With the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test Undergraduate (NEET-UG), for admission to medical and dental courses, being postponed in Karnataka in view of the Assembly elections, candidates here have raised fears that aspirants from the neighbouring State may gain undue advantage.

Scheduled to be held on May 5 across the country, the first-ever such exam, NEET has been postponed in Karnataka to May 18. “The gap will give an unfair advantage to candidates from Karnataka as they will know the paper pattern and the quality of questions. It is all the more important because NEET is being held for the first time and its pattern is not yet known,” says U. Sampath Kumar, father of an aspirant. “This will lead to unequal competition.” Aspirants claim the postponement is also illegal. They say as per the notification, the exam should be conducted on a single day, and if it needs to be postponed or advanced it should be done so across the country.

The first-ever NEET exam, to be held on May 5 across the country, has been postponed in Karnataka in view of Assembly polls, raising fears that candidates in the neighbouring State may gain undue advantage