Online NEET forms available from today

The online national eligibility cum entrance test (NEET) undergraduate exam application forms will be available on National Testing Agency (NTA) website from Monday.

Talking to Greater Kashmir, Director General NTA, Vineet Joshi, said, “The last date for filling the forms is 31 December. The students will get to know about all necessary instructions on the website for filling the form,” Joshi said.

He said that after scrutinizing the application forms, the admit cards of the eligible students will be available on NTA website on 27 March.

“The students will have to upload a scanned copy of their recent passport size photograph as well as post card photo besides a signature and left hand thumb impression to fill their online NEET form,” Joshi said.

He said the exam will be conducted on 3 May 2020.

Earlier, the NEET exams were conducted by Central Board of School Education (CBSE) but from 2018, the mandate was given to NTA.

“Earlier, there were restrictions on age limit, but the age limit was scrapped in 2018 on the directions of Supreme Court,” Vineet Joshi said.

In previous years, it was compulsory for aspirants to have Biology as core subject at 10+2 level to become eligible for NEET exams.

“But from this year NTA has given relaxation in subject combination wherein students who studied Biology as additional subject will also be eligible to appear in NEET exams,” DG NTA said, adding that students who have studied bio chemistry in 10+2 level subject combination are also eligible for the competitive exam.

As already reported by Greater Kashmir, the candidates who have completed their schooling through open and distance mode are also eligible to appear in NEET exams.

As the NTA will release online forms on its website, thousands of aspirants in Kashmir have appealed the government to restore internet which continues to be banned for four months now.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, said, “We have set up a kiosk at TRC Srinagar with 30 terminals. Internet facilitation centres are also available in offices of all Deputy Commissioners. Students can avail the facility in these centres.”

However, students have said that a dozen odd internet terminals in each district cannot cater to thousands of students.

“Each student needs at least two hours to fill up the form. First to go through the guidelines thoroughly, then fill up every entry with precision and upload scanned copies of photographs, signatures, etc. This can only be done in the comfort of our home with the guidance of our parents, not at an internet kiosk where thousands more students will be vying for their turn at a few computers,” a student rued.