NEET 2020 in Single Shift on Same Day – No Exam Centres Abroad

NEET 2020 in Single Shift on Same Day - No Exam Centres Abroad
NEET 2020 in Single Shift on Same Day - No Exam Centres Abroad

NEET 2020 in Single Shift on Same Day – No Exam Centres Abroad. In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has clarified that it is not possible to provide exam centres abroad in Gulf countries for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, or NEET 2020. NTA has also said that the national-level medical entrance test has to be held in a single shift at the same time, to maintain uniformity.

The affidavit was filed part of a court case filed by parents of students residing in Doha, Qatar, who had applied for NEET 2020. The parents’ plea was earlier dismissed by the Kerala High Court Justices L. Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta, and S. Ravindra Bhat.

The petition filed mentioned assigning the test centres in Gulf countries. Standing by the HC decision, NTA responded that the “the examination, in the present format, have been successfully conducted in the previous years i.e. 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and, therefore, the Hon’ble High Court has rightly held that the same shall be permitted to be continued in the same format for the current year as well.”

NTA has also consulted MCI i.e. Medical Council of India to explore the feasibility of holding the exam online for students from outside India. However, MCI has said that NEET 2020 exam is to be conducted through Multiple Choice Questions in paper book format given to all candidates and, uniformity has to be maintained for all candidates. Therefore, holding the exam online is not feasible.

National Test Agency has also cited logistical challenges that may hamper holding of NEET 2020 exam at overseas exam centres. In the affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, NTA has stated that “Further, the question papers and other exam materials are to be transported from NTA headquarters to a large number of examination centres in various cities, which would require meticulous planning for safe and secure delivery of the same at the examination centres on time.”

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