HRD has announced new changes for NEET (UG) 2019. From 2019 onwards NEET (UG) aspiring students will be able to take NEET (UG) twice a year, in the month of February and May.
|Test Between February 2 – February 17, 2019||Result: First week of May|
|Test Between May 12 – May 26, 2019||Result: First week of June|
This is a long overdue action from our education ministry, as this will affect the way competitive exams are conducted in India for good. The move will have an impact the way the all the aspiring students prepare for the exam. Here is the list of important points to know about the new changes for NEET (UG) 2019:
- NEET will be conducted by newly formed NATIONAL TESTING AGENCY (NTA).
- The exams will be completely online computer based and will be conducted on a span of multiple days.
- Students will have the choice to opt for appearing in either of the months or both and the best of the scores will be considered for counselling and admissions to medical colleges.
- The first registration for NEET will open in October. The students will also be able to choose the dates and centres according to their convenience to take the tests on.
- There are no changes in the syllabus, question formats, languages and fees for the exam.
To help the students further, NTA will provide computer-based test modules for practice through dedicated centers especially for students who do not have personal computers especially in rural areas, and free test downloads to get students acclimatize to the new system from August 2018 onwards.
The new change is a sweet surprise for all the droppers, as they will now have two chances in the same year. Students walking the fine line between managing boards and NEET preparation should be keep the following points in mind:
- Do Not Panic
Students who are in class 12th, rather than worrying about course completion, practicing and other things, keep calm. All you need to do is re-work on the time table. Things can be a little tight scheduled but see the February attempt as litmus test. In case you do not fare well in the first attempt, you already know the real test pattern and are better prepared for the second attempt.
- Choose Your Dates Carefully
If you are confused about choosing the months to appear for the dates, the first thing to do is a Self-Analysis. This will help you to know your strengths and weaknesses. Even if you plan to be May ready, take the February test nonetheless. The February attempt will help you to get accustomed to the real test. Besides, the attempt will not only help you with anxiety of appearing for the test, but will also reflect where you rank nationally.
- Do Not Forget The Boards
In all this preparation chaos, do not forget to study for your school boards. Schedule the time table accordingly. Plan the dates and prepare accordingly. Even though, your marks in Boards do not affect your rank, but you need a cumulative of 50% (PCB) for NEET to become eligible for NEET.
- Choose Your Coaching Institutes Carefully
If you spend lot of time on travelling to coaching centres, see if you can opt for their online courses. Online preparation has huge advantage on saving time, which you can spend on revising, studying or on some re-creational activities.
- Mock Tests are Your Best Friends
If you do not have enough time to practice the concepts, just take lot of mock tests, as the mistakes will help you to remember the concepts in a better way. You can opt for mock series given by different websites to practice and learn.
The new change is definitely a boon for all the NEET aspiring candidates. By making the tests completely online, the HRD has shot two birds with one arrow, they have not only made the tests more student friendly, but by making it completely online they have assured the tests are also leak-proof. You have the huge opportunity to appear for the desired test as a litmus test and prepare yourself accordingly for the second one. Not everyone gets a second chance, so make most of it! All the best