A notification has been in circulation on social media claiming that the National Test Agency (NTA) has announced the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) (UG)-2021 to be conducted on 5 September 2021.
Nation Testing Agency (NTA) is an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organization established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). The agency conducts the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS/BDS Courses and other undergraduate medical courses in approved/recognized Medical/Dental & other Colleges/ Institutes in India. AIIMS, New Delhi, JIPMER, and all AIIMS like Institutions also intake students for the MBBS course through NEET.
The viral notification reads, “NEET (UG) – 2021 will be conducted in 11 languages, including Hindi and English through pen and paper mode on September 5, 2021,”
NDTV posted the viral notification on Twitter with the caption that reads: “#NEET (UG) will be held on September 5, 2021.” (Archived)
A Twitter user Young India has posted the viral notification. The caption along with the post reads: “Hey @DG_NTA @Vineet_K2 @DrRPNishank @drharshvardhan @DrHVoffice @PMOIndia @PIBFactCheck, When UPSC postponed NDA exam from 5th September to 10th November, how shameless & inhumane you are planning to conduct NEET on 5th September. #PostponeNEETUGtillOctober”. (Archived)
The viral notification was also posted on Facebook by a user Medak Fast News with the caption, “NEET 2021 Notification Released”.
The viral notification has followed the format that NTA uses, however, the notification is fake. The viral notification is dated 5 July 2021, we checked the website of the NTA and found no notification issued on the given date. However, we found the original notification dated 12 March 2021. The exam date in the original notification is highlighted in bold letters whereas in the fake notification the exam date is not highlighted.
Facto News also reached out to the NTA. They have confirmed to us that the viral notification is fake and there is no such notification issued on the NTA website. They have also confirmed us as per the notification dated 12 March 2021, the NEET (UG)-2021 stands to be conducted on 1 August 2021. However, if the exam is postponed due to unavoidable circumstances, the same will be notified on the NTA website.
NTA is exploring all possibilities for maintaining social distancing among the candidates and exam personnel at the exam centers. They have also advised the students appearing for the exam to utilize this time in the preparation. NEET is an offline exam and is conducted in a single day, therefore, due to COVID-19 restrictions, it would be an uphill task for the testing agency to manage lakhs of students.
Last year, NEET was conducted on 13 September following strict measures. To prevent overcrowding and to ensure smooth management and proper entry and exit protocols, the National Testing Agency had increased the number of exam centers from 2,546 in 2019 to 3,862 in 2020. The capacity of the number of students appearing in the exam per room was also decreased from 24 to 12.
The viral notification of the medical entrance exam to be conducted on 5 September 2021 is fake. The National Testing Agency has denied any such notification.