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The exam date of NEET 2021 is still elusive. While NTA decides the date for NEET UG exam, a number of important announcements have been made in the past few days over board exam dates and other entrance exam dates. Directly or indirectly they impact the schedule of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test. Here is a compilation of the important dates announced recently and according to these latest updates, whether NEET 2021 will be twice in May-June, June-July, or once in June/July.
Latest News on NEET 2021 Exam Date
As per latest reports, NTA is still deciding the date for NEET UG 2021 exam. Though it is decided that the NEET syllabus will not change. The exam date will be announced after finalization of all aspects of the exam. In all likelihood, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (Education Minister) will make the announcement over his twitter channel.
The recently announced exam dates of board exams and entrance exams will also play an important role in the decision of NTA NEET UG 2021 exam date.
Board Exams 2021 Dates Announced
- CBSE date sheet 2021 key dates have been announced. Board exams for CBSE will be held from 04 May 2021 to 10 Jun 2021.
- Maharashtra HSC exams will be held after 15 April 2021, and SSC exams after 01 May 2021.
- Assam HSLC and HS exams 2021 will be held from 11 May 2021.
NEET 2021 exam date can be twice or more than that to avoid clash with board exams: NTA cannot conduct NEET exam when board exams are going on. But this time board exams for almost different boards will happen on very different timelines – Some in March, some in April, others in May and June. If NTA has to avoid a clash with all board exam dates, then no date will be left! Therefore there are high chances that like JEE Mains, NTA will also hold NEET 2021 on multiple dates – at least two times or three times.
Entrance Exams 2021 Dates Announced
- JEE Main 2021 exam dates are out. The exam will be held 4 times. (1) 23 to 26 Feb 2021, (2) 15 to 18 Mar 2021, (3) 27 to 30 Apr 2021, (4) 24 to 28 May 2021.
- AILET 2021 will be held on 02 May, and CLAT 2021 will be held on 09 May.
- Dates of a number of other entrance exams have also been announced. However they will not impact the date of NEET 2021.
Probable NEET 2021 Exam Dates
These are the probable exam dates for NEET UG 2021 (one or more of them)
- 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May 2021
- 6, 13, 20, 27 Jun 2021
- 4, 11, 18, 25 July 2021
But, because CBSE board exams will be held from 4th May to 10th June, therefore there are less chances of the exam happening before that. Also, the exam cannot be delayed by too long because then the admissions to MBBS courses cannot be done as per NMC guidelines.
Therefore most likely dates are
- 13, 20, 27 Jun 2021
- 4, 11 July 2021
Dr. Amit Gupta, a popular name among medical aspirants recently tweeted the dates he thinks are most probable for NEET.
NEET 2021 not on 2nd May?
As you can see the AILET exam is on 2nd May. Every year NTA conducts NEET exam on the first Sunday in the month of May. Therefore the most probable date for NEET UG is/was 2nd May 2021. Now AILET is usually not considered while deciding NEET exam dates, therefore 2nd May will not be ruled out just because it is clashing with AILET. In fact if NTA decides NEET date to be 2nd May, then NLU Delhi will probably change its exam date.
However even then, 2nd May is now a less likely date for NEET 2021 because it will clash with CBSE and other board exams. Nevertheless, if NTA decides to conduct NEET twice or thrice, or four times, then 2nd May could be a date.
Will NEET 2021 be conducted twice?
Ever since NTA announced that it will hold JEE Mains four times, netizens have flooded requests to hold NEET also multiple times.
However NEET aspirants on social media are demanding that the exam be held two times, and not four.
Whether NTA and other bodies concerned will do it or not is completely upto them. As of now they have not given any official statement on whether the exam will be held twice.
However, like mentioned above, the biggest reason why NEET UG 2021 could be twice at least is because this time all boards will hold class 12 exams on different dates. And if NEET exam is on any single date, students of that board will be affected where dates clash with their board exams. So there are high chances for NEET to be held two times at least.
Students Seek Clarity on NEET 2021 Application Form Release Date Also
Around 15 lakh students are preparing for the upcoming NEET exam. All of them are waiting for the application form the exam to release.
Going by past year trends, the registration should have started in December. However December came and went, and now the first week of January is also past but still there is no sign of NEET application form 2021. Students are demanding through social media, and by trying to reach out to the concerned officials by various means, to clarify when the application form will be available.
NTA released the application form of JEE Main 2021 on December 16. For the first session of the exam, last date to apply is January 16. After that the form for next sessions will be made available for a few days after results of the previous session each time.
Medical aspirants are requesting NTA and Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal to also release applications for NEET, like it has been done for JEE.
It is expected that NEET 2021 application form will be available this month at the official website ntaneet.nic.in.