NTA to SC: Overseas exam centres not possible

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The National Testing Agency (NTA) has informed the Supreme Court that it would not be able to hold the Medical Entrance Exams at exam centres located outside India. NTA filed an affidavit in the apex court confirming that it would not be possible to conduct NEET 2020 examination oversees.

In order to ensure fairness and transparency in the testing process, the NEET 2020 exam is to be held on the same day and in a single shift across all the exam centres. This is done to ensure uniformity in testing matrices and complete fairness when it comes to evaluation of students’ abilities.

NTA has also consulted Medical Council of India (MCI) to explore the feasibility of holding the exam online for students from outside India. However, MCI has said that NEET 2020 exam is to be conducted through Multiple Choice Questions in paper book format given to all candidates and, uniformity has to be maintained for all candidates.

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The National Test Agency has also cited logistical challenges that may hamper holding of NEET 2020 exam at overseas exam centres. In the affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, NTA has stated that “Further, the question papers and other exam materials are to be transported from NTA headquarters to a large number of examination centres in various cities, which would require meticulous planning for safe and secure delivery of the same at the examination centres on time.”

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