Due to Cyclone Fani NEET has been postponed in Odisha

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) has been postponed in Odisha, due to Cyclone Fani, according to NDTV report. The new dates will be announced soon. An official communique said, “NEET examination scheduled for May 5, 2019 in Odisha postponed as per the request of State Government working on relief and rehabilitation work in the wake of #FaniCyclone. Revised dates for the exam in Odisha will be announced soon.”

Earlier, the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) Goa president, Ahraz Mulla had written a letter to the President, Prime Minister and Union HRD ministry — requesting them to postpone NEET exam, in view of difficulties faced by the students due to Cyclone Fani in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. “The students have dedicated 2 years to clear this test, but due to the cyclone it would not be right to conduct this test for the entire country considering the fact that it is an All India Exam with admission based on merit,” the letter said. On May 3, the same day the Cyclone took its toll on the eastern State, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) cancelled the postgraduate entrance exam scheduled for May 5. As per the AIIMS statement, the exam in Bhubaneswar centre has been postponed till further orders.

NEET, formerly the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) is an entrance examination in India for students who wish to study graduate and postgraduate medical courses (MBBS, MD, MS) and dental courses (BDS, MDS) in government or private medical colleges and dental colleges in India.

The undergraduate NEET (UG), for MBBS and BDS courses, is currently held by the National Testing Agency (NTA), which provides the results to the Directorate General of Health Services at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Prior to 2019, the test was administered by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in partnership with Prometric Testing Pvt Ltd headquartered in the US. NEET-UG replaced the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and all individual MBBS examinations held by states or colleges themselves in 2013. However, many colleges and institutes had taken a stay order and conducted private examinations for admission to their MBBS and BDS courses. Last NEET-UG was held on 6 May, 2018 and results were declared on 4 June of the same year.

NEET-UG is a single entrance test for admissions to more than 66,000 MBBS and BDS seats across India. In 2018 NEET examination, around 80% of the candidates wrote the exam in English, 11% in Hindi, 4.31% in Gujarati, 3% in Bengali and 1.86% in Tamil. Undergraduate courses at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) are outside the NEET’s purview, as these institutes were set up by separate laws.

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