- Thousands of MBBS aspirants demanded postponement of medical entrance exam NEET scheduled on July 17
- Aspirants have also started an online petition which has been signed by over 24,000 students.
- No time to prepare, dates clashing with CUET: Aspirants said; #PostponeNEETUG trending on Twitter
NEET UG: Thousands of medical aspirants on Thursday took to Twitter their anguish over NEET exam, and demanded that the medical entrance exam, which is scheduled for July 17 to be postponed. The aspirants said that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Undergraduate)-UG 2021 ended just in March, and the 2022 edition is scheduled on July 17.
Hashtag ‘PostponeNEETUG’ has been trending on microblogging site Twitter and the aspirants have also started an online petition which has been signed by over 24,000 students.
"How are we to revise such a vast syllabus in just 3 months? Moreover, other important exams like the Board Exams, CUCET, JEE Mains are also scheduled around the same time. Imagine the trauma and pressure we students are having to go through with all these significant exams scheduled one after the other. Is this a fair decision?" the petition demanded.
The last year’s exam was initially scheduled for August 1 but was postponed to September 12 due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Dear @DG_NTA and @EduMinOfIndia please hear the plea of the students, and their small demand, it's not a unjustified wants there are many reasons also NTA announced the CUET which directly clash with NEET exam," a Twitter user said.
The number of registrations for medical entrance exam NEET has crossed 18.72 lakh this year -- 10.64 lakh women, 8.07 lakh men -- recording a significant jump of over 2.5 lakh since 2021.
Among the candidates registered this year, 771 are foreigners, 910 Non-Resident Indians and 647 Overseas Citizen of India card holders.
The highest number of candidates have opted English as the medium of exam, followed by Hindi and Tamil.
The NEET-UG is the qualifying entrance exam for admission to Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery (BSMS), Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS), and Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS) and BSc (H) Nursing courses.