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NEET UG: NEET-UG syllabus to be reduced; Registration for next year’s exam to start from January


The National Testing Agency (NTA) is all set to announce a rationalised syllabus for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Undergraduate (NEET-UG) 2024 next week. The online registration process for this entrance test, which provides admission to undergraduate medical, dental, and allied courses, and is scheduled to May 5 next year, will commence in January, a TOI report stated.

NEET-UG is known to be one of the largest entrance tests globally, with registrations reaching 20.87 lakh in 2023, a significant increase of over 2 lakh compared to 2022. The NTA has collaborated with the National Medical Commission (NMC) and various Boards to develop the new syllabus. These Boards have already rationalised their senior secondary syllabus during the Covid-19 pandemic.

NTA Director General, Subodh Kumar Singh, stated, “NTA will notify NEET-UG syllabus next week, providing ample time for students to prepare. The syllabus will be reduced, and candidates will have over six months to plan their studies for the entrance test.”

Due to academic disruptions caused by the pandemic, several education boards, including the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), have reduced the syllabus for classes IX to XII. However, the syllabus for NEET-UG and JEE (Main) remained untouched until now.

Presently, there are a little over 1.04 lakh MBBS seats available, including more than 54,000 in government medical colleges, along with over 27,800 seats for BDS courses. Additionally, there are over 52,700 seats available for AYUSH programs and 603 seats for veterinary sciences and animal husbandry. Admissions for homoeopathic and Unani medicine courses are also based on NEET-UG scores. In government medical colleges, seats are filled under two categories – All India Quota (AIQ) and state quota. The AIQ category reserves a maximum of 15% of seats in each MBBS government college.


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