The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Under Graduate medical programme, referred to as NEET-UG, or more popularly as NEET, is an all India level common entrance test conducted by the Central Board of secondary education (CBSE) for admissions in MBBS and BDS courses at various government and private medical colleges within the country. First time started in 2013, the exam has replaced past AIPMT (All India Pre-Medical Test) to serve as a general platform for medical/ dental admissions in India.
Although the test was conceived as a universal gateway for admissions in MBBS/ BDS, it initially didn’t serve the plan in 2013 as many colleges secured a stay order from the apex court for conducting private entrance examinations for admissions to their own courses.
On 18th of July, 2013, the Supreme Court passed a very uncertain verdict cancelling the NEET exam while responding to multiple requests which had challenged the legality of the examination based on the argument of dilution of autonomous admission rights of colleges and universities. However, NEET has reinstated in 2016 after a 5-judge constitutional bench of the apex court overruled the earlier judgement. In 2017, it became the only window for the entrance examination for all medical and dental seats in India at Undergraduate level aside from the seats offered at JIPMER MBBS and AIIMS MBBS.
A complete of 14,10,754 candidates appeared in NEET-2019 for the 102586 MBBS/ BDS seats available across 842 medical and dental colleges respectively within the country.
Now we will discuss the top reasons why should one go for NEET?
1. The advantages of a common entrance test: NEET would stop Private Medical Colleges and Deemed Universities from holding their own set of entrance examinations. Also, it could prevent rigging the rankings to induce people who don’t deserve to become Doctor’s into the system.
2. Reduced pressure among students: Fewer entrance tests for admission into medical colleges will reduce the pressure of the candidates who are in anxiety while preparing for various tests and covering different syllabuses. With the help of NEET, they will become experts in one exam pattern or syllabus. It also makes the aspirants more positive and determined.
3. Students will get more extra time: Students were expected to solve 200 questions in 3 hours, in AIPMT Prelims Test. Whereas in NEET, they’re required to solve only 180 questions within the same duration. This provides them more time to think and focus which will translate to be a plus point for the aspirants. They will be less worried about missing out questions and from the additional time, they will get the chance to look back the paper completely. They will get a much better chance to score better.
4. Equal opportunity for everyone :
Aspirants will have a reasonable chance to secure a seat in any medical college in any state. They could get the seat into the foremost prestigious college within the nation by appearing NEET exam. From that result, it’ll estimate where the student’s stand against all the competition and race for the seat.
5. NEET doesn’t affect reservations for students :
States can apply their old reservation system as said by their state governments. eg: Nearly 69% of medical jobs in Tamil Nadu were in the reserved category but based on Class 12 results. Now the rankings will be based on NEET marks but the reservations remain at 69%.
6. Fair and transparent process: The state and independent entrances exams have hardly been honest or transparent. There are multiple episodes of paper leaks and scams from various state entrances and private medical colleges. NEET will stop a repetition of such incidents.
7. No more seats blocking scams or corruption: This is one of the most popular aspects of medical education. It happens more in the states which have an infinite number of private medical colleges. So, as NEET aspirants you don’t need to bother. In order to this common entrance exam for medical education, there’ll be no back-office corruption and no taking of substantial donations to ensure seats. Getting admission in a prestigious medical university will totally depend on your NEET Score.