The NEET will be conducted on May 5, 2013 in 85 cities across the country. In Tripura, the entrance test will be held at the state capital though the state government has demanded to arrange it ion 6 centres.
Health and Family Welfare minister, Tapan Chakraborty said that the pattern of the test would be objective type pen and paper test with 180 questions and question papers will be in 6 languages including English, Hindi, and Bengali.
He also said that candidates will have to pass class 12 examination with Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology. There will be no bar on the obtained marks through the candidate will have to cross 17 years.
Tapan made it clear that while 15% medical seats will be reserves for central pool, 85% seats will be allotted as state quota. The cut-off marks for general will be 50% while 40% will be cut-off marks for SC/ST/OBC candidates.
"Initially we are against the NEET but later, we decided to accept it after exploring all aspects. In fact, the NEET is not against the domicile students," said Tapan. With the adoption of the NEET, there is no merit of conducting separate joint entrance test by the Tripura Joint Entrance Board (TJEB) at least for allocating medical seats.
Source said that, the state will not suffer after the decision of conducting NEET. In twin medical colleges of Tripura, Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC) and Tripura Medical College (TMC), 15% seats are meant for Central pool while the state uses to retain 85% seats, leaving 10% seats to those NE state who don't have medical college.