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The currently prevailing situation in the nation due to COVID-19 is changing the face of education system this year. With so many exams being cancelled or postponed, the safety of students has become the priority for conducting authorities. Taking these points into consideration, the National Testing Agency (NTA), the conducting authority of NEET has reportedly been advised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to review the current situation.
Following this decision, educationalists are speculating that there are chances of NEET getting cancelled or postponed this year. Where some parents and students are looking forward to the postponement or cancellation, there are some who are not happy with the might-be decision. In any case, it is important for you to understand how the cancellation of NEET will affect you. Let’s find out the answer to this question from a 360° point of view.
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With the rising of Coronavirus cases across the nation, many parents, students and educationalists are looking forward to the cancellation of NEET 2020. Speculations of the exam being cancelled came out when MHRD reportedly advised NTA to review the situation. Now it is too early to say what might happen but one thing that is clear is the MHRD will be prioritising students’ safety over the conduction of the exam.
How will NEET Cancellation Affect Students?
NEET is one of the most popular medical exams in India. It is a gateway to medicine courses at the top government/ private medical colleges in the country. Students begin their preparation for the NEET exam well in advance. Now if NEET gets cancelled, the rigorous preparation of these students will go into vain. Some students may not be very happy with the alternatives for medical admission process and may go into depression.
What will the Impact of NEET 2020 Postponement have on Students?
While the postponement of NEET 2020 may be good news to some students, it can even have a negative impact on others. Students who were not done with their preparations and were looking for more time will find the postponement of NEET helpful. But, those who are looking forward to appearing in the exam might lose their interest in the preparation, consequently in the exam. This can influence students in a negative direction.
Also Read: NEET to be Abolished?
How will the Cancellation of NEET 2020 Affect MBBS/ BDS Admission Process?
It goes without saying that the admission process for MBBSand BDS courses will be affected if NEET 2020 gets cancelled. With NEET being the only way to MBBS/ BDS courses in India, cancelling an examination with such large participating population will have a huge impact. Now more than ever, this nation cannot afford to lose a batch of doctors over an exam. So, the conducting authority and MHRD is most likely to look for alternative ways to the admissions.
How Will MBBS or BDS Admission/ Counselling Process Take Place if NEET is Cancelled?
On the alleged cancellation of NEET 2020, experts are asking for alternatives as in many educationalists opinion, this may not be a good idea. So now the question arises, “If not NEET then what?” To answer the question, there are no official alternatives that have been declared yet. But should there be a situation of NEET cancellation, the following ways may be adopted for admission to medical courses.
Merit-based Admissions: If an entrance exam is cancelled, there could be the possibilities of offering admissions based on candidates’ performance in the previously acquired education. For now, these are all just speculations but if this happens, many students may go into depression if they are not satisfied with their previous performances.
Will NTA Conduct Online Exam for NEET 2020?
Online Exam for NEET 2020:Upon hearing about the cancellation of the exam, many students have been wondering if NTA will conduct an online exam for NEET 2020. We know that every year, lakhs of students participate in this pen-paper-based examination which is the only exam for BDS and MBBS admissions in India. A large number of students travel from their areas to cities for appearing in the exam. This may increase their chances of exposing themselves as well as others to the risk of infection. In such a case, experts are advising on both online and offline mode of examination.
Other Medical Courses for Admission 2020
In these times of uncertainty, anticipating what might happen is like a shot in the dark. So now the question arises, "What should I do and what other medical courses are available?' To answer this question, it is always smart to look for alternatives and take action. There are so many ways through which you can take admissions to medical courses. You can look for alternative medical courses with promising career opportunities in the health care sector. You can also go for other ways to get admission to these courses than national-level entrance exams. One of the top options for you would be filling out the Common Application Form. Once you have filled the form entering all of your preferences, an education expert will be assigned to you to guide you through the entire admission process for the medical course of your choice.
Hope the above-mentioned information helped you clear your doubts about what's to come. Should there be any official announcement about the same, it will be updated here on CollegeDekho. Stay tuned.