NEET 2018 now mandatory to pursue medicine abroad, quick look at all the changes implemented this year in NEET
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, NEET 2018 online applications have now started on cbseneet.nic.in. This year, Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE in accordance with the rules set by the Medical Council of India, MCI and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have made certain changes in the NEET eligibility and scope. Among the many which include upper age limit and barring of students from open schools to appear in NEET, the examination has also been made mandatory for applying for MBBS/BDS admissions abroad. That is, students planning to study medicine from medical colleges in China, Russia, etc. are required to qualify the NEET 2018 examinations. Check out all the changes made and implemented from this year in NEET 2018.
Please note, these changes have been confirmed in the information bulletin released by CBSE on the official website cbseneet.nic.in. NEET 2018 notification was released on February 8, 2018 late at night. After a lot of speculation regarding the concerns, the notification has clearly stipulated the following changes. They are listed below for candidates planning to pursue medicine as a career.
NEET mandatory for students planning to study medicine abroad
s per the official notification (Page 2, point 13 under Important notes), NEET 2018 is now mandatory for students planning to study MBBS or BDS courses from universities/ medical colleges abroad. Till last year, students were required to seek a permission note which required a confirmation of eligibility. This permission or license to pursue medicine courses from abroad is now subject to a student having qualified NEET. Please note, qualifying NEET required a minimum of 50% in the examination and does not relate to procuring a rank in the examination. Students are hence advised to fill the NEET 2018 online application forms. For details, they can contact the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, which has mandated the examination as a necessary qualifier. Earlier news had suggested this as a high possibility. All are advised to note that it is now mandatory. Related News | NEET 2018 online forms on Feb 8, Reports suggest NEET likely to be made mandatory to study medicine abroad
Upper age limit of 25 years for general category students and 30 for reserved categories
After much speculation, CBSE has confirmed that students who are planning to appear in the examinations are required to be either 25 years or below on the date of the examination, which is May 6, 2018. Please note, the upper age limit is set for 30 years for reserved categories. The rule implies that the students who are appearing in NEET should not have been born on or after May 7, 1993. Also, for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and Physically Handicapped, the date of birth should be either May 7, 1988 or later. The lower age limit for all students remains the same at 17 years calculated on December 31 or the year of examination which is 2018.
Students who have passed 10+2 from open school or as private candidates are barred from NEET
Students who have completed their qualifying examination in Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Biotechnology and English from open schools or as private candidates are not eligible to appear in NEET. As per the clear directions, only students who have completed 2 years of regular and continuous study of Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Biotechnology in their 10+2 classes are eligible to apply. Added to the proviso is that students must have studied Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Biotechnology as regular subjects. Students who have studied biology/biotechnology as an additional subject are not eligible to apply. The required of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology combined and individual passing marks in all three and English subject at qualifying level are mandatory.
Urdu included as a medium of instruction for NEET 2018
CBSE has included Urdu as a language option for students. The language as a medium of instruction would be available at all the examination centres. Please note, all students should carefully go through the regional language clause as not all languages would be available across the examination centres. In total NEET 2018 would be conducted in English, Hindi, Urdu and 8 other regional languages of Assamese, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Kannada and Oriya. This clause is explained in detail in NEET 2018 to be conducted in Urdu along with English, Hindi and 8 other regional languages
Cap on number of attempts for NEET removed
Last year, CBSE had placed a cap of maximum three attempts for NEET examination. For computational purposes, NEET 2017 examination was to be considered as the first attempt. However, with the implementation of the upper age limit, there is now no clause regarding the cap on the number of attempts. In effect, the number of attempts for NEET 2018 has now increased to about 8 (with 17 years as lower age limit and 25 years as upper age limit). The number of attempts for reserved category accordingly is about 13. This, however, is subject to the candidates' age at the time of the examination.
All students planning to apply for NEET 2018 are advised to carefully go through the information bulletin before filling the online application form. While CBSE would allow candidates to make a few corrections, there are a few details that cannot be changed. Also, candidates can apply for NEET 2018 only once. The online application forms for NEET 2018 close on March 9, 2018.