The National Testing Agency (NTA) has received over 15 lakh applications for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2019 for admission to medical courses in the country and abroad.
Last year, 13 lakh candidates appeared for the exam. This year, the government has made NEET mandatory for Indian students to study medicine abroad as well, and the number of candidates was, therefore, expected to go higher.
The agency has released a notice on “the process of fixing examination centres for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-UG, 2019”. NTA has asked CBSE affiliated schools, JNVs, KVs and AICTE-affiliated colleges to give ‘consent’ on using their campuses as exam centre.
The exam-conducting body has stated in the release, “There is a need of more than 3,000 centres across the country”. The last date for the institutes to give consent is February 28, 2019.