The Central government on May 20, 2016, issued an ordinance to postpone NEET or the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test. NEET is the common entrance test for aspirants who want to get into medical and dental courses. NEET 2017 must be conducted next year for students to have adequate time for preparation.
The Centre issued the ordinance, following the clearance from Union Cabinet this morning. This development is likely to benefit a large number of medical aspirants, who were in a fix due to uncertainty regarding the NEET examination.
The decision to issue an ordinance was taken in the aftermath of several meetings between the state health ministers and Union Health Minister JP Nadda for discussion.
The state government officials informed the Centre to deem the stress the candidates may face for the scepticism. An average of 6.5 lakh candidates have already taken the first phase of NEET held on May 1. The next phase or NEET Phase 2 is scheduled for July 24.