In a first, medical entrance exam NEET-UG will be conducted in 13 languages with Punjabi and Malayalam being the new additions, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced on Tuesday.
He also said that a new exam centre for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) has been opened in Kuwait to facilitate the Indian student community in the Middle East.
'Registrations for the NEET(UG) 2021 has started on http://ntaneet.nic.in from 5.00 pm today. For the first time in the history of NEET(UG) exam and in order to facilitate the Indian student community in the middle east, an examination centre has been opened in Kuwait,' he tweeted.
'The NEET(UG) 2021 will be for the first time conducted in 13 languages with new addition of Punjabi and Malayalam,' Pradhan said.
The languages which are now being offered are Hindi, Punjabi, Assamese, Bengali, Odia, Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Urdu and English, he said.
The minister had on Monday announced that the NEET which was earlier scheduled on August 1 will now be conducted on September 12.
The number of cities where examination is conducted will be increased from 155 to 198.
The number of examination centres will also be increased from 3,862 used in the 2020.
Last year, it was conducted on September 13 amid strict precautions in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A total of 13.66 lakh candidates had appeared in the exam of whom 7,71,500 qualified.
NEET-Postgraduate exam to be held on Sep 11
The NEET postgraduate exam will be held on September 11, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced on Tuesday.
In view of a spike in COVID-19 cases, the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test-Post Graduate (NEET-PG) which was scheduled to be held on April 18 was postponed.
'We have decided to conduct #NEET Postgraduate exam on 11th September, 2021. My best wishes to young medical aspirants!' the minister tweeted.
On Monday, the Centre announced that the NEET-Under Graduate (UG) 2021 will be held on September 12 across the country while following COVID-19 protocols.
The National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences (NBEMS) in a notice said according to the announcement made today by the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, 'the NEET-PG 2021 has been rescheduled to be held on 11th September 2021'.
'The examination shall be conducted in the morning session, from 09:00 am to 12:30 pm,' it said.
The notice said 1,75,063 applications have been registered for NEET-PG this year and added that admit cards issued earlier for the examination on April 18 will be treated as 'null and void'.
Fresh admit cards shall be issued to already registered candidates, schedule for which shall be notified on NBEMS website.
In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NBEMS has increased the number of test cities and centres for the NEET-PG 2021.
The test will be held in more than 260 cities at around 800 centres.
Candidates will be provided with protective face shield, face mask and sanitiser sachets at the test centres.
The NBEMS will ensure Covid appropriate behaviour is followed at all times during the conduct of the test, the notice said.
'Candidates are advised to refer to the NBEMS notice dated April 9 for detailed instructions regarding adherence to Covid appropriate behaviour at test centres,' it said.