On Thursday, National Board of Exams (NBE) confirmed that it would be conducting NEET-SS 2018 on a computer-based platform in June 2018 in a single session.
As per directions from Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, a candidate can choose a maximum of two super specialty courses for which his/her broad specialty qualification is eligible, at the time of online submission of the application form.
The patter of exam will have 40% of the questions shall be from the feeder broad specialty course and the remaining 60% shall be form the super specialty course selected by the candidate at the time online submission of application form.
The NBE may also club super specialties in which the number of seats offered are less, and further details shall be notified in due course.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) earlier released an official notification that said the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test Under Graduate (NEET-UG) 2018) will be conducted on May 6. The candidates can check the update in the official website cbseneet.nic.in. NEET is the common medical entrance test for the students to admit in MBBS and BDS courses.
Earlier, the CBSE released a notification confirming that the syllabus of NEET 2018 remain unchanged and the syllabus is exactly the same it was for the previous NEET after reports of change in syllabus was doing rounds.
"The syllabus of NEET (UG) 2018 will be exactly same as it was for NEET (UG) 2017. There is no change in the syllabus of NEET (UG) 2018," the official release said.
Last year, there were widespread protests across Tamil Nadu against the medical entrance test following the suicide of medical student aspirant Anitha from Ariyalur district, who was a class XII topper.
Since 2007, Tamil Nadu had been admitting students in the MBBS course solely on the basis of Class XII marks. Though the Central government introduced NEET last year, the Tamil Nadu government had sought an exemption and the Legislative Assembly had passed amendments to continue the existing practice in medical college admissions for this academic year as well.
On August 13, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the Centre would exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET for a year, but the Centre changed its stand in the SC.
Then on August 23, through the example of Tamil Nadu, the SC made it amply clear that all states will have to adhere to the rules regarding the common medical entrance exam. The Apex Court stated that students in Tamil Nadu will have to follow the NEET–based route for counselling and subsequent admission to medical colleges.