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How NEET 2018 Will Move From the Chaos of Re-Exam and Paper Leak?
(Mar 9, 2018): The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is central to all MBBS and BDS admissions in the country and thus is the most important exam for all medical aspirants.The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is responsible for conducting the exam every year and NEET 2018 is scheduled to take place on May 06.

NEET has been subject to various issues and controversies right from its inception in 2013. It has finally got the status of the central exam for all medical admissions except in AIIMS and JIPMER, but still is facing a lot of backlash and protest from many parties.

Even last year, the exam was subject to many controversies. Despite this, NEET is still maintaining its exclusivity. There have been many changes introduced in the exam which are going to ensure that NEET 2018 will move from path of chaos and protests to that of welfare of students and increase in standards of medical education.

Today, we will know about why NEET has been facing all sorts of issues and how CBSE and Ministry of Human Resource Development are addressing those issues, to make the NEET a perfect exam.

Controversies Surrounding NEET 2017

Although the journey for NEET has never been easy, but 2017 was probably the toughest year for the exam. As we have discussed earlier as well, the exam had faced a lot of issues last year. Take a look at these issues below to understand why there has been so much of buzz around this test.

The leak and the retest: Just after the conduct of test on May 07, 2017, many parents and aspirants started demanding a retest for NEET 2017. This was due to the news about the leakage of paper in certain locations of Bihar and Rajasthan.

Although, the police said that they had arrested all those people before the leak, but it is hard to believe because these people were inside the vans in which the question papers were being carried. Some people also alleged that a certain group of students were given the transcript of answers on their admit cards, which raised the worries further.

The language variations: NEET 2017 notification brought a great news for regional candidates, as the paper was now to be conducted in 10 languages. These languages included English, Hindi, Gujarati, Assamese, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali and Kannada. But, this news actually turned out to be a big problem for many candidates on the day of test.

This was because the regional papers were not the same as the English language paper, and variations up to 85% were noticed. Moreover, many candidates reported that the regional papers, especially in Bengali and Marathi, were much difficult than their English counterparts. This was strongly protested by the students and ministerial people of respective states. CBSE’s this move and the method by which they will standardize the result was also criticized heavily.

Tamil Nadu’s consistent rejection: Tamil Nadu has always been against the idea of a central test for medical admissions, and this year its stand was no different. The state has been emphasizing that its regional curriculum is much different from that of CBSE, and thus NEET is not a level playing field for its students.

The same was seen at the time of results as well. From all the candidates that appeared in NEET from Tamil Nadu, only 41% could actually qualify the exam. The success ratio on Kerala was 80%, and in other south Indian states was more than 70%. The statistics clearly show that the situation is Tamil students is really not worth appreciating, and that is why it has always been criticizing NEET.

A Lot More: Well this is not all, NEET 2017 still has a lot of controversies to its name. NEET also faced protest from Student Islamic Organization of India, or the SIO, for no inclusion of Urdu in the set of regional languages. The organization said that this was completely against the welfare and rights of Muslim students.

And then, there was this shocking incident of unfair treatment with a female candidate in Kerala, where she was asked to remove her innerwear before entering the exam hall. The case went so big that it was also discussed in state assembly, and CBSE had to release an official apology as well.

NEET 2017 Results: A Blow Against the Wind

With being in news for all the wrong reasons, no one had great expectations with NEET Results. But against all odds, the results declared more than 6 lakh candidates qualifying the exam.

To be precise, a total of 10,90,085 candidates appeared for the exam, out of which 6,11,539 cracked the exam. This is a healthy ratio of more than 55%, which shows that those who prepared well, cracked the exam despite all the chaos.

2.66 lakh male candidates and 3.45 lakh female candidates qualified NEET 2017. 8 transgender candidates also appeared for the exam, out of which 5 were successful.

How NEET 2018 will be a flawless exam

Although, the problems with NEET 2018 seem never ending, but CBSE and MHRD are doing all sorts of efforts to make it a perfect exam. Many changes have been introduced in the exam and some are quite significant ones. A close look at these changes will let us know that how NEET 2018 is going to be a better exam than its previous versions

Same paper across the country

One of the biggest anomalies of NEET, i.e. the variation in regional and English question papers is going to end this year. CBSE has made it clear that the all the papers are going to be mere translation of the English paper, and there will be zero difference in the question papers.
This is a welcome move and has created a level playing field for all the 11 lakh students that are expected to appear for the exam. Also, this will save a lot of effort in normalization and standardization of scores, as all the exams will be same.

Welcome Urdu
Listening to the pleas of SIO (Students Islamic Organization of India), CBSE has also added Urdu as a regional language for NEET. This is going to be of very high significance to many muslim students, as they will now be able to attempt the exam in their mother tongue.

With this change, NEET will now be conducted in 11 languages, which are – English, Hindi, Assamese, Kannad, Bengali, Marathi, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati and the latest addition Urdu.

More Centers, Less Hassle

CBSE has also increased the number of examination centers for NEET, which is a very good move to enhance the efficiency of exam. More centers means less candidates per center, which in turn will result into smoother conduct of exam in every center.

Last year, the test was conducted in 103 cities of the country. This year, NEET 2018 will be conducted in 152 cities, which is a big jump over last year. More cities will also mean that candidates who belong to tier 3 cities or to far flung areas, will get a little easier access to the exam.

The Unique ID phenomena

CBSE is carrying on the rule of making UID or the Aadhaar Card a mandatory requirement for NEET 2018. Although with some exceptions, this move will ensure a coverage of large pool of candidates appearing for NEET.

Also, with the presence of Aadhaar Card in the process, there will be a surety that no bogus registrations happen in the exam. Also, this will help is keeping a more effective eye on the candidates repeating NEET, or trying to repeat it above and beyond the limit. Overall, this move is going to continue as a great step towards increasing efficiency in NEET 2018.

Some more improvements

There have been some other changes introduced in the exam as well. First one of these is that NEET is now mandatory for doing MBBS in abroad as well. With this change, NEET has become the mandatory test for not only medical education in India, but in abroad as well.

Also, NEET has been mandatory for some AYUSH courses like BHMS, BUMS and BAMS as well. This step has increased the purview of exam even further.

Further, this year states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will also participate in All India Quota of 15% seats. Earlier, students of Jammu and Kashmir, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh were not eligible to participate in counselling for these seats. But now, students of two of these states, as mentioned above, can claim their candidature for these seats.

With a lot of changes being brought in, it seems like CBSE has done a lot of homework in making NEET 2018 a better and flawless exam. Now, only thing that the candidates need to work upon is their preparation. Learn from that and focus on your preparation. Good Luck!


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