5 Reasons Why NEET UG Grabbed Media Attention Last Year


CBSE conducts the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test which is without a doubt, one of the most competitive national level examinations in the country for candidates seeking admissions in the top medical colleges. CBSE released the application form for NEET last year on January 31 where it saw whopping 11,38,890 students appearing for the exam including 1522 NRIs and 613 foreigners. However, this year the notification has not yet been released and students are anxiously waiting for the same along with updates on the eligibility criteria of the exam.

This has again shed light on the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test leaving it to be the most talked about topic amongst the masses. Let’s take you a few months back in time and with much interest, aware you about the five most obvious reasons for which the exam was in news last year and still remains as we wait for this year’s application form of NEET.

First, when the Medical Council of India gave the medical aspirants a bad time was by introducing two criteria that baffled students, i.e. the age and attempt limit. Candidates will be allowed only three times to appear for NEET, i.e. if a student has already appeared for a medical entrance examination before NEET, it was also counted in the limit of 3, but shortly after the students protested against the rule, authorities had to amend it and NEET 2017 was made the first attempt.

Secondly, the upper age limit for candidates seeking admission in MBBS/BDS seats was fixed at 25 years with a relaxation of 5 years for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC category. Continuous protests have been going on in this regard and there are multiple petitions filed in courts. It was decided to let students attempt the examination this year, however, a final decision in this regard is awaited.

It was on May 7 that NEET UG gained media attention for the third time. Students who appeared for the exam complained of harassment in the guise of strict adherence to the CBSE’s dress code to crack down on cheating. An unfortunate incident took place in a Kerala’s school wherein a girl was forced to remove her bra as its hook caused the metal detector to beep but later the invigilators were suspended.

Last year, students who attempted the exam in Bengali, Gujarati and Tamil medium complained of higher difficulty level in comparison to English and Hindi mediums since the exam was held in 10 languages. However, from the present academic session, only one question paper will be set which would be translated into different languages. Students from different states also protested against major translation errors in the different languages of the paper.

Amidst various controversies, the one of paper leak gained media coveragewherein paper leak attempts were reported and the accused were arrested from Jaipur and other cities.

S Anitha, a medical student from Tamil Nadu took her own life after the Supreme Court’s order to Tamil Nadu to follow NEET for admissions to medical courses. This was surely the biggest news of NEET which made headlines. Several students from the state protested on streets, demanding a roll back of the common medical exam.

NEET, an examination which is supposed to test the ability of medical aspirants thereby providing them admissions into their dream colleges slowly gained widespread media attention and became one of the most talked about pointsalongside hurting the sentiments of medical aspirants. Well, we hope that there issome respite from the controversies in this examination, without getting to hear such news again and the exam being conducted successfully in 2018.