates. NTA’s Twitter page can also be followed for regular updates.
NEET 2020 was postponed by NTA due to COVID-19 pandemic and country-wide lockdown. The topmost medical exam is now scheduled for 26th July 2020 with more than 6,000 exam centres being set up to conduct the exam.
The new dates for NEET 2020 examinations have been announced and the exam will be held on 26th July 2020. Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Union HRD Minister and Education Minister of India, announced the dates in the online live session held on Facebook and Twitter. The session was held for answering queries of students regarding matters relating to exam dates, preparation of exams, the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on students and other similar matters.
NEET 2020 New Dates
Before this, the official notice by NTA proposed the dates for NEET 2020 for the end of May 2020. A few days ago, Mr Pokhriyal said in a statement that the exams will likely be delayed until June 2020. Requests from students regarding dates were to postpone the exams till July-August 2020. Considering the safety of students, NEET 2020 will now be conducted on 26th July 2020. The expected release of NEET 2020 Admit Cards might be around 10 days before the examination date considering the urgency of the situation. Usually, NEET Admit cards are released around a month before the exam. Confirmed dates for NEET Admit Card are yet to be announced by NTA on the official website – ntaneet.nic.in.
How to prepare for NEET 2020 during COVID-19 lockdown?
More than 15 lakh candidates registered for the NEET 2020 examination. Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal suggested some online portals such as Swayam, Diksha Portal, Swayam Prabha, National Digital Library of India (NDLI) to study from home utilising maximum content available online free of cost. Apart from this, he also shared some preparation tips to students such as-
- Start revision once again from NCERT books
- Do not stay too much active on social media
- Attempt free mock tests by NTA
- Make use of social platforms to study
- Solve maximum NEET 2020 sample papers
- Ask questions from your seniors
- Stay updated and take small breaks while studying
Regarding the syllabus of the academic year 2021
Many students posed questions to Mr ‘Nishank’ regarding the syllabus for the academic year 2021. Students have lost more than 3 months of study due to COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown. Mr Pokhriyal said that the academic schedule has been delayed and MHRD has asked central and state boards to address this situation by reducing the syllabus for the commencing academic year 2021. The syllabus will be reduced in proportion to the time period lost for this academic year which in turn will reduce the study pressure on students of the new batch. HRD Minister informed that the syllabus of JEE Main and NEET in the next academic year will be reduced.
Questions raised about 12th Board Examinations
Students were also concerned about the dates for 12th boards examination for CBSE and other boards. Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal has announced that the new dates for board examinations will be announced soon within a day or two. Dates for the remaining 29 board examinations will be decided in accordance with the situation over how severely has COVID-19 affected a particular district. He talked about conducting of board exams in green and orange zones of the country would be suitable for students or not. A bigger question raised here is for students appearing for both 12th boards and NEET in this year as 12th percentage is a deciding factor for admissions to various top institutions of India.
NEET 2020 exam date has been rescheduled for September 13, 2020, as per HRD Minister’s latest tweet. On 17 August, 2020, SC has dismissed all the petitions by students for further rescheduling of NEET exam 2020.
- NTA stated that due to COVID-19 spread, NEET exam will not be conducted outside India this year.
- Though, NTA has increased the total exam centers in India from 2546 to 3843 to conduct the exam successfully.
- NEET exam will be conducted by NTA in 155 cities in India.
Latest Update: NEET Admit Card have been released by NTA.Candidates can download the NEET Admit Card till 13 september, 2020.
NEET 2020 Exam Dates
It is mandatory for all the aspirants to carry NEET 2020 admit card along with declaration and ID proof without which no entry will be permitted in the examination hall. Tabulated below is the summary of all the important NEET 2020 exam dates:
|Application forms release date||2 December 2019|
|Last date to fill the application||9 February 2020|
|Last date to pay the registration fee||9th February 2020|
|NEET 2020 Application form correction window||4th to 20th July, 2020|
|Release of NEET 2020 Admit Card||26 August, 2020|
|NEET 2020 new exam date (Revised)||13 September 2020|
|Release of provisional answer key||Yet to Announce|
|Release of final answer key||Yet to Announce|
|NEET 2020 result||Delayed|
Some Notable Information on NEET 2020 Exam:
- The candidates get the opportunity to make corrections. They could correct their form (if necessary) from 4th to 20th July, 2020.
- The aspirants were also able to correct their preferable exam centers.
- NTA will send a text message to the aspirants, who are going to appear for the exams like JEE Main 2020, NEET 2020, specifically containing the helpline number.
- Intermediate science graduates, who have less than 50% score, are eligible to appear in the entrance exam of NEET 2020. Likewise, the age group, more than 25 years, are also capable to take part in the NEET 2020 entrance exam.
- The aspirants only need to be 17 years old by 31st December, 2020 to apply for the NEET 2020 exam.
- Furthermore, candidates need to sign a self-declaration form if the candidates from Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territories of Ladakh are willing to claim seats via 15% AIQ.
- NTA has been offering both the BDS and MBBS degree for the Medical and Dental coursework program in India to the aspirants since the year 2019.
NEET 2020 Exam Day Schedule
|Last entry in exam hall||1:30 PM|
|Sitting in exam hall||1:15 PM Onwards|
|Announcement of instructions and checking of admit card||1:30-1:45 PM|
|Distribution of test booklets||1:45 PM|
|Writing particulars on test booklet by candidates||01:50 PM|
|Test Commences||02:00 PM|
|Test Concludes||05:00 PM|
|Declaration of Results||Delayed (To be announced)|
|Material to be brought on examination day||Admit Card and Passport size photograph|
|Rough Work||To be done in the Test Booklet only. Candidates cannot do any rough work or put a stray mark on the machine gradable Answer Sheet.|
|Use of Blue/Black Ball Point Pen only||Pen will be provided at the center for writing of particulars on the Test Booklet and responses on the Answer Sheet|
Exam Day Guidelines of NEET 2020
- The aspirants should reach the exam hall at least an hour before starting the exam. They will not get the permission to enter the hall after 1.30 PM.
- Candidates should carry the important documents to carry on NEET Exam Day to avoid any hassle before the examination.
- Candidates should abide by the NEET exam day instructions, guidelines and rules.
- Aspirants must not carry barred items to the exam center.
- It is advised to the aspirants to follow the dress code to appear in the NEET UG 2020 Examination.
- Additionally, in case of wearing customary dress, the aspirants are advised to report to the allotted examination hall within 12.30 PM (maximum).
- Similarly, if the aspirants are caught with any unfair means or if they breach the code of conduct of NEET Exam, then they might be debarred from the exam (if required).
Kindly note down that within the projected timeline, if the aspirants will not claim their seats, the seat will be allotted to the next aspirants, who are next on the waiting list. As a result, those candidates will not get the permission to attend the final round of counselling.
NEET 2020 Registration and Admit Card Date
NEET 2020 Registration began from December 2, 2019 to February 9, 2020 (closed). Successful registration is the only way of appearing in the NEET 2020 exam. The candidates should keep all the required documents including the admit card in one place prior to the NEET exam date, so that they do not forget to carry them to the exam hall.
|Release of Official NEET Application Form 2020||December 2, 2019|
|First day of NEET Registration 2020||February 3, 2020|
|Last day of NEET Registration 2020||February 9, 2020|
|NEET Form Correction Window||Opened till 20th July, 2020 ( now closed)|
|NEET 2020 Admit Card ( Released)||26 August, 2020|
NEET 2020 admit card of the aspirants contains roll number, name of the candidates, name of parents, date of birth, photograph and signature, address of the exam centre, reporting time and exam date etc.
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NEET 2020 Application Form Date and Process
The NEET 2020 Application process has started from December 2, 2019. You will be able to fill NEET 2020 application form only online. No offline application form will be accepted.
All aspirants are required to ensure their eligibility criteria before applying for NEET 2020. Following are the steps for filling online application form:
- Visit the NEET official website @ntaneet.nic.in.
- Hit the ‘Apply Online’ link on the home page. Read About NEET Login
- Fill all the necessary details like name, contact, domicile and qualification.
- Upload the scanned images (signature, photograph) in the jpeg format prescribed.
- Make the fee payment online or offline.
- On successful payment, acknowledgment slip will be generated. Save it for future reference and record.
Note: It is mandatory for Indian citizens to provide an Aadhar card in the Application form.
NEET 2020 Correction Window
NTA has reopened the correction window till 20th July, 2020. In order to get the access of the NEET 2020 correction window, the aspirants are required to first visit the official website that is ntaneet.nic.in and then need to provide the application number and password. Hence, you can login to your account and can modify the application form (if required). You are advised to check the form carefully before you submit the final form, otherwise you will not be able to modify it later.
|Event||NEET Exam Dates|
|Start date of NEET 2020 correction window||4th July 2020|
|End date of NEET 2020 correction window||20th July 2020|
NEET 2020 Answer Key
The National Testing Agency will release the NEET 2020 Answer Key. The answer key of NEET 2020 will be published in two phases. In the first phase, NTA will release the provisional NEET 2020 answer key. After that the aspirants can challenge the answer key (if they feel, any answer is incorrect). If the objection is valid, NEET provisional answer will be revised by NTA key after incorporating the changes.
In the second phase, the final NEET 2020 answer key will be released by the NEET authority. Apart from the official answer key release, many coaching centers publish the unofficial answer key on their websites.The unofficial answer key will be released within a few days of completing the NEET.
NEET 2020 Result
It can be expected that the NEET 2020 result will be published in the month of October by NTA. The candidates can check the result to the official website. You can download the result from their official website, by following the same process. NTA will not send the NEET 2020 result to the aspirants through post. The NEET 2020 result will be accompanied by the publication of the final answer key.
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NEET 2020 Counselling Dates
NEET Counselling process allows candidates to opt seats in their preferred NEET score accepting institutes or colleges. This process is expected to start after the declaration of NEET results.
- NEET cut off will be published along with NEET 2020 result.
- The interested candidates, who are willing to attend All India Quota (AIQ) Counselling process, should register themselves for two rounds of online counselling processes.
- Seat allocation will be completed based on the category of the candidates, NEET 2020 cutoff and rank of the aspirants.
- To participate in the state counselling process, the candidates should enrol their names in the State Quota process.
|NEET 2020 Result Declaration||Yet To Announce|
|First round of NEET Counselling for AIQ, Deemed, CI||Yet To Announce|
|Last date of joining after first round of counselling for AIQ, Deemed, CI||Yet To Announce|
|Second round of NEET Counselling for AIQ, Deemed, CI||Yet To Announce|
|Last date of joining after second round of counselling for AIQ, Deemed, CI||Yet To Announce|
|Mop up round of NEET Counselling for Deemed, CI||Yet To Announce|
|Last date of joining after mop up round in deemed, CI||Yet To Announce|
Note: The aspirants need to claim their seats within the mentioned timeline, otherwise it will be allotted to the next deserving candidates (from the waiting list). Additionally, the counselling process for the students will not be conducted again.
Check the NEET 2020 Participating Colleges for Counselling Process
Since NEET 2020 exam is around the corner, the aspirants are advised to use this time to solve NEET Sample Papers.
NEET Exam Dates Frequently Asked Questions
Ans: NEET 2020 Examination will be held on 13 September, 2020 .
Ans. NTA has postponed NEET 2020 exam date further to September 13, due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Ans. NEET 2021 exam might be held in the month of May, 2021 (tentative).
Ans. NEET 2020 result will be declared in the second week of October (tentative).
Ans: The application form has been released from 2nd December, 2019.
Ans: Last date to submit the application form was 9 February, 2020.
Ans: The first round of NEET 2020 counselling is expected to begin from 2nd week of october 2020.
Ans: The state counselling of NEET 2020 will begin immediately after the completion of All India counselling.
Answer: The number of applicants will rise every year, so the cut off will also increase that is why the exam gets tougher. But you will crack the exam easily just completing all the chapters of physics, chemistry or biology in NCERT.
Ans: NEET 2020 admit card has been released by NTA and is available for download till 13 september, 2020.
Answer: Yes, The preparation tips of NEET are as following:
- Solve previous year question paper
- Read all the chapters of NCERT
- Revise the formulae and important equations
Ans: Yes, candidates are advised to preserve the admit card till the admission process. NEET Admit call will also be required in the counselling process.
Answer: No, you can’t give the exam before 17. Because the candidates should have attained a minimum 17 years of age on or before 31st December at the time of admission. The maximum age limit for candidates is 25 years (General and OBC category) and 30 years (reserved categories).
Answer: Eligibility for General is 50% and for SC/ST/OBC it is 40%. Percentage and percentile are different. NEET qualifying percentile is 40 means 105 marks out of 720 for SC/ST. In General, it is 50 percentile which means 130 marks out of 720.
Ans: Candidate can check the result on official website:- ntaneet.nic.in/ntaneet/welcome.aspx.