The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced the addition of 23 new exam cities to the existing list of 80 cities where the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 will be held on May 7. As per the CBSE notification released on Friday, March 24, a record 11,31,104 candidates have registered for NEET 2017 as compared to 8,02,594 candidates last year, an increase of more than 41%.
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To accommodate these candidates, the national level entrance test which provides admissions to MBBS/BDS courses in medical colleges across the country will be held at a total of 103 centres, the same number as for the JEE (Main) exam. “Looking into the substantial increase in number of registered candidates this year, the Minister of Human Resources and Development, Government of India has desired to increase 23 more new examination cities in the list of 80 existing examination cities”, the CBSE notification reads. More than 2200 institutions are expected to made available as exam centres across these 103 cities to ensure the smooth conduct of NEET 2017.
The notification further announces that candidates can change their previously selected examination centres until March 27. “In 103 cities where the NEET 2017 will be conducted, the candidates can give their options from 24.03.2017 to 27.03.2017 to choose the city of examination. They can log on to NEET website - http://cbseneet.nic.in for revising their option of cities chosen earlier,” the notification states.
In the new list of 23 examination cities, CBSE has included four cities each from Karnataka and Maharashtra, three each from Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, two each from Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Kerala, and one city each from Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
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The CBSE had released the original list of 80 NEET 2017 exam cities along with the NEET prospectus on January 31. During the application form procedure, candidates had to choose three cities from the drop down list where they wished to appear in the entrance examination. Out of these three chosen cities, one exam city would be allocated to the applicant. To change their choice of cities now, candidates can visit the official website, click on the ‘exam city correction’ flash notification on the homepage, login with their details and revise their city options until March 27.
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