NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) made clear that attempts made by aspirants for AIPMT/NEET prior to 2017 will not be counted and accordingly appearance in NEET 2017 will be counted as the first attempt for all applicants on Monday. Earlier in the NEET bulletin issued by CBSE, it was specified that applicants can appear only 3 times for the entrance test and aspirants whoever had appeared earlier for this exam and had completed three attempts will not be eligible for 2017 test.
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG) 2017 is for getting admission in MBBS/ BDS courses in medical/dental colleges run with the approval of Medical Council of India/Dental Council of India will be conducted on May 7, 2017, across 80 cities. The CBSE has started the online application process through official website from Tuesday and will continue till March 1, 2017.
In the NEET bulletin issued by CBSE on Monday, it was stated that “The number of attempts which an aspirant can avail at NEET-UG examination shall be limited to 3 times uniformly to all the candidates. The aspirants who have already appeared in AIPMT/NEET on 3 occasions are not allowed to take this test. The candidates will be required to give an undertaking in this regard and submitting false undertaking may result in cancellation of the candidature and action in accordance with norms.” The announcement further stated that “The previous attempts in AIPMT/NEET will be counted against these 3 permissible attempts. The candidates who have already tired their allowed three attempts are not eligible to apply for NEET 2017.”
This led to hue and cry among applicants stating that such last minute policy is “unfair” as they have spent the complete year preparing for the examination. CBSE on Friday via press statement stated that “NEET 2017 will be counted as the first attempt for all the candidates. Changes have been effected by CBSE accordingly in the online application. All aspirants who could not fill up the application form due to the condition of three attempts at AIPMT/ NEET will now be able to fill up their application form.”
CBSE stated that the department of health and family welfare, government of India, on Monday conversed that a clarification has been sought from the Medical Council of India (MCI) and it has been explained by MCI that the attempts made by candidates for AIPMT/ NEET prior to 2017 should not be counted and accordingly appearance in NEET-2017 will be counted as the first attempt for all the aspirants, irrespective of their previous attempts in AIPMT/ NEET.