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Bengal Agrees to Conduct NEET This Year

Last Updated - October 25, 2017

Even after all the discussions and repercussions due to problems in NEET 2017, Bengal has finally decided that it will opt for the medical entrance exam this year as well. The state was looking to hold a separate entrance exam for medical aspirants, instead of admitting candidates through NEET, but has dropped this idea for now.

The state has agreed to continue with NEET exam after centre’s announcement that the regional papers will contain exactly same questions as the English language paper, and will be its mere translation, rather than being different papers altogether.


Events so far

After a very controversial conclusion to NEET 2017, Bengal’s education department was looking to opt out of the exam as it was observed that the regional papers had a higher difficulty level than English and Hindi language question papers. Such a variety in question papers is certainly unfair to the aspirants who are taking the exam in regional languages.

It was also observed that the question paper was in favor of those candidates who have studied from CBSE board. Bengal’s education department reported that all 4 students of the state who secured a place amongst the top 50 ranks of NEET belonged to CBSE, and not to the state board.

Such incongruities in NEET Exam were also reported in Tamil Nadu. The statistics say that most of the students in Tamil Nadu who belong to rural areas, majority of which study under the state board, failed to crack the exam because of its high difficulty level.

Bengal’s education minister Partha Chatterjee said that they were looking for options to keep the state out of the national level exam. A state official said that they haven’t yet made taken any steps towards holding a separate entrance test, after the decision of the centre.

The issue actually started when Partha Chatterjee wrote a letter to CBSE which explained the difficulties that Bengal students had faced in the exam. Many students said that they could not clear the exam due to its high difficulty level.

After this, the union ministry called the state officials for a video conference. Prakash Javdekar, Union HRD Minister, here announced that all the regional papers will be a translated version of the English examination paper.


Final Outcome

Reacting on the decision, Bhattacharya said that we will like to give the centre a year, to see that this mechanism developed by the centre actually helps the Bengal students or not. He said that this decision was taken after the board concluded that it would be wiser to wait for a year before taking any material step.

However, after centre’s announcement and current agreement by Bengal to participate in NEET this year, the situation seems in control now. It is a big relief for Bengal’s medical aspirants who were in big confusion regarding their preparation, as they did not know that in which they will need to appear this year.


About NEET

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, popularly known as NEET, is a national level medical entrance examination. Candidates looking to get admission in MBBS/BDS can opt for this exam.

To be eligible for this exam, a candidates needs to have passed class 12 from any recognized board or institute. Candidate must have studied and passed Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English, with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate. This criterion for minimum marks is 40% for SC/ST candidates. Also, a candidate must be below the age of 25 (general category). Upper age limit for SC/ST candidates is 30 years. Check NEET Eligibility Criteria

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts NEET every year. The exam is conducted once a year, generally in the month of May. Applications for the test generally begin in the last week of December and continue till January. Candidates can expect the results in the month of June and will have to appear in counseling afterwards, according to their score/rank in the exam.

NEET is an offline pen and paper based exam. In a time limit of 180 minutes, candidates have to answer 180 questions. The exam which is divided in 4 sections, contains 45 questions each on the subject Physics, Chemistry, Zoology and Botany. Each question in the exam carries 4 marks whereas there is a negative marking of 1 mark for every incorrect response marked by the candidate. Check NEET Exam Pattern

NEET is a gateway to some of the best medical colleges in the country. Some highly desired colleges under NEET include Maulana Azad Medical College (New Delhi), VMMC & Safdarganj Hospital (New Delhi), University of Medical Sciences (New Delhi), Government Medical College (Kozhikode) and Seth GS Medical College (Mumbai).

NEET examination can be taken in Hindi, English and 8 other regional languages of the country. The exam centers for NEET are spread all over the country in 103 cities. Every year, more than a million candidates appear in the exam for roughly 50000 seats medical seats available under its ambit.


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