Will NEET 2021 be postponed due to Coronavirus? - Latest Update by NTA, Twitter, Quora

Will NEET 2021 be postponed due to Coronavirus? - Latest Update by NTA, Twitter, Quora

Will NEET 2021 be postponed due to COVID-19/Coronavirus - National Testing Agency (NTA) has scheduled to conduct NEET 2021 on August 1. Meanwhile, as per the latest news on NEET UG 2021, a fake notice with new NEET exam dates is being circulated.

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Meanwhile, students are demanding to postpone the exam considering that many states are still facing a surge in COVID-19 cases. Earlier, the central government has decided to cancel the CBSE board exam in the wake of the second wave of COVID-19 cases With the cancellation of CBSE board exams, the question arises that will NEET 2021 be postponed? It is expected that NEET-UG exam will be postponed. However, if the corona pandemic will be maintained till the date of NEET exam, then the exam will be conducted. Also several states governments are planning to conduct board exams, which means that NEET 2021 might be held.

Meanwhile, aspirants are requesting NTA and education minister to postpone NEET 2021 exam till October. Questions like ‘is NEET 2021 postponed’, ‘Is there any chances of NEET postponed’, 'Will NEET 2021 postpone are being asked on Twitter, Quora, Careers360 Q&A platforms.

Every year NTA receives more than 15 lakh NEET registration at ntaneet.nic.in. It is expected that millions of students may appear for NEET 2021 on exam day. Candidates are advised not to worry over the situation, stay safe and utilize the best time in NEET preparations. Read the article below to go through each and every aspect regarding the NEET 2021 postponements and regular updates on is NEET 2021 postponed.

Will NEET 2021 be postponed - Latest news and updates

July 6, 2021: On Social media, a fake notice is circulating claiming that NEET 2021 exam has been postponed. As per the sake NTA notice, the new NEET exam date is September 5, 2021.

June 27, 2021: The third wave of COVID might hit, so it is expected that NTA will postpone NEET 2021 to the new exam date. However any NEET UG 2021 update is still awaited.

June 2, 2021: NEET 2021 official website has been activated. 'Application forms will available soon' message indicated on the website.

May 18, 2021: NTA has yet not released any of the notifications regarding the NEET UG 2021 application form date.

April 20, 2021: In the latest update, the Directorate General of Medical Services (DGMS) has announced the postponement of Indian Army BSc nursing exam. DGMS was scheduled to conduct MNS 2021 in the last week of April. Due to COVID crisis, several entrance and board exams have been cancelled.

April 20, 2021: As per latest news on exams postponed due to COVID, another national level entrance test, UGC-NET conducted by NTA has been postponed. Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' announced the postponement of the exam due to COVID-19. With several NTA conducted exams being postponed, the chances of NTA NEET 2021 postponement are expected.

April 18, 2021: NTA has postponed the engineering entrance test - JEE Main for the April 2021 session. NTA released a notice on April 18 stating that owing to rising COVID cases, JEE main 2021 April session has been postponed.

April 16, 2021: NTA has announced the exam date but registration for NEET 2021 is still awaited.

Why may NEET 2021 postpone?

The biggest exam for medical aspirants, Class 12 board exams have been cancelled due to surge in COVID-19 cases. After the cancellation, aspirants are expecting a delay or postponement in NEET entrance exam. Students took to Twitter and various social medical platforms requesting PM Modi for postponement of NEET UG exam with a campaign #postponeNEET. Also, several states have decided to conduct Class 12 board exams in July-August, then there are chances that NEET exam will be postponed.

Another reason why NEET 2021 may postpone is that the application form is usually released in November-December, followed by the release of admit card. With just two months left for NEET exam, the question arises that when will NTA release NEET UG application form 2021 or "will NTA be able to release the NEET application form and admit card?"

Other reasons which may postpone NEET exam

  • The second wave of COVID 19 is increasing rapidly in our country. India is experiencing more than lakhs of COVID cases every day.

  • Now, more than 50% COVID cases are from rural areas and various states have implemented night curfew which will be a big issue of transportation.

  • Despite the increase in the NEET exam centre to 3,862, the exam centers are not available in every district.

  • To avoid inconvenience, students with exam centers in different cities would have to reach that city at least a day before which increases their susceptibility of getting infected.

  • Major states like Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat are the worst-hit with the most number of active cases, followed by Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi. So authority might consider this to postpone NEET 2021 to a new date.

Chances of NEET 2021 to be postponed

Till date, it is tough to predict the chances of NEET postponed further. If the COVID cases will be out of control, the Indian Government will implement a nationwide lockdown. In case of strict lockdown alike last year, there will be chances of NEET 2021 postponements. The surge in COVID-19 cases will increase the chances that NTA may decide to postpone the NEET 2021 exam.

In contrast to it, NEET 2021 exam is scheduled to be held on August 1, which is just a few months away. As it is expected and a beacon of hope that the COVID situation will be under control till the NEET exam date. So, in that scenario, NEET 2021 may not postpone.

How NTA conducted NEET in COVID?

Last year, NEET was conducted by NTA amid COVID. FIrstly NEET 2020 was conducted on September 13 first and then on October 14 for those students who were infected by COVID-19 or miss the exam due to the containment zones. Authority had conducted both the sessions of NEET last year by applying complete restrictions and aspirants have to adhere to the COVID protocols.

Previously also students were demanding to postpone NEET exam due to COVID but knowing the importance of the medical academic year authorities had conducted the medical entrance test successfully.

Will NEET 2021 postpone - What NTA has to say?

Other than releasing the NEET exam date, NTA has not released any notification regarding the NEET 2021. No official statement has been shared by NTA on the postponement of NEET 2021. Students are now waiting for the NEET 2021 application form and bulletin to release.

In case of any confirmation regarding the NEET postpone will soon be updated on this page. So medical aspirants are requested not to believe any rumor regarding the NEET 2021 postponements and track NTA official website - nta.ac.in or ntaneet.nic.in.

Will NEET 2021 postpone? asks aspirants

The situation is worsening day by day, due to which several exam boards have been postponed or cancelled. The National Board of Examinations (NBE) has postponed NEET PG 2021 exam for admission to Master of Surgery (MS) and Doctor of Medicine (MD) courses. Now medical aspirants also want NTA not to prioritize exams over health. Students and parents are using social media platforms to request the education minister and NTA to consider the COVID situation and postpone the NEET 2021 exam. Check some of the tweets by candidates for is NEET 2021 postponed below.

A NEET aspirant has tweeted that "If the Board exam postponed, I think about neet freshers how we can practice mock test and revise class 11 and 12."

#postponeneetug2021if the Board exam postponed, I think about neet freshers how we can practice mock test and revise class 11 and 12.

— JAYAM CHESS (@JAYAMCHESS) April 14, 2021

Harshit Singh a NEET aspirant has tweeted his query "There is no any chance that 12th boards will held before July and it takes 1 month for boards. That means 12th boards will end in August & NEET is on 1 Aug " then what about NEET 2021.

What about #neet2021 I mean 12th exams decision will be taken after 1 June & if they take the decision to held 12th exams, there is no any chance that 12th boards will held before July and it takes 1 month for boards .. That means 12th boards will end in August & NEET is on 1 Aug

— Harshit Singh (@Harshit95550245) April 15, 2021

"Will NEET 2021 be postponed taking into consideration the current escalations?" tweeted a NEET aspirant.

Will NEET 2021 be postponed taking into consideration the current escalations? @NeetFiles

— Keya (@keya_1_4_3) April 14, 2021Licypriya Kangujam, an activist has requested Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and tweeted "Cancel Class 12th exam, NEET, JEE, JEE Mains, SSC, and tell all other state Govt to cancel the ongoing or upcoming state board exams."

Dear Hon’ble @DrRPNishank ji,Cancel Class 12th exam @cbseindia29, NEET, JEE, JEE Mains, SSC and tell all other state Govt to cancel the ongoing or upcoming state board exams. This is not the right time to conduct any exams.Save millions of students lives. 🙏🏻

— Licypriya Kangujam (@LicypriyaK) April 16, 2021

Questions on Quora on NEET 2021 postponements

Medical registered aspirants are very anxious to know the answer to the query regarding “Is NEET 2021 going to postponed due to COVID?” The social media QnA platform like Quora have the plenty of questions regarding the query related to postponements of NEET exam. Some of the queries related to NEET 2021 postponements have been mentioned below.

Is the NEET 2021 going to be postponed?

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What if NEET UG 2021 is not postponed?

As scheduled, NEET 2021 will be conducted on August 1 across the country. NTA may issue new NEET exam day guidelines and COVID advisory. Authorities have to take care of hustle-free movement for aspirants amid travel restrictions on NEET UG exam day 2021.

As a precautionary measure, NTA may increase the number of NEET 2021 exam centres and allot the exam centre as per the aspirant’s convenience. NTA may provide COVID-19 safety gear kits to candidates which will include a face mask, face shield, and hand sanitizer sachets. In order to maintain a safe and secure environment for all the people - from candidates to staff involved in NEET 2021, NBE will have to take care that NEET will have to be conducted under Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

What is the NEET exam?

For granting medical undergraduate admission, NTA NEET 2021 is the single most important entrance exam. The admission in MBBS, BDS, B.V.Sc & AH and AYUSH courses - BHMS, BAMS, BUMS, BSNS, BYNS will be granted on the basis of NEET 2021 exam.