Medical Aspirants Request PM Narendra Modi to Defer Entrance Exam

Launching an online campaign, the National Entrance Examination (NEET) UG 2022 aspirants have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to postpone the entrance examination. By sharing their concerns on social media platforms with the hashtag #ModiJideferNEETUG, medical aspirants across the country have asked the Prime Minister to postpone their medical entrance exam. It is currently scheduled for July 17.

The students argued that counseling at NEET-UG 2021 expired in March, leaving them only a three-month window to review the entire syllabus. Moreover, the aspirants who will be appearing in NEET for the first time have said that they will get a very small window to focus entirely on NEET UG 2022 as the CBSE Semester 12 Semester Board exams will only end on 15th June. The aspirants demanded that the NEET 2022 dates be postponed by at least four to six weeks.

Another concern for NEET aspirants is the clash with other national entrance examination dates. Students who are also applying for courses under the Common Undergraduate Entrance Test (CUET) along with NEET 2022 may not get time to focus on the Medical Entrance Examination.

Earlier, more than 10,000 wrote to the National Testing Agency (NTA) with their demands. CUET for admission to UG courses offered by several central universities including University of Delhi, University, JNU is scheduled for the first two weeks of July. The students argued that the new academic session is scheduled anyway to begin in February of next year. Therefore, instead of booking only 6 months for the counseling process, the NTA and the government should give an extra 40-60 days to the aspirants to prepare for the exams.

NEET 2022 aspirants have also indicated that other entrance exams such as the engineering exam – the major Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) – have also been postponed after the protests despite the fact that there are multiple attempts for the exams. Hence, the NTA should also consider postponing NEET 2022.

The medical entrance will be conducted in an exam style where students will be given 3 hours and 20 minutes to attempt the exam. However, there was no increase in the number of questions and the paper will consist of 200 multiple-choice questions (MCQs).

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