New Delhi: Just a month after its announcement the central government's decision of conducting the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) online twice a year, the government has rolled back its decision. As of now, the exams will continue as an annual pen-and-paper test, at least till 2019.
The Ministry of HRD is likely to defer the changes in the NEET's conduct after the influence by the Health Ministry which believes that an online test will become a disadvantage for rural and economically poor aspirants.
Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar announced a month back that NEET and JEE Mains, which are the two national level engineering and medical entrance examinations, will be held twice a year from 2019 and National Testing Agency (NTA) instead of CBSE would conduct it.
According to the sources, the Health Ministry wrote a letter to the Ministry of HRD where it mentioned the problems that it anticipates, if Javadekar’s announcement comes into action. Also Read: NEET, JEE Mains to be held twice a year from 2019 Besides, the Health Ministry is also not in support of the examination calendar announced for the NEET. The letter says, "The NTA would conduct exam in Febuary and May and class 12 students will appear in the Board exams during February-March period. This will put more pressure on students as there will be continuous period of 4-5 months of exams."
The letter also mentions that the NTA needs a large question bank, if it follows the proposed examination system. As the coaching centres keep record of questions by fielding dummy candidates in every session, the question bank deplete soon, the letter states. Also Read: Indian Railway announces exam special trains for candidates According to the Health Ministry, it was not consulted with them before Javadekar announced the new system.
Now the Health and HRD Ministry had a meeting regarding this. However, it is yet to be officially approved by the latter.