Thursday, 27 April 2023 Bengaluru, India
India saw yet another record after more than 20 lakh students registered for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test – Undergraduate (NEET-UG), fighting for over 1.4 lakhs MBBS and BDS seats all over the country. This year, the registration also saw a whopping difference in the gender gap, with 11.8 lakh female candidates, 2.8 lakhs more than male candidates.
The most number of students to register were from Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, accounting for 2.8 lakhs and 2.7 lakhs respectively. Seven other states reported over 1 lakh students registered for the test. These states are Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Bihar, West Bengal, and Madhya Pradesh. The NTA has issued a notice that specifies the use of a pre-pandemic schedule and confirmed that NEET-UG will be held on May 7.
The official registration data is a total of 20,87,445 candidates, which is significantly more than the previous year’s registration data. 2023 registration is 2.57 lakh more than that of last year. This accounts for an increase of 11.5%. The numbers have always been increasing, except in 2020 and 2021, when the country was hit by a pandemic. The number of students registering for the test increases by 10% every year, but there was an increase of 16.5% in 2018.
With so many students wishing to pursue their dream in the medical line, it was more necessary than ever to allow students to write the test in their local language. On Wednesday, UGC asked universities to make this possible by allowing students to write the test in their local language. The UGC is trying to do everything to make it happen and help many students.
As the exam date is drawing close, the fear of increasing Covid cases is scaring some aspirants. In retreat, some candidates took to social media platforms to express their concerns regarding the situation and asked to postpone the exam.
However, the government has expressed its views against the minimal backlash. Previous such instances during the pandemic proved to be bad for the upcoming academic session and indirectly affected the students.
“The academic calendar needs to be back on track and that is why the dates were announced in December as part of the common calendar. Moreover, the test will be held with all Covid protocols in place as it was done in 2020 and 2021,” said an official.
The NEET-UG is an important exam for students who wish to enter the medical field. The NEET exam is a gateway to admission in MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BSMS, BUMS, BHMS, and BSc Nursing courses.