NEET 2019: As earlier planned, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-UG (NEETUG) might not be conducted twice from the next year on. Further, the proposal of the health ministry to carry on with the offline mode of the exam till 2019 is being discussed by Human Resources Development (HRD). However, the HRD ministry is likely to take a decision by next week.

It must be noted that last month, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar announced that the national level engineering and medical entrance examinations – JEE Main and NEET – will be conducted twice a year from 2019 in online mode and the best score will be considered for admission.

Addressing a press conference, Javadekar stated that the newly formed examination conducting agency National Testing Agency (NTA) will hold the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main and National Eligibility cum Entrance Examination (NEET), UGC NET and CMAT exams. At present, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is responsible for organising JEE Mains and NEET examinations. “NTA will establish a network of test practice centres for students of rural areas so that everyone will have an opportunity to practice before the exam. Schools/engineering colleges with computer centres would be identified and kept open on Saturday/Sunday starting from 3rd week of August. Any student can use the facility free of charge,” a press release by the ministry said.

“These examinations will be conducted on multiple dates. National level engineering examination JEE Main will be held in January and April while medical entrance examination NEET will be conducted in February and May,” Javadekar added.