Are We Looking At a Possible Postponement Of NEET Exam 2021?

Are We Looking At a Possible Postponement Of NEET Exam 2021?

One of India’s most prestigious exams has become a center of controversy!

As was announced by the Education Ministry, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Undergraduate (NEET-UG) is to be held on September 12, 2021. While this decision brought clarity to clueless students, it also invited some not-so-positive reactions from them. Medical aspirants have taken to social media with the hashtag #PostponeNEETUGSeptToOctober. To understand the reason for this visible disdain, we need to look at the reasons the candidates are so adamant to postpone the NEET Exam 2021.

According to the students, the primary reason is the lack of time being given to prepare for the new pattern. The earlier pattern included 180 objective-type questions from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (Zoology + Botany). However, the new pattern will consist of 2 sections: Section A (35 Questions) and Section B (15 questions, out of which students can attempt any 10).

Besides, with the JEE Main exam being postponed for a month, NEET candidates feel that it’s only fair to give an equal amount of preparation time to the latter.

Another extremely important reason pointed out by the students is the safety of candidates. If the data by experts are to be believed, August to mid-September is the likely time when the 3rd wave shall hit India. Therefore students, especially from highly Covid-vulnerable states like Maharashtra, are demanding the postponement of the NEET 2021 Exam.

This concern comes with the fact that many of the candidates, especially those from the poor and remote areas have not been vaccinated yet. 

Health and safety as well as a proper preparation time are the main reasons students are demanding the postponement of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test. The Education Ministry is yet to give a response on the same.

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