NTA issues notice on NEET 2020 re-exam
New Delhi: With the Supreme Court order in effect, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has now released the official confirmation on the re-exam of NEET 2020 for candidates who could not appear for the test due to several coronavirus restrictions.
The NEET (UG) 2020 was conducted throughout the country on 13th September 2020 for 15.97 lacs registered candidates. However, as per the revised SOP of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare dated 10.10.2020, the Candidates who were either COVID-19 positive or in containment zones (as on 13.09.2020), had to appear the aforesaid exam on a later date, in view of the safety of the other candidates and exam personnel.
In view of the above, the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India had been approached by NTA through I.A No. 100861/2020 in C.A. No. 11230 of 2018 in the matter of "CBSE Vs. T.K. Rangarajan & Ors." for permission to conduct NEET (UG) 2020 in the second part for the COVID-19 affected candidates, who were either COVID-19 positive or were in containment zones (as on 13.09.2020) and approached NTA, as well as for any such candidate who may approach the applicant, 24 hours before the commencement of the examination (with certificates from competent authority regarding their COVID-19 status or being in containment zone at relevant time).
The Hon'ble Apex Court, was pleased to allow NTA to conduct the NEET (UG) 2020 in the second part on 14.10.2020 for the candidates who could not appear in NEET (UG) 2020 on 13.09.2020 for the above mentioned candidates. The order came as a major respite for the said candidates.
Several students could not appear for the exam because of the lockdown restrictions. Over 14.37 lakh candidates had appeared for NEET 2020 while 15.97 lakh had registered for it.
Accordingly, the exam for aforesaid candidates is going to be conducted on 14.10.2020 (Wednesday) from 2:00-5:00 p.m and the combined Result of NEET (UG) 2020 (held on 13.09.2020 and to be held on 14.10.2020), would be declared on 16.10.2020 (Friday).