NEET: Bane or boon?

Reactions from students on the NEET ruling.

May 08, 2016 05:00 pm | Updated November 17, 2021 03:52 am IST

Ketaki Shivhar Lamture

Ketaki Shivhar Lamture

The Supreme Court imposed a rule on April 29 that the All India Pre-Medical Test would be treated as the first phase of NEET and there would be no more State exams.

More than six lakh students wrote the entrance exam on May 1 despite having only two days for preparation.

The court has also said students who have not applied for the All India Entrance Exam will be given a chance to take NEET’s second phase on July 24 and the results would be announced on August 17.

Sarah Khalid, Bachelor’s in Prosthetics and Orthotics, IPH, Delhi University

As an NRI student, I left home early just to write NEET in 2013, only to find out later that the test wasn’t valid. I think the Supreme Court’s decision has given a huge relief to thousands of aspiring doctors and anxious parents who were earlier made to run all over the country in order to appear for the entrance tests which were conducted separately by different medical schools.

This process imposed a massive financial burden on the parents apart from causing enormous anxiety. I feel that due to lack of proper awareness and information, everyone has been particularly sceptical about it.

Lokavya, Chettinad Vidyasharam, Chennai

I am very happy with the Supreme Court’s decision. The reintroduction of NEET in Chennai has become an added advantage for medical aspirants as they will not have to go through the strenuous admission process where a lot of private colleges demand a huge sum of money.

Also, State board students who were previously given seats without going through any competition won’t be favoured by the Tamil Nadu government. Due to the Supreme Court’s rule, CBSE students can get a fair share of the seats and they won’t have to go through the pressure of getting “pricey seats” at private colleges.

Ketaki Shivhar Lamture, Shri Bankatala Lahoti English School, Latur

Cancelling all the exams and having NEET is a bad idea. The Supreme Court’s decision is highly unfair as NEET is based on CBSE and NCERT syllabus. It is hard for State board students to catch up with a completely new syllabus in just two months.

I am finding it very difficult to cope with the syllabus as I have very less time and a lot to study. Because of this verdict, many State board students might not be able to achieve their dream of becoming a doctor.

Naslun Khan, MBBS, GMERS Medical College, Gandhinagar

I think the Supreme Court’s move is really good as students will now have to study for only one competitive exam. So, the syllabus remains the same and we can concentrate on cracking only one exam without rushing. The malpractice prevalent in the name of exams will also be reduced and every student will get a fair chance.

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