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  • NEET 2019: Exams on May 5, paper pattern, syllabus in detail

    New Delhi
    December 3, 2018

    NEET 2019: The examination will be conducted on May 5, 2019. Go through the syllabus before appearing for the examinations.

    NEET 2019: The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-UG) 2019 is scheduled to be held on Sunday, May 5, 2019, the online application process of which has been extended till December 7.

    The registration process was scheduled to be closed on November 30, but it has been extended following the Supreme Court’s order. All the candidates who want to apply can do so through the official website, The last date of fee submission is December 8.

    NEET UG 2019: Paper pattern

    The NEET is a three-hour long exam which includes three sections – physics, chemistry and biology.
    Of the total 180 questions, 90 would be from biology and 45 each from physics and chemistry. Preparation syllabus includes the whole of Class 11 and 12 standard NCERT textbooks in the respective subjects. Every correct answer would fetch you plus four marks and every incorrect answer results in a negative mark. Questions that are not attempted do not have any penalty marks. So, choose your battles wisely, if you do not know a question for sure, do not mark it.

  • NEET 2019: Registration date extended, apply by December 7 at

    New Delhi
    December 2, 2018

    NEET 2019 application: Interested candidates can apply at The last date to submit application form is December 7 while for fee submission is December 8

    NEET 2019 application: Following the Supreme Court’s order, NTA has extended the registration closing date for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate courses. Therefore, candidates have time till December 7 to fill in the application form. The apex court on Thursday allowed candidates 25 years and above to sit for the exam. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had earlier notified the upper age limit of 25 for general and 30 years for reserved category candidates for applying for the NEET-UG exams.

    The entrance exam held for securing admission MBBS/BDS courses in India is going to be held on May 5, 2019 (Sunday). This is the first time National Testing Agency (NTA) will be conducting the exam. While the application process was closing on November 30, 2018, it is, however, will be extended due to Supreme Court’s order.

    Interested candidates can apply at — The last date of fee submission is December 8. The medical aspirants may correct the particulars of the application at the time when the correction facility in the application form is available, which is, from January 14 to January 31, 2019.

    Moreover, the latest note on the official website of NTA has cleared that the physically disabled candidates can apply for NEET, however, the admission in medical courses depend on the court’s verdict.

    “As per the advice received from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India vide letter dated 20.11.2018, it is hereby informed that the PwD candidates may fill in the Online Application Form of NEET (UG) 2019 on the basis of the draft guidelines placed on the website of the Medical Council of India (MCI),” read the note.

  • Nursing university in state soon: D K Shivakumar

    November 23, 2018

    Medical Education Minister D K Shivakumar announced that the state government would establish a nursing university soon.

    He added that the proposal would be approved during the upcoming winter session of the legislature, beginning on December 10, at the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha in Belagavi.

    Speaking at an international nursing conference in Belagavi, Shivakumar said that Karnataka was well known for medical tourism.

    He said the nursing university proposal had been submitted to Rajiv Gandhi Health University and the government had sought legal advice.

    The minister hailed KLE Society for its commitment to providing quality education. The institution had achieved what the government had not. The minister participated in KLE Society's 103rd foundation program. Earlier, society chairman and Rajya Sabha Member Prabhakar Kore spoke.

  • AICTE bats for open book exams in engineering...

    November 22, 2018

    Meant To Stop Students From Rote Learning

    The All India Council for Technical Education has recommended open book exams in engineering institutions to stop rote learning and encourage application of knowledge. This is part of far-reaching exam reforms approved by the body in engineering education, including induction programmes for lecturers and mandatory internships.

    AICTE, however, struck a cautionary note, saying affliating universities and managements must carefully choose courses or curriculum areas best suited for open book examinations. “The open book examination has been approved by the AICTE only with regard to subjects that have experience-based learning,” said professor Ashok S Shettar, chairman of the AICTE commitee on examination reforms and vicechancellor of KLE Technological University, Hubballi.

    The policy says traditional written examinations have a significant weakness in that they tend to promote memorising of lessons and superficial application of knowledge. Open book examination, it says, will be less stressful for students as it will be less demanding on memory and more on applying what they know or what is available to them.

    Similar to time-constrained examinations, open book examinations are designed in a way that allows students to refer to their classnotes, textbooks and other approved material while answering questions. They are useful in testing skills in application, analysis and evaluation, the reforms policy said.

    AICTE has approved entire examination reforms policy which lists out different methods of evaluation and not merely routine rote-learning exams. Some exams can also have questions based on memory, but this should be limited,” said AICTE chairman Anil D Sahasrabuddhe. “Understanding the concept, analysing a situation, synthesising a problem and in turn a solution, application of knowledge, creativity, group activity, team work, seminars and quizzes among others are also types of evaluation systems. A general guideline about proportions is given, but it’s up to each university to adapt it depending on the nature of each course.”

    Engineering colleges in Karnataka welcomed the AICTE’s recommendations, saying they were long-awaited.MK Panduranga Setty, governing body member of RV College of Engineering, said, “Open book examination is a good move as it will make students walk to the library and read as much as possible from all approved sources. They will also pay attention to classroom lectures and it will bring in discipline too. Let us see how our students will respond to this American pattern of examination.” He also said the move will push engineering colleges to invest in their libraries and digital labs.

    “Open book examination or open resource examination is a good assessment tool to improve innovation and promote outcome-based education, which is a requirement in today’s engineering education,” Nageswara Guptha, vice principal of Sri Venketeswara College of Engineering, Bengaluru, said.

    Internships Mandatory

    AICTE has mandated 600-700 hours of internship for BE/Btech students and 450-500 hours for diploma courses. Undergraduate students will earn 14-20 credits and diploma studetns 10-14 credit points. Students can also earn credits for entrepreneurial activity, project work and seminars, said the internship policy report of AICTE.

  • NEET 2019: 7 important things to remember while filling the online application forms

    Exam information
    November 10, 2018

    NEET 2019 online application process is going on. Check 7 important things one must remember including common mistakes that must be avoided. Online applications close on Nov. 30 on

    National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, NEET 2019 online applications forms were released by the National Testing Agency, NTA last week. The process for filling the online application forms would be available online from November 1 to November 30 on Provided below are 7 important things to remember while filling the NEET 2019 application forms.

    Students interested in applying for MBBS and BDS courses in various medical and dental colleges in the country are required to apply for the examination. Candidates interested in pursuing medical studies abroad are also required to apply for and qualify NEET 2019 to be eligible. Please remember that errors in the examination forms may create problems in the future. Here is a list of mistakes to avoid and other important instructions for students.

    NEET 2019 Online Application Form: 7 important things and common mistakes to avoid

    1. Correct Personal Details and Spellings:

    This is the most important part of the online application forms. Please note that while students may be allowed to correct the images and other information, the facility to correct the personal details like name, father’s name, mother’s name, personal id number, etc., may not be provided. Students are hence advised to ensure that while filling the online application forms, these details are carefully filled. A spelling error while filling the online application forms may cause a student his/her admission later.

    2. Selecting the right medium for question paper:

    NEET 2019 would be conducted in 8 regional languages (Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Tamil and Telugu), English, Hindi and Urdu. Students are advised to carefully select the medium of instruction as it cannot be changed later. Students who choose English as a medium would only get the paper in English language. Candidates opting for other languages would get a bilingual paper. Please remember, in case of ambiguity in the questions, the English version would be considered final.

    3. Selecting the Examination Centre/ City in accordance with the language chosen:

    In continuation of the previous point, please remember that all the languages are not available in all the examination centres. The regional language papers would be available only in specific examination centres.

    Kindly remember that even though a student may apply for a particular State based on Domicile, if the centre is not in the corresponding state, he/she would not get the regional language option. For example, a student may apply for Maharashtra State Counselling but would not be able to select Marathi as a language if he/she is selecting an examination centre outside Maharashtra.

    4. Eligibility Check:

    All the candidates are again advised to thoroughly go through the eligibility criteria for NEET 2019 examination including the age limit and the qualifying examination. Candidates who apply but are found later not to be eligible would be summarily rejected. This rejection could be at any stage of the examination.

    5. Applying for 15% All India Quota:

    All are eligible for applying for the 15% All India Quota for admissions to Central Universities/ESIC and AFMC including Delhi University (DU), BHU & AMU/central pool quota. Students are advised to go through the eligibility criteria of these universities and check before applying. Also, students from the state of Jammu and Kashmir are not eligible for the All India Quota. In case they wish to apply, then they need to submit the Self Declaration Form. Please remember, candidates from J& K who do not submit the self-declaration form would not be eligible for the All India Quota.

    6. Photograph to be saved:

    Apart from these, please remember that the application forms would not be considered complete until and unless the candidates upload their photograph and the signatures and paid the fees. Also please note that candidates would be required to carry the same photograph to the examination hall to be pasted on the day of NEET 2019. Hence, it would be advisable to keep a few copies safe.

    7. Print out of Confirmation Page:

    NEET 2019 application process is completely online. Students are advised to keep a copy of the printed online application forms and take at least 4 print outs of the confirmation slip. They are, however, not required to submit these to NTA. The copies are only for future reference.

  • National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) to be conducted twice a year

    October 30, 2018

    The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA), conducted by the Council of Architecture would be held twice annually from the coming academic year (2019-2020), president of the council Vijay Garg said on Monday.

    Garg was speaking to reporters here. He said the council has also proposed to have a national-level counselling for admissions into B Arch courses.

    While earlier, the exam, mandatory to enter the bachelor of architecture (B.Arch) courses, was being conducted once a year in April, there were concerns from stakeholders that the date clashed with board exams, said Garg. “Some states asked us to postpone the exam or to have two exams. So we have decided to have two exams, one mid-Aril and another in the first week of July,” he said.

    Students could write either one or both the exams and the best score among the two would be considered, said Garg.

    The pattern of the exam has also been tweaked. While earlier both aptitude and drawing papers were given an equal 90 minutes each, from the coming academic year, aptitude paper would be given 60 minutes and drawing paper would be given 120 minutes, said Garg.

    "We found that the failure rate was high in the drawing paper. So, in order to improve the performance, we have decided to increase the time for it from this year."

    The council has also proposed that there be a national-level counselling for admissions into architecture colleges.

    Currently, architect aspirants have to apply for college admissions separately in different states. The council has floated the proposal for holding a centralised counselling to make it easy for students.

    "The reservation policies of states would be taken into account while formulating counselling policies," said Garg.

    "Currently several seats in architecture colleges fall vacant, and if a centralised counselling is brought in, after filling the seats with local students, the remaining can be thrown open for candidates from other states," he said.

    Commenting on the decision of the council to make 50% marks in physics, chemistry and mathematics mandatory for B Arch admissions, Garg said as more technology-oriented construction was happening today, architects needed to know physics and chemistry to understand sensitive construction materials.

    "Students from humanities also can get admitted into B Arch after taking additional exams in physics, chemistry and mathematics conducted by the CBSE," he said.

    Commenting on architecture colleges in Tamil Nadu, Garg said several colleges needed compliance in terms of having accessible buildings and having senior faculty members. "We have given the colleges time till December to fall in line," he said.

  • NEET MDS 2019 Application Begins Online @

    New Delhi
    October 20, 2018

    NEET MDS 2019 application process has begun online. Last date to apply is November 6, 2018.

    National Board of Examination (NBE) has begun the application process for NEET MDS 2019 exam. NEET MDS is conducted for admission to MDS programme. It is a single-window entrance examination for admission to MDS programme and no other entrance exam will be conducted either on state level or institution level. The application process began today and will end on November 6, 2018 at 11:55 pm. NEET MDS 2019 exam will be conducted on December 14, 2018.

    NEET MDS 2019 General Eligibility Criteria

    A candidate for admission to the Master in Dental Surgery course, must possess a recognised degree of Bachelor in Dental Surgery awarded by a university or institute in India and registered with the State Dental Council and has obtained provisional or permanent registration and has undergone compulsory rotatory internship of a year in an approved/ recognised dental college.

    NEET MDS 2019 Application Process

    Candidates who fulfill the eligibility criteria can apply online through the official website for NBE (

    The NEET- MDS 2019 Exam fee is Rs. 2750 for SC/ST/PWD (PH) candidates and Rs. 3750 for General/OBC candidates.

  • Two medical colleges under the scanner for charging excess fees

    October 12, 2018

    In their complaint to the Admission Overseeing Committee, students of one college allege that they were threatened with loss of attendance

    Two medical colleges in the city are under the scanner for allegedly charging excess fees. One college allegedly threatened to withhold attendance of students who failed to pay the "excess fees" by Monday. The management informed students that they would be marked absent if they failed to do so.

    It is illegal for colleges to make their students pay excess fees over and above what has been fixed by the State government.

    As many as 58 students have lodged a complaint with the Admission Overseeing Committee (AOC), which has issued a notice to the management of East Point Medical College.

    According to the complainants, second-year students admitted under the institutional quota were asked to pay ₹80,900, while those in the government quota had to pay ₹91,800. This is in addition to the ₹77,500 and ₹6.33 lakh tuition fees collected from students in the government quota and institution quota seats, respectively. Students also alleged that they had paid extra fees last year, but the facilities offered by the college were of poor quality.

    This is not the only college that has come under the scanner.

    Students of the Rajarajeswari Medical College and Hospital have also approached the Admission Overseeing Committee alleging that they were asked to pay an additional ₹1.48 lakh to the college. Some of the sub-heads under which the management has reportedly sought money include a cricket ground, gym, air conditioners, and a swimming pool fund.

    The AOC has ordered both the medical colleges to refund the excess fees collected, failing which they have to explain why action should not be taken against them. In the notice, the committee has warned the colleges that it would recommend withdrawal of recognition by the Medical Council of India (MCI).


    New Delhi
    October 9, 2018

    These are the 5 important points that every NEET 2019 aspirant must know.

    National Test Agency (NTA) is all set to release NEET 2019 Application Form on November 01, 2018. Approximately 13 lakh candidates are looking forward to applying for the examination. The exam will be held on May 05, 2019, and here are 5 important things that all the aspirants must know.

    #1 NEET 2019 Application Form will be Released on Old Website

    The application form will be released online, on the official website Now that CBSE is not conducting the examination, it was begin expected that the form will be released on However, the possibility of form to be released in old NEET website is more. Such is because the application form for JEE Main 2019 was also released on the old website of the examination. Also there are chances that new website is created by name of

    #2 NEET 2019 Important Chapter with Weghtage

    National level medical entrance examination is one of the toughest exam. Now that less than 8 months are left for NEET 2019, its high time to start the preparation. The competition is so high that candidates even seek help of crash courses. Some of the best crash courses are also available online. However, candidates may check the subject with highest and lowest weightage and the prepare accordingly.

    #3 NCERT Biology Book has Changed, So Refer to the New Book

    NTA has clearly stated that the syllabus of NEET 2019 will be same as before. Hence, it is advised that the candidates refer to the new NCERT Biology book. There were some factual errors in the biology book earlier, so it was changed. Hence, it is better that the candidates refer to the new book only.

    #4 Exam will be Held Offline in Single Slot

    To the satisfaction of a lot of candidates, NEET will be held in pen and paper mode only. The exam will be conducted in 11 languages, in a single slot. Numerous states are fighting for exam to be held in its regional language. However, as per the notice so far it will be held in English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu

    #5 All the Dates for NEET 2019

    All the dates for NEET have been released. Many students are of view that only the exam date has been released. However, the Agency has announced all the important dates. The registration for NEET 2019 is open from November 01 to 30. Admit card downloading will begin from April 15, 2018, and after the examination the result will be announced on June 05, 2018.


    New Delhi
    October 8, 2018

    Candidates will be able to change their personal details, choice of paper, education-related details, and medium of the exam. Already uploaded photograph and signature cannot be edited.

    Recently, the National Testing Agency has finally confirmed that it will be accepting the photographs uploaded by the candidate, even without a candidate’s name and date mentioned on it. This confirmation has been provided over the official website of JEE Main 2019 i.e over the main page itself. All the aspirants falling under this criteria has breathed a sigh of relief after receiving this confirmation from NTA.

    Also, candidates must note that the NTA has activated the JEE Main 2019 Application Form Correction window from October 8, 2018, onwards. This is one-time, final opportunity provided to all the applicants to make the full use of this window as, after this window closes NTA will not be entertaining any requests regarding the same.

    To open this JEE Main 2019 correction window and make changes in the application form, a candidate will be required to login with their application form number and password. However, this facility will not be applicable to edit photograph and signature, uploaded by a candidate, along with the exam cities opted by a candidate. Whereas a candidate will be able to change their personal details, paper opted for, educational qualification and examination medium.

    Candidates will be required to submit an additional fee to correct or edit their details via choosing any of the following payment gateway options over the JEE Main 2019 Application Form Correction window.

    After receiving the corrections from all the applicants on October 14, 2018, National Testing Agency will be releasing the Admit cards on December 17, 2018. All those who had submitted their JEE Main 2019 Applications well on time and also corrected some of their details( if it was required) as per their corresponding documents, will be able to retrieve their JEE Main 2019 Admit Cards from the application portal. All the changes made by using the Correction window will be treated as the final ones and will also be printed on the admit card.

    Joint Entrance Examination(JEE) Main 2019 is conducted every year for providing admissions to various BE/B. Tech or B.Arch/B. Plan aspirants in various NITs, IIITs and CFTIs is based on the All India Rank (AIR) of JEE Main or to appear for JEE Advanced 2019. Till the last year, CBSE used to conduct this national level entrance examination, but 2019 onwards, National Testing Agency is the conducting body of this entrance. Also, JEE Main 2019 will be conducted twice a year i.e once in the month of January and other in the month of April. For the January session, the application process has been closed after receiving over 9.65 lakhs of applications.

  • 5 Critical Decisions before the new MCI Board of Governors

    New Delhi
    October 4, 2018

    With the Union Cabinet all of a sudden announcing the dismantling of the Medical Council of India and appointing Board of Governors to run its affairs, the 7 member BoG indeed has its hands full now.

    Running the apex medical regulator along with the high positional responsibilities they are already bearing is indeed going to be a tough task. Having said that, their appointment has indeed brought a new hope to many in the medical fraternity who had lost hope of reform after the NMC Bill did not see any action in the last session of the parliament.

    With taking charge, there are some critical decisions that need immediate attention of the BoG. These include some decisions where MCI was about to take a call on, some decisions on which it was sitting, while some which appeared to have been forgotten by the council.

    Here are some of the decisions pending before the MCI, which we hope that Board of Governors will take an immediate call on,

    MD-DNB equivalence

    Probably the biggest bone of contention that has emerged in the recent times between the union government and the erstwhile members of the Medical Council of India is the issue of MD-DNB equivalence. The Government has made its intention clear of providing equivalence to DNB candidates from large private hospitals ( more than 500 beds) to enter the pool of medical academia while the council has been clearly stuck on its stand of making such candidates do additional 3 year residency in medical colleges, in order to become eligible for faculty posts.

    With the Health Ministry, sending back the previous recommendations of the MCI in the matter, the decision was yet again to come up in the council meeting. With the BoG taking over, the decision will now be made by the 7 member committee.

    Sources in the Health Ministry informed Hindu that this will be the first thing on the agenda of the Board of Governors (BoG) when they hold their meeting. If the equivalence is granted, around 2000 DNB candidates will be immediately available to join as medical faculty in medical colleges, and will indeed provide respite to the suffocating shortage of medical teachers in the country.

    New MBBS Curriculum

    In an era, where medical advancements and breakthroughs take place almost daily, our MBBS students have been studying a curriculum that is at least two decades old. With much procedural delays and debates, MCI this year finally announced that the new curriculum will be launched from academic year 2019-20 and the training of teachers has been started

    Unique Permanent Registration Number (UPRN)

    One Country- One Registration- The decision of having one MCI number- a UPRN that would act as an Aadhaar card of doctors to , was indeed hailed by the fraternity when it was announced. The UPRN number stands as a solution to a number of issues that are plaguing the medical practitioners across the country, including duplicate registrations across various states, renewal of registrations, as well as that the growing menace fake medical practitioners. Moreover, it would finally help the regulator create a National Registry of Doctors. Till date, no one in the country, not even the Medical Council of India has any idea of how many doctors are actually practicing in the country and in which domain, a fact which stands as a basic requirement for any public health policy in the country.

    CPS Recognition

    While DNB candidates in the country are fighting for the equivalence, candidates having degrees from College of Physicians and Surgeons are fighting for recognition. MCI on its part has been doing a Yo-Yo Movement when it comes to decision of recognition of these courses. In October 2017, through a gazette MCI recognised many CPS diplomas, while just 4 months later, through another notification de-recognised many other CPS degrees.

    Medical College Inspections

    There are three sides of every MCI inspection- one the medical college’s, one MCI’s and ONE that needs to be video-recorded, compiled and promptly put in public domain so that medical aspirants exactly know what sort of medical college they are seeking admission into. With the battle for recognition for majority of private medical colleges now reaching the doors of the court, even the Supreme Court recently lamented, "There are incessant disputes which reach this Court about what actually transpired at inspections of various private medical colleges by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The parties contest virtually every fact that is recorded in an inspection."

  • Centre appoints committee to run Medical Council of India

    New Delhi
    September 26, 2018

    A Bill to replace the Medical Council of India with a National Medical Commission is pending in Parliament.

    President Ram Nath Kovind signed an ordinance Wednesday to set up a committee to run the Medical Council of India until Parliament passes legislation to replace the body with a new commission, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.

    The Modi Cabinet cleared the ordinance this morning, Jaitley said.

    Since the term of the MCI's elected body is ending soon, Jaitley said, a need was felt for it to be run by a committee of eminent individuals.
    He said the Board of Governors who would run the MCI include Niti Aayog member Dr V K Paul and AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria.

    The seven-member BOG also comprises AIIMS New Delhi Director Randeep Guleria, PGI Chandigarh Director Jagat Ram, NIMHANS Bangalore Chief BN Gangadhar, AIIMS New Delhi professor Nikhil Tandon, Director General Health Services S Venkatesh, and Secretary Health Research Balram Bhargava.