The most coveted medical entrance exam of the country NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) saw some serious errors from the side of the examination conducting authorities this year. CBSE (from 2019 NTA would be the official NEET conducting authority) who was entrusted to conduct NEET 2018 across India successfully, made certain translation related errors in setting the question paper.
The West Bengal NEET 2018 aspirants were seen affected with this error in translation of questions in Bengali. The Calcutta University found that there were translation related mistakes in 5 questions out of a total of 180 questions that were asked in the exam.
The matter was taken to Calcutta High Court whereby candidates requested the court to issue an order to grant students (of West Bengal region who took NEET 2018) compensation for this mistake of official authorities in face of grace marks or re-exam. The case was filed by a student Wasim A Hossain asking for the compensation to be provided. The high court after taking all the evidences in consideration ruled in favor of the candidate, and order to grant him 16 marks (as he attempted 4 out of those 5 questions).
The Calcutta High Court lashed at the CBSE and also directed the exam conducting authority to pay utmost heed while conducting the examinations in future as errors like this can have an effect on lives of thousands of aspirants.
As per the court’s orders, 20 marks (since each question carry four marks and there was an error in 5 questions) were to be granted as grace marks to West Bengal region students who took NEET 2018 exam. The decision is estimated to benefit thousands of students from West Bengal.
Meanwhile the petitioner Wasim A Hossain is planning to move the case to the division bench of Calcutta High Court as he says that not five but 98 questions out of 180 in NEET 2018 had translation related mistakes.
West Bengal CM took the issue to center
The West Bengal CM discussed this issue of translation related mistake in NEET 2018 with the Union HRD minister and demanded the conduct of re-exam. The Calcutta High Court also sought clarifications from CBSE in this matter.
The Calcutta HC also asked the NEET 2018 conducting authority to reserve seat for the examinee till a bench decides on the plea on the error in relation to the translation in Bengali version of the paper.
Similar errors in Tamil Nadu region
The case of translation related error in NEET 2018 was also seen in the Tamil version of the paper. As many as 49 questions (worth 196 marks) were wrongly translated in Tamil.
Providing relief to around 24,000 aspirants who took the NEET 2018 exam from Tamil Nadu region the Madras High Court ordered CBSE to grant 196 marks as grace (For 49 questions with translation error as each question carries 4 marks).
This translation related error has bought CBSE in a bad light while causing problems for the candidates who took the exam in the regional language.
Highlights Table: NEET 2019
Candidates who are about to start preparation for the NEET exam or have just started preparing for the NEET 2019 exam must have an overview of the examination in their mind.
For the reference of candidates we have tabled the major highlights related to the NEET 2019 exam below:
|NEET conducting authority||National Testing Agency (NTA)|
|Nature of exam||National Level Entrance exam|
|Mode of Exam||Offline (Pen and Paper Mode)|
|Type of Questions asked||MCQ type|
|Duration of the exam||3 Hours (180 Minutes)|
|Marking scheme||4 Marks for each correct answer, 1 Mark deduction for each Incorrect answer|
NEET 2019 Important Dates
Candidates who are preparing for NEET 2019 exam must take note of the important dates related to the exam cycle. This time NEET exam would be conducted for the first time under the new exam conducting authority that is NTA (National Testing Agency).
NTA has released the official dates for the NEET 2019 exam. The important dates related to the NEET 2019 exam are tabled below:
|Start of NEET 2019 Online Application Process||November 1st, 2018|
|Last date for NEET 2019 Online Application||December 7th, 2018|
|NEET 2019 Application correction window||January 14th to January 31st, 2019|
|NEET 2019 Admit card availability||April 15th-16th, 2019|
|NEET 2019 Exam date||May 5th, 2019|
|NEET 2019 Results declaration||June 5th, 2019|
|NEET 2019 Counseling starts||June 13th, 2019|
Candidates must note that though the dates for NEET 2019 exam cycle have been officially published they can be changed or altered if required (say due to the General Elections) as per the need and discretion of NTA. Hence, candidates are advised to visit the official website: https://www.nta.ac.in/ regularly for latest updates.
NEET Previous years Cut-off
Talking about the adjustment in NEET Cut-off this year, we must take a look at the NEET cut-off in previous years as well. This would be beneficial for candidates who are preparing for NEET 2019 or later. Getting a sight of NEET cut-off in previous years would provide you with an insight that what is a safe score in order to qualify this coveted medical entrance examination.
For the reference of students we have tabled the previous year’s NEET Cut-off below:
|UR||50th Percentile||50th Percentile||50th Percentile||50% Qualifying marks|
|OBC||40th Percentile||40th Percentile||40th Percentile||40% Qualifying marks|
|SC||40th Percentile||40th Percentile||40th Percentile||40% Qualifying marks|
|ST||40th Percentile||40th Percentile||40th Percentile||40% Qualifying marks|
The previous year NEET Cut-off tabled above makes one thing clear that score of 50th percentile (for general candidates) which stands to be around 119-120 marks out of a total of 720 marks is a safe score. So, candidates who are aiming to clear the NEET 2019 exam must eye a score of 120 plus so, as to be on the safer side.
Top Scholarship Programs Offered in University of Victoria
The University of Victoria, a foremost research university situated in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, is one of the most international universities in Canada, catching the attention of students from around the world. In appreciation of students demonstrating commendable performances, the University of Victoria bestows over 8 million dollars in scholarships every year on the basis of scholastic merit or brilliance. In addition to that, the university grants more than 4 million dollars per annum in the type of bursaries for students having economic need. Here we are presenting a list containing the details of the major scholarship programs offered by the university.
Generally, two types of scholarships are offered by the University of Victoria and they are:
- Entrance scholarships, available for domestic and international high school students, and for Canadian college-transfer students
- GPA or application-based in-course scholarships, available for current undergraduate students
Undergraduate students who are new to the University of Victoria are entitled to several awards made available by means of the contributions from benefactors as well as from the operating budget of the University. These are described as entrance scholarships. Every year the university grants over 3.5 million dollars in the entrance scholarships. These scholarships are non-refundable and are rewarded largely on the basis of a student’s educational excellence.
- Top entrance scholarships
|Category||Name of the scholarship||Value||Number|
|Entrance scholarships based on admission average||50th Anniversary Education Entrance Scholarship||$1000||1|
|Ben and Barbara Sivertz Scholarship||Varies||Varies|
|David Brousson Entrance Scholarship||$2000||1|
|Faculty Association Entrance Scholarships||$3000||Varies|
|President’s Beyond Borders Fund||$5000||3|
|President’s Vietnam Scholarship||$10,000||3|
|John and Myrtle Tilley Undergraduate Scholarship||Varies||Varies|
|Richard B. Wilson Entrance Scholarship||Varies||Varies|
|University of Victoria Entrance Scholarships||$2000, $2500||Varies|
|W.H. Hickman Alumni Scholarship||Varies||Varies|
|Scholarships based on admission average and other criteria-Application required||25th Olympiad Scholarship||$1,000-2,000||1|
|Aldyen Hamber Entrance Scholarship||$1,000||2|
|Alexander and Mary MacKenzie Entrance Scholarship||$500||1|
|Betty Dewick Scholarship in Music||Varies||Varies|
|Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Entrance Scholarship||Varies||1|
|Royal Jubilee Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association Student Award||Varies||Varies|
|Home Depot, Gordon Head Residents Association Scholarship||Varies||1|
|India Canada Cultural Association of Victoria Scholarship||Varies||1|
|New Canadian and Immigrant Entrance Scholarship||$2,000||1|
|Professional Employees Association (PEA) Scholarship||Varies||Varies|
In addition to these, departmental scholarships and student category-specific scholarships are also awarded to deserving candidates.
Undergraduate students who attend the University of Victoria in the customary Winter Session are entitled to numerous awards made available by means of contributions from communal and individual donors and from the operating budget of the University as well. These are described as in-course scholarships. The greater part of in-course scholarships do not have the need of an application except otherwise denoted; they are granted on the basis of scholastic merit or the recommendations made by the respective departments.
|Category||Name of the scholarship||Value||Number|
|Application-required scholarships||Andrew Soles Memorial Scholarship||Varies||Varies|
|British Columbia Paraplegic Association/Rotary Club of Victoria Scholarship||Varies||1|
|Chair in Transgender Studies Undergraduate Research Scholarship for Trans, Non-Binary and Two-Spirit Students||$500||Varies|
|Columbia Coast Mission Scholarship||Varies||Varies|
|David Harris Flaherty Scholarship||Varies||Varies|
|Joyce Clearihue Undergraduate Co-op Scholarship||Varies||Varies|
|Mrs. Annie Greskiw Scholarship in Pre-Medical Studies||Varies||2|
|Professional Employees Association (PEA) Scholarship||Varies||Varies|
|Saanich Employees Benefit Association Award||$1,000||Varies|
|TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Scholarship||$1,000||1|
|Application not required scholarships||Albert Hung Chao Hong Scholarship||Varies||Varies|
|Alexander and Helen Stafford MacCarthy Muir Scholarship||Varies||Varies|
|Anthony Gerard “Bud” Peetz Scholarship||Varies||Varies|
|Brian Jackson and Denys Mailhiot Scholarship||Varies||Varies|
|British Columbia 1958 Centennial Scholarship||Varies||1|
|CFUW Victoria Anniversary Science Scholarship||Varies||1|
|Distinguished Alumni Award Scholarship||Varies||1|
|Edward J. Savannah Memorial Scholarship||Varies||1|
|Jarmila Vlast von Drak Thouvenelle Co-op Scholarship||Varies||Varies|
|University of Victoria Alumni Association Undergraduate Scholarship||Varies||Varies|
In addition to these, departmental scholarships and student category-specific scholarships are also awarded to deserving candidates.
Students willing to get admitted to the University of Victoria are advised to visit the website of the university and read the informative pages carefully to gather more pieces of relevant information on the subject of available scholarships and awards.
List of Rejected Candidates for GATE 2019 Released; Know More
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras will be conducting GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) in 2019. The institute has released the list of candidates whose applications for the examination has been cancelled, on the official website or the GOAPS portal. Two lists of rejected candidates for GATE have been released by IIT Madras on their website –
- The list of candidates who have submitted a duplicate application
- The list of candidates who have failed to meet the eligibility criteria.
As previously mentioned in the brochure or prospectus for GATE 2019, the admit cards will not be generated for any of the rejected applications and application fees will not be refunded. Also, it stated that candidates who have applied more than once for the same paper will be allowed to appear in any one of the sessions only and all the remaining applications made by the candidate will be rejected. However, candidates who have been rejected can submit necessary documents by contacting the exam authorities.
How to check the rejected list of candidates for GATE 2019?
The rejected lists of candidates contain the enrolment IDs. Candidates who wish to view the list can follow the steps mentioned below,
- Visit http://gate.iitm.ac.in/ .
- Go to “Important Notice” to find the two lists.
- Download the lists.
- Search for the required enrolment ID.
List for Provisionally Accepted Applications
IIT Madras has also released a separate list of candidates whose applications have been selected just provisionally. The errors in such applications have to be rectified by the candidates within February 15, 2019, or else the results of the examination will be withheld by the conducting authorities.
GATE 2019 Eligibility
To be eligible for GATE, candidates have to be an Indian national. NRI candidates from Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Ethiopia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) are also eligible.
Candidates should also have B.Tech/B.E degree or M.Tech/M.E degree to appear for GATE 2019. There is no minimum percentage of marks required for the degrees.
Also, there is no age limit for GATE.
GATE 2019 Important Information
GATE 2019 is scheduled to be conducted on February 2, February 3, February 9 and February 10. Each day will have two shifts – one in the morning and other in the afternoon. Admit Cards will be made available from January 4, 2019.
The result of GATE 2019 will be released on March 16, 2019. The score will be valid for the next three years from the date of release of the result.
GATE 2019 will be conducted for 24 subjects that include Aerospace Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Architecture and Planning, Biotechnology, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Instrumentation Engineering, Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering among others. Students can apply for any one stream.
GATE examination will be held in several Indian cities and overseas centres are Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Dubai (UAE), Kathmandu (Nepal) and Singapore.
GATE is a 3-hour examination that is conducted online. There are 65 questions and the total allotted mark is 100. The questions are MCQ type and numerical type. Numerical problems do not have multiple choices for answers.
Importance of GATE score
GATE is the entrance test necessary for admission to M.E/M.Tech Programs and Doctoral Programs in Engineering/Technology/Architecture/ in the seven IITs in India and IISc. Candidates qualifying GATE can also get financial assistance when pursuing Masters Programs.
GATE score is also an important eligibility criterion for recruitment programs by several PSUs. PSUs like Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) etc select candidates on the basis of their GATE scores. Many departments in the Central Government also recruit on the basis of GATE. Posts like Senior Field Officer (Tele), Senior Research Officer (Crypto) and Senior Research Officer (S&T) in Cabinet Secretariat, such Group A level posts require GATE qualified candidates.
Know These Important Instructions from NTA for JEE Main 2019
The Joint Entrance Examination also popularly known as the JEE Main 2019 has begun its first session examination starting from January 08, 2019. The examination is conducted by the National Testing Agency in two sessions, one in January and the other in April. Considering the importance of the examination in deeming the admission of candidates to varied engineering and architecture courses, the NTA has rendered out few important instructions for candidates to take care of.
Check out the important instructions for JEE Main 2019
- Candidates are advised to download the Admit Card from the official website of JEE or NTA.
- Check the reporting time, centre, and closing time of the gate at the centre, examination date, slot timing and Venue of the test.
- Candidates must report at the exam centre in time without delay.
- Students reporting late after the reporting time will under no circumstances be allowed to get inside the exam centre.
- Considering the weather and traffic in the location, aspirants are advised to arrange for transport and leave their house in accordance to the reporting time.
- All candidates are advised to carry along the printed copy of Admit Card), one passport size coloured photograph, a valid Original copy of Photo Identity proof.
- The Identity proofs must be original documents. Aadhaar and Ration Card are also acceptable documents.
- However, ID cards those issued by Colleges, Universities, Schools, Coaching Centres will not be counted as ID proof.
- AADHAR enrollment receipts devoid of AADHAR number, photocopies or images of identity proof stored in the mobile phones, etc. will not be accepted.
- Candidates will not be allowed inside the examination centre if they fail to carry the mentioned documents i.e. Admit Card, Photograph and Identity Proof.
- Candidates belonging to PWD category are required to carry the requisite certificates as proof.
- Students belonging to the said category are requested to reach the exam center early to the reporting time.
- Students who have an issue of diabetes may carry fruits, sugary tablets, water bottles to the exam hall.
- Packaged food items will not be allowed into the exam hall.
- No other item or thing will be allowed inside the exam hall other than the above -mentioned ones.
- Items like Pencil Box, geometry box, Handbag, purse, stationary, printed or written materials, eatables and water packed or in a loose condition, mobile phones, electric devices, gadgets etc. will not be entertained inside the exam hall.
- All candidates will be provided with the necessary materials including rough sheet, pen/ pencil at the exam centre for rough work.
- Candidates must write their roll number and name mentioning at the top right corner of the paper.
- After the exam, the paper used for rough work must be handed back to the invigilator along with the Admit Card when leaving the exam centre.
- Lastly, all the students attending the exam must enter the required details in the Attendance Sheet written in legible handwriting.
- You must assign your signature, left thumb impression and paste your photograph in the Attendance sheet.
- In the case of thumb impression, you must ensure the left-hand thumbprint is clear and not smudged.
These were some necessary instructions that every JEE Main aspirants should keep in mind before and during the exam.
Know How Mock Tests are Crucial to Get Good JEE Main Result
From the first week of January 2019, National Testing Agency or NTA will be conducting the first edition of JEE Main 2019. The admit card of the respective examination will be available soon to the students.
According to the Rajshekhar Ratrey, VP, educational content, Topper, “JEE is one of the most sought-after examinations in the country that many engineering aspirants hope to crack. And the reason behind this is simple as cracking this exam will allow aspirants to take admissions to top engineering institutes like various IITs and NITs,”
He further added the statement that “The last decade has seen changes in the JEE Main format to keep up with the evolving requirements of the employer. JEE Main exam will be conducted in two phases from January 2019, the tentative date for the first examination will be 6th – 20th January,”
Since aspirants are done with the syllabus, it’s time to start taking practice mock tests. However, if you haven’t started preparing yet, it is important for you to attempt mock tests as much as you can to get good JEE Main Result.
Reasons to take Mock Test for your Good JEE Main Result
Listed below are the top reasons to take a mock test.
You’ll Test your Level
Mock tests are the sample tests that will help give you an idea of which topics and concepts you need to focus on. Once you are done taking a mock test many times, then it is important for you to analyse your answers carefully in order to check out how well you have actually understand your syllabus. In addition, make sure you go through each section carefully. This will help you focus on the areas where there is a need for sheer improvement.
You’ll Learn to Manage Time
No matter from how many months you have started preparing, if you don’t learn judicious time management, then you might not be able to complete your exam paper in time. If you attempt a mock test in a time-bound environment, it will give you a clear idea of how long it takes for you to solve different sections of the question paper. Once you got to know which subjects are taking too much time, you can focus better. This will help you to improve your overall speed in the examination.
You’ll Train Your Mind
If you are appearing in this kind of examination for the first time, then there are possible chances that you might be stressful. That’s the reason, it is important for you to acquaint yourself with the environment by taking as many mock tests as you can. This will help you handle exam stress better and help you get good JEE Main result.
You’ll Understand How to Solve
There are some concepts that you have already understood well, but when it comes to solving them in the examination, you may get confused and as a result, you will make mistakes. To overcome this difficulty, try giving mock tests. Furthermore, you must start practicing problem-solving and theory questions as they will give you a better idea of these concepts.
You’ll Plan Your Strategy
Always keep this in mind that you don’t take mock tests blindly. While answering the JEE Main, try using different approaches and later find out which one works best for you. For instance, you can try going through the entire paper, selecting the easy questions and solving them first. Next, try answering the paper subject-wise, choose the simpler one first. Make sure you choose the questions that will boost your confidence and save your time.
As you could see, mock tests can be extremely beneficial to the aspirants who are seeking admissions to the top educational institutes. They can help you learn new problem-solving techniques while improving your ability to manage time and handle pressure. Eventually, make sure that your mock tests must have a large and diverse set of questions that will help you score well in JEE Main result.
BITSAT 2019 Application Process Started; Here are the Related Details
BITSAT is conducted for the students who are seeking admission in undergraduate and graduate programs offered by Birla Institute of Technology and Science. So, filling and submitting application form is the first step for all the students who will be going to appear in the exam.
BITS Pilani has released the application form on January 4. Students have to submit the filled application form by March 20. BITSAT will be conducted from May 16 to 26 in an online mode. Along with the application form students need to pay application fee either through net banking, credit/ debit card or through offline mode.
BITSAT 2019 Application Process
BITSAT 2019 application process consists of steps like registration, filling the form, uploading documents, and payment of application. It’s mandatory for the students to complete each step by entering genuine information. The steps that students need to follow while filling the application form is examination below.
Step 1: Registration
- It is the core step that every student should follow before start filling the application form.
- Open the BITSAT admission portal
- Click on “New Registration” tab
- Candidate’s Name, Gender, Date of Birth, and Email ID are the details that students need to fill during registration.
Step 2: Fill the Online BITSAT Application Form
- Enter the personal details like Father’s name, Mother’s name, Nationality, Address, Contact number.
- Click on “Submit” button
- Choose at least three exam centres according to the preference.
- Students who wish to select Dubai as examination centre will be required to choose only one option i.e. Dubai.
- Preview the application form and check if any changes are required.
- In case of any chances, click “Edit above details” tab.
Step 3: Upload Photograph and Signature
- Login to the official website using Email ID and password.
- Upload scanned images of Photograph and Signature.
- Preview the images before uploading.
- Click on the “Upload” button.
Specification for Photograph and Signature
|Photograph||Minimum 10 kb – Maximum 30 kb||JPG/ JPEG format|
|Signature||Minimum 2 kb – Maximum 20 kb||JPG/ JPEG format|
Step 4: Payment of Application Fees
- After uploading the documents students will be redirected to the payment gateway.
- Candidate can pay the fee either in an online or offline mode.
- The application form will not be accepted if the fee is not received.
- Online payment can be done through net banking, debit/ credit card, and Paytm.
- Offline payment can be done through the payslips at ICICI Bank.
Application Fee 2019
|Male candidates||INR 3150|
|Female candidates||INR 2650|
|For male/ female candidates option for Dubai exam centre||US $80|
Students are advised to download and take the printout of application form and fee receipt after making the payment for the future use.
BITSAT 2019 Application Form Correction
If student mistakenly provides incorrect information, they can make the changes even after submitting the application form. Admission authority will provide the correction facility to make the changes if required. Students need to log into the admission portal using application number and password to make the necessary changes.
Steps to Find BITSAT Registration Number
To know the application number students need to provide proper and valid details. If a student forget their application/ registration number, they can follow the below steps to recover:
- Click on the given link i.e. http://projects.bitsadmission.com/findappno/Default.aspx
- Enter the Email ID, Contact number, Gender, and Date of birth.
- Click on the “Proceed” button.
- After clicking the button, the number will be displayed.