NEET 2021 in Ramesh Pokhriyal Live Today – 5 Things Education Minister Said and 5 Points He Should Talk About Next Time

Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank hosted a webinar under the series #EducationMinisterGoesLive today, on December 22, 2020. The Education Ministry has been spreading the word on social word for quite some time about this webinar – asking teachers to post their queries. While the webinar was supposed to be purely on board exams, NEET 2021 students were hoping to catch at least some glimpses of information in the official speech.

Was there any mention of NEET 2021 in today’s webinar?


There was no discussion on the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET UG) in today’s talk.

But, the following 5 things are now clear from today’s discussion

  1. Board exams will not be cancelled
  2. But, the board exams will not be held in January-February at least. It now seems that decision on board exam dates will be after February only.
  3. It is not possible for exam like board exams to be online because even though it is possible to teach students in remote areas through central points of panchayat with megaphones, online exams are not feasible.
  4. Syllabus will not be further reduced. As of now the boards where syllabus are reduced are – CBSE, Maharashtra Board, UP Board.
  5. Having optional questions in exams like JEE Mains, Board exams are the solution for compensating for syllabus reduction.

You can watch the complete webinar here:

This brings us to a big question – Will NEET 2021 also have optional questions?

A quick understanding of introduction of optional questions in JEE Mains – This time JEE Main 2021 will have 90 questions (30 each in physics, chemistry, maths). Each of the subjects – PCM – will have 30 questions each. These 30 questions will be divided into 2 sections A and B. The section A in each subject will have 20 MCQs, and section B will have 10 numerical value type questions. Candidates will have to answer only 5 questions out of 10 in section B of each subject. Therefore in JEE Mains, students have to answer 75 questions out of 90. >> This is the solution of NTA to ensure that students who are studying in boards with reduced syllabus do not fall at a disadvantage. Know more on the JEE Main 2021 exam pattern here.

Therefore, if having optional questions is the solution to bringing uniformity between students who have studied full syllabus, and those who have studies 70-75% after reduction, then NEET 2021 should also have optional questions.

This, and the following items need to be answered in the next webinar.

5 Things in NEET 2021 that Need To Be Answered Next Time

  1. NEET 2021 exam date – When will NTA conduct the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET UG).
  2. NEET 2021 application form – When will the application form be released? Last year it was available from December. Students are worried about the deadline.
  3. Will NEET 2021 also be held 2 times at least? Or 4 times like JEE? Or will it be only once?
  4. Will there be any changes to the NEET 2021 exam pattern? (It is already confirmed that syllabus will not be changed!)
  5. How will it be ensured that NEET 2021 and Board Exams 2021 do not clash? For this dates of both exams have to be finalised. In the case of JEE this issue does not arise because JEE will be held 4 times.

NEET 2021 Application Form, Exam Date, Syllabus – Official Details Available Till Now

As on this date, only the following information has been made available officially on the NEET 2021 exam.

  1. NTA is discussing the NEET 2021 exam date and schedule with bodies like NMC, MOHFW.
  2. The agency is also considering whether it will be feasible to hold the exam online, or whether to hold it offline like always.
  3. The syllabus of NEET 2021 is not changed. It is the same as last time.
  4. NEET 2021 will definitely not be cancelled. It will be held.
  5. All details of NEET UG 2021 will be updated from time to time at, and

NEET 2021 will be India’s only medical entrance exam. It is the gateway for admissions to MBBS,BDS, and AYUSH-UG admissions. Last year AIIMS and JIPMER also came under the umbrella of NEET exam; prior to that these were the only institutes that could hold medical entrance exams besides NEET in the country.

NEET is until now an offline exam of 3 hours. It carries 45 questions on physics, 45 on chemistry, and 90 on biology. The syllabus is as recommended by the erstwhile MCI, based on the topics taught in PCB at class 11th and 12th levels in CBSE and other boards of education in India.

The exam is taken by 15 lakh + students.

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