Over 11 lakh MBBS and BDS aspirants today appeared for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) at over 1,900 centres across the country. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which conducts the exam, had deployed 490 officials at centres spread across 103 cities.
“The exam was conducted from 10 AM to 1 PM in offline mode in 10 languages at 1,921 centres in 103 cities for 65,000 MBBS and 25,000 BDS seats,” a senior board official said.
A total of 11,38,890 students appeared for the exam including 1,522 NRIs and 613 foreigners.
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“490 CBSE officials were deployed in 103 cities to personally supervise the exam. Besides city coordinators of CBSE schools, 3,500 observers were also appointed,” the official said.
Earlier, CBSE used to conduct NEET for only 15 per cent all India quota seats and for the rest was conducted by states. While last year it was conducted in two phases, this year the test was held only today.
After declaration of results for the single common entrance exam for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in Medical Council of India and Dental Council of India-approved colleges, the data will be passed on to Health Ministry which will coordinate the counselling with respective states for admissions.