The National Testing Agency (NTA) has written to the Union health ministry asking if the National Income and Eligibility Test (NEET) for admissions to medical and dental schools could be done online twice a year. NEET is currently held once a year and was taken this year by 1.3 million.
“Students are subjected to an immense amount of stress preparing for these highly competitive exams. If the test can be done more than once a year, it would greatly decrease the pressure on them, ”said an official.
Officials said any such move will require approval from the ministry. “For NEET, the NTA is just the body conducting the exam,” said the official quoted above. “The decision to take the test twice would bring relief to students. However, these days it is not easy to make a pen and paper twice as it requires much larger arrangements. The NTA has also suggested that the possibility of keeping it in online mode could be considered. “
The joint entrance examination for admissions to engineering universities will be held online four times in 2021.