Thousands of MBBS candidates have demanded the postponement of NEET, the medical entrance exam scheduled for July 17, saying it is “too close” to other competitive exams, giving them limited time to prepare.
The hashtag ‘postponitag’ is trending on microblogging site Twitter and candidates have also started an online petition which has been signed by over 24,000 students.
In his plea, he said that the counseling of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Graduate)-UG 2021 ended in March itself, and the 2022 edition is scheduled on July 17.
“How can we revise such a huge syllabus in just 3 months? Also, other important exams like board exams, CUCET, JEE Main are also scheduled around the same time. Imagine the trauma and pressure we are going to put on the students. All these important exams were scheduled one after the other. Is this the right decision?” petition demanded.
Last year’s exam was initially scheduled for August 1, but was postponed to September 12 due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“So much tension in the last days of exams. I am losing my hope. No one wants to listen, no one wants to help us, no one wants to understand us. We, candidates are in big trouble. Please postpone NEET-UG,” An aspirant Sanjana Gupta said.
According to lawyer and India Wide Parents Association, NEET and Common University Entrance Test (CUET) president Anubha Srivastava, students are facing inconvenience.
He said, “NEET should be conducted after JEE MAINS so that students can prepare well. Already the session is not going to start before February 2023 for NEET aspirants as counseling will take time.”
The National Testing Agency (NTA) on Wednesday announced that the first edition of CUET-UG will be conducted from July 15 to August 10.
A Twitter user said, “Dear @DG_NTA and @EduMinOfIndia please listen to the petition of the students, and their small demand, this is not an unreasonable desire, there are many reasons, NTA announces CUET which directly collides with NEET exam. “
The number of registrations for the medical entrance exam NEET has crossed 18.72 lakh this year – 10.64 lakh women, 8.07 lakh men – making a significant jump of over 2.5 lakh since 2021.
This year the registered candidates include 771 Foreigners, 910 NRIs and 647 NRIs.
Most of the candidates have chosen English as the medium of examination, followed by Hindi and Tamil.
NEET-UG is the qualifying entrance exam for admission to Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery (BSMS). . ), Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS), and Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS) and B.Sc (H) Nursing courses.