The number of cities where the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test 2017 will be held has been increased to 103 due to significant increase in the number of aspirants this year. In case the candidates want to change the option of city, they can do so between March 24 and March 27, 2017.
There will be additional 23 cities apart from the 80 existing examination cities this year. "The NEET examination, which is a medical entrance test conducted by the CBSE, got a better response. Therefore we have increased number of city centres," said HRD minister Prakash Javadekar.
NEET 2017 has registered a 41.42% jump in registration as 11.35 lakh aspirants have registered this year as against 8.02 lakh in 2016. The CBSE will conduct the eligibility test for the admissions to various medical and dental programmes offered by institutions across India. A mobile app has also been developed to help the candidates, who are expected to take the test to locate the nearest test venue.
The 23 new centres include Guntur and Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, Anand, Bhavnagar and Gandhi Nagar in Gujarat, Davangiri, Mysore, Hubli and Udupi in Karnataaka, Kannur and Thrissur in Kerala, Ahmednagar, Amravati, Kolhapur and Satara in Maharashtra, Amritsar, Jodhpur, Namakkal and Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu, Gorakhpur and Howarh.
With this, NEET will also be having an equivalent number of centre cities as in JEE (Main) examination. The single common entrance exam for admission in medical colleges of India will be held on May 7.
"Earlier it was conducted in 80 cities. Now we have increased to 103 cities with more than 2,200 centres and the new choice to the students for selection of nearby cities have been given. The exams are being conducted under the Health Ministry guidelines," the HRD minister said. Students can register on CBSE website and select new centre from the centres available in 23 new cities.
NEET, the single common entrance exam for admission to MBBS/ BDS courses in Medical Council of India/ Dental Council of India approved medical/ dental colleges, will be held on May 7 in 10 languages - Hindi, English, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya and Kannada.
Health Minister JP Nadda said: "We have also included regional languages in the test. CBSE has agreed for this and accordingly the number of examination centres have also been increased."