NIOS students not eligible in NEET

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has released the NEET notification 2018 today. National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) which is to be conducted for admission to medical and dental courses in India, will be held on May 6, 2018. The NEET eligibility criteria has been revised.

The Union Ministry of Health And Family Welfare had told earlier that a decision had been taken in favour of open students after MHRD opposed the move. Although the grounds on which Open Board and the Private candidate has been debarred from the only medical entrance exam is not too firm. Medical Council of India has evaluated that the students of the respective Board are not at par with the regular school student. The Council further justifies its decision by stating that the curriculum of NIOS lacks practical education.  However in the year 2012, it was MCI itself which included the Board.

HRD Ministry has told the Health Ministry that the MCI order was against the government policy on equal learning and career opportunities for open school students.

“Candidates who have passed 10+2 from Open Schools or as Private candidates shall not be eligible to appear for National Eligibility-cumEntrance Test-UG,” said the notification.

“Furthermore, study of Biology/Bio-technology as an Additional Subject at 10+2 level also shall not be permissible,” said the notification.

The criteria for NEET eligibility is that a regular student should pass the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology and English individually. The student must have also obtained a minimum of 50% marks taken together in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Bio-technology at the qualifying examination.

More than 2 lakh students appear for National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) class 12 exams. Apart from this, Open School bodies in states are also conduct examinations for class 12 students. The changed NEET eligibility has shattered hopes for a lot of students.

NEET 2018 application process is set to start from today and it will go on till March 9, 2018.

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