03 December, 2020

This Test Is Only Getting Uglier

NEET popped up issues this time too. Is the exam proving to be a disaster than failure?

A student at the May 7 NEET exam in Delhi
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This Test Is Only Getting Uglier

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) has been rife with controversies since it was introduced two years ago. This time, too, controversies cropped up after a strictly-enforced dress code led many to either miss the exam or start late in the hall. Sources in the health ministry have indicated that the medical entrance exam, like it happened last year, may be held again. In 2016, a Supreme Court order forced NEET authorities to hold the exam for a second time—on July 24. The controversies this year prompted some students to move court. They filed a writ petition in the Madras High Court, which has sought the Union health minister’s views on conducting the NEET exam once again this year.

In any case, there are more problems to NEET this time—following rumours of exam papers being leaked in Bihar. More importantly, many students allege exam papers in regional langua­ges, mainly Gujarati and Bengali, were more difficult than those in English and Hindi. Such irregularities with the question paper have students questioning the validity and...



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