1st NEET to be held on May 12 next year

PANAJI: The government has finalised May 12, 2013 as the day for conducting the first National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (Undergraduate) NEET in the state, for the students desiring to seek admission to degree course in medicine and dentistry.

The result of this test to be conducted in physics, chemistry and biology subjects will be declared in the second week of June 2013.

The NEET (UG) will replace the Goa Common Entrance Test and would be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi as per the Supreme Court directive. The students appearing for this test, based on the merit, will be able to receive admission in any medical and dental college around the country, including those colleges affiliated to deemed universities and charging the capitation fees, with the exception of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry, which have their own entrance examinations being autonomous institutions.

The scheduled date for the particular test will not be altered, even if the particular day becomes a public holiday.

Coming out with this information, the Health Minister, Mr Laxmikant Parsekar, told the presspersons on Tuesday that the HSSC examination conducted by the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education will be the qualifying examination for NEET (UG), and a Goan student, in the general category must obtain a minimum of 50 per cent marks in this exam for being eligible to seek admission to medical and dentistry courses, through the NEET (UG). "For physically handicapped students, the minimum required percentage at the HSSC examination is 45 per cent, while for those in the ST/ SC/ OBC categories, it should be 40 per cent," he noted.

Speaking further, the Health Minister said that the state quota of 85 per cent of the seats, as against 15 per cent of all India quota would remain same, with the domicile required under state quota remaining unchanged. He also informed that presently Panaji is the only centre allowed for the Goa state to conduct the NEET (UG) examination; however, the government is trying to seek another centre in South Goa, at Margao. It was further informed that the syllabus for the NEET (UG) will include portion from classes XI as well as XII, and the additional sub-topics in the syllabus would be made available to the students by the Goa Board, in the form of notes.

Informing about the application process to be followed for the NEET (UG), Mr Parsekar said that the admission period with normal fees for the May 2013 test is from December 1 to 31, 2012, while with first late fees it is from January 1 to 15, 2013, and with second late fees it has been fixed from January 16 to 31, 2013. "The fee for general category as well as OBC students is Rs 1,000, while for physically handicapped students as well as those under the SC and ST category it is Rs 550," he mentioned, noting that the fees are non-refundable.

The application process is online and payment of fees will be through debit or credit card on bank challan.

The Health Minister also said that the examination process would be videographed and unfair means would be dealt with serious action. "The entire examination process will be transparent and the answer sheets of each student will be uploaded on the CBSE – www.cbseneet.nic.in – website," he stated. It was also informed that the test would be conducted from 10 a. m to 1 p. m. with 180 objective questions on the question paper as designed by the Medical Council of India, and the assessment pattern will have 4 marks for every correct question, while minus one mark for every wrong answer as well as for more than one answers for a question. The sample question paper will be soon uploaded on the website. The students will be provided with the question paper and special pen during the examination.